Friday, October 26, 2012

Why I Really Go To Auctions!

General observations drawn from particulars are the views of knowledge,
comprehending great store in a little room.
                                  John Locke


Wow this auction is packed wall to wall or should I say field to field. An auction, near a beautiful barn that I immediately jumped out of the truck and spent half an hour just trying to get the best shot. Both sides of this country road have rows of cars and trucks that seem to go for a mile in both directions. This is going to be fun. I know I gave you a little glimpse into this auction on Wednesday’s post but I promised I would take you back there and I always try to keep my promises.


There was a time I went to auctions and bought things I did not need only to take them home and stack them in places I did not use. The thrill of the hunt I suppose, these days I hunt for those things that make me smile and think, but only by photographing them. I have been asked by many a passerby who possibly think I am, dare I say a little strange I prefer the word eccentric questioning me about what I see.


One man and woman walked up to me while I was almost lying on the cold wet ground trying to capture the beautiful light shining on a bottle abandoned in a dying flower garden. They thought I was taking photos of the flowers, I showed them what I had captured and they agreed it was beautiful and different and they would not have seen that. I always see strange things that others do not, I suppose. I always thought everyone seen the world my way, but have realized of late not everyone does. It goes back to my childhood and trying to escape the noise of the crowded house and taking my imagination to those places few have ever seen nor imagined and probably never will since it is locked to this day in my head. I am always trying to capture those images of this world I see. Auctions have many hidden opportunities for this and I just have to keep my eyes open.


A light in a porch with a jacket hanging making me wonder who the light was left on for on this bright morning and who owns the jacket. Why I am struck with the urge to photograph this is a mystery to me but I find it alluring in a strange way. I do think you will agree it makes you wonder doesn’t it?
The salt and pepper shakers of long ago, the crawling big headed doll, the bucket with a rusty chain lying in the bottom, and the bicycles piled one atop the other in a heap. The baby food jars full of nuts and bolts and things you may or may not need. I wonder how old these bottles are and admire the person with this great idea. I wonder how old the child that ate the baby food was now.


There were many things to see and photograph but I must say I found the most interesting photos down the road while walking. I learned something I did not know and wondered if I was the only one. I watched this Donkey for a long time and wishing I could get closer and hop that fence, I tried to coax it closer, wishing I had my apple left lying on the seat of the truck. There were two beautiful Horses and this Donkey in the field, the Donkey kept “Hee Hawing” and I just loved that. I watched, and I watched I called and I called but he/she just ignored me. Finally he/she just sat down and I imagined crossed his legs like a person. I laughed and laughed. Did anyone else know that they sat down like people? Am I the only clueless one or is this a very special Donkey? I stayed there for a long time then wandered farther down the road.


The field of corn was beautiful with the looming storm clouds I could not honestly get enough of it. Ordinary photos made unusual and special just by Mother Nature no special effects, no weird angles just sheer beauty at the hands of Mother Nature herself.


This is truly why I go to auctions not just for the visiting with neighbours and friends, getting interesting special photographs, and always learning something new,


It is all about the special moments like this. I was imagining what this buggy that brother D had bought will look like when he is finished making it his own. I truly think this photo could be from an episode of The Amazing Race, don’t you think.  I cannot wait to go for a ride. Now you understand don’t you?

Looks like they could use a Donkey.

Later.

37 comments:

  1. Did you end up buying anything yourself?

    Cute donkey sitting like that.

    Gill

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  2. i don't think i've ever been to an auction...but i have been to more flea markets than i could keep track of over the years. i love looking at all the OLD stuff...and wondering about the story behind each. sometimes i even get the chills when i touch an old rusty piece of something or other!
    and i have to FORCE myself to not take MORE stuff home!! haha

    (sorry, i am soooooo far behind in my reading. i'm sure i have some back posts to catch up here...and i will...)

    have a great friday & weekend buttons!

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  3. I used to love auctions when I was younger. I even got to bid some under the watchful eye of my husband. ;-)

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  4. Miss B, I think we would get along so well!

    The Hubby often scolds me for trying to take pictures at different angels. I realize cattle are big animals, but they are more curious as to why a crazy lady is sitting in the grass vs. trying to attack me.

    I would be right beside you wondering around taking pictures and looking for the artistic beauty in someone else’s stuff.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I always enjoy your auction shots but I really love the bottle shot!

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  6. I love auctions and haven't been to one in many years. I am going to have to check around and see if there are any around here any longer.

