The humble paper-clip gets its chance to shine

@JudyEv (147789)
Bunbury, Australia
January 10, 2019 5:02pm CST
Many of you know my husband, Vince, is a keen amateur photographer. He belongs to a number of websites that are dedicated to photography of some sort. He is often on the lookout for a particular shot to show, perhaps, nature, perspective, bokah, reflections, portrait, or some other particular aspect. The latest challenge was ‘reflections’. We used the mirrors we broke trying to put our Ikea wardrobes together to set up a mirror box of sorts. I wrote about it here: http://www.mylot.com/post/3171663/our-wardrobe-still-isnt-finished. Yet another example of how junk can be put to good use. We tried taking photos of various objects within the box. My job was to hold a light in EXACTLY the right place, preferably till my arm ached, while Vince fiddled with dials and knobs. The one we liked best in the end involved a handful of colourful paper clips. And guess who it was who suggested using these? Yep, little ol’ moi. Have you heard the saying ‘behind every great man is a great woman’ – or something like that. And the codicil is ‘and a surprised mother-in-law’. But isn't it a great photo?
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@cintol (9277)
• United States
10 Jan
That really is a great picture, what would they do without us huh!! lol I am sure he loves your suggestions, look how good you make him look.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
I love how he is always surprised if something that I suggest actually works.
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@cintol (9277)
• United States
11 Jan
@JudyEv Its like they don't think we have the brains to think of cool things, we just do windows and floors!!!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
@cintol And yesterday I read about the furore and outrage when a group of women played cricket way back when. Now Australia has lots of women's teams.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
It's pretty! So the clips are on a broken mirror?
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
We broke the corners on three mirrors trying to construct the mirrored doors on our new wardrobe. We were able to use the mirrors to make this. Hopefully you can see the doors on the left of the photo. Each door is three panels. The perspective makes them look very wide here.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
@JudyEv But you have a great picture! Great idea!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
@1hopefulman We thought a school might like the broken mirrors for craft or art work but we haven't found one yet. I guess in the end we'll just have to throw them out.
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@Courage7 (26413)
• United States
11 Jan
That is a prize winning photo.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
It turned out really well.
@snowy22315 (58380)
• United States
11 Jan
@JudyEv actually it reminds me of a kaleidoscope.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
@snowy22315 Yes, I thought that too.
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@id_peace (8626)
• Singapore
11 Jan
Yes In there is this exchange thing in the world, where a person did an experiment to use a paperclip to do exchange deals and managed to end the event getting a house.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
Someone else mentioned that and I have heard about it before. I have enough paper-clips for lots of houses haven't I?
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@id_peace (8626)
• Singapore
12 Jan
Same here and I do not know if anyone would do that for me.
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• Preston, England
11 Jan
it is a clever and impressive photo idea
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
Thanks. Vince came up with the mirror idea but the paper clips were my contribution. Teamwork works sometimes.
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• Preston, England
12 Jan
@JudyEv certainly shows from the results here
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@Hannihar (49358)
11 Jan
@JudyEv I think it is a great photo. Yes, behind a man is a great woman and I have heard that and I believe it is true.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
I think many great people have others who support and allow them to become great. It's like the 'eagles beneath my wings' song. They couldn't have done it on their own.
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@Hannihar (49358)
13 Jan
@JudyEv Thanks Judy and very well put.
@Porcospino (20884)
• Denmark
11 Jan
The photo looks great. I really like it. It is interesting how things can be used in unexpected ways. You just need the right idea
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
Yes, thinking outside the box can produce some good results.
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@Porcospino (20884)
• Denmark
12 Jan
@JudyEv I like to experiment and try different techniques. Sometimes the results are interesting.
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@snowy22315 (58380)
• United States
11 Jan
Yes, and I didn't know they made paper clips in so many colors!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
They look pretty on the mirror but if I look at it too long it makes my head spin.
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@snowy22315 (58380)
• United States
11 Jan
@JudyEv I can see why it would!
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@wolfgirl569 (16325)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Jan
That turned out great. And a wonderful use for the mirrors.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
It was pretty tricky because unless you got the right angle the camera appeared in the shots.
@wolfgirl569 (16325)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Jan
@JudyEv That would be a problem
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@DianneN (97411)
• United States
10 Jan
It is cool. I just showed it to my husband and liked it almost as much as I do.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
As someone said it would make a great jigsaw.
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@DianneN (97411)
• United States
11 Jan
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• China
11 Jan
Wonderful photo ! From where did you draw inspiration ?
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
We were trying to find something that would be colourful and I suddenly thought of the paper clips.
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@TRBRocks420 (88661)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jan
Yes, that's a great photo very colorful :)
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
It's like looking into a kaleidoscope.
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@JohnRoberts (69945)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Jan
It's modern art.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
True. Very abstract-looking.
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
11 Jan
What an awesome photo... sending soothing thoughts to your poor arm!!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
Haha. It wasn't too bad really but I need to make mileage while I can.
@ilocosboy (41791)
• Philippines
11 Jan
Painstaking but worth it, the product is artistic one. Does he has account in Flickr?
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
Thanks. No, he is not on Flickr. I think most of the sites are FB sites. SnapHappy is one but there is a host of others,
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@Plethos (12538)
• United States
11 Jan
its is a great photo. the colored clips is what makes it work, kaleidoscope effect. it they were plain, it wouldnt have worked.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
The ones with a glass vase, candlabra and an ornament weren't nearly as effective although the candlabra was pretty good.
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@allknowing (75409)
• India
11 Jan
Quite a tricky job. Looks neat.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
It ended up much better than we thought. It took quite a lot of setting up.
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• United States
10 Jan
Great photo! Super trippy, i like it...that would make a really cool and really hard puzzle.
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
I hadn't thought about that but you're right. It makes me dizzy if I look at it too long.
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@Kasjnak (2767)
• Romania
10 Jan
Wow, looking at this photo got me dizzy . Great photo actually, I like it. And do you know the story of the red paper clip turned into a house? Quite amazing, after 14 trades, a guy got a house starting with a red paper clip . Crazy!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
I have read that about the paper clip. The photo starts my head spinning too.
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@xFiacre (6564)
• Ireland
10 Jan
@judyev I do quite like the imprecision in that photo even though a very precise set of circumstances produced it, especially the aching arm!
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
He is so fussy sometimes. I had to hold the lamp over the top of this tent affair and the orders went like this: back towards the curtain a bit, no, not that much, come back this way a bit, STOP THERE, now swivel it a little to the right, THE OTHER RIGHT (I battle with left and right sometimes). Tilt it down, that's great. Now hold it there. Oh darn, the battery's flat. I won't be long.' See what I have to put up with?
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