Old Silver


A lot of things came together here.

Part One
My collection of mismatched silverware was inspired by the Tom Robbins novel Skinny Legs and All, where one of the characters is a silver spoon. My friend Carlos and I found an exceptionally beautiful – though tarnished – silver soup spoon at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Austin, and my description of our finding and later polishing it ended up in a poem that my friend Laurie Wagner Buyer wrote*. At the time (1998-ish), Laurie was encouraging me to find my voice as a poet. I was trying to ignore her, but when I read how she’d spun a simple story about tarnish, a spoon, and silver polish into a beautiful poem, I decided to give it a go.

Part Two
Two Christmases ago, my patient spouse gave me a LensBaby Sweet 50 lens. I tried it a few times, but wasn’t happy with the results. Too much of the shots were out of focus. Or out of focus in a way I didn’t like. Or something.

Part Three
My photography has evolved a little over the past two years.

Part Four
I’m still off work, rehabbing that new knee I got last month. It’s been more of a struggle than I’d anticipated, both mentally and physically. On Tuesday, my physical therapist told me to go home and get out my camera and do ME.

Part Five
So I did what he said. I saw the LensBaby in the drawer and decided to see what I could do. And I saw that collection of mismatched silverware, inspired by the book, which inspired a poem.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.12.2017

*That poem, also titled “Old Silver,” is in her book Red Colt Canyon. And for those of you keeping score at home, she’s the same poet (now known as Laurie Jameson) whose daily haiku comments inspired me to start my blog The Poetry Photography. I can’t imagine where I’d be without her influence.

Posted on January 14, 2017, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. It looks as if you are using the lens how it is intended – things are supposed to be mostly out of focus.

    Kind of like your brain running on all those pain meds – out of focus to keep you from feeling the pain of a new knee.

    I don’t look at the The Poetry of Photography nearly enough these days, like hardly ever. Which means I am missing out on a lot. I need to rediscover the space necessary to look at it, and most other blogs when it comes down to it. Thanks for the reminder!


  2. Nice shot with some coincidence . A friend of mine in the Midwest is associated with that society where you bought your subject.


  3. I love the lensbaby and this shot excellent. Nice work.
    And the PT? It will get better. Don’t be discouraged. The hard work will pay off.


    • Thanks, Ken. I am getting used to it… I think.

      The PT is going well. It took longer than I’d anticipated to have noticeable progress, but the last 4 days or so have been good. For example, I am able to go up to several minutes at a time without thinking about my knee! I’m driving, and walking without a cane, too. Thanks for the encouragement.


  4. I really enjoyed this post .. loved the image (thumbs up on the lensbaby). Hope that knee is on the improve .. Started following your other blog 😃


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