The Traveling Umbrella has been traversing the globe since 2014. Though this amazing prop has been the subject of numerous photos, the number of creative places to photograph the umbrella seems to dwindle with every week. Ketty Benne, one of the most recent recipients of the ‘brella, is fully aware of this dilemma. She wrote, “…Many ideas had already been executed by the time I received [the umbrella]. So, for me the challenge of creating new images that were different and unique was my favorite thing about having [the umbrella].” The Traveling Umbrella doubles as a prop, and also a tool to help stretch the creativity of photographers.
Ketty had a brilliant solution to the difficulties of finding a unique place and pose for the umbrella, “I wanted to take the umbrella with me pretty much everywhere I went,” she wrote, “I thought that by having it on me I would be prepared if an idea would pop up.” Ketty continued, “my family thought I was a nut at first, but then they began suggesting [photos] themselves. They soon were suggesting places to create images.” This strange prop, originally created just to keep its owner dry when it rains, began to inspire an entire family to find new and unique photos.