The Sophistication of Mr. Lamp-shade

The Sophistication of Mr. Lamp-shade
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Image by DerrickT

106 thoughts on “The Sophistication of Mr. Lamp-shade

  1. Hhahaahahahaha………………….. Derrick back again with a funny and great masterpiece!!!
    You are right…… weird is always wonderful……… art could be very weird sometimes, don’t you think?……….. This is art for me…. more than a simple image ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way: nice socks xD

  2. "weird is always wonderful" …yes, i think so:))
    i like the time to think myself something weird…for me the moment that i am the most creative:)) ehehe:)*

  3. Thank you Jaqueline, as always, for the comments!

    However, this is my uncle, so I will tell him that you like his socks! Haha!

    "Shock-art", in my opinion, is the most simplest things. Lots of people tend to absolutely lose their hair when trying to come up with something "weird." It typically just comes natural for some people. Others may have to "work on it" to become what they had expected. Of course, I am not saying that I (and my uncle) don’t work hard for these shots, because sweating for them is well-worth the time and effort.

    I’ve often felt as though everything is "art." There is beauty in everything.

    I like to prey on the abnormal and the original and the creative, instead of implanting myself into the conventionalism of "photography" (not saying that it’s a bad thing, though, by any means!) because actually "breaking the rules" and attempting things that other people "may not get" or may have a difficult time ‘accepting’ is my "key" for success. Or, if anything, it’s all for fun. That’s the most important thing, is having fun and enjoying yourself, all-the-while, creating something interesting, original and…well…weird! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always see people with these high-tech, multi-$$$ cameras, yet I’m thinking: Why don’t they ever truly put them to GOOD USE?

    Most people tend to believe that "real photography" is in high-tech equipment, and in reality, they just help "juice" the image a bit. Anyone can be creative with any "style" of camera, whether it costs 5 bucks or 500 bucks. But then again, to his their own. "I’m easy to get along with." ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again, my friend!

  4. mistubako: And you do an absolute wonderful job of it! Irritate the camera, don’t ever fall into any "category", juice the simplicity, cultivate the creativism (to a power), occupy all that surfaces in your mind and let them come true.

    If it can be thought of, it can be done! …Thank you for the comments, as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Eric: Good, good. Or, gjjjoooooojjjjd. Glad you like this one. Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Stephen: Ha! I was just thinking to myself:

    "I wonder if anyone is going to mention the toothpics or the lotion bottle", and well, leave it up to you to do so! I suppose you’re the first to connect to the "all sizes" option! Thanks for the comments, sir! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sure he’s the life of the party, but between parties, he likes to relax like anybody else. This is the time we caught him for this candid one on one over a hot cup of Earl Grey.

    Were we surprised he was drinking decaf? Of course at first, but then when he told us about his secret moderate side it made all sorts of sense.

    Of course we felt privelaged to be "let in" on this softer, gentle Lampshade that the partiers and the Girls Gone Wild never get to see, but that’s all part of his act in the end. Inside this sophisticated sanctum of calm privacy, we realized there wasn’t anything we wouldn’t do for the great Lampheaded one, and that’s just how he intended it to go.

  7. Cheers to you too Mr. Lamp-Shade. I agree with your above comments Derrick. Art is certainly born out of ideas, the tools we use to convey these ideas are just vehicles for transport.

  8. hey DT… I read your comments above about art (photography) and creativity and I couldn’t agree more… you can create an important work of art with ANYTHING. If you put your heart and mind into it, you don’t need multi-thousand dollar equipment. I really hate when people get caught up in that sort of thinking. Yes, sure… expensive equipment can enhance the experience in certain situations, but it is all for nothing if the essence of the piece is not stimulating on a fundamentally artistic (emotianally and/or mentally stimulating) level.

  9. another bright idea!
    wonderfully humorous and quaint. Oh how I do like a good cup of tea…

    shining on my friend…
    truly.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. you’re awesome derrick! i dig mr lampshade’s sophisticated ways.

    also, is it weird that we have the exact same mugs at my home? in fact, my mother’s favorite tea cups! super weird, but unmistakable!

    gleam the cube, my friend.

  11. for some reason the the theme from alfred hitchcock starts playing in my mind when i look at this….then alfred comes out and says "good evening, tonight you are going to meet………"….normally i would keep this to myself but it seems everyone here might understand….:->….love this derrick…

  12. JUST DIG THOSE SOCKS!
    great for a suggestion/concept concerning ideas themselves (the old lightbulb metaphor).
    ideas, i suppose, need the occasional cup of tea.
    a good cup of tea is nearly the answer to most of life’s ills.

    image-wise, a wonderfil picture, i particularly like the hand grasping the kneecap, kind of a slight menace element amidst an otherwise humerous situation.
    xxx

  13. yeah…i must say those beauteous socks are quite the beaming beacons of light. ๐Ÿ™‚
    how i’d really love to see mr. lampshade actually take a sip of that tea.
    fantastically sophisticatedly strange!

