Monday, September 03, 2012

Thematic Photographic 211 - Weathered and Worn

A rail line runs through it
Kitchener, ON
July 2012



















This week's theme, weathered and worn, is going to be a fun one, as it'll challenge us to look back a bit. We're always so focused on what's newest, what's next and what's hot that we tend to forget about the things that we're leaving behind in the process.

Sometimes, in looking back, we see things that simply wouldn't be built today. Like this place. As I walked past this alley in downtown Kitchener, I stopped and stared for what seemed like an age. A rail spur right through an alley: how cool is that? Knowing nothing about this area, I wasn't sure what came first, but I was pretty sure today's zoning laws would never allow anything like this.

Which is too bad, because streetscapes like this are infinitely more fun to explore than your average strip mall. And they tell the stories of those who came before us far more effectively than the anonymous designs that now define our urban lives.

Your turn: 1) Find your camera. 2) Take a picture of something that's been around for a while, and looks it. 3) Post it to your blog/website (if you've already got something online, feel free to use that, too.) 4) Leave a comment here so folks know where to find it. 5) Visit other participants for more sharing and inspiration. 6) Repeat if you wish (we encourage it.) 7) Bring a friend along (we encourage that, too!) 8) Have fun. That's the entire point! 9) Click here if you're new to Thematic and would like additional background info.

28 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

You are definitely hitting on some colorful themes...
As always, here's mine:http://afreshstartwithkalei.blogspot.com/2012/09/tp-weathered-and-worn-211.html

Magaly Guerrero said...

My grandmama used to say that I was born with the soul of a 50-year-old, and I think she was right. I love old things. She was the first weathered beauty I welcomed in my heart. And books. And ancient trees. And old stories. And... well, you get the idea.

I loved this prompt. It nearly made me cry. I've been thinking about my grandmother a lot lately. Maybe because All Hallow's Eve is so near...


Here is my "Sage Exult"
http://magaly-guerrero.blogspot.com/2012/09/sage-exult.html

Lisa Shafer said...

I have a good one for this! C'mon over and play the game:
http://lisashafer.blogspot.com/2012/09/photo-mysteries-writers-game-30.html

Rita said...

Carmi, you must have been reading my mind this week. I had already selected several items to post this week and all were in your weathered and worn classification. You will find the first here:

http://cashjockysphotos.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-post.html

Alexia said...
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Karen S. said...

Oh Carmi I do like your theme, and can feel another post running through my weathered and worn head! Ha! Ha! Here's mine

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2012/09/thematic-photographic-211-weathered-and.html

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Here's a weathered and worn barn (and some other stuff ;).

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Cloudia said...

Very nice shot and meme, dear Carmi;
but how can I photo my heart?



Aloha, Friend
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
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Rita said...

My last shot was for Monday. You will find my Tuesday contribution blazed a few pioneer trails in its heyday.

http://cashjockysphotos.blogspot.com/2012/09/final-resting-place-2.html

Bob Scotney said...

A garden, a Cornish cliff and old farm buildings make up my shots.
http://bit.ly/UpnfQg

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

What a lovely invitation! thank you :)

the first of mine is here

lailani said...

Fun theme and oh the places one could go with this one!


http://thegreengrassgrowsallaround.blogspot.com/2012/09/tp-211-weathered-and-worn-last-of-its.html

Gilly's Camera said...

and just an image here,

Max Sartin said...

Had a blast looking at everyone's weathered and worn pictures, great work out there! Here's mine.

Alexia said...

Such cool shots! I like the angle you've taken the alley at, Carmi. Really interesting.

My shots are here.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

and here

Janet said...

I looked back and found this: http://fondofsnape.com/?p=4641

laura.forestdreams:) said...
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laura.forestdreams:) said...

(ok, let's try this again...)

wow...looks like i'm late...as usual. ha.
here's my take on 'weathered & worn'.

http://forestwalkart.blogspot.com/2012/09/weathered-worn.html

i loved this theme!!

and i promise to visit everyone here...it just might take me a few days!!

smalltownme said...

I always wonder about the history behind these old places.

Here's mine: http://smalltownmom.blogspot.com/2012/09/thematic-photographic-weathered-and-worn.html

Rita said...

I'm sharing some more of my weathered and worn on my regular blog in connection to the ABC challenge the Letter "H"

They can be found here:

http://cashjocky.blogspot.com/2012/09/houses-homes-habitats-huts-or-hovels.html

Gilly said...

Made it in time! mine are here:

http://gillymaccsphotos.blogspot.com

Max Sartin said...

Here's some more.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Helping others links:

Aunt Snow has one.

http://doves2day.blogspot.com/2012/09/thematic-photographic-weathered-and-worn.html

And M.B. has an old engine on the beach.

http://mbouffant.blogspot.com/2012/09/oxides.html
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M. Bouffant said...

Ah, Thunder helps the slothful: Me (not Aunt Snow).

Thanks!

Aunt Snow said...

Oh, Thunder you are too kind. I thought I posted, but I think I probably didn't hit "Publish!"

Mine is at http://doves2day.blogspot.com

And I've been too busy (literally, a 4 hour meeting!!!) to visit yours but I will in the next day and weekend.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

therapy admission here!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I have a double dip here.

Someone had the idea of posting tattered butterflies, and I copied it. Also, there's an old shack, and some less than tattered butterflies.
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