Mushroom Faces Inspired Changes Perspectives – Picture to Ponder – v6 – Issue 9

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 3, 2010

Despite thousands of photos in my external hard drive, I was at a loss for featured photos for today’s issue of Picture to Ponder. Aside from some full moon shots and the roses of the past two issues, nothing much has grabbed my attention in the past week or so.

I then reflected on the fruit and vegetable cutting photo session, and some of the participants’ empowering experiences, in the last class of our Through and From the Lens Point and Shoot photo course and decided to “play” with that subject matter. Thus,

Today’s Photos

My first action was to cut a mushroom in half. I started smiling immediately as two “faces” instantly showed up. Despite the fact the faces were not particularly happy ones, I couldn’t help laughing at the irony of how quickly, it seems, I see “faces.”

In the top and bottom photos, two different mushroom halves are resting on my stovetop. The half in the middle photo is in a ceramic dish I made on potters wheel years ago. Though more “artistic” in overall feel, the “face” seems to be angry or snarling, more so than in the other photos. It is same image as in the bottom photo. Yet, note the changes when on a different surface and viewed from a slightly different angle.

If you enjoy writing, these photos could be great prompts.

Self-Reflecting Queries
As mentioned above, I was “stuck” for subject matter for today’s issue of Picture to Ponder, so I went for my camera. The latter, as you more than likely know, is one of my main tools, and “prescriptions”, for quickly shifting moods and perspectives.

What “tools” or methods do you use for creating state changes for yourself? I’d love to read your responses in the COMMENTS section below, including any writing your might have done with the photos as prompts.

In addition to simply cutting into a vegetable and then taking pictures, I went into creative mode by locating, positioning, and repositioning my subject matter. I became attuned to the differences by changing points-of-view. When you are in “stuck” situations, do you remember to look at them from different angles?

Lastly, are you aware of the number of ways in which you shift into creativity to make a difference for yourself?

As always, have fun with this.

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Although not planned as such, my concluding query on knowing yourself and your creative strengths, interestingly, leads right into my friend, and mentor, Julie Jordan Scott’s one-week March Intensive Writing Camp starting this upcoming Monday, March 8th.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue March 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

Wonderful story, Sheila. I like your idea about spurring up creative ideas by doing something unusual. You are on a face find mission lately, aren’t you! 😉


Sheila Finkelstein March 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thanks, Sue. Actually, I don’t even look for faces and they show up 🙂 My very first Picture to Ponder, over 5 years ago, featured a “man” in a stump – One of the first exercises in my Through and From the Lens class is to talk about “seeing” and faces on and beyond, inviting participants to find their own “faces”. A few of the participants noticed some unusual ones this time.

The mission might be to figure out what it is about faces that has me so focussed on them, and I think I’ll simply let it be and have fun whenever they show up.

Thanks again for participating here and your acknowledgment.


Elliott Teters April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

These pics tickled me. I am always seeing faces also.

Thanks for sharing your creative gifts.



Elliott Teters April 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

The last picture here looks just like a Cat I used to know.

Thanks Sheila.


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