Another… ‘unusual’ conversation heard only here:
Me: “Hey, Annabelle, do we have any empty containers?”
Annabelle: “Possibly… what size are you looking for?”
Me: ” It doesn’t really matter. I just wanted to photograph an empty cardboard box.”
Annabelle: “Oh, okay. Look over by the cleaning supplies.”
About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified
I see a cardboard box … at the bottom of an elevator shaft … in a horror movie.
I’m scared. I’m going to go look at that picture of your cat for a while.
Hahaha… don’t be too alarmed… this box is no longer around to cause any trouble.
Dharma, on the other hand… she can be very scary!
When I wrote that comment, I thought it was the top of a closed cardboard box. Now that I realize it’s an open box, I no longer see the elevator shaft. But I’m still scared.
You should be! He apparently got rid of the box without remorse!
I would like to formally apologize to the box…
How about if I add some of those fluffy packing peanuts?!
Mmmm, I love abstract photography and I like the perspective here, too. Please excuse me, SIG: I would prefer this without the sprocket holes; I feel it would be more ‘pure’ that way. This way I feel you are apologising for your image’s beautiful simplicity. Ok to say that, I hope. 🙂
No need to be excused for sharing your thoughts here, S.E.!
I value your opinion… and your honest feedback is sincerely appreciated, thank you!
I sometimes use borders/frames etc. too much. It’s difficult, in a way, because I’m drawn to these ‘photographic elements’, but at the same time I don’t want them to overpower an image, or become a crutch (making up for a lack of substance). I go back and fourth with these things quite a bit (as I did here), so it’s wonderful to have a second opinion!
I think your assessment is absolutely correct. I was a bit concerned this image might be ‘too simple’. Even with the sprocket holes I kept asking myself,”‘is this ‘interesting’ enough”… and I don’t know that I ever resolved that question.
Thank you again, S.E… very much… really!
🙂 I like minimalism. Amongst other things. 🙂
Me too, S.E…
I just question how successful I am at it…
What an odd thing to photograph but, what an interesting output. Also, if you hadn’t clarified, I wouldn’t have had a clue what it was!
Hahaha,,, sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention. Or, at least a start, anyway.
Thank you very much, Nigel!
Glad you put in the storyline – I was scratching my head and risking getting a splinter trying to work out what it was 😉 Interesting photo as ever. The lighting brings out the texture of the cardboard well.
Hahaha… I keep a head scratching glove around for that very same reason!
Yeah, I really cooked this one in an attempt to bring some of that out more… thank you very much, sir!
you can always rely on Annabelle
Hmmm… a cardboard box. I was guessing inside an old warehouse before I read the post
I thought it looked a bit like the inside of a building, too, Tony!
Now I see the bottom of the cardboard box where once I thought I saw a wheel of cheese – it is early and I haven’t had my cup of coffee yet! Also, love the texture of the film strip as well, very clever!
There could very well have been some cheese in this box at one point… of course I love cheese so I would have taken care of that right away!
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a kind comment! I really appreciate it!
That’s such a cool picture! Don’t know I’d recognize it as a cardboard box and I like pictures that are a bit mysterious 🙂
I’m so happy to hear you liked this one!
I keep going back and fourth on this one, and I was very curious to see what everyone thought!
I saw a concrete floor before I read the post. I like the film-border.
It does look a bit like concrete, doesn’t it?! Interesting how materials can mimic other things at times.
Thank you very much, sir!
Initially I thought is was just a piece of cardboard box, not the whole box. So, er, tell us what was in the box at one time
Hahaha… memory don’t fail me now!
I… uh… I think there was some pottery/bisque in this at one point, but please don’t hold me to that, Ms. A… I’m not terribly confident about that answer!
For some reason my eye is telling my brain that this is an extremely damaged/aged pillar in an underground subway and that at any point something (possibly undead) is going to advance on me from round either side….I think my head is either in overdrive of too many zombie films have wrecked my imagination!!!
All in all still a good photo. Great work SIG
Hahaha… yeah, I can see how the super high contrast could bring to mind a zombie film! Now I’m a bit relieved I picked a box that was zombie free for this photo… that could have made for a very bad day otherwise!
Thank you very much, sir!
What does an empty container have to do with an empty box?
Um… there’s the… uh… well… and… uh… you know…
Great take on the theme!!!
On the one hand . . . thanks for the clue as to the context. On the other hand . . . always leave them guessing. 😉
And excellent illustration of . . . “thinking OUTSIDE the box.” 😆
Hahaha… only because this one’s so small…
(I might have been tempted to make a fort, otherwise)!
Thank you so much!
Reminds me of a quote from Empire Records, “Always play with their minds…” (I might have to use that in a post one day)!
i thought it was a high shot of a bed at a sleazy motel. Not that I have ever been to one 😦
Hahaha… well, I’m not sure if this particular sleazy box had a vacancy or not, but I have a feeling the towels are scratchy.
and the room service sucks!
I wouldn’t recommend the sushi.
My stomach still isn’t back to normal…
That’s the way to do it. alwyas hold out for the one you want.
