I love to photograph designs, shapes, and patterns so I’m excited about this week’s photo challenge: pattern. I decided to focus upon daily aspects that we may not notice. Everyone has seen the fancy designs and patterns that surround trees, lamp posts, or similar objects. I also included a shadow pattern of a staircase rail.
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Here’s a second inspiration for the weekly photo challenge culture. I saw this woman with her dog dressed in hot pink and thought it looked cute and humorous at the same time. She’s stylish and well dressed ready to go anywhere with her chic dog. I want to know more about this woman and where she’s taking her dog. It’s amazing how people relate to their pets in our culture. In this case the dog is more of an accessory.
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I’m a little late with this week’s photo challenge: culture. I struggled with this theme, since I always view culture as foreign from a different country. I decided to focus upon how our daily culture has gradually changed with technology. The reserved parking spot for hybrid or electric cars shows how our culture’s transportation has slowly changed. The empty phone booth displays how most now carry a cell phone.
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I took these photos on a beautiful, clear blue sky day. I used the blue sky itself as a background while looking up. We often don’t view flowers looking up from underneath.
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Spring is my favorite season when so many changes occur. Flowers slowly emerge from the ground and buds blossom upon trees. I love to see the colors come alive everywhere after a cold, wet, and dull winter. This week’s photo challenge focuses on change. I decided to highlight Rhododendrons growing outside my house. Rhododendrons are Washington’s state flower. I found flowers on the same bush at different flowering stages.
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I love snapping colorful photos, so this week’s photo challenge really delighted me. These bright and colorful photos were taken at a Day of the Dead celebration at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington. It was the focal point immediately when you entered. This design was entirely made with colored sand. I tried my best to capture it from above. Without all these bold colors, this art work would not be as powerful.
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This week’s photo challenge focused upon your neighborhood by only using your camera phone. My nearby neighborhood is the Proctor District in Tacoma, Washington. It’s only a few streets, but it contains almost everything. There are two schools (I attended both.), library, numerous restaurants, beauty salons, specialty shops, banks, supermarkets, fire station, church, veterinary clinic, a shoe cobbler, a weekly farmer’s market, post office, movie theater, and yes even a Starbucks. The Proctor District also hosts the Spring Daffodil Parade, Art Festival, and even a Halloween event. I thought it would be quite difficult to capture all these elements, so I decided to focus upon the local movie theater.
The Blue Mouse Theater opened on November 13, 1923, showing the film The Green Goddess. The Blue Mouse Theater was claimed to be the “Finest Suburban Theater in the Northwest”. Throughout history, the theater went through name changes and owners. It was endangered to be destroyed and individuals rescued and restored the theater. Inside you will find beautiful chandeliers, Tiffany-like glass, staircases, curtains, and rich wood. It plays only one film at a time for about a week. It hosts a Foreign Film Festival and special events throughout the year. The Blue Mouse Theater is Washington State’s oldest continuously operating theater and is on the National Registrar of Historic Places in the United States.
Recently, it was threatened again due to movie films being made only digitally. Mega theaters have the equipment but the Blue Mouse Theater would need thousands of dollars to replace its older movie projector. Individuals and businesses poured their hearts and money into the facility to keep it open. I love that you truly can see the community aspect as a cleaning service is located next to the theater. The Blue Mouse Theater is the heart of the Proctor District.
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The first time I walked into this used bookstore I was breathless as I glazed upon all the books. The books reached up to the ceiling with a maze of shelves. I had difficulties looking in any direction, since my eyes wanted to capture every detail and book. In this photo, the many ‘details’ are each book. I need all the books or ‘details’ to truly experience this location.
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I immediately thought of these photos for this week’s photo challenge: illumination. The light is coming up from below a sidewalk and through ice. I thought it appeared almost like a warm fire among the cold.
I’m very late for this weekly photo challenge, but I love color challenges. I love to capture nature photos, so I have many plant photographs which many focus on the color green. I think green is a very calming color.
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One of my favorite photo ‘subjects’ is geometric and abstract designs. Black and white enhances bold shapes in photos. So I combined B&W and geometric designs around my city for this week’s photo challenge: geometry.
I’ve been wanting to share these photos for awhile. Some individuals may know exactly what these signs mean, but I’m not sure if I want to be ‘sugared’ or ‘chalked’. These beauty techniques are foreign to me.
I took sunset photos at the waterfront and I swear this young woman purposely posed for me. I loved how I could just see her silhouette at dusk.
Here’s another sunset photo I took. These local teens were brave enough to jump into the cold water at night. I wish my camera was faster to capture the jump better. I think it’s still a fun photo to see a silhouette jump in mid-air.