It’s been a while since I’ve posted any reflective photos, but this shot seemed a good pick for today’s Photo Friday theme of Chaos. (Click on the image for an enlarged version.)

I snapped this shot last July during a visit to Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. This particular installation featured all the litter gathered from a particular location, each bit of detritus meticulously tagged, mapped, and catalogued. (I believe the matter in this shiny glass case is a clump of shredded newspaper, displayed as if it were a biological specimen, which I suppose it is: the effluvia of suburban life.)

Although I never blogged this shot when I first took it, it being a bit too weird for me to know what to do with it, I’ve kept it filed away for over a year, it being just too interesting to trash. What I like best about the shot isn’t my own image in it…although I’m surprised that my image turned out clear and unclouded, reflective photography with its odd angles and perspectives being such an inexact art. Instead, what I like best about this picture is the crystal clear shot of the camera’s lens–the watching Eye–right at the image’s focal point…and the accidental shot of a random watching stranger (another Museum visitor who was either behind me or standing on the other side of the glass) whose image appears just above and to the right of that objective Eye.

As fate would have it, that last visit to Mass MoCA happened only days before my ex-husband and I would separate: a very chaotic point in my personal life. At the time, I didn’t know it would be the last time I saw my ex-husband’s brother, sister-in-law, and niece; at the time, I didn’t know what the next few days (much less the next year) would have in store. At the time, I wasn’t focused on my future or my past…at the time, I was simply focused on trying to take one reflective shot, my surprisingly clear and concentrated visage not showing a trace of the tangled chaos that hid within.

    This weekend I’ve plans to return to Mass MoCA with Rachel and Leslee, so we’ll see what sorts of odd photographic opportunities present themselves this time around.