    I had to quit going, because like you... I bought things I didn't need and would never use.

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  7. i like the sit-down donkey. :) i don't like sifting thru folks' stuff, though. don't even like garage sales. i feel like i'm invading their privacy.

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  8. That old vintage stove is quite a novelty. I'd love to have that. Maybe it could be repurposed into something cool. Sounds like you had a great day!

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  9. I've always thought that the most interesting people are the ones with the best imaginations and the best sense of curiosity. So you are just my cup of tea:)

    I'd love going to an auction like that, and I also didn't know donkeys sat like that either!

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  10. You can own everything in the world with just the snap of a shutter.

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  11. I enjoy going to auctions but I get intimidated bidding. That donkey is funny! I had no idea they sat like that. Keep taking those pictures! But make sure you back them up on an external hard drive. Learned about that this week.

    Cindy Bee

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  12. Neat idea to photograph the light and the jar. I love how once a person starts taking photographs - they look at everything as a possibility. : )

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  13. You have such a unique perspective on things...thanks for sharing with us! I like the bottle shot too!

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  14. Great photos! I had no idea donkey sat down like that. Crazy!

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  15. You have a wonderful and unique view of our world. You know how to look and really SEE. I love how you pick out angles and lighting and are willing to just watch a donkey until it sits down. HEE-Haw.

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  16. Oh, another lovely post!! I worked at the donkey rescue that used to be next door here and I never saw a donkey sit, much less cross its legs! Hmmm, wonder what he/she thought you said to him/her.

    I love photographing weird things too so I can relate. Once at a wedding, my hubby got mad at me because I didn't want to take 100 pictures of people, and exclaimed" "but you photograph WEEDS!"

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  17. You captured some great photos. We missed the big farm auction in our area this year. I had not even thought about it until I read your post. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend.

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  18. I LOVE your point of view..or should I say Point and Shoot ( photo's) ...keep them coming they bring such joy to others..myself included..Have a Great Weekend...blessings@peace of mind

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  19. I think it's great that you see the world differently. Perhaps each of us our own perspectives and should be proud and glad that we do. :)

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  20. You have a writer's heart Buttons.

    You don't see things, you see their stories, and you share those stories with your photos and writing.

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  21. I absolutely love your auction posts, and your beautiful photos, and your humorous and thoughtful stories. That is an amazing shot of the cornfield and clouds!! And your donkey story makes me chuckle :) I want that beautiful old wood cookstove (no matter that if I had it, it would be sitting in my shop or longhouse for many years to come...).

    Thank you for bringing us along with you to all these amazing auctions :)

    Hugs,
    Mandi

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  22. oh b, i hope you always see and photograph, all the things that other people miss!!

    you have a great eye!!

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  23. They could use a donkey, but not that sitting one. Oh how I laughed. I thought that was a myth that donkeys sat. Guess now you have the picture to prove it. I love your auction photos. I know what you are talking about. Getting a good photo is a rush.

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  24. I love your thoughts on auctions and photography.

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  25. I totally get what you are saying -- seems I always coming up with crafts or recipes or outings to accommodate my photography habit. :)

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  26. I had to laugh at the thought of you lying down on the ground and those folks wondering what in the world you were doing...been there, done that. I will hang upside down from a tree to get the picture I want.. too funny!

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  27. I have never been to an auction. But it sure does look like I am missing out. LOVE your shots and thoughts.

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  28. I love you interesting pictures, Buttons. When I see some I know how you must be feeling when you take the shot. You don't just 'click', you take something thats of interest to you and you see the beauty in everything. You have a special gift and are a remarkable woman. Hugs Sue

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  29. Buttons what an amazing post. I am in love with the wood stove you found. You see the story of everything...

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  30. Yes ma'am, I understand completely!! :)

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  31. What a great thought...don't buy--photograph! You have some lovely shots!

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  32. I like to take photos too. You telling about the burro made me laugh. Yes, they do tend to sit like that and I think it looks weird...lol

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  33. yep - you capture time. thats why your photos are amazing.

    time framed gives us the glimpse of the story.

    and you see the stories...

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  34. Your stories are very good. The pictures are amazing.
    The old phone brought tears to Amey's eyes.
    I am glad we bumped in to each other.

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  35. I strolled over from Pembrokeshire Lass, and am captivated by your lovely photos and beautiful writing. Looking forward to delving into all your stories and posts,

    rachel

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