  14. ok, i love the giant coffee cup over your head, but why are you holding a shrunken lampshade in your hand? have those squirrels been putting silly ideas in your head? *kisses*

  15. Thank you
    thank you
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    thank yo
    thanyou
    th an ou
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    everyone! I am always appreciative of the kindness that is expressed in reference to these twirls and swirls of endless scourging susurruses! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Marinkel: This is my uncle, although I could answer these questions for you when I become invisible after being blown away like chalk on a sidewalk. Squirrels have a way of allowing one to know that they are around you. I will answer my uncle for him:

    The "shrunken lampshade" is really a white elephant with partial hearing loss sitting quietly in the hands of a remotely intercepted prodigy. Must I dare continue? ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Krissie: Ha! From "sophisticationism" to simplicity; how much easier can that be?!

    Overly-large lampshades were popular in the 1980s and this particular lampshade here is off of my uncle’s lamp that is in his room. Personally, I like larger lamps opposed to the smaller lamps that have become popular in recent years. === === Thank you for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

    marinkel: The trunk is hidden like the "trunk" of a car. The intercepted prodigy keeps the elephant obscured from anyone’s viewing pleasure. It’s almost like secretive investigative work where governmental agencies play hide-and-go-seek with everyone pscyhe’.

    I’m glad I am able to ‘sustain’ you! Air, bread and water? Essential elements for our bodies! However, the hint of chocolate (are you certain that it is only a "hint", because usually when people say that they only have a hint of chocolate, then they typically have a "chocolate drawer" somewhere in their home hidden in secrecy! haha!) may be a different story, but I can’t argue with you there! Chocolate will never be a "guilty pleasure!" And besides, it’s good for the heart. Or, so I’ve heard. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Thank you allowing me to answer your questions and to sustain you. I hope it continues! Thank you, thank you for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

    mel: The teaspoon is in the drawer along with the other spoons and forks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. a wise person once told me…
    "one must take their shade off before ingesting caffeinated beverages"

    you nut. ~ I always can count on something unique and interesting
    in your stream! ~ on your mark, get set… caffeinate!!!!!!

  18. Fantastic!

    I recently wore a colander on my head, and that is captured in my mom’s scrapbooks, but I couldn’t pull it off so well as this.

  19. thanks for this one. ohh how I love this image which made me laugh. it’s such a pleasure to see your ideas. bless you dearest

  20. This one made me smile from ear to ear, maybe even a few giggles. Very smart idea. :)) Maybe instead of using the ‘paper bag over her head’ phrase, they’ll start with the ‘lampshade over her head’ one. :))) Thanks for making my night a little better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. lol… how funny!
    Really a great, great idea! I like this photo much:)
    The idea, the title, the location and the way your uncle sits on the settle, the legs crossed, his feet in white socks and holding a cup…just GREAT!

  22. it’s the sophistication in capturing and amplifiying those inaudible inner tunes, that makes Mr. lampshade’s enhancement so insuperably superior!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. mel: I’m relieved to know that you feel better! ๐Ÿ™‚

    JOHNNY: What makes you so certain? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sylvia, amiko, lejson, seacater, ann (you’re welcome for the welcome back!), argesp (clean socks are angelic), chris (what’s the "wise person" your Mother? you’re always a trip!), ludmilla, popscratch, max, saint, daniela, vegg, nancy, paul, damla, cept, luna: Thanks to all of you kind souls!

    AT5: Ha! Good observation and thought-process! …A comical one, at that.

    Mr. Lampshade, you see, has a "secret opening", which of course, is his "mouth." The opening is obscured until he begins to eat, drink, talk, etc. which then will be viewable. Just think Cartoons…:) …Thanks for the comments, my friend!

    Mr. Lampshade is quite easy to get along with. A kind, gentle, giving soul he is, so anything satisfies him! Thanks, thanks!

  24. I recommend a straw if you are wearing a lampshade and attempting to drink. Because of tricky routing I recommend the silly straw.

  25. John: I like the ‘silly straw’ idea, but when Mr. Lampshade already has a ‘hidden mouth’, then what is the point in having a straw? Unless, of course, one would rather drink tea out of a straw rather than having to consistently sip-sip-sip, but then again, I still like the idea either way! Thanks, as always, for the comments, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ms. Kitty: Ha! I’ll have to tell my uncle that you said that his white socks turn you on. I have to say that I would much prefer white socks, although I do have some black socks that I wear as well. It all depends on what I ‘grab first’ when going through the underwear/sock drawer! (Boxers for me, though — no undies! haha!)…Thanks and it’s good to see you over here again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    solea: Glad it brought a smile to your face, my friend! Thank you for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

