Sundial and other clocks

Time measuring devices, that was the theme of my 12-month photo project that I tried to fulfil in August and that my five finalists represent today.

I have to admit that although the theme seemed to be simple at first, it was another challenge. Clocks of all kinds tend to shine and reflect their surroundings, their numerals look soft, and they are often placed quite high. Also, I wanted the clocks to be the feature of the photos, yet at the same time to be just part of them, part of the whole. As much as it may sound contradictory, I believe that in this way the photos would better tell their stories.

Here are the five photos that I took and liked most:

No. 1: Sundial in the Jizera Mountains

We were descending a hill during one of our holiday hikes and in one place we had to cross a road. Before crossing it I looked back at this house and noticed that sundial. It’s simple but surely useful and definitely very decorative, it looks good on the cottage.

No. 2: Clock in the railway station in Přeštice

As you can see from the white spots on the wall, there used to be another clock in the railway station, for whatever reason it was replaced by this new one. Although it’s far from extraordinary, it’s quite prominent and those blue benches make it shine and complement it at the same time.

No. 3: Clock in a square in Přeštice

A simple clock in a minimalist representation… The main part of the photo and yet a part of the whole, can you see what I mean?

No. 4: Street clocks in Pilsen

I passed by these clocks many times but never properly noticed their details. I did not even remember they were there! I’m forever grateful that photography keeps opening my eyes and mind, and makes me see.

No. 5: Clock in a square in Pilsen

I captured this clock a few times from around the corner and when coming back some time later I wanted to capture it also from this side. I thought that the photo would look better with a tram entering the square rather than with an empty corner so I was waiting patiently for a tram to come. Just before it happened, the woman entered my photo unexpectedly and that was a perfect moment. I pressed the shutter release intuitively and I’m happy now I was quick enough to capture it.

That’s it, the theme for September is MEANS OF TRANSPORT.

Previous themes were buildings in January, part of the whole in February, geometry in March, rusty in April, people in May, in motion in June and black & white in July.

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14 Comments

  1. That first sundial looks almost forgotten as the flowers and shrubs are nearly hiding it. I really like the blue benches in the second photo. The third one may be my favorite. The assortment of shapes in it add interest. You could even have used that one in your geometry assignment. I don’t think I’ve ever seen street clocks before and enjoyed your photo of those. Your patience and alertness paid off in the final shot. The woman passing the jewelry store adds interest, although that watch/clock is unique in its own right.

    1. Linda, thank you. This assignment was quite tricky and many times I was telling myself how bad a choice it was to choose clocks as a topic yet after walking through the places and trying to find some interesting arrangements including clocks, it felt like another chance to grow. And funnily enough, I didn’t notice that third composition in my “geometry period” though I agree with you that the image would fit that assignment…

  2. I love them all! My favorite is the gold watch. We have a similar one in the Old Port Section of our city. My daughter and I used to meet there. Those blue benches add to the second shot.

  3. These are all wonderful Petra! I couldn’t agree more that photography makes us really look and see. I have found myself for years walking the same streets in NYC day after day when I’m there, yet there’s always something that I’ve yet to discover. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Petra, So happy to meet you and find your lovely work here in this space. This idea of monthly themes is fabulous! You are so right that photography opens our eyes to seeing differently – keeping our senses alive and our minds wide open. My favorite of the clock photos is absolutely #5. The juxtaposition of the clock and the woman striding so purposefully as if she has some destination or purpose in mind provides balance and a little intrigue, too. And those blue benches in picture 2 – love that pop of color and the lines!

    1. Donna, what a nice surprise to see your comment here, thank you for stopping by and sharing your view. I also love that woman in the last photo… Sometimes a good image is all about finding an interesting scene and waiting patiently what happens… This time I was really lucky. 🙂

      Those monthly themes are quite challenging as they substantially differ from one another and limit one’s choices significantly but at the same time those are beneficial conditions as they make you focused. I can only recommend such a project!

  5. Lee

    I don’t think public clocks are as prevalent here as where you are. We do have a few clock towers, but not street clocks such as you have photographed. But I’m going to be looking for them as I walk around my town now. Your link took me back to the original post about your year-long project, and I love the idea. From there, I followed another link to your husband’s blog and enjoyed seeing his photos from the project so far. How wonderful that you share an interest in photography and can do this challenge together!

    1. Lee, we usually have clocks on town halls, on some churches, in railways stations and yes, in some streets and squares, and they come in various colours and shapes so in spite of the technical challenge it was quite fun to capture a few. I hope to see some of yours on your blog one day. 😉

      I was thrilled to hear that you followed the link to my hubby’s blog and took a look at his photos from the project, I’ll tell him that you enjoyed seeing them. He didn’t want to share them on the blog at first and I’m really happy he changed that decision. I love our thematic photo trips, they are very enriching.

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