Hahaha… that reminds me of a Kenny Rogers song, J.B.!
I love how you create ‘stuff’ out of ‘stuff’. Okay, that sounded way better in my head. (No it didn’t.) But, it’s neat that you generated the above photo using a cardboard box. And, I agree with one of the comments above – it resembles an elevator shaft and a scary movie. Excellent!
That is very kind of you, Ms. D… thank you!
Yeah, I was pretty curious to see what this one would do…
I was just hoping ‘to make it work’ *in my best Tim Gunn*
Only you can make a cardboard box interesting! Well, interesting to adults anyway. I remember when I was a kid and a big cardboard box was about the best thing EVER! The day we got a new refrigerator and I got to have the huge box to make into a fort was probably the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me up to that point! 😛
Annabelle, do you and Dharma have arguments about who gets to sit in any new boxes about the place? My cat companion Jack loved sitting in boxes. Are you part puss? I think I am. Time for a nap.
Pretty much! I love taking napzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
Did you turn the empty box into a fort after the picture. I think I am still short enough to do that. 🙂
Oh, man, box forts were the best, weren’t they, Mel?!
Couch cushions always came in handy, too…
You know where the cleaning supplies are, but not the
racing carcardboard boxes !?!?… lol… Like your take on the theme SIG… Real interesting…
It’s a wonder I can find my way home at night, F.S. (from right across the street)!
Thank you so much, sir! I really appreciate that!
What in the world makes you think, “You know what would make a good photo? A CARDBOARD BOX.” The mind of SIG. Love what you did here, though; it looks so metallic!
With a question mark after the question.
Well… I was just a bit curious about what the textures would do… that and… have I mentioned I need to get out more?!
Eh. Punctuation is totally over-rated, U.M. (I’m sure you’ve noticed that philosophy in play on most of the comments I leave)!
I thought this was a doorway to a mysterious basement before I read the blurb underneath. A cardboard box? CRAZY (in a brilliant way).
I thought it looked like a building, too, S.D.D…
isn’t it strange how lighting and contrast can create effects like that?!
Thank you very much!
I thought it was an old stone/brick wall before I read what it really was. Pretty interesting for a cardboard box!
I think the mimicry is half the fun of this one, Binky!
Thank you very much (I’m sure the box will be happy to hear that, too)!
Oh, no!! I can’t google this!!! So…. after looking and looking and looking and looking… ummm… to me it looks like a subway seat or something like that shot from above???? Dying to find out
I’m not sure what search terms would work for this one, but I’m sure there would be some varied and rather unusual results!
(I thought it looked a lot like a concrete building, structure too, Juana!)
thank goodness for old cardboard boxes lying around the house. apparently they make for good art! cool shot.
Indeed! They really help with post photograph clean-up as well!
This box is so scary that I finally understand why so many people fear boxes.
Ha! I’m fairly certain that this box’s bark is worse than it’s paper-cut, G.G…
I’ve never sawn something like this. Or rather taken like this. Good shot 🙂
Thank you very much, Ms. B…
fun with cardboard… it’s… well, it’s something to do, anyway!
Cardboard box! Wow, it could pass for a brick wall with a split door in the middle. Great shot! 🙂
The cardboard does a pretty good imitation of building materials, doesn’t it?!
Thank you very much, Y.A.W.!
Love the out-of-the-box box. Great shot! Fun to read all the different ways people percieve the photograph:)
That is very kind, thank you!
I was hoping that box would do something interesting!
Wow! This one reminds me of classic TRON also. Except it’s the end fight with the master control computer when it’s face spun around and the film looks like it’s protective wall.
I hope you’re not to upset when I tell you I haven’t seen TRON yet…
but I have to admit, I’m very curious now!
I like your concept of design understatement …
Thank you very much, sir!
I like to simplify things sometimes… and I was curious just what kind of detail I could pull out of cardboard…
I couldn’t even tell what this was. A tire? A honeycomb? A- mazing!
I’ve wanted to do something with a tire for some time now… but I never thought about a honeycomb… that sounds like fun!
Thank you very much, Dishy – I A-ppreciate that very much!
Very Creative 🙂
Thank you so much!
I really appreciate the kind comment!
Intriguing image. Well done ! As to sprockets and frames, the answer is yes and know. (We Canadians love too compromise and apologize, sorry.) When I looked at the image in isolation the it looks fine, sprockets & filmstrip frame. However, on the blog post with all the other graphics and lettering it took awhile to interpret the image. So the frame with sprockets works effectively with the image,adding a context & meaning to the central image, but it needs to appear in an uncluttered field of vision – white gallery wall/white screen background to standout.
The visual ‘clutter’ of ‘blog stuff’ is definitely something I have noticed before. Sometimes I consider changing my theme, posting larger images, writing less etc. to distract less from my images… (although I am very much a creature of habit I still might do so at some point in the future)! Wow, that was a wordy way of trying to say I think you make a very good point, sir, thank you!
I grew up only 80 miles south of the Canadian border, so I might have adopted a bit of that tendency myself… sorry about that!