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Thursdays Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for January 17, 2008 - The Eyes Have It

Thursday's Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for January 17, 2008 - "The Eyes Have It"

How and what do we see through our eyes? If you're like me, you look through different lenses depending on the subject, whether or not you plan to photograph it, what emotional associations it sets up in you, the ambient lighting, whether you're alone or with others, if you're feeling rushed or at ease. Yet our eyes can be open and our minds closed. If that's the case it doesn't matter how hard we look, we will never see the nuanced meanings behind what is sitting right in front of us. But if we are open to life in all its facets, we will see INTO things in ways that others might not.

In this portrait, Leslie is seeing the world through seven different lenses. She chose each of the lenses herself, so together they reflect how she was seeing on this one particular day. I wish I'd thought to ask her why she'd chosen each one. I know she was looking for variety in color and design since she knew I wanted to photograph her with ALL of them on her face at one time. She knew the challenge to which I was responding and thought it was great fun to be part of it. But why seven? Why not six or eight?

According to a Numerology web site, the number seven connotes: "philosopher, sage, wisdom seeker, reserved, inventor, stoic, contemplative, aloof, deep-thinker, introspective, spiritual, faith, esoteric, exotic, unusual, hidden, seeking perfection, ethereal, other worldly, enigma." I don't know Leslie well but I intuit that she is all of these things and more.

I doubt if our TITC moderators Lee and Bev imagined that those who responded to their challenge for this week would delve quite so deeply into its mysteries, but that's the nature of inspiration. You send something out into the Universe never knowing what it will trigger in others. To see what this Thursday's challenge triggered in lots of other PBasers, CLICK HERE.

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Ali Majdfar31-Jan-2008 19:03
Fabulous capture resulting by funny idea! ~V
Anita22-Jan-2008 01:59
very cool colours. Love it!
Sofia Solomennikova20-Jan-2008 13:48
Fun-tastic! :))) V
Richard Calmes20-Jan-2008 13:38
I love it! V
mojoflowerchick19-Jan-2008 14:41
its all in good taste.. love it..
Yvonne19-Jan-2008 05:28
Great fun shot! :)
carolynne_w19-Jan-2008 00:53
7 pairs should be all you need! Great shot!
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography18-Jan-2008 23:55
funny coincidence,Patricia!
Patricia Lay-Dorsey18-Jan-2008 22:36
Unless I'm having a Senior Moment--which is always possible at my advanced age--I don't recall having seen Matylda's photo before I clicked on her link today. Apparently she'd created it for the Thursday challenge called "Seven" in April 2007. However I didn't keep up with the TITC postings until I got involved here myself in December. But be sure to check out her image--it is WAY cool!!! The URL is

I guess it's true what they say: there is nothing new under the sun!
Dawn B18-Jan-2008 20:41
Great image and idea! I love all the different colours...
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography18-Jan-2008 20:40
on my shot i have 7 -numerologies is right
Lys18-Jan-2008 18:47
That's fun! I love all of the bright colors, and she just looks totally mischievous!
Barry Moore18-Jan-2008 12:42
A different set for each day of the week or seven different moods.
Victoria18-Jan-2008 08:48
Wow, more glasses
Greg Christie18-Jan-2008 06:58
Great shot and great idea. I hope they aren't tri-focals.
Will Denney18-Jan-2008 04:41
looks like some pricey eyes! nicely done!
Linda Willets18-Jan-2008 04:28
I like the red pair please
Art Parnell18-Jan-2008 02:56
Great images draw your attention immediately and keep you thinking. I'm still thinking!
papajim18-Jan-2008 02:54
Greg Harp18-Jan-2008 01:17
Fabulous shot. This could catch on. (Then again maybe not. LOL)
Tsienni18-Jan-2008 01:11
very amusing realization. she's a great model.
The Third Side18-Jan-2008 00:56
Hope they gave you a volume discount.
Nuno Boavida17-Jan-2008 22:53
She can't be more fashion! Lool V
an nguyen17-Jan-2008 22:30
Incredible eyes. I like the pink, rosy visison . V
Phillip Normanton17-Jan-2008 22:20
LOL Now, where did I put my glasses? Great shot :)
beverley harrison17-Jan-2008 21:48
the purple ones...are MINE!! lol!!
Antonio Ruggiero17-Jan-2008 21:48
Ottima photo....Brava....
estralita17-Jan-2008 20:18
One for each outfit!! LOL. v
Brinn MacDougall17-Jan-2008 20:15
Oh, this is a great one for the challenge, my mother wears at least three on her head all the
saltzman4017-Jan-2008 19:28
Your talk of eyes and glasses made me you always do...about what the two mean to me. So I did a self portrait today to reflect it. Thanks for the inspiration. Check out the picture for a know the secret word.
virginiacoastline17-Jan-2008 18:04
LOL! @ Mike!
Mike Hatton17-Jan-2008 17:30
The imelda markos of eyewear!!
daanstringer.com17-Jan-2008 16:52
laine8217-Jan-2008 16:49
I want the ones in the middle :>))
Carole Stevens17-Jan-2008 16:34
Wow great shot, what a choice, I should go more colourful with my specs next time!
David Royall17-Jan-2008 15:53
Now her wardrobe is complete.
Dick Lowthian17-Jan-2008 15:44
A fantastic image, Patricia! Eye love all the colors.
Russ Rose17-Jan-2008 15:41
Patricia: very cool. Read and liked your profile.
Jola Dziubinska17-Jan-2008 15:21
Very funny, I like it :))
Chad Ramsey17-Jan-2008 15:16
Did I miss the sale?!?! :-) Nice shot!
Nancy Lobaugh17-Jan-2008 15:13
fun! Looks like she's into colour!
Kevin Sargent17-Jan-2008 15:00
Vince17-Jan-2008 14:30
Terrific shot. A great entry. Vote.
Cindi Smith17-Jan-2008 12:20
I think she has a pair for each outfit! Smart lady!
Máire Uí Mhaicín17-Jan-2008 10:48
She certainly likes classy designer frames!
Sheila17-Jan-2008 09:57
Good idea and fun shot!
Heidi Jonker17-Jan-2008 08:25
Very funny!
Ann...17-Jan-2008 08:20
It's terrible when you can't choose new frames - such a selection!!!!
Barbara Heide17-Jan-2008 08:19
very funny!
Paco López17-Jan-2008 07:13
Good and funny!!!!!! VOTE!!
BleuEvanescence17-Jan-2008 06:56
Very good taste and almost the colours of the Chakras...
Ieke Vonk17-Jan-2008 06:35
Yes, I like this shot also!
Kaden Kratzer17-Jan-2008 06:06
Glasses anyone? V
Silvia Roitman17-Jan-2008 05:50
great idea!!!
Brian with an Eye17-Jan-2008 05:37
A colourful, fun shot
Laura Sebastianelli17-Jan-2008 05:31
In the words of the artist, Rothko, "Silence, is so accurate."
k_grqst17-Jan-2008 05:31
Great idea! Love the colors, too.
Dan Chusid17-Jan-2008 05:09
Seeing things any clearer?
mathilda williams17-Jan-2008 05:07
leslie definitely sees things on many different levels!!
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