In one sentence, I’d describe myself as indescribable. But, I wouldn’t end it with a period. I’d end it with three dots. – Jason Schwartzman
My intension with this challenge, Spots and Dots, is … that you should have fun with it! But, also recognize and enjoy the different interpretations, meanings and importance of these two little words. Spots and Dots. Because even if they are small…they can make a big difference. In the written language for example.
Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading and writing that bears his name and brings literacy, independence, and productivity to the blind. – Bob Ney
It is said people with brilliant minds are eccentric, and 92-year-old Yayoi Kusama is no exception — she is obsessed with dots. Her dots may appear boring, but she has this incredible ability to create enchanting artwork of many variations with just the dots. I visited one of her exhibitions in Copenhagen some years ago – and totally fell in love with her art.
What about spots then? We all have spots, weak spots, blind spots etc. Here I spotted two quotes that I like – and use:
A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit. – Ivy Compton-Burnett
Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe. – Maria Mitchell
Talking about favourite spots, one of them is my own garden. Found with Forget-me-not spots in the header. And, another favourite spot is Copenhagen with its many attractions. Not least the exhibitions. Only an hour and a half away from my home – but at the moment inaccessible. How I miss the regular summer visit with my friends!
Finally, about connecting dots for an important whole – listen to Ban Ki-moon:
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Thank you Amy, for last week’s beautiful challenge – Gardens. And thank you all for your lush, soothing and spectacular posts! There were many places to note down for a possible future visit. Hope to see you in this week’s challenge as well – very open for creativity! Don’t forget to link to my original post, and the Lens-Artists tag. Also, stay tuned for next week, when Tina will be your host. Take care and be nice.
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All of your Dots photos are so striking and unique! And this quote really resonates: Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe. – Maria Mitchell Wonderful post.
I hope you and the Lens Artist team are enjoying your much-deserved break.
Here’s one from me. Are these Fireflies of mine Spots or Dots?
Thank you – but I think they might be both spots and dots! And we are all enjoying our break, thank you!
😊 Glad you’re having a chance to recharge on your break!
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Love Kusuma’s artwork
Great collection AC
Thank you! I see there is an exhibition in NY right now!
Wish I get an opportunity to visit
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What a selection of wonderful posts. I have to add one.
Thank you kindly! And welcome!
What a fun challenge, Leya! Thank you❤️
Thank you, Lindy! I have had great fun with all the innovative and creative answers!
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WOW! These are a huge collection of Spots. Mine won’t be as spotty as those . LOL!..
Thank you – oh yes!
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Hi Leya, I’m getting dizzy looking at all your spots! I’m stuck in the room of mirrors and red spots. Some of the folks in here with me seem a little lost, too. Here is my post for this week, just in time for next week’s challenge! 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great week. We started pickle ball lessons – lots of dots in those balls. They look like tennis balls but feel like giant ping pong balls with dots – like whiffle balls maybe. Every muscle in my body hurts except my blogging muscles. 🙂 Have a fun week-end. Oh yes, here’s my link. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/05/20/lapc-148-seeing-dots-in-the-las-vegas-strip-hot-spots/
Haha, sounds great fun – and maybe finding muscles you did not know you had?
How did you know? LOL!
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Hello again Ann-Christine, Eivor and Pearl’s contribution for this week’s fun challenge is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2021/05/20/haibun-faery-spotting/
Thank you to all of you! So lovely!
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I hope you can forgive me for taking the word ‘spots’ in a different direction this time? As you may notice in one of my photo sequences, the Great Blue Herons found themselves in a bit of a spot, when the huge branch was about to plummet to the ground more than 70 feet below them.
♥ Creativity admired!
Big smiles, thank you 😊
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That is some remarkable art exhibition. An experience to be in among it.all..
A rather limited post from myself this week. https://jazzibeeblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/18/spotted-in-the-park/
Well, here’s my post, I found one or two dots and spots: https://suejudd.com/2021/05/19/lens-artists-2/
Thank you for this fun challenge Ann-Christine and I love your images of the forget-me-nots and Copenhagen. My contribution comes from a nature walk during a spot of rain: https://tranature.com/2021/05/19/wordless-wednesday-natural-healing/
Thank you, Xenia!
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I really like how the images with spots don’t overtake the details of the space they inhabit. It becomes less intense as your eyes move over the photos rather than have them overwhelmed.
I also think the last photo is pleasant in a simple, straightforward manner.
Here’s mine for this one:
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Here are my spots and dots : a motley collection: https://margaret21.com/2021/05/19/spots-and-dots-and-dots-and-spots/
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What a fun post! I love the dots exhibits and really appreciate the quotes you share, especially Ki-moon’s 🙂
Thank you – so glad it was fun! And that last quote – I love it too.
