Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

The Daily Post photo challenge for this week is Urban:

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Terence S. Jones of A Guy With a Camera. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Urban. The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are. Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life. It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa. Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension.

Hmmm. “photograph . . . where you grew up” – well, I grew up in too many places to determine which was really home, and I have no pictures from way back then. After considering whether to enter this challenge, I finally did decide I would -with photos taken on a trip to Beijing a couple of years ago. These represent my concept of “urban” the best.

We were momentary celebrities in Beijing, with many of the residents wanting pictures of their family with the “white folk”. Interesting feeling for us.

Bicyclists were very common in Beijing, many of them piled much higher with things to be transported than this one.

Street cats, also profuse.

From our hotel window, a Beijing hutong – a typical urban neighborhood.

Starbucks is everywhere!

Approaching the artistic center.

A neighborhood hutong being replaced by newer construction.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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25 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

  1. HI Carol,

    This is really interesting! The photos paint a picture of another (very urban) world, from the laundry lines to the Starbucks coffee. I love that you and your daughter got to travel together.


    • Carol says:

      Naomi, we went to Seoul, South Korea to visit my son, who was teaching there. During his spring break we went to Beijing. It was a great trip – the three of us travel well together.

      Sent from my iPad


  2. taniamend says:

    nice shots! starbucks is everywhere. the pic of typical urban reminds me of the movie memoirs of a Geisha, where the little nitta tried to escape and jumped on those ‘same looking’ roofs. 🙂


  3. Northern Narratives says:

    Interesting photos. Perfect for the Urban challenge.


  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, how COOL is this?!!!

    Given a choice, however, I’d always find my way back to the beauty and serenity of your back yard 🙂


  5. Dawn says:

    Like the shot from the hotel window of the rooftops best…must have been a great trip!


  6. Angeline M says:

    Great photos. I like the bicyclists, what a challenge that must be to load their bikes and be able to travel down the road with that load.


  7. Love your pictures of Beijing! Fabulous city to show the mixture of urban and renewal, especially with the razing of all the hutongs! I loved Beijing!


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  9. Kathy says:

    Thanks for your view into urban scapes such as these. I love visits to cities. Also love returning to the quiet woods. Kinda like going to Oz and then saying, “There’s no place like home, no place like home.” Thanks for showing Oz.


  10. Colleen says:

    Wonderful photos Carol. We hope to travel in China one day and explore our daughter-in-law’s ( and granddaughter’s) roots. I so enjoy reading about your travels:)


  11. Lisa says:

    Beijing is certainly a good choice for “urban”! You captured the prompt very well.


  12. Lynne Ayers says:

    Interesting shots, Carol – Beijing must have been fascinating to visit.


  13. frizztext says:

    cats are everywhere …


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