Some of you responded to the call and opened a window onto their surroundings for others to enjoy. Thank you so much 🙂 I hope you enjoyed making those photographs and that others will enjoy viewing them.
This first episode didn’t go as I expected and my explanations must have been very confusing as very odd photographs arrived in my mailbox 😉 So, for future episodes, we will focus on specific subjects and narrow down options and risks of misunderstanding. But this first attempt was not restricted to a specific topic, so long as the photograph showed your surroundins in a way that viewers could relate to and feel immersed into.
When at all possible, your photographs were added to a map. I feel a greater sense of connection to you all seeing where you are on a map 🙂 🙂 When location info was given accurately, photographs were placed accurately on the map. When they were more general, the location on the map may not reflect exactly reality, but close enough 🙂
Once again, thank you to all participants! Onwards.
I reside in Boulogne, a large suburb stuck on the West side of Paris. But actually, it is in the part of Boulogne that was the former village of Auteuil, once known for leasure residences of harassed Parisien luminaries. Today, its main feature is the butt-ugly Rolland-Garros tennis stadium. Auteuil was always “modern”. In the last years of the XIXth century, lovely greenhouses were built out of steel and glass (modern technology for the times). Then there is, right close to them, a substantial section of “art deco/art nouveau buildings, stretching to the 30s and even starchitect Le Corbusier. Also very modern -for the times. Fast forward, on the other end of Boulogne, once very working class, to the end of the XXth century, and still the thirst to display “modernity”, this time with this sculpture on the pont de Billancourt. Quite clearly an excuse for allowing the construction of so many totally soulless office buildings in what was once so full of life and character.
And the bike, as the one object that makes this come together. The perfect vehicle to visit all the hallmarks of Boulogne, and one which was once very working class in the XIXth and early XXth century, and is today totally trendy. Modern always…
Here are photographs from the bustling metropolis of Mount Vernon in the heartland of ‘Murica 😉
My photographs are from Aups, a fairly large village in the Var (Provence Côte d’Azur) which is reputed for its truffle market and great wines. These are winter scenes, with a deep blue sky and strong but low light and no leaves on the trees. The atmosphere is significantly different in summer with almost vertical white (and often a little hazy) light and lots of shadow. Autumn is gorgeous in this area with all the leaves on the oak forests and vines turning orange or brown.
Here is a selection of photographs from Brussels, in Belgium
Here is this map. Note that multiple locations can appear as one at this scale and only appear separately when you zoom into a specific area.
I’m so proud we’ve started this together 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 What do you think?
Next time: I propose that we repeat the same process (which I hope is more clear to everyone now that those first results are online) but focusing on churches. This is only a guide and if something else appeals, it won’t be rejected. I’m only suggesting churches to simplify choices for you. Anything goes so long as it is typical of your location (so no dogs or people or sports event, as I was sent this time, only streets, buildings, local trees, monuments, churches, river views …). As always, please send me (pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com) your photographs in jpeg, roughly 1500px long side in an email containing the title “share your world challenge”. I look forward to them 🙂
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Ladies and gentlemen, hold your breath, we have a scoop. Pete has given pictures for publication!
Such a regular commentator, we were greatly looking forward to that opportunity and our patience has been rewarded. Thank you Pete! Looking forward to many more.
Great pictures everyone. Thank you! I was particularly interested in Copenhagen as I go there frequently (when allowed to travel) and love the place.
I was short of making a post proposal to Pascal J. when I was stopped in my tracks by the rona.
Take care everyone.
Don’t let that stop you when you get back there 😉
I loved the photos too. Copenhagen is wonderful, but I’ve only ever been in the heart of winter and don’t remember a minute of my time without torrential rain or snow. And the coooooold. We were there before and after a trip to Lapland, where we experienced -30°C, but it never felt as cold as Copenhagen, because of its humidity. I’d love to return in the spring or summer. Meet you there? 🙂
Perth looks great. I would love to be there now. Aups looks also very beautiful, although a bit abandoned.
Regarding the next challenge: are you only interested in current images or also in old ones shot a couple of years ago (churches typically don’t change a lot over time)?
Perth is Amazing. My wife finds the countryside boring. It takes a lot of driving for a change of scenery. But I absolutely adore it. The changes are subtle but there, and the sense of freedom in unlike anything else I’ve experience so close to a capital.
Photos made in the past are perfect, thanks 🙂
I’m afraid I have to agree with your wife, Pascal. Australia has some of the most incredible things in the world, to see. They’re just too far apart – and tourists have a hell of a time travelling from one unmissable site to the next.
