Lens-Artists Challenge #51 – UNIQUE!

[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever
[Photos this week are hosted right here on WordPress.  Somewhere…  Unique.]

[All photos might be right-clicked to open in a new tab or window.  These are recent pictures I’ve taken.]

The challenge this week is led by AMY.

A narrow topic this week?  No.  What is not unique?  Grains of sand, but not snowflakes? Blades of grass?  Well, the same grass in a particular place, perhaps.

The sky’s the limit.  More like infinity, and beyond.  Following are a few uniquenesses I most recently stumbled upon.

I bet this ’32 Ford custom hot rod is unique.  I doubt there is another exactly like it anywhere, though there are likely many ’32 Ford hot rods.

What about this Ford Fairlane with convertible hardtop, observed at the same local car show  earlier this month?  Probably a few still around, but that green?  Puh-leeze.

The following photo likely has been copied many times.

It’s a crop of my photo of a photo hanging in the parlor on our recent visit to the Bross Hotel, Paonia, Colorado.  (No extra charge for the lamp reflection.)  The hotel, now a boutique/antique B&B where m’lady and I stayed for 3 nights, was built in 1906.  The owner wasn’t sure when the photo was taken but thought it looked like the 1910s or -20s.

As you can see, the gentleman lower left is holding a Saturday Evening Post, though the date is illegible.

It piqued my curiosity, so, thanks to Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, Tim Berners-Lee, Google, et al, I was eventually able to pinpoint the Post cover as September 20, 1913:

Cover art by Leyendecker, who, coincidentally and uniquely, I had read an intriguing article about in Lapham’s Quarterly history journal online just a week before: https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/what-maketh-man

Leyendecker was a predecessor and possible stylistic inspiration to, and known by, the very famous Post illustrator Norman Rockwell.  The LQ article postulates about Leyendecker’s illustrations emphasizing the masculinity of the males more than the femininity of the females.



Weekly Challenge info from Tina’s blog:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

12 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #51 – UNIQUE!

  1. Great selections for this theme, John. These two Ford automobile are unique, especially the green one. 🙂 And, the photo hanging in the parlor is special.
    Thank you, John for joining in! 🙂

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  2. The same things went through my mind about “unique” – people, nature, and on and on. The cars are a great choice! And I love the old photo and the research you did – mystery of the date solved. 🙂


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