20-01 house of cards

Day 5 of my childhood theme.
If I could have a pound (or euro or Dollar) for every time I've heard one of my children say 'I'm Bored" I would be a lot better off than I am. I ask them, How on earth can you be bored with numerous DVDs, Computers, X box 360, Wii, Nintendos, cable TV, Ipods etc etc at your disposal? They just shrug their shoulder, which I guess is fair enough, I think I might be bored too.
I cast my mind back to those long school holidays, when the weather was less than clement (which it often was in Yorkshire) and I had nothing to do. So what did I do. I played patience with a pack of cards and then when I'd played enough, I'd build a house of cards...
Love this! Simple as. Wonderful composition
posted January 20th, 2012  
Oh my goodness, I was only saying the same thing to my mum a few days ago! Kids today have no idea how we used to entertain ourselves years ago! They have all these gadgets and still get bored! We were a playing cards/monopoly/yahtzee family when I was younger and our evenings were the best!! The night before last we taught my 7yr old how to play Rummy and he LOVED it!!! Anyway, I love this B&W pic - something my bro and I used to do too!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Ah, memories, memories! I'm impressed how you got it to stay up ong enough to take a picture. Years of practice...?
posted January 20th, 2012  
Long, even! :-)
posted January 20th, 2012  
What a great shot! I love the lighting and b&w
posted January 20th, 2012  
Oddly enough, I'm just as impressed with your house of cards as I am with your photo!
posted January 20th, 2012  
wow. very nice
posted January 20th, 2012  
Wow cool !!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Very nice!
posted January 20th, 2012  
ave always loved playing cards and I have some very fond memories of playing Crib with my father.. Gorgeous shot and thanks for the memories.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Know the feeling... will let my guys try this tomorrow.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Great shot! As much as we hate hearing our kids say they're bored, mine always hated hearing me tell them "that sounds like a personal problem"!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Pam
This is wonderful. The lighting is so good. Your photos are so creative. I really enjoy viewing them. That is also a very impressive house of cards you built:)
posted January 21st, 2012  
love it!
posted January 21st, 2012  
Great shot - I will be very careful not to breath to hard or I might knock them over
posted January 21st, 2012  
awesome shot Berni! great balancing!
posted January 21st, 2012  
Fav. Lots of work went into this and it looks great
posted January 21st, 2012  
very interesting, and very cool shot!:)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Very creative work.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Sorry for the group reply but I felt that you all deserve to hear this. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, but now the confessions. I did make card houses all the time when I was a child, massive ones, however card production technology has changed since I was a kid and these days all cards are plastic coated. This makes it nigh on impossible to stop the cards from sliding about, and hence the tower collapses. I did try several times, and I so wanted to make this shot that in the end I had to resort to a little trickery. OK, I own up, I had to sellotape some of the cards together. So, a huge heartfelt apology if any of you have sent your kids off to make one of these, and they haven't been able and you've had to deal with tears and tantrums. The card house in my picture did have the joker as the top card, and that was my little play on words, but it was cropped off, I would have added it to the top of the spare pile of cards, but unfortunatly it was sellotaped in place. Some would say 'divine retibution' . I feel cleansed now.
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posted January 21st, 2012  
Hahahahaha! Forgiven! (I DID wonder but it seemed rude to ask if sellotape was playing a supporting role!) :-)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Very nice!
posted January 21st, 2012  
This is fantastic! Love the light and it looks great in black and white, not to mention the great construcition of your card house.
posted January 21st, 2012  
I like the photo, but I am more amazed at the stack of cards. :-)
posted January 21st, 2012  
This is very cool - great lighting. I used to do this with my grandparents too!
posted January 21st, 2012  
great shot, lovely b&w - and yes, I used to do this a child, but as you've confessed they were a sort of waxy fabric-y card, and it was much easier to do.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Beautifully composed :)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Kim
Oh wow!! Tape or not, this is impressive! The lighting and the shadows are beautiful. When I was bored I used to take my jar of change, dump it out, plop myself down on the opposite side of the room and pitch the coins into the jar. Kept me occupied for hours. :) We all love playing cards around here.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Nice shot. and re your commentary, I would be bored too if I had to spend hours with numerous DVDs, Computers, X box 360, Wii, Nintendos, cable TV, Ipods etc etc and no time for anything requiring patience, creativity, or exploring. I really feel very sorry for today's young who miss out on so much in a world of pre-packaged push-button entertainment ... but perhaps that's just my age!
posted January 21st, 2012  
That turned out so well.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Love this! How long did this set-up take! ;)
posted January 21st, 2012  
This is really terrific! Wonderful lighting and shadows!
posted January 21st, 2012  
the shadows are my favorite part of this shot - beautiful!
posted January 22nd, 2012  
Fantastic shot, Berni!
posted January 22nd, 2012  
Fantastic shadows and light! The cards on the bottom appear almost translucent.
posted January 22nd, 2012  
looks very professional to me! :)
posted January 22nd, 2012  
oh bruni what an incredible idea - you are so very talanted! - fav!
posted January 22nd, 2012  
How true. Great commentary and beautiful composition
posted January 23rd, 2012  
@jenirainbow Not rude at all, ask me anything you want - ish!
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thank you ladies, much appreciated. @suzannehunt @mariboo
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Hope you read my confession.!! and now haven't changed your mind Thanks very much @aineo
posted January 23rd, 2012  
It's so hard with modern cards, your grandparents would be shaking their heads in despair now!! @fueast
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Hope you're not too disappointed in me!! thanks for your comments @shanne
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thank you gents @vignesh @wordpixman
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Kim, never tried that one, good idea fro another photo. Thanks@kimgrowsup
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, at least the shadows and lighting were all real!!!@jml0306 @catwhiskers @rootbeer @portereliz1958 @lilbudhha @velina
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thanks Jerry, After about half an hour I searched the house for non plastic coated cards, didn't find any. After another half hour trying different packs, I then got the sellotape out! Well done on finishing your project, you had some amazing images. @orangecrush
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thank you so much, hope you read my confession!! but sometimes we've got to do what we've got to do. Thanks@adobewaters
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Love the house of cards - that alone is pretty impressive! The composition of the shot is great and I love the B&W :)
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Thanks so much, The colour one looked nice, it was a hard choice @limpet365
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Beautiful lighting and composition. Great
posted January 23rd, 2012  
You get a Fav for building this alone, photography aside! But seriously, it's a damn good photo.
posted January 23rd, 2012  
I have come to the conclusion that you are insane, what a wonderful shot
posted January 24th, 2012  
thank you ladies, much appreciated comments, I was getting a bit frustrated when it kept falling down ! @lostwaveitb @lluniau
posted January 26th, 2012  
Thanks for all your comments I'll take them all as compliments, including this one !!! @yentlski
posted January 26th, 2012  
I love this shot. Fabulous! Your commentary made me laugh :-)
posted February 5th, 2012  
@mmp28 Thanks very much for laughing and liking. I had to be honest!
posted February 5th, 2012  
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