Seven Kinds of Smooth

Jude’s Photo Challenge this week invites us to consider texture: Smooth.

It immediately made me think of that English folk song, Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron – I’ve included a YouTube clip at the end just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about. But I’m so un-keen on ironing there’s no chance at all I could submit a photo of a pile of neatly ironed, beautifully smooth clean and dry washing.

Back to the archives then.

I’ve ended up choosing these: click on the images to see them full size and to read the captions.

Jude at Travel Words‘ 2029 Photo Challenge #9

32 thoughts on “Seven Kinds of Smooth”

  1. your choices are fabulous, every one. The beauty of the rose, the lines and colour in Valencia. and the rock pool at Alnmouth are immediately gorgeous, with the tree at Vic, the extraterrestrial creature from the Leeds recycling centre, and the pattern made by the discarded tyres all growing on me in no time at all. I do know the song, very well, but not the St. Paul’s sculpture. I’d better go and check it out!

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  2. It’s fun to see how you interpreted smooth. Until I read the caption, I couldn’t figure out why you included the photo of the old tires in this group.

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  3. liked this very much, like what YOUR eyes see and what goes on behind those eyes amongst the grey meanderings of your brain matter….. and absolutely loved the song – THIS kind of singing is so difficult to do properly and this was pure gold!

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      1. Just you wait – it CAN get worse…. and I don’t like it one bit. But apart from that, the other side (and very appreciated too) is that you get so ‘relaxed’ (speak lazy) and easygoing (speak ‘can’t be bothered any more’) that life, on the whole, is only getting better….

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  4. ‘Smooth’ is difficult to capture as you illustrate with the ‘gnarled tree’ photo as it is light catching all the uneven quality of surfaces that creates the detail of an image and the formation of the shadow smooths out those blemishes. I think the Alnmouth stones picture using contrast captures smooth beautifully.
    Aha, I remember ‘Dashing Away’ as it came in a sequence with ‘Any Old Iron’ and ‘Boiled Beef and Carrots’ that my grandfather (part-time pianist in local trio) would perform to entertain me and my sister as children.

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    1. Ah, your experience of ‘Dashing away …’ sounds about right! I’m glad you liked the Alnmouth stones. So did I. I felt they captured the spirit of the challenge.

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  5. I love your smooth images, Margaret especially the reflection of St Pauls and the one from Valencia. Such a pretty rose, too! I enjoyed listening to the song which I sang at school, too though not that clever arrangement.

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