Finding red


Lang Ea, Pop! Boom! Bang! Sculpture in the Gardens, 2018. Image: Su Leslie

Red is a benevolent dictatorship.
— James Jannard, founder Oakley Inc.

Patti’s challenge was to ‘find something red.’ My personal challenge is not to go overboard with this. I love red; red clothes, red lipstick, red food, red cars and (I’m not sure I realised this, red art).

su at london road

Long ago (and far away). Red as armor in the days of office politics and shoulder pads. Image: The Big T, 1991.


Seeing double. Image: Su Leslie 2019


Work in progress: The Big T’s cafe racer. Image: Su Leslie 2018


Chen Wenling, Harbour. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2015. Image: Su Leslie

And I know I’ve posted the Anish Kapoor sculpture before, but surely this fits Patti’s brief very well. Red art on a monumental scale: it is 85 metres long, and each end is 25m x 8m.

Red, of course, is the colour of the interior of our bodies. In a way it’s inside out, red.
— Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2009. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, NZ. Image: Su Leslie


Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2009. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, NZ. Image: Su Leslie

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | find something red

51 thoughts on “Finding red

    • It is stunning!!!
      It’s also held in a private collection that is only open to the public via a kind of lottery system and through fund-raisers. I’ve been lucky to visit twice, but have tried unsuccessfully to organise visits for friends on several other occasions.

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  1. WOW Su, dazzling selection this week. You really DO love red! Laughed at your description of the age of shoulder pads :-). And your double vision of the tiny car was really beautifully captured, but these are all so creative and wonderful. Great job on this one.

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  2. Wow! What a stunning collection of reds you have and weren’t you the snazzy lady! (Still are of course…) I have never worn red lipstick (in fact I rarely wear make-up at all) my go-to colours were berry or copper shades.

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    • Thank you 😀 I’d forgotten that I could scrub up quite well. These days I’m a jeans and t-shirts person, so make-up is rarity for me too.
      I particularly liked that red lipstick. It was the only one I found that really suited me.


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