Sunday, April 13, 2008

Caption This 66


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London, Ontario, April 2008 [Click to embiggen]
Quick note: If you're just joining us, I've been taking my camera to seemingly desolate places - parking lots, crumbling downtown blocks and other forgotten locales - and challenging myself to find either beautiful, memorable or otherwise compelling images. This photo continues the theme...
I came across this woman in a back alley during my downtown walkabout. I was using a longish lens, so I doubt she even knew I was there. While I was wandering around, there was a steady stream of folks coming and going - mostly to the nearby liquor store or bus station. I had no idea what this woman's story was, but as I took the picture, I wondered where she was coming from, where she was going, and whether she gave much thought to the tumultuous depression of her surroundings.

Your turn: Please suggest a caption for this image by leaving it in a comment. Enter as often as you'd like, as I encourage that kind of thing. As always, I'll post a new Caption This entry next Sunday. And lots of fun stuff between now and then, of course.

About last week's photo of a woman taking a walk: This photo touched a nerve in me as soon as I captured it. Awareness touched that same nerve with her caption, Spring in her step. She is a fellow Canadian, and an observer of the world around her who routinely inspires me to bring a little more introspection to my own. As worthy a read as you'll ever find in blogland...please click here to congratulate her, and don't hesitate to hang around her blog and explore. Honorable menschens go to:
  • Karen Travels: Just do it
  • Moi: Take a hike
  • Barbie2be: We all walk alone
  • Sara: Over the river & through the woods to grandmother's house we go
  • June: Solitude
  • Jenty: "Where is it? I've been walking forever!"
  • Dak-Ind: Sometimes, you just need to walk alone.
Thank you all again for making Caption This a highlight of the week. Check back often through the week for more photographic insanity.

39 comments:

Katya said...

Hey hey, Michele sent me.

"One lap down, another 5 to go."

love the photo!

Awareness said...

Hi Carmi.

Yipppeee! :)

I deliberately "caption bombed" you last week. It must be spring, as I seem to have found my competitive streak! Must be due to the beginning of the hockey play-offs and the baseball season that has stirred my blood.

thank you for your kind words here. As I have told you before, I have learned a great deal from your photos and posts....and try incorporate it while I figure out my own camera angles. I've just posted a few I took this morning on my walk......hope you like them.

Now as for this lovely lady walking through the alleyish area....will have to return with a caption later. cheers.

craziequeen said...

Hi Carmi, I saw your Caption Thingy was up and thought I would try, yet again, for Caption Immortality.......

'My Life, in Ruins'

cool play on words, I thought.

Ad as for your question, I would say no, if she lives there she probably doesn't even notice the rundown area. Unlike you camera bunnies, most of us never really look at our environment.

cq

Bob-kat said...

The woman seems to be a bit puzzled so:

"I'm sure I left my car here!"

Hope all is well and truly thawed in your part of the world now!

Michele sent me over to play and it's always a pleasure!

Stacy said...

"Can't see the forest for the trees."

gemma said...

love the photo but I am at a loss for words...unlike me but what can I say...

Michele sent me by the way but I would have come here any way.

barbie2be said...

the road home

Awareness said...

To quote Bugs Bunny......

"I must've taken the wrong turn in Albuquerque...."

spwriter said...

"local color"

colleen said...

"Sleep walk" or some kind of Back Alley Feng shui (the art of placement where splashes of red are used to offset problem places.

Hi Carmi! Michele spun me here.

tommie said...

dang GPS, I should have used a map!

Barb said...

The red coat is such a standout in the bleakness of the neighborhood. How about "Red on Grey"

Speaking of grey, check out my latest posts for my first attempts at the drama of black and white photos!

Jennifer said...

When I first looked at the photo my eye instantly caught the painted fence and wall. With the bright red jacket.

" Extreme make over downtown"

And the person in the photo is thinking. " They're gonna love it"

Jacie said...

'I can't see the wood for the trees'
Not sure if that's an english expression that will nothing to a Canadian! Love your blog

Michael Manning said...

"City Council to discuss Failed Urban Renewal Programs"?

JC said...

Shoulda took the long way home...

Ready or not, here I come!
(To start hide and seek, adult style, of course.)

The brochure said "Room with a view".

Sara said...

Oh, I have to try this one...

"My own personal art gallery"

Robin said...

Familiarity breeds attempt

It's about the journey, not the destination

Do you see what I see?

All that, get hers--she strolls.

(I'll be back...I wanna see hope in this capture....)

:)

Roth Family Adventures said...

Dangers lurk on a path of an urban jungle.

Sara said...

now where did I put that gps down?

Sara said...

Lost

Sara said...

where did everyone go? I said I was coming right back.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Oh no, it used to be right here...

My jacket is the most colorful thing on this block. Except that graffiti.

I'm gonna walk right into that landscape and I'm never coming back.

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot/They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum (Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi)

steerforth said...

"My cousin Abdul with his new red jacket on the way home. And that to the left used to be the Hamids' grocery store."

Moi said...

yay!!! i got the honorable menchen!!! :)))

will think of a caption for the current image and come back :)

Jennie said...

Neat picture, I love city murals...
An Artist Grows in London

Omykiss said...

I like the yellow post ... seems to be the most well maintained thing around there .....

Caption: Now where was it I used to live?

Pamela said...

new jacket

Sara said...

look at me now

Sara said...

let's see now it was a left on Main, left on Ogden, right on Flower . . . oh no it was another left on Flower, that's where I went wrong

Sara said...

back to the drawing board, or should I say scribble board

Sara said...

into the wood panelled woods

Alix said...

Totally blank for this one, I'll have to think about it.
I loved last weeks caption - perfect for the photo.
Love this weeks photo too, I am trying to follow your example and notice my environment a bit more

Kim said...

For some reason the first verse of Downtown ran though my head...

"When you're alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go, Downtown."

Vanessa said...

crumble corner

the teach said...

Hi Carmi, Caption: Now where did I put my car?

Great shot! :D

Anonymous said...

Hello Carmi!
"The truth is in the details."
"Welcome to the other side."
"Urban jungle."
"Which way did he go?"
Terri

Moi said...

do song lyrics count as captions?? :)

then here's my weekly contribution

"
I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk alone"

Karen Travels said...

"This use to be my playgound"


Thanks for the mention!!