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“When I first made a grid, I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees, and then a grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, ‘This is my vision.'” Agnes Martin

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID - collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station windows and indoor grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID – collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station window w/ US Flag reflected and indoor  ceiling and cafe grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia, and Gehry Building and more in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID – Individual Shots

I think New York is a good place to write in general because it’s a grid. It’s organized. You know where you are on the map. That centers you, and your imagination is perhaps freer to roam. Alex Turner

For this exercise, I found some grid filled photos I took around NYC,  in Washington DC and Virginia. The NYC shots are of Columbia University’s Library uptown Manhattan, and of the Gerhy designed building in midtown on the Westside Highway. The Washington DC outside and inside shots are of their magnificent train station, and I was so taken by the grids and curves that I took a lot more. As for the double windows taken at night, I can’t tell you the name of the station. I took it from a slow-moving train on my way to a conference. I will add the full images via MESH shortly so you can see what they look like in larger size.

“I’ve lived a slower and less expensive life going off the grid, and I’m happier because of it.” Ed Begley, Jr.

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID - collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station windows and indoor grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID – collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station window w/ US Flag reflected and indoor ceiling and cafe grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia, and Gehry Building and more in NYC

We often take for granted that our lights will come on when we flip the light switch, but the reality is that our reliability standards and the current state of the transmission grid leave us all vulnerable to blackouts. Richard Burr

I’d love to say that this was more fun because I actually enjoy taking grid shots… Yeah, some of us are hung up on those thirds that we look at everything through a grid… haha!

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“The American order reveals a method that was largely the outcome of material necessity, as exemplified by the Colonial style and the grid.” Stephen Gardiner

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID - collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station windows and indoor grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID – collage of CU Library in NY, DC Station window w/ US Flag reflected and indoor ceiling and cafe grid, Unknown Double Station windows shot from train to Virginia, and Gehry Building and more in NYC

I get so much inspiration from my travels, but I also started an exercise where I write down so many words every week. Then I begin crossing them off. We create a grid of words and also images, but words for me are more ample because you can interpret them your own way. Francisco Costa

Don’t be alarmed that I offered the same shot 3 times, I’m doing it strictly for the way it gets shared on my social media accounts and I do like uniformity. I finally figured out that if I publish my post with the picture I want distributed first, I can add more pictures afterwards. So stay tuned for the rest. Thank you! That said, I wish all a restful and peaceful weekend. Enjoy the photos and hug your loved ones. Have a Happy Weekend!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – GRID – below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: GRID  –  This week, make a grid the centerpiece of your photo. Next week, they can lapse back into our photographic subconscious, but this week, let’s give them some time in the sun! We often superimpose a mental grid over things we photograph to help with composition. This week, let’s go literal.


Positive Motivation Tip: On the grid or off the grid, it’s all about keeping those lines and life in a way that makes us smile.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection.

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


79 Comments leave one →
  1. Masshole Mommy permalink
    18/09/2015 2:55 pm

    Glad you explained why you had the same picture in there three times. I was beginning to think I was going crazy,

  2. amanda permalink
    18/09/2015 2:57 pm

    You chose some absolutely beautiful architecture to feature here. I think it is kind of funny because I have heard many Chicagoans complain about navigating NY because of its lack of a grid. Maybe it’s just something that insiders know, huh?

  3. Kelly Hutchinson permalink
    18/09/2015 3:55 pm

    I love this challenge! I never realized how many grid patterns you could find to photograph!

  4. Joely Smith permalink
    18/09/2015 5:26 pm

    This is SUPER COOL! I love how you found all these grids in architecture! I also love architecture so even more cool of a post! You do amazing work! Always love your posts!

  5. andy1076 permalink
    18/09/2015 6:00 pm

    I love these! Beautiful roofs 🙂

  6. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    18/09/2015 6:04 pm

    you just made me miss NYC! I so need to make a trip very soon 🙂

  7. Aliza Sara permalink
    18/09/2015 8:05 pm

    Coming from a background of an architect, your photos are too amazing! And i couldn’t agree more. The grids are the key to exhibiting your photos well 🙂

    Aliza Sara xx

  8. Fernando Ceballos Lachica permalink
    18/09/2015 8:22 pm

    The structural designs moved my heart when I remember those tragic night at the top of the building. Well, it’s just a nightmare for me but now I realized the beauty behind the symmetry of geometrical designs that built within the framework of love.

  9. asbestrecipes permalink
    18/09/2015 8:45 pm

    You always have so many great pics this collages look really cool.

  10. Karlyn Cruz permalink
    18/09/2015 9:09 pm

    I enjoy looking at all of your pictures. The grid pics with the light coming through catch the eye.

  11. tara pittman permalink
    18/09/2015 10:20 pm

    A very interesting way to look at buildings. I remember taking a class about different styles of houses.

  12. Girl, Unspotted permalink
    18/09/2015 10:54 pm

    I like that the challenge this week is grid. Great photos! It does catch organization and symmetry, which is what I would love to believe is the representation of grid to begin with.

  13. miss (@thedealmatch) permalink
    18/09/2015 11:01 pm

    Great photo challenge. I want to go back to Italy and France, take a lot of pics..

  14. kai permalink
    18/09/2015 11:58 pm

    i hope i can visit New York someday. Id love to roam and walk around during winter. oh, reminds me of the movie, serendipity.

