This Thursday Theme - Surface - immediately said to me "water" and it was only later that I began to think about all the other things it might mean. Which is possibly rather odd, its certainly quite specific and maybe Freud would have had something to say about it.
Odd or not, its probably related to my numerous photos of water - something I could photograph almost endlessly.
I saw an exhibition in London last year of work by Roni Horn, an artist from Iceland. Among my favourite pieces was a series of large photos of the Thames, annotated with witty, whimsical, serious, fascinating, historical, personal comments - some relating to the history of the river and happened or might have happened on or below its surface, some of them about the nature of water. Like this - the water photos will enlarge if you click on them, though unfortunately you can't read the comments. Unless your eyesight is seriously better than 20/20. And theres a bit more about the series here.
Her work really connected with the fascination water has for me - the way its surface reacts to the light reflecting or absorbing it, the way it reveals and conceals what is beneath the surface, the way it looks so solid and weighty and so light and evanescent.
So, um, I think maybe this has ended up being more about water than about surfaces but hey ho, I don't mind if you don't mind.
And here are some water surfaces
So, lets hope the Thursday Theme isn't "Water" any time soon....
P.S. Addendum After all your very nice comments about my photos, I'll be making some greeting cards with prints of these and they will be available for sale soon on made4aid - all proceeds for the next month or so are going to relief work in Haiti.