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“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access, but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we will get some traction soon. I will venture out tomorrow and start thanking you all… I was hoping to do it from the comfort of my home not the lovely din of a Starbucks Cafe. But, I’m grateful so no complaints. As for this week’s Challenge, I found it a bit ironic. Cities are a geometric haven and ditto nature; much of it was washed away in our part of the world during the hurricane… Federico Garcia Lorca’s quote above is perfect for the sentiments percolating in my head. I’ve added a few to fit the challenge.

The human heart likes a little disorder in its geometry. Louis de Bernieres

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Some of the geometric shapes I saw were a surprise to me on close up… Can you guess what all these shapes are? I will add the details tomorrow… Guess and lets see what we find out about geometry… Some are obvious and perhaps others are not… 😉

Human knowledge is dark and uncertain; philosophy is dark, astrology is dark, and geometry is dark. John Jewel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry … Okay, they were too cute to ignore. 😉

I didn’t think I would enjoy doing this… but I had some fun once I started looking at shapes and spaces with a different eye; a new perspective can make a difference for sure… I could use one…after five nights in a cold home. 😆  More below! Stay safe and blessed… And THANK YOU!

Geometry is not true, it is advantageous. Jules Henri Poincaré

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be by to see yours tomorrow and Sunday! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Geometry to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 Have an awesome weekend!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Geometry – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge:Geometry. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Quintin Lake of Quintin Lake Architectural Photography (Architectural Photography). Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Geometry. This challenge is about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world. Many photographs of any genre have an underlying sense of geometry, but I often like to make this the main subject of my work. I think it’s the most important aspect of a photograph’s success. This could be the patterns of the natural world up close and personal, or the rhythm of your local buildings. The above photograph, “Positive Negative,” depicts the Paula Rego Museum in Lisbon where the sky created an equally strong element of the composition as the building. The image has a totemic quality, softened by the passing cloud. I had waited for this cloud to move into the perfect position within the frame. The colour, light, and form of the image emphasize this geometry. Share a photo that means GEOMETRY to you!
Tip: Once you have found a good subject that contains an interesting geometry, try to crop tightly into the subject to make an unexpected composition. Your goal should be to create an abstract composition so the image is more about underlying shapes than a literal representation of the subject matter itself — by doing this you create art rather than a snapshot.

Positive Motivation Tip: For those of us with minimal interest in the subject, I had to laugh when I read this quote: Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense! Comte de Lautreamont Keep an open mind. 😎

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

140 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/11/2012 7:52 pm

    great post – hope you have your power back soon..

    • 14/11/2012 7:40 pm

      TY and we have it back now… but other stuff has been taking up my time. Will continue to play catch up. 🙂

  2. 02/11/2012 8:20 pm

    Wow, fantastic photos for the challenge Geometry! Wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing 😉

    • 14/11/2012 7:42 pm

      TY! It was not easy but once I got into it, it started to make sense to me. 😉

  3. 02/11/2012 8:28 pm

    So sorry to hear you were caught up in the destruction of Sandy. No heat, no power, I haven’t forgotten what that is like – I suffered through the Ice Storm in Quebec/Ontario in ’98 – everything iced up and -20C – it was not fun. Hope things continue to improve for you.

    • 14/11/2012 7:43 pm

      That must have been a nightmare. At least we were a tad fortunate to have milder temps for a few days… then it got colder. TY!

  4. 02/11/2012 8:41 pm

    This is fascinating but I am glad you are ok.

  5. 02/11/2012 8:50 pm

    Elizabeth, what a positive voice during stressful times! The geometry quotes were a welcome touch! And I enjoyed the variety and classic geometry representations of your photos. I am still pondering my response — have not been satisfied with any of the photos I have pulled up and started to post for this week’s challenge. Thinking perhaps this one requires me to set foot to one of the trails in town and have nature reveal some of its geometry to me — we will see how generous time is this weekend. Take care and may the lights be on for you soon! ~ Kat

    • 14/11/2012 7:46 pm

      I hope you find some shapes that work… I will check in with you to see what you ended up sharing. TY!

