Things I've Been Seeing

Pewter Vessel (Day 9/365)

It is near the bar area where Jerry and I often have breakfast that within this small pewter piece I keep packets of sweetener. Often at the end of the meal, I pick it up and rub my hands over its edges, admiring its form and feel. I consider it to be beautiful. It is old and of little monetary value, but its simple being brings me pleasure.

Simple is good. Plain is nice. Doing what we’re designed to do is pretty neat. Ever try to be something you’re not? Put on airs? Wrap up in a coat of pretension? Silly, isn’t it? My honest pewter vessel would join those of frank failure were it to posture itself as a silver candelabra or as an important center piece for a banquet table. But to serve up sugar or to showcase a single pansy or to present a rare scrap of weed….unsurpassed.


In response to Tena’s comment about the difference in the color of  her pewter and of this piece, I have taken a couple of shots in daylight. These show a remarkable difference from those taken with artificial lighting, although the gold tones also show in these.


5 responses

  1. I love pewter; anything made from pewter. I like this photo and this read.

    I’m curious, though. Is this vessel showing it’s true color in this photo? My pewter pieces are all of a gray/silver tone. 😉

    January 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

  2. Thanks, Tena, for your compliments.

    My pewter also appears to be of a gray/silver tone, although if I look closely I see hints of yellow, especially on the handle. I’m sure you know pewter is made principally of tin with copper and/or other metals added. This may contribute to the appearance in the photograph here.

    Another thing, though, is that I shot the photograph last night, using lamp light, and I’m thinking that may have contributed to the altered tones.

    You’ve raised an interesting issue here, one that I’ve been thinking about, to the extent that I will be making a post that speaks further about color changes in photography.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    • Something else I thought of too. My monitor settings may be off; although my monitor is new and I’m pretty sure it’s set correctly. I should take a photo of my pewter pieces, view them on my computer, then see if they match the real thing. 🙂

      Your pewter piece looks more yellowish/goldish than gray/silver on my computer.

      January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

  3. I don’t believe it is your monitor, Tena. The piece also appears yellowish/goldish on my monitor, while in actuality, it is more grey.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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