Amanda’s Friendly Friday Challenge this week is to post a Smoke & Mirrors picture which plays with illusion, reflection or images within image. That’s quite a challenge!
Luckily I found this shot from a while ago. I was sitting by the reflecting pond by Singapore’s ArtScience Museum. The museum is an architectural wonder, shaped like a lotus flower, it has 10 ‘fingers’ anchored by a unique round base in the middle. Each finger contains different gallery spaces with skylights at the ‘fingertips’ to dramatically illuminate the curved interior walls. The building was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and has been called “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore.”
Like most days in Singapore, it was scorching hot. The skies were clear, a brilliant blue, almost cloudless, with absolutely no filter for the noon day sun.
I was hiding in the shadows of the museum, fiddling with my camera, when the first of the runners caught my eye. I assumed they were mad foreigners taking a break from their high flying finance jobs. I guessed foreigners because Marina Bay is the domain of wealthy tourists and ex-pats. And really, no local in their right mind would run in this heat. Yes I know, I was foreigner too. But I was never wealthy and I was never insane enough to run in 33°C (95°F) heat.
Anyways, this photo was the result. The flower is the signature lotus flower and the large spherical mirror reflects the sky and a bit of the museum’s overhang. I think the photo satisfies all the qualifiers for Amanda’s challenge, don’t you? Reflections, images within image and illusions of sanity.