  6. 02/11/2012 9:21 pm

    Hi Liz, what a great looking post. Sorry to hear of your stuggles with storm. I hope you and your family are ok. With all my best, peace and love.

    • 14/11/2012 7:49 pm

      TY Walter… we are doing better now. Just have to catch up on posts and get back to a routine.

  7. 02/11/2012 9:39 pm

    Such a variety of interesting shots, and I’m glad you included the dogs 🙂 Praying for you and all who are affected by Sandy!

    • 14/11/2012 7:50 pm

      TY you dear one… we are alright and I need to catchup on all of your blogs and add new posts.

  8. Bree permalink
    02/11/2012 9:57 pm

    Great geometric shapes and the first one would look great framed and hung on a wall. Hope you are braving the post hurricane discomfort. Praying for you and all affected.

    • 14/11/2012 7:51 pm

      TY for the prayers… always appreciated and accepted. Yeah, maybe I will have that shot framed. TY!

  9. 02/11/2012 10:13 pm

    Excellent interpretation for the challenge. Great write-up, too, as well as the photography tip. Stay warm!

    • 14/11/2012 7:53 pm

      TY so much! The tip is from the host on WP Daily Post… 🙂

  10. 02/11/2012 11:29 pm

    Glad to hear that you are safe, and hopefully your power will soon be re-connected.

    Great selection of photos for the geometrical theme, Elizabeth, especially considering you had to use Starbucks to upload them – WELL DONE!

    • 14/11/2012 7:55 pm

      TY Marianne! There was a lot of camaraderie at the location I went to and it was nice to be around others on laptops

  11. 02/11/2012 11:42 pm

    Thinking of you

  12. 03/11/2012 12:05 am

    Well done for going the extra mile to create an excellent post 🙂

  13. 03/11/2012 12:39 am

    Kiss for you!!!

  14. 03/11/2012 1:37 am

    Great collection of photos and quotes, as usual Eliz !

  15. Goz permalink
    03/11/2012 1:49 am

    Very nice shots.. As always. I think I spotted a stack of paper bags? And wall or floor tiles? in the mix. Thinking of you..still can’t reach you by telephone so I know your power’s still off.. O ga Dinma..we thank God for preserving you all..

    • 14/11/2012 8:00 pm

      TY dear one… Our phones are working now… Hope to hear back again. 😉

  16. 03/11/2012 1:54 am

    Can’t believe you’re back to your great posts despite having no power! Well done, you 😀

    • 14/11/2012 8:02 pm

      TY Tilly! You spoil me… I’m keeping myself distracted. 🙂

  17. 03/11/2012 3:47 am

    We can always count on you, Eliz, for some great shots. Love that walkway with the white railing and that cool, black and white building. Sorry to hear about the electric–I live near the bay across from Ocean City a barrier island below Atlantic City. We had devastation just at the end of my block with our beloved marina and restaurant where we eat breakfast every weekend. I saw trucks from Alabama & Florida–so the calvary is on the way!

    • 14/11/2012 9:12 pm

      TY Terri! Glad you are fine too and sending healing wishes to all those still in recovery mode.

  18. 03/11/2012 4:16 am

    i ‘ll send you positive energy 🙂 happy to know that your are ok in NY…i saw the images on TV…and feel like i’m with you !!!!to support you !!!

  19. 03/11/2012 4:22 am

    These are wonderful! I’m so glad you came through it alright. I hope the aftermath isn’t hard on you, good luck with getting back to normal. Lots of thoughts and love coming your way 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 9:16 pm

      TY! I was surprised how much this affected me… TY for your kind words…

  20. 03/11/2012 5:15 am

    Artistic, creative, beautiful and inspiring. Thanks. have a great weekend.

  21. 03/11/2012 5:33 am

    First of all, good luck with the Hurricane Recovery. Second, I enjoyed your images, especially the one with the bag handles. And finally, thank you for the mention. Take care.