    M. 10: Thanks, thanks!

    Kara: At first I thought you cursing me there! Haha! …Ah, you are always too kind! I appreciate the love! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Derrick, you are awesome. Your stream never fails to make me smile and evoke lots of thought and inspiration. This is another fine example, thanks for the laughs. ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Maryanne: Haha, glad you got a kick out of this! I have to admit that I got a kick out of it myself when first shooting it. My uncle is always up for (just about) anything, and once we get started with something, it seems as though the ideas keep coming! Thank you, as always, for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane: Thanks, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Elsa: Thanks!

    iamperegrino: "You can’t judge a book by it’s cover", if I can be cliche’ for a moment…

  28. Ha! Compared to my comment, no. ๐Ÿ™‚

    s-stop: I’ve seen way more comments on one photo, trust me. 70+ is microscopic compared to other people’s work. But, as always, my appreciation is beyond space! Thanks for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Inspired my friend, wonderful.

    Only anonymous, unless he always wears the lampshade, in which case it would be easy to pick him out in an identity parade.

  30. Hahaaa! Aaaaannnd, why not?? He is a rather sophisticated chap and I dare say, the Jergens is a brilliant touch!
    Oh I love your Uncle, Derrick!

  31. This is a wonderful image.

    I’ve been sitting here for the past few minutes, trying to figure out what it actually makes me feel (and think), but I can’t! It simply "is". And all of that time with my legs crossed, and a mug of coffee in my hand, which only now when I have given up trying to figure it out do I realise; I’ve been mimicking the picture.

  32. I liked him better when he got drunk and danced on coffeetables… always with the lampshade…. always with the lampshade. He was much less pretentious back then, but he does look better without the bellbottoms and wide tie. I’m glad to know he’s still alive and well. great shot! thanks!

  33. Thank you all (as always!) for commenting me! I am forever appreciative of the kindness that is sputtering about the world of Flickr.

    deb: Ha! A dream, perhaps? Oh, certainly a dream! You see, this particular Mr. Lampshade has never been "known’ for getting drunk (maybe off of koolaid, perhaps?) and dancing on coffee-tables. Well, maybe he’s danced on coffee-tables without dribbling himself into the alcoholic beverage-infusion, but other than that, you are right about the bell-bottoms and the wide tie. As the old sayin’ goes, The times they are A-changin’! And for Heaven’s sake, that must certainly be a good thing! (Now I sound like Robert Duvall…ha!)…

    I’m glad that you are glad. People need to be ‘glad’ more often, you know? ๐Ÿ™‚ …People take life so seriously sometimes…

    You are welcome, and thank YOU for the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Do you tire of the comments? I’m sure it’s been said above ( i just couldn’t bring myself to read all of them to see) but this is FanTabuLasTic! B-)

  35. Now I’m glad to know people are still commenting on this one.

    And, I’m only guessing here, but I bet it’s the RED koolaid, isn’t it? That stuff does it every time.

  36. stellar: Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ali: Ha! No, I never tire of any comments that I receive! Never, ever, ever! I am thoroughly appreciative of any ‘peek’ and sneak into my folio, whether one wants to provide me with a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or whatever one decides to do, I am grateful for them all. I attempt to make certain that I do express my appreciation to everyone who has responded to me, no matter what, without staying silent and not thanking the commentor. It is almost a bit difficult for me to ‘compute’ not thanking someone for taking the time to respond, so I enjoy showing my thanks.

    Thanks, as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    debhede: Ha! I’m glad that you’re glad. I hope everyone else is glad as well!

    I’m not so certain if it is the "red" koolaid or if it is just the fact that it is some TYPE of koolaid, although I do have to admit that, as you mentioned, there IS something rather summoningly-magical about the red koolaid. I somehow find it difficult to get Mr. Koolaid Man out of my head now. You know…he’s the happy-faced container that seems to be always holding a container of koolaid…

  37. He’s red and he carries red kool-aid. (Really, he does.) I’ve heard there’s a magic ingredient that makes kids crazy. And, it reminds me of the old ’69 Woodstock recordings – "Don’t drink the red kool aid." Or is it "don’t eat the yellow acid"? Same difference as far as I’m concerned!

    I love your photostream. (And, thanks for letting me riff like an idiot in here. :))

  38. Yes, him! Thank you for sharing! Why do I want a red kool-aid man t-shirt now, and why am I yearning for red kool-aid? Oh, and the t-shirt will also be red, to perhaps make someone squint-eye their mind when trying to see the ‘outline’. The sound of the drumscape in the distant beyond!

    A magic ingredient that makes kids crazy? I think it’s called "candy." ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Well, I know there’s Zappa’s "Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow"… … does this ring a bell? But, yes, same difference!

    I love you for loving my photostream, Deb. Riff away as much as you’d like! I enjoy it the blipping in and out of space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I bought red kool-aid today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you buy a tshirt, you have to do something creative to share on your photostream.

    "Watch out where the huskies go, and dont you eat that yellow snow"

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