Monday, January 30th, 2017
This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “Contraption.” From this week’s instructions:
This week’s theme “Contraption” was used at Macro Mondays in 2011. I thought it might be a lot of fun to revisit the theme to see what you creative and ingenious people come up with. It should be a lot of fun and offer a ton of creative interpretations. Here is a good working definition of “contraption” for our theme:
“A piece of equipment or machinery that is unusual or strange” and “…is often overly complicated.” Merriam Webster has an interesting paragraph on the history of the word “Contraption” and others that also describe these unusual mechanical devices: “English has a number of words that can be used as general terms for mechanical or electronic devices, including gadget, gizmo, widget, and contraption. In addition to their meaning, these four words also have a couple of other things in common. First, they are all relative newcomers to the language. The oldest, contraption, entered the language around 1825. Second, the origins of all four are a bit of a mystery (well, widget is believed to be an alteration of gadget, but the origins of gadget are unknown-it didn’t appear in print until 1886, but is believed to have been used among sailors perhaps as far back as the mid-1800s). Contraption, may be a blend of contrivance (which can be used as another synonym of gadget), trap, and invention.” I am thinking about Rube Goldberg as well as Steampunk but you can come up with your own ideas and associations.
As part of my stepping out of my comfort zone and stretching myself in my personal growth, I’ve purchased a pair of heels, some stockings, and a garter belt. The garter is quite a contraption… between the hooks, eyes, and tabs, it takes a while to get on and settled. I’m so glad these aren’t part of our culture’s everyday wardrobe anymore!
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/200 | ISO 1600
3D Printer Insides
This was my second runner-up image for Macro Monday‘s contraption theme… the inside of my son’s 3D printer. I’m not very mechanically oriented so seeing the insides of machines is always fascinating for me.
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/200 | ISO 2000
Thanks for looking!