The Art of Being Ready

This evening’s post is in response to this last week’s photo challenge, Ready.  The pictures I chose were taken by Jeff Ling, a co-worker of my mother’s, while on vacation in China.

Hotel in Beijing, China

Imagine being met with this scene when entering into the bedroom of your hotel suite!  As far as I was able to find out, this picture was taken at a hotel located in Beijing.  (If you look to the right side of the picture, you will notice that the lamp shades are shaped similar to the Beijing National Stadium Olympic Bird’s Nest.)  The center of this photo is where I want to draw your attention to.

Origami art meets terry cloth!

I can imagine no better way to end a long day of gaping in wonder at Chinese art and architecture than with a warm, relaxing bath – to change the role of those bath towels from bed garnish to bathing necessity.  When I look at those towels I see my definition of “ready”, for, despite being artfully showcased as the Chinese symbol for good luck, they are also symbolic of an action not yet taken – their meaning dependent on timing and perception.  It is only in the fragment of time captured by the picture that the towels represent this sense of “readiness”, both being “ready” to fulfill their purpose as hygiene aides.  After use they are transformed back into ordinary objects, becoming nothing more than a chore to set aside for the housekeeping staff.  Tomorrow they will be “ready” once again.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jakesprinter
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 05:02:35

    Nice post


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