  22. 03/11/2012 5:47 am

    So relieved you are safe!!
    Insane is the only word that applies to what you all in the NY/NJ went through!
    You have some of the best shots I’ve seen so far for this challenge…love the leaves against the grate…it
    completely illustrates the natural and manmade geometry around us.
    Best of luck with the rest of your cleanup.

    • 14/11/2012 10:00 pm

      TY! Yes, the hurricane was insane… blessings to those in the throes of recovery.

  23. 03/11/2012 5:51 am

    Your first shot is perfect – really striking.

  24. 03/11/2012 5:57 am

    Glad you are safe. We are cleaning up the trees down on our property too. Wires and structures both hit. What a mess!

    • 14/11/2012 10:02 pm

      Sorry to hear about your damage… Sending love and light and glad you are safe.

  25. 03/11/2012 6:05 am

    Great interpretation! Sill without power! My friend who lives in NJ told me 7-10 days for her. I can’t imagine! Also it must be cold. Our heat was broken for two days and it was so chilly. It makes you realize how much we have here and often forget how lucky we are! Stay warm….:)

    • 14/11/2012 10:05 pm

      TY! Hope your friend has recovered from it all… We are doing better now.

  26. 03/11/2012 6:46 am

    Brilliant catch of patterns, of the modern world interspersed with nature.

    • 14/11/2012 10:06 pm

      TY! It turned out to be a fun exercise. 😉

  27. 03/11/2012 6:49 am

    Hi Eliz,
    I love where your mind traveled!
    Glad to hear you’re okay, and Starbucks is a nice reprieve for you. 🙂

  28. 03/11/2012 7:16 am

    Thank you for taking the time to be with us despite your challenges. The photos are lovely. Take care and stay warm!

    • 14/11/2012 10:10 pm

      TY so much… I love the photo challenges… 😉

  29. 03/11/2012 7:52 am

    Hi E: I’m so glad you are OK. I’ve been thinking about you during all this.
    It shows your dedication that you still are publishing under those conditions.
    My hat’s off to you…thanks for sharing so much as you always do. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 10:11 pm

      TY for your kind words… the challenge offered a refocus from the tragedy of the hurricane in my area. My heart goes out to all in recovery.

  30. 03/11/2012 8:41 am

    Wonderful photos, Elizabeth! There is something easy on the eye in all those geometric patterns. Wishing you warm and safe and cozy.

    • 14/11/2012 10:12 pm

      TY! It was a fun challenge… and we are doing better now. Thanks again. 🙂

  31. 03/11/2012 9:48 am

    Best wishes to you and yours Elizabeth. An excelent entry 🙂

  32. 03/11/2012 10:29 am

    A great response to this week’s challenge. I love how you see the big picture and then move in for a close-up. In the end the close-ups are my favourites, whether the one of the handles of bags or the one of tiles. I like the abstraction they offer. And I hope things will so get back to normal – or as normal as possible – on your parts of the world. I feel for you.

    • 14/11/2012 10:14 pm

      TY for your feedback… I appreciate your insights too! 🙂 We are doing better now.

  33. 03/11/2012 12:18 pm

    congrats for using coraline! it’s always good to test something new …

    • 14/11/2012 10:15 pm

      Hi Frizztext! I’ve been using this template for two years now… Nothing has changed. TY!

  34. 03/11/2012 12:20 pm

    my “LIKE” is no. 100 – “We still don’t have power or internet access …” oh, Eliz, – but nice, that Starbucks has electricity, isn’t it?

    • 14/11/2012 10:16 pm

      TY and I’m grateful we are doing better…

  35. 03/11/2012 3:30 pm

    great selection of photos!
    My thoughts are with you and all the others out there, still without heating and all. In Sweden “Skavlan” has a great talk show on Fridays, and yesterday Jon Bon Jovi was there talking about Sandy and his family being there now. When we had our latest big storm here, she was called “Gudrun”. and had us without electricity for a week . Winter and freezing cold and dark. Hope it gets better soon for you!

