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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture#2

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Phoneography – My Neighborhood

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

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This week’s photo challenge of everyday life made me really look into my photos, because I usually don’t take photos of people. I still haven’t gotten used to the stares people may give me when I click and I’m hesitant to ask. I visited Seattle a few weeks ago and took photos of the fast pace on the street. I was near the pier, which is a tourist location and noticed many bicycle pedicabs. It may not be something that the passengers experience every day, but for the riders themselves this is their everyday life.

Waiting for passengers





Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

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This week’s photo challenge is fleeting moment. What exactly is a fleeting moment? It is basically a candid snapshot  or public place. The Daily Post did a spotlight on street photography a few days ago which can be viewed here: street-photography. I attempted taking candid photos around my neighborhood, but I felt somewhat like a stalker. These are the fleeting moments I captured.

Children bike riding
A random woman walking into her apartment

I traveled to China a few years ago and captured many more fleeting moments, because I already looked out of place. It didn’t appear quite so odd to be taking photos of random activity.

A simple hair cut on the sidewalk
Street vendors
Men playing a game in a park
Random busy street action

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