Warped Facade

A few days ago we paid a visit to our local Ikea store. The façade of all Ikea stores (at least in the UK and I suspect elsewhere) is a combination of two bright colours – blue and yellow.

IMG_6092We walked the mile and a half through the store (or so it seemed), found what we wanted and headed back to the car. Our car is black, and black paintwork is a fantastic colour for reflections. I stared at the car and there was the storefront warped crazily.

I reached for my camera. Yes, the camera even goes to Ikea.

IMG_6095_wpI distinctly heard a small child, who was walking by at that moment, say to her father: ‘Daddy, why is that man taking a picture of his car?’ I didn’t hear the reply.

Apologies for the crumpled wreck on the left of the image. Apparently it’s me. And notice the inverted image in the filler cap. Never saw that when I shot, but it just adds that little extra interest. Life’s like that.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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21 Responses to Warped Facade

  1. seekraz says:

    Nice capture, Andy….

  2. oneowner says:

    It’s sort of an abstract selfie. I like it (and Ikea).

  3. John Linn says:

    Yes the colors of the Swedish flag. There seems to be so much pigment in the paint I wonder how it sticks to the building. What I think is most interesting about Ikea is the idea that you need to travel through the store in a prescribed pattern like a museum. Sure there are some “shortcuts” but for the most part you start and follow the path. A very different approach from any other store I can think of.

    I like both pictures, but the reflection is really great. Wonderful observation. Most would not see it and if they did they would not take the time to capture it. Trying to figure out what model car it is but I don’t have a clue.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks John. I’m ashamed to have to admit that I had never thought about those colours as being the colours of the Swedish flag! And the car is a Volkswagen Up! Small but very economical

      • John says:

        I had to look up the VW Go. We don’t get many cool little cars here in the states, and I have to say I love the look of the car. Great design!

  4. Len says:

    Yep. The colors of Ikea are the same here in the states. Excellent abstracts Andy.

  5. Chillbrook says:

    Brilliant. I love this picture. Your pictures always motivate and inspire Andy. It’s all about seeing and you do it so well!

  6. poppytump says:

    Groovy Andy 🙂
    A little light relief after trip to IKEA never comes amiss . The reflection is very intriguing with all the swirls and ‘blotting paper ink markings’ musical staves of a size never seen … a sound wave or perhaps .. a cardiogram output 😉 ….

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Poppy. Glad you like it. Bizarre how the building’s facade got so distorted, and also managed to show me twice: right way up and inverted!

  7. Helen Cherry says:

    HAHA… it’s an excellent “selfie”

  8. Meanderer says:

    Oh, that’s great! I like it a lot. The strong colours and patterns are wonderful, and the double selfie is the icing on the cake!

  9. elmediat says:

    Well done. 🙂

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