What has this photo to do with my life

89 Gruyeres Giger - Version 2

© irene waters 2017

This photo I posted as part of my 7 day 7 photo challenge that was given to me by Rebel Guy. I found his photos intriguing and enjoyed trying to work out what they said about him. He challenged me in return. “I am an open book” I told him and after 4 days he agreed with me saying that having read my about page he didn’t have to guess at any of my photos.

That really gave me a challenge and you know I can’t resist a challenge. I had to come up with a photo that something could be discovered about my life but not easily. This was going to take a little time and possibly a little research. Time none of us have readily to hand. Thus I am going to explain this photo.

The clue was in the HR Giger which can be seen above the first alien in the group of three. It is then an easy process to see who he is – he is a Swiss painter whose cold biomechanical works have been used on record covers, tatoos, furniture, all forms of media and probably best known for his design of Alien (the film). He died in 2014. The work shown is The Birth Machine (1999) on display at Gruyere Switzerland.

With these facts this piece tells you

  1. That I have visited Gruyere and been to the Giger Museum there. I have connections with Switzerland in that I have family that live there. Does it mean I like cheese? No. I can definitely take it or leave it. For more of his artwork
  2. Is this art that I like? – No not particularly although it does hold some kind of fascination and morbid appeal. It does tell you that I like to go to galleries and as a past time attend art appreciation. Art appreciation doesn’t teach you to like an art work but you can appreciate the workmanship or maybe have a context in which to place the art.
  3. This is really obscure but being a memoirist I am very interested in the formation of identity and the place that memoir has in this.  I believe that we can rebirth our identities at different periods of our lives by choosing what memoir we share with others.

I am most definitely an anti gun person and this seems a much better use for what is normally a killing machine.

Thank you for reading if you got this far. An abstraction on a subject that is of little interest.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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6 Responses to What has this photo to do with my life

  1. I wouldn’t have figured it out and I appreciate the explanation. You really did dig deep for this one.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Rebel Guy says:

    Thank you . Nice job on the 7 day seven photo’s B&W. I really enjoyed participating , and looking over those that I had challenged.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rebel Girl says:

    What a unique weapon. Good timing since it is Halloween. I am glad that you took the time to explain. I would have had a hard time figuring that one out!

    Liked by 1 person

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