Sharing my dots and spots https://travtrails.com/2021/05/18/spots-and-dots/
Thank you so much!
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A fun theme….love your images…they spot on
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Your spots and dots are just so much fun!
Thank you, Aletta! There are many fun entries!
Love your spots and dots 🙂 🙂
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It was, really, quite fun to stroll thru the garden looking for dots. Or special spots. I LOVE your Impressionistic forget-me-nots – thanks for this great theme!
♥ I am happy you enjoyed it so much, Chris. It seems quite some people thought it was fun!
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I found some spots of colour on a walk around the neighborhood last Sunday afternoon:
Ah, you spotted some useful things!
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Welcome Karen – and I am Ann-Christine!
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Love your captures of the art exhibition…great dots! And great idea for the challenge 🙂
Glad it worked! Thank you kindly!
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Excellent point about the Braille system! I cannot favorite that enough, what with vision challenges myself. Your top photo is amazing. Can you imagine what painting that room must have been like? Wow, blown away by that scene. The next two with their polka dots are stunners, too. Your tooic and post are awesome this week!
Here’s my offering for this week’s challenge:
Thank you very much, Babsje! So glad you enjoyed it!
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I don’t think anyone can compare to your dots and spots this week. 😀 😀
Mine are unusual and not my typical post. Here are some spots and dots I photographed yesterday.
Of course you can! And I am rather happy the challenge made you make an untypical post!
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Kusama’s work is definitely eye-catching and instagram friendly (I can see youngsters doing that in that first photo). African art uses dots very extensively, and they do a lot with it. I’d seen some examples in a gallery in Nairobi: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/paintings-from-nairobi/
Nice challenge. The pale blue dot is full of swirls and stripes and dots, isn’t it? I took a little of it this week:
I agree on everything – and instagram benefitted from it!
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Loved the rooms.. Here is my contribution – https://ramyatantry.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/spots-and-dots/
Thank you, Ramya.
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Wow …. what an interesting exhibition. Given the variations on the theme that I’ve seen here and by Tina – wow …. love the interpretations! Great theme choice, Ann-Christine … and well done here.
Thank you, Frank! The responses are amazing! It seems I hit a creative spot…
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Your post sure has all the fun spots and lots, Ann-Christine. I don’t think we can beat that. Here’s my post.
Thank you, Miriam – but of course you can!
What a fun challenge, A-C! I’m back with a link to my post.
Yes, hope you had fun with it, Patti! It seems more than me had at least!
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Hi Ann – Christine! Here’s my contribution to the challenge , an introduction to my Kumaoni heritage, all the way from India.
Thank you, Sheetal!
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What a fun topic this is… Can’t wait to see all the spots and dots!
♥ I enjoy every take on!
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Lovely pattern for a dress.
hi a.c. interesting mix, that must have been a great exhibition, i like it very much. here is my contribution to the challenge theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3My.
many greetings robert
Thank you, Robert!
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This is wonderful theme Leya!So bright, and happy post. As usual, your images are so sharp.Thank you for sharing.
Thank you kindly! I wanted it to be happy and bring out some smiles!
I love the look of Kusama’a installations – I will have to keep my eyes open for an exhibition in London. Meanwhile I have some cheetahs for you: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/with-the-beautiful-africat-cheetahs-in-namibia/
I love cheetas, Sarah. They really are among the most beautiful creatures on the planet.
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Here’s my contribution: https://blog.suzyblue.org.uk/2021/05/16/raindrops-2/
Thank you, Suzy!
Beautiful post, full of color, wonderful places and phrases that make us think.
Thank you so much, Ana – sometimes we just need some colour and some fun!
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You really have risen to the challenge, Ann-Christine. But … I suppose you had to!
Well…as it was mine and my own choice – I had to!
I guess so,. It would be a daft host who proposed a theme she couldn’t think of anything for!
Hahahaha, you are funny, Margaret! But sometimes i really am daft…maybe not this time though!
Brilliant photos of Yayoi Kusama’s work, so much fun!
Here is mine:
Thank you, Sofia – we all need some fun, don’t we? She always looks harsh, Kusama, but her work is great fun.
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That was fun for the different dots and spots: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2021/05/16/spots-and-dots/
Glad you liked it! I have had much fun looking at the variety of all posts posted!
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I would love to go to a Yayoi Kusuma exhibit one day. In Los Angeles, we have the Broad Musuem and there they have her Infinity Mirrors Room. I have not gone yet, but would love to one weekend.
I think you would enjoy it, Julie!
Cool art installations! Very creative idea for a photo challenge too!
Thank you so much! We all need some fun!