    • 14/11/2012 10:16 pm

      TY for your kind words… we are doing better now. 🙂

  36. 03/11/2012 5:45 pm

    Great images – thanks for the ping back!

  37. 03/11/2012 8:08 pm

    not related to the above … did you get a pingback from this post of mine ?
    i was remiss in not notifying people directly of my nomination and relied only on the pingbacks … something I will not do in the future lol

    • 14/11/2012 10:17 pm

      I didn’t get the notification… TY for thinking of this blog. much appreciated.

      • 16/11/2012 4:15 am

        You’re welcome 🙂

  38. 03/11/2012 8:18 pm

    Great collection of patterns and geometric designs! Glad to hear you’re safe, and I hope your power is back on soon. Stay warm!

    • 14/11/2012 10:18 pm

      TY for your kind words… and we are doing better now.

  39. 03/11/2012 11:08 pm

    You add geometric inspiration with your positive motivations. I am hoping power is restored soon for those of you down south. My thoughts are with you and your family. Be well.

    • 14/11/2012 10:19 pm

      TY for the well wishes Allyson and I’m glad you are fine too.

  40. 04/11/2012 1:44 am

    Thank you for the visit.
    So glad you survived Sandy.
    It must have been so scary.

  41. 04/11/2012 3:06 am

    Security is an illusion. It must be very frightening to know a Frankenstein storm like Sandy is heading your way.
    But then every country / city has its problems and we are not immune

    • 14/11/2012 10:20 pm

      No one is immune from climate changes and we must do the best to prepare for them… TY!

  42. 04/11/2012 6:37 am

    I am so glad that you are OK Elizabeth. I’m so sorry that you have been through so much. You did a fantasitc job with this photos challange. This is one of my favorite subjects turning builings into art who knew math was involved. :+)
    I hope your power is restored ASAP!

    • 14/11/2012 10:21 pm

      We are doing better now and I thank you for your kind words… Much appreciated.

      • 19/11/2012 7:36 am

        I’m glad to read that you are doing better. :+) I hope that it contuines to be only good that comes your way at least for awhile. :+)

      • 19/11/2012 8:18 am

        Same to you TY dearly! 🙂

      • 19/11/2012 8:25 am

        Thank You too my Dear! :+)

  43. 04/11/2012 7:14 am

    Hi there, I just popped over from Debra’s blog and wanted to say hi 🙂 I love th eimages you have chosen for geometry, it looks and sounds like a fun challenge to meet.

    • 14/11/2012 10:22 pm

      TY for stopping by… I enjoyed visiting your blog too. 🙂

  44. 04/11/2012 7:16 am

    very cool 🙂

  45. 04/11/2012 9:38 am

    WOW…. Some great photos you have about the Geometry – I simply Love them all 😉 (btw – I moved “Far Away” to another server so there will be no confusion in future – click my name?) Thanks for sharing

    • 14/11/2012 10:23 pm

      TY for the reminder about your move… How is it going?

  46. 04/11/2012 1:17 pm

    Fantastic photos for the challenge, Elizabeth. I see the storm drain, but have no idea about the others. “Thank goodness for Starbucks,” I say. 🙂 I hope your power comes on soon, along with my son’s. You’re so right, those two doggies were definitely too cute to ignore. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 10:23 pm

      TY Adin and hope all is well with your son and his family… We are doing better now.

  47. 04/11/2012 5:54 pm

    Elizabeth, my heart goes out to everyone in the East Coast, but it’s wonderful to hear from you specifically. It’s amazing that you’re still finding the time to write such a wonderful blog. Hope your power comes back soon! 🙂 Karen

    • 14/11/2012 10:24 pm

      TY for your kind words Karen… I appreciate the concern.

