Do you remember that game? We used to play it at birthday parties when we were kids. It was such a thrill to play!
For those who never played, all the kids were arranged in a circle, with the kid who was 'it' in the middle. Everyone held out their hands, palms together. The kid who was 'it' also held their palms together and held a button between them. He or she moved around the circle, sliding their hands between the hands of others, and at some point dropped the button to someone else. This continued with all the kids around the circle, so that no one knew who had the button (except, of course, the kid who was 'it' and the kid who had the button!). Then, everyone took turns guessing who had the button. When guessed correctly, that kid was now 'it' and the whole process was repeated.
I imagine it had something to do with that thrill you get from any game of chance.
But also, I think it may have had something to do with the amount of intimacy involved. Not only did someone glide their hands through your palms, but they were looking you straight in the eye as they did it. And, they often communicated a little something with their eyes if they happened to be leaving the button behind. A hint of what was to come. A twinkle. A glint. A short-lived secret just between the two of you.
Button, button, who's got the button? Innocent fun from a long time ago.
I thought I would do a photo shoot of buttons today. Mostly because the closet needed to be cleaned out, but also because I thought it would be a challenge for me. Yup.
Above are photos of the buttons from some garments that used to belong to Mom, Nan and Gram. And one from my wedding dress.
All shots are taken between f/2.8 and f/4.5 as I wanted a very shallow depth-of-field. As usual, all were taken in RAW format and later converted to jpeg. I processed them in Lightroom and applied some colour filters.