Living here, I found it fairly easy. But you know, there aren’t too many people who just hop in a car and drive nearly 6,000 kilometres to get to the capital city in the state next door. Like I did, moving from Adelaide to Darwin. Admittedly it could have been shorter- just over half that, actually – if the centre of the country hadn’t been flooded & impassable at the time.
But some of these places are so magic that you don’t want to see everything else at the same time – it’s more than enough to enjoy, just being in one place, and drinking from the glass until it runs empty.
To put it into perspective – Australia is actually 50% larger than Europe.
And if you’d ever crossed the bay beside Darwin and watched the luminous creatures of the sea glowing in the boat’s wash – or watched a platypus swimming in a creek in the Dandenongs, outside Melbourne – or sampled some of the other things Australia has to offer, youd probably be utterly oblivious of the miles you travelled to do it. Like I’ve been – and countless others, too.
No colosseums – no castles in the alps – but heaps of other stuff instead.
Indeed. An overlander’s paradise.
Nice work, everyone! What a travelogue of beautiful locations around the world. I’ve traveled to all of your neighborhoods with the exception of Belgium, Mount Vernon, and Australia – they are on my travel bucket list, of course!
I totally forgot about this challenge, but will do my best to send something in for the church challenge.
Looking forward to it, Nancee 🙂 🙂 Churches are just one idea, because the general topic of the first episode seemed to perplex a lot of people. Any recogniseable scene from the places you love is fine 🙂 Cheers
Woo Hoo! Pete is in the house! The images are worth the wait. 😉
I think we have had a very successful challenge, and we are off to a good start with filling in the map.
Churches for the next challenge. That could be a challenge, small and charming, or modern and medium? The US Pacific Northwest is a little short when it comes to large ornate and very old churches.
Thanks to all of you for sharing all those photos – one of the great joys of DS is that it enables each of us to “go” to places we never will, and to “see” things we’ve never heard of. Especially encouraging during this blasted pandemic.
So I’ve had a lovely time, cruising the world. My knowledge of Seattle started with “Sleepless in Seattle” – Paul’s photos show us a city with a great deal of depth. Philippe’s remind me of happy days in Boulogne. Pavel’s “Wavertree” was one of the last of the wrought iron hulled tall ships, and collided with technology, being retired after only 25 years (1885-1910) – beautiful vessel. P Jappy’s shots of Aups remind me of Arles – the Passerelle Tondo is a mind-numbing architectural feature! – at the far end of Jack’s Lisbon street, someone offered me a huge sample of what I think he was telling me was “prime Moroccan hashish” but unfortunately for his sales targets I already had more than enough bad habits and I turned him down cold. Lani, if Mount Vernon is “bustling”, I take it that you live ina very quiet little village? – I’ve always been a fan of PG Wodehouse, I have most of his books – I spotted Wooster Road in one shot but I didn’t see any sign of Bertie or Jeeves.
Someone else’s turn – I’ve said way too much already.
I perhaps should have mentioned this before – the “Arcs D’Ellipses art installation” in High Street, Fremantle, was controversial. The artwork, using yellow painted foil, was created by Swiss artist Felice Varini for the High Tide exhibition in 2017, and at the time was credited with bringing thousands of visitors to the West End. Varini left, shortly after completing the installation – but left, after telling the City of Fremantle that the art work HAD to be removed within a limited time, because it would otherwise become very difficult to remove.
In their wisdom, the City of Fremantle left it there for several years! – by which stage it was well and truly stuck to all those buildings – and some of the owners were downright furious about it. One ended up suing the City of Fremantle over it.
Most street art here is pretty basic – I much prefer things like the one heading Pascal Ravach’s selection – there’s brilliant street art all over the place, in Europe, and it’s often more interesting than the scenery it’s stuck to. Surely they must have permission – even Banksy would be hard pressed to cover the entire side wall of a 6-storey building in the small hours of the morning, perched precariously on a ridiculously long extension ladder!
Thanks to everyone for those kind comments – I’m not good at this publicity stuff, I found myself blushing – but it’s motivating me to get out there and produce something else.
Pete, your comment is as inspiring as your photographs!
Thank you all for participating, I look forward to continuing this and seeing where it goes 🙂
Like the others, so happy to see your pics, Pete… at last!
Brussels being considered the “capital” of “graphic novels” (the term “comics” being pejorative for us snobs ;D), you can find such immense street art, performed by a few of our famous creators, splatted around downtown. We even have people like Schuiten and Peeters: architects (our new Opera), and graphic novels creators, having reproduced their drawings in a subway station; the “9th Art” is an institution in Belgium 🙂