I surely had fun with this post, Ann – Christine! Here is mine. https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2021/05/16/can-you-spot-the-dots/
Thank you, Teresa – and I had great fun with yours!
Completely enchanting, Ann-Christine. I will try to find a photo for your challenge if my back holds out.
Thank you, Tracy! Your back? Are you OK?
Yep, I’m okay, AC. Pain all over. Occupational hazard with my hobbies. At least that is what I think it is. We shall see.
♥ Speedy recovery!
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Here is my entry to this challenge: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/the-random-collection-of-tiny-flowers/
Thank you, Yan!
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I love Kusama’s dots. And what an interesting challenge Ann-Christine!
Anne, thank you! I have seen many fun and creative answers to the challenge already – glad it seems a good one!
We were able to see an infinity room of Kusama’s in Chicago. What an amazing thing!! I would have liked more time, but we only has about a minute and then on to the next visitor. I have a photo of that but also a number of other, more ”normal” spots and dots. Enjoyed all your choices and photos, A-C. Thanks for a challenge that challenged.
So glad you liked the challenge, Janet!
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I loved everything about this. The photos were curious and captivating, the words kept me wanting to read more, and the creativity that it inspires us fun. Not sure what I can put together, but we’ll done!!! Donna
An interesting theme and your selection of images from exhibitions Ann Chirstine. It is a tough challenge for me 😁
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Ann-Christine, I loved your post and the fun challenge. The art installation is spectacular! Anyone who finds it ”boring” is an idiot!!! Thanks for giving us something to smile about this week.
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What an interesting challenge. Definitely one to think about. Yayoi Kusama’s dots are quite amazing. I had not come across her before
This is wonderful, Ann-Christine! I love the cheerfulness of this theme and your wonderful interpretation. I’ll look for Kusama’s work now. It’s fabulous! And take care, too. I know it’s a tough time for you and your family.
Thank you, Patti! Glad you liked the theme – and Kusama is special, isn’t she? Yes, times are tough…and we have to see it through.
Some great images, A C…but quite a challenge!
Oh I know you will rise to it, Sue!
I hope so!
Now I’m wishing I had named my dog Spot even though he doesn’t have any! This challenge is going to be fun and a ”challenge!” Your examples both in images and words are beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable.
Glad you liked them, Anne! Looking forward to seeing your interpretation!
What an interesting challenge this week Ann – Christine! I had vaguely heard of the artist but to see her delightful installations were a treat . Also your closing lines were fantastic, you tied all the ends so well. Another winner!
Thank you so much, Sheetal! Take care and stay safe over there!
One of the first places I visited since the museums of San Francisco re-opened was the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park:
Interesting ideas – and the results look good!
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Here is my take on this challenge: https://thisandthatthenextpart.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/lens-artists-photo-challenge-148-spots-and-dots/
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what a fun exhibition! the topic is so intriguing, can’t wait to see the contributions.
here is mine: https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.com/2021/05/hey-music-thanks-for-therapy.html
Thank you, Klara!
Marvelous image and very creative Klara!
Beautiful, darlin! I well remember your visit with Viveka to that art exhibition. Hopefully the challenge will keep you busy this week and help keep the sadness at bay. Much love to you 🤗💕💕
Sweet Jo – sometimes it is crucial to be occupied…
Lots of opportunity for fun here – I love the artist Yayoi’s work but I have never seen it live. And your spring interpretation of spots and dots echoes my feeling every spring that I need to do more images with dots on them. Love this…
Ah – so happy you like it! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
What a grand post! Love the dot profusion — and would love to be in one of those installations. But I also love your other connections with spots and the quote by Ban Ki-moon. Couldn’t agree more with his connection ideas. Wonderful delight, this post!
So happy you liked it – looking forward to seeing your ideas!
Oh what a fun post for this week. I will have to see what I can come up with. 😀
Yay – looking forward to it, Cee!
Great idea, Ann-Christine. I assembled a small collection of dots. https://solaner.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/lens-artists-photo-challange-148-spots-and-dots/
Yes you did! Love it.
Thank you so much, Ann-Christine 😊
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I love those rooms with all the dots!
Invigorating, aren’t they?
Wise words of Ban Ki-moon and great shots from you 🙂
The first one is my favorite.
Enjoy the weekend.
Thank you kindly – hope you are enjoying your weekend too!
”Now the boys all thought I’d lost my sense
And telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said, ”Slow down! I see spots!
The lines on the road just look like dots.””
–Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan, 1955
To be continued… (three dots!)
I love your images. Thank you for sharing them.
Thank you for telling me, Ali!
In Hebrew vowels are spots/dots and lines under letters.
Interesting! Thank you for telling!