  48. 04/11/2012 9:37 pm

    Your post, from Starbucks no less…
    the collection of photos…always fitting to the theme
    your reflections…never fails to inspire
    Amazing woman you are Elizabeth because you show us nothing (so far) can slow you down…
    your dedication and hard work is much appreciated.
    thank you. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 10:25 pm

      TY Sunshine and the sentiments are mutual… I appreciate it! 🙂

  49. 04/11/2012 10:27 pm

    Fantastic pics. I hope you get power back on and things get back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible 😉

  50. 05/11/2012 8:28 am

    Exceptional photos Eliz! The puppies are the cutest 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 10:25 pm

      TY Madhu! Those puppies were a winner for me too.

  51. 05/11/2012 3:31 pm

    Great examples, Eliz! Glad to be reading that you are still safe.

  52. 05/11/2012 7:42 pm

    How do you know I was lurking your blog!? Bwahahahahaha! I’m just having fun reading the comments. Everything is pretty much been said. I just want to say that this post is one of the bests I’ve seen for the challenge. You caught me good!?

    • 05/11/2012 8:22 pm

      You are hard to miss. 😆 TY for your kind words always… 😉 I’m still catching up and now behind on blogging too… Oh well. No complaints! TY! 🙂

      • 05/11/2012 8:28 pm

        Actually, I’ve been lurking for a while. Just don’t know what to say. I know I’ve said once here on your blog how I hate reading sad news. It is indeed hard to come up with something to say.

      • 05/11/2012 8:31 pm

        I understand and so that becomes the right thing to say… It is hard and most of us have the same dilemma. TY! 🙂

  53. 06/11/2012 12:09 am

    Awww how cute are those puppies???? 😀

  54. 06/11/2012 10:56 am

    Great quotes and images, Elizabeth! The tile floor under the dogs is geometry, right? Hope life is getting back to normal for you! 😉

  55. 06/11/2012 2:07 pm

    Your life has been everything but orderly geometry…glad you ok…Lovely pics of the theme!!

    • 14/11/2012 10:34 pm

      TY for your feedback… we are doing better now since the hurricane.

  56. 06/11/2012 9:40 pm

    I can imagine how tough this challenge must have been from the start. I like your interpretation of geometry. Hope the power comes back soon.

    • 14/11/2012 10:35 pm

      TY! It was hard but once I got into it, I was pleased with the outcome.

  57. 07/11/2012 7:17 am

    Great post and a wonderful choice of images. Maybe John Jewel is the reason you have no power. 🙂 Hopefully not much longer.

  58. 07/11/2012 4:29 pm

    Elizabeth, I’m so sorry that you got caught up in the storm of Sandy. We have a son that is in Penn fixing power lines. I’m sure he is doing all that he can to restore power. My wife and I were in the earthquake in ’94 in Northridge,California. We were without electric water and gas for heat. We were lucky because it wasn’t cold like y’all are going through. We hope that your power is restored soon. Good Luck! Jim

    • 14/11/2012 10:38 pm

      TY for your kind words and I hope your son is safe on the job… It was a scary experience but we are doing better now. Sending our prayers to the families who remain without power.

  59. 07/11/2012 7:28 pm

    Hi, Elizabeth. I am glad that you are finding equanimity amidst the chaos around you now. I thank Gd with each little improvement that you get there. I hope life returns more or less to normal soon – I just cannot fathom what normal means when there is loss involved (hence, the little ambivalence with the word ‘normal’). May tomorrow bring a lot of good cheer to you and those near you. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 10:39 pm

      TY Imelda! Sending prayers and blessings to those who lost so much… we are doing fine.

  60. 08/11/2012 11:36 am

    Great post, especially given the circumstances. well done you. True grit indeed

  61. 11/11/2012 10:23 am

    I think without a certain geometry, there is no beauty expressed.

    • 14/11/2012 11:13 pm

      True… everywhere we look, we see and see more geometry. TY!

  62. 13/11/2012 8:25 pm

    Beautiful ‘geometry’ photos, Elizabeth.
    The first thing that came to mind when I saw this challenge was the geometry of box braids.

    • 14/11/2012 11:13 pm

      Box braids… Now that would be an interesting image to shoot up close. TY! 😉


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