Smoke & Mirror & Illusions

My 2020 COVID walks have sometimes been a show of smoke & mirrors and illusions.

COVID poster from the middle of March, extorting us to just ‘Stay Home for the Next Two Weeks’. An illusion for sure – there were several of these currently buried under graffiti and pink spray paint – this was the only one I could read.  COVID poster from the middle of March, extorting us to Just Stay Home for the Next Two WeeksThe cracked glass on a gilt-framed old photo, found on one of my back-alley walks in April. The cracked glass on a gilt framed old photoShadowy tangle of autumn plants lurking behind gauzy fencing.A tangle of autumn plants shadowed through a gauze-like plasticSteam patterns on glass with my spooky friend reflected in the background. Steam patterns on glass with a spooky person reflected in the backgroundSmoke from the fires south of us turned our Vancouver skies an eerie orange – at points in September Vancouver and Portland were vying each other for the worst air quality in world.  Red sun at morning means another smoky day in VancouverRed sun in the morning through my fogged up windows hint at another smokey day outsideReflection of the Woodward building in the Downtown Eastside in the windows of the building across the street. reflection of the Woodward building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaThis one seems to have a smiling creature in the middle. Downtown reflection of the Woodwards building in the grimy windows of a building oppositeIan Tan Art Gallery coloured glass window reflecting on a glossy painting. Ian Tan Art Gallery coloured glass window reflecting on a glossy painting in Vancouver, CanadaDistorted reflection of me at the Electric Bicycle Brewpub in Vancouver. Distorted reflections of me at the Electric Bicycle Brewpub in VancouverRipped poster for a ‘No New Normal’ protest against government regulations at the Downtown Art Gallery. ripped poster of a 'No New Normal' for a protest against government regulations at the Downtown Art Gallery More of the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Smoke & Mirrors.

3 responses to “Smoke & Mirror & Illusions

  1. Some really amazing shots here, Eliza. I so appreciate the opportunity to view them. The highlight for me was the Downtown Eastside in the windows of the building across the street. It caught my attention. Thanks for joining in with Friendly friday.

      • Absolutely. I didn’t think about that initially, but you are right.The illusion of a different normality and also we could relate it to the smoke from the terrible bushfires here in Australia and the US.

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