Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thematic Photographic 53 - Road

Kiss my asphalt
London, ON, March 2009

Now that we've paved paradise and put up a parking lot, we're left with little choice but to live with the landscape - or moonscape - that now exists.

I rather detest the vast expanses of pavement that define where most of us live. An urban geography dominated by roads is hot, people-unfriendly and not all that pretty to boot. Still, as much as I'd like to whine about the unnaturalness of it all, it won't change reality. So since we're stuck with roads here, there and everywhere, I thought we'd at least take a week or so to explore 'em with our cameras.

Are you in?

Your turn: Take any picture of any road. Post it on your blog and leave the link in a comment here. That's it! We'll be doing this all week long, so remember to try the veal. If you're new to Thematic Photographic, here's a bit of an overview:
  • Every Wednesday evening, at precisely 7 o'clock Eastern, I post a new Thematic Photographic entry.
  • Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is...road!
  • You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
  • You paste a link to your entry in a comment here.
  • If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry. Old or new, all photos are welcome.
  • You may post as many photos or links as you wish. For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. I encourage you to do the same. This is all about sharing, so feel free to share to your heart's content!
  • Please share this link with friends, too, and encourage them to join in. The more, the merrier.
  • And please accept my thanks for your enthusiasm. Your participation has made TP a true highlight for me each and every week.


Mojo said...

Awesome photo Carmi! You really captured the alien nature (or un-nature?) of pavement with this one. Lit a little differently you could easily pass this off as the dark side of the moon or some other not-of-this-earth scene.

And of course you know a child of the Age of Aquarius is gonna dig the Joni reference. Groovy baby!

I found that most of the roads in my archives came from the same general vicinity. So I may have to go looking for more. But for starters, I offer up one of the more picturesque stretches of highway in the Old North State, the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Thematic Photographic 53: "Road" v.1.0

Beverly said...

I have a photo of a road on my blog. I finally might get back into the groove.

Anonymous said...

I expected to see the Lunar Rover coming over one of those bumps.
N.A.S.A. will not be pleased.

Neil Armstrong.

David Edward said...

i have a good one from Hawaii, i will see if I can find it

Vita Stunder / Anna said...

Awesome photo Carmi!!
And the title of this photo is just.. FABOLOUS!
Stunning job to capture the pavement like this.
I fell in love with this shot at first sight!

Thanks alot for inviting me over :)
Of course I'm joining you guys.
How could I resist?

My first thematic road is up!
Welcome everyone and take care of each other! :)


Catherine said...

I tend not to photograph roads, but I found some scenic view with roads in them, from both New Zealand and the UK

Cuidado said...

Thankfully not all roads are paved. This is one I regularly walk in autumn. It is hilly, twists and turns and the views are awesome.

Mamie said...

I don't even want to guess what you did to take that photo, Carmi, but it's a great one. Surreal.

I'm going to have to work hard to come up with a "Road" photo since most of mine are taken around the water.

I have thought a great deal about your post yesterday about the Holocaust Museum shooting. I enjoy getting the "northern" perspective of our way of living (dying).

awareness said...

Highway Zits! :)

I have so many road photos and I don't know why. I think because I learned from YOU never to leave my camera behind. Some of the shots I love...winter roads complete with Deer ambling alongside...autumn roads etc.... However, the photo I picked was one that I took last summer and never knew why until I was prompted this week to rediscover it. It brought back my thoughts and my feelings behind the meaning of our Trans Canada Highway.
Hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I enjoyed trying to find the words to capture them.

Light and Voices said...

that road photograph looks surreal. Here is my contribution for pavement:

Just Jinny said...

Here is my entry for road. Not very creative, I didn't have much to pick

Glennis said...

Good lord! I can't believe it's thursday!

I need to get a ROAD picture up.

bobbie said...

Yes, Carmi, I'm definitely "in". Your photo is a rather unfriendly looking one.

Mine can be found at:

Glennis said...

Mine's up!! A road, in a flat land.

Glennis said...

My road pictures is up.

Barbara said...

That looks like one of the lava-melted roads in Hawaii!

Well, I am back with one of the more interesting locations on my road trips. Here it is!

Tony Gasbarro said...

Heeeeeeeeere's mine!

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

And I thought some of our roads were bad! Great capture though :) Mine is finally up at

NJ said...

Mine is located here. I've posted two roads. Total contrasts.

Love 2Bs said...

Never looked that closely at a road before...nice view!

I love taking photos of roads and had a few from my archives. Also chose my favorite from this week to post: said...

What an intriging subject.

mysterious light on the road

have a great week people!

Glennis said...

I have one, because with the road comes traffic jams.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

Recently I've been spending ( far to much) time almost face down on the road, taking some fab images.....and alarming folk generally.
But for has to be My Current Favourite Road! It's a road. That's all. Like any other really. But it's teeming with variety and life....and all just out of the camera's viewinder.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

This is a seriously cool photograph!

Mine is not so cool, but it does come with a quote from a Rush song, amidst an entire post quoting songs from the "Snakes and Arrows" CD.

Steve Gravano said...

I just found you blog, nice.Here's one for road.