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“Do you know that the Campbell’s Soup Company has not sent me a single can of soup?”

— Andy Warhol

I took four of my fave quirky photographs and put them together to make this collage. To me, they just seemed right for each other. I ran across the two crazy clock store window displays one day in Paris. I absolutely loved them. French store windows are always works of art!

The soup cans were done in celebration of Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell Soup can painting. I bought the cans just for the pure joy of the art!

Last, but not least, two of my pairs of Soludos espradrilles which are the staple of my summer wardrobe. If I can’t be in France, I can bring some of Provence to my house!

~ Patty

Red Cowgirl Boots

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“If a girl wants to grow up to be a cowgirl, she ought to be able to do it, or else this world ain’t worth living in.”
― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.  I saw these red cowgirl boots at a vintage fair recently and was immediately transported back to being 12 years old — the year my dad  gave me a horse for Christmas.  If I had owned a pair of these red cowgirl boots then, I would have been in heaven!   Me …the skinny girl with the beanpole legs!  I would have looked like Olive Oil…

~ Patty


Things Go Better With Coke

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“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

— Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

When I was a kid growing up in East Texas, I would get off the yellow school bus after school and walk to the little country store near my house. Of course, that involved crossing a four-lane divided highway to get there! I can’t believe my mother let me do that.

The store was the home of one of those big metal soft drink dispensers where you put in your change, slid the bottle horizontally and when you got it to the end, BINGO, there was the ice cold bottle of Coke! What could be better to go with a Baby Ruth? Nice childhood memory…

– Patty


Mystery of the Mystery Girls Solved….

Mystery girls 4I just wanted to write an update on my search for the Mystery Girls I posted about on August 25.  I found them!  Here’s the related story and the photographs I have since received from their cousin in Missouri.  It has been such a delight to “meet” Eunice and June’s relatives and get to see photos of them all grown up.  Unfortunately, June, the older sister, is no longer living, but Eunice is and lives in California.

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One thing I noticed is that in the three photos when they were older than in my photo, they dressed alike, even though they weren’t twins.

It’s been such a fun journey finding out about them.  Thank you so much to Eunice and June’s family for solving my mystery.

~ Patty


Love is a Strawberry Tart

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“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

– Kahlil Gibran

One of my favourite things to photograph is the beauty of what’s available behind the glass of a patisserie shelf.  Everything is a work of art and almost too lovely to actually eat.  Well, ALMOST too lovely to eat.  I’m afraid I show no mercy once I rescue one of these tasty little morsels …. I am a complete sucker for tarte fraise!

~Patty


Vintage Beauties

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“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

I got my new Nikon D810 last Saturday afternoon and I wanted to see how good it was in low light.  This is just how good it is. I walk past this photographer’s studio every day and love to look at the vintage cameras, so I took decided this would be my ‘test’ photograph.  This shop window, sitting in almost darkness, was a perfect choice!

~ Patty


Truckin’ On

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“I didn’t wait for Luck.  I tore after it with a truck.”

  — A. A. Bell, Diamond Eyes

I just treated myself to a new Nikon D810 and this is one of the first photographs I took with it.  I was down in The Rocks area of downtown Sydney, which is the site of the original settlement.  I had already seen this truck at a stoplight and photographed it up close, but then I ran across it again a little while later.  Love the whitewall tires!

 ~ Patty