Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 24 – #4 Bright Idea

on January 11, 2015

4 - Bright Idea
Solomon’s Castle is my entry for Bright Idea.  4 - Bright Idea -14 - Bright Idea - 2Evil Kornevil

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Howard Solomon is a self taught artist who works with recycled items to create his art.  He bought some land in 1972 with the idea of building a large one floor design for his art.  Unfortunately, when the rainy season came, he found that he was going to have to go up and not out.  Out of this came a castle, which is covered in old aluminum print plates.  This makes for a very reflective building, so it is best to visit when there are clouds.  Inside the castle is his home as well as the studio.  They conduct tours through the art explaining what things were used to create the art.  Howard does welding, and wood working along with a number of other crafts to create the whimsical art.

He also built a boat in a moat which is a restaurant and a lighthouse. And since the lighthouse was built he hasn’t lost a boat (its in a moat).

A bright idea to use old items, recycling them into art.


35 responses to “Week 24 – #4 Bright Idea

  1. jamjuice123 says:

    Haven’t been there since I was a little girl. I NEED to get back & take the boys.

  2. George says:

    Nice shots Sue. Thanks for the background.

  3. elifamily2 says:

    Nice shots and processing. Where is this located? I have never heard of it before.

  4. Ida McBride says:

    I am fascinated by this type of art. When we did the scrapyard field trip in Nov 2013, I really wanted to take some of those very cool parts for projects that popped into my head while photographing. Great shots…bright idea!

  5. hydragirl818 says:

    Soloman’s Castle is definitely on my photography bucket list. I appreciate the tips and have enjoyed the photos.

  6. shelby1120 says:

    It is a little local quirky treasure! The man is humble and let’s you see into his workshop,when he is there. Sue, you showcased some of his little treasures very well.

  7. Interesting place and nice shots.

  8. Beautiful shots, wonderful presentation. Thanks for the back story on Solomon, Chris and I have been heading out there for a while now, but never seem to make it. Looks like we must redouble our efforts.

  9. tnwaltz says:

    I enjoyed my visit there and found it interesting to learn how he came up with all these “bright ideas.”

  10. Interesting place to visit! So many interesting places I am seeing on this challenge!

  11. Mindy Towns says:

    Very nice shot Sue! I’ve never been up there, will have to take a road trip some afternoon. 🙂

  12. cbsmith321 says:

    Never heard of it but I look forward to going there. Nice pics!

  13. Terry says:

    You do such a great job of processing your photos! I always enjoy them.

  14. Interesting castle and work. A ‘bright idea’ indeed. Fascinating how creative he is and to live there too. Sounds fulfilling. Great images and I love your framing.

  15. Howard is so cool too. He used to walk around and talk to people when they were in the little cafe area. Do they still do food out there?

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