This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “J”, for “joker”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #10, March 5, 2014)
“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you … stranger.” (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight)
I was never a big fan of the Batman movies until a friend introduced me to the Christian Bale “Batman” series (and now I have all three movies in my DVD library). Of these three movies I think my favourite is “The Dark Knight” with Heath Ledger playing the role of the Joker.
It occurred to me that I have some photos of jokers, although mine are much tamer than what was portrayed in “The Dark Knight”.
I came across these three jokers while strolling along the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, and I was immediately attracted to the bright colours and size (each head is about 5 feet from chin to the top of the forehead). Perched on the front of an arcade, they smile down at you while enticing you to come inside and play games (and spend money). Jokers, just doing their job?
This next guy is a wee bit smaller, and even friendlier looking. He is about three inches high and is made of wool. This joker was hand‑made by the mother of a close friend, when my friend was also a wee thing.
And this Joker is part of a larger royal family.
Years ago my friend and I used this Joker and family as part of the Christmas decorations for my home. And now it has become a tradition. Every year they come out of their non‑Christmas home (a large, round, cookie tin) and become part of the Christmas cheer in my home. It occurred to me recently that we have no pictorial record of this royal family, so I took it upon myself to take a photo of the family together and the members individually.