  15. violetaloredana permalink
    19/09/2015 12:50 am

    Sometimes I too look after a grid – usually the painted windows in churches make me think of a grid or large buildings with impressive fences, similar to those illustrated by you in your post. A grid indeed suggest order, method, and in various occasions we need to be more organized 🙂

  16. Claire Algarme permalink
    19/09/2015 1:53 am

    I always love your blog because I get to learn a lot about photography. I always like to capture photos that create a pattern. 🙂

  17. Acadiana'sThriftyMom (@acadianathrifty) permalink
    19/09/2015 3:06 am

    I love theses photo challenges. These photos are beautiful!

  18. tumandok permalink
    19/09/2015 4:11 am

    I look for a brief description of this “grid” for what first comes to mind is the world map which is divided into grid. And I found it so related to what my expectation is. This is a kind of photo art which focuses on “grid” spectacular. – Gil Camporazo

  19. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    19/09/2015 4:48 am

    There is something visually appealing to me in the grid shot. It is organized, expected, and has an order that is kind of peaceful.

  20. The Traveling Gals permalink
    19/09/2015 6:24 am

    Great photos! Love the shot of the American Flag 🙂

  21. Jessica Young permalink
    19/09/2015 6:53 am

    How interesting! What a great way to stretch your photographic muscles! I especially liked the cafe and flag through window shots. Great work 🙂

  22. Dannea permalink
    19/09/2015 6:57 am

    Simply loving those lines and patterns. In this world full of chaos, it’s always wonderful for me to see patterns. This grid photo challenge is very interesting!

  23. msposh2013 permalink
    19/09/2015 7:48 am

    All of those grids are so interesting in themselves

  24. Jonathan Key permalink
    19/09/2015 8:20 am

    These are really great pictures! Thanks for sharing love your blog.

  25. Beth@FrugalFroggie permalink
    19/09/2015 10:17 am

    Such beautiful pictures!!

  26. Claudette Esterine permalink
    19/09/2015 10:18 am

    Grid has come to have a different meaning for me of late but this was a most interesting post and perspective on the word! Thanks as always!

  27. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    19/09/2015 11:03 am

    Very cool! I like the perspective the grid gives!

  28. danii permalink
    19/09/2015 6:23 pm

    Haven’t heard of grid shots before, will add this to the list of things I need to learn more about for my photography.

  29. Shann Eva permalink
    19/09/2015 6:58 pm

    Great photos .I will have to show them to my son, as he will really appreciate them.

  30. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    19/09/2015 8:51 pm

    I have learned to do a “lights on, lights off” thing whenever I switch responsibilities. Although they can never be totally separated from each other, I try to give my all in the current state I am in.

  31. PrayerFull Mum permalink
    20/09/2015 2:07 am

    A very intriguing perspective on GRIDS. The capture of grids on architecture and structures are beautiful and mesmerising.

  32. Tiffany Yong permalink
    20/09/2015 7:09 am

    What camera do you use for all these photo-taking? Do you think grids restricts you or frees you? As in the feeling~

  33. Anne V permalink
    20/09/2015 7:28 am

    I love grids, the symmetry in them most of all. We don’t have a lot of those in the area where we live, mostly solar power grids but other than that nothing else haha. Guess I wouldn’t be able to deliver if I joined this specific photo challenge due to my location. 🙂

  34. Nicol permalink
    20/09/2015 10:34 am

    grid shots are my favourite. when taken at the right angle, they can look mesmerising

  35. Ms. Katrina permalink
    20/09/2015 1:47 pm

    You see much more than I could ever see and the beauty of it is that you are able to translate it for me with your photos.

  36. Catherine Curti permalink
    20/09/2015 2:58 pm

    What a beautiful photos, I’ve never seen this before. I wish I could travel in NY to see them.

  37. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    20/09/2015 4:29 pm

    I love photos such as this. The bottom right building is so pretty!

  38. Aurika Matias permalink
    20/09/2015 6:42 pm

    I love how meaningful your posts are! I use grid frame when I’m having a hard time to choose between a lot of good shots. 🙂 Your photography skills looks good too.

    • 21/09/2015 12:18 pm

      Thank you Aurika! These are not my best shots especially because I used a new Canon camera that ended up taking over pixalated photos… but I’m learning a lot too. 🙂

  39. 20/09/2015 7:38 pm

    I love the new additions to your blog….I finally graduated last Oct—but now I am cutting hair again what I use to do. But, I cannot find a job go figure….all that college for nothing…Ugh…Blessings Jackie

    • 21/09/2015 12:07 pm

      Congratulations on your graduation!!! I am so proud of you and your accomplishment. Don’t despair as the job market is under par and many are still looking for jobs. It’s not you, it’s the economy. Kudos Jackie! <3

  40. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    20/09/2015 9:22 pm

    These grids photos look so magical and I wish can visit to NY some day to experience them on my own.

  41. Ling Tan permalink
    20/09/2015 9:25 pm

    Wow lovely photos from you again. well done!

  42. Jason Panuelos permalink
    20/09/2015 9:30 pm

    I love how grids sort of signify order and boundaries. They prove that even simple patterns can be so beautiful as well 😀

  43. Betzy Carmona permalink
    20/09/2015 10:21 pm

    All those pics are lovely

  44. HilLesha permalink
    20/09/2015 11:55 pm

    I love these pictures and that quote. Thank you for sharing!

  45. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    21/09/2015 5:47 am

    Honestly, this is the first time that I felt appreciating grid shots. DC Station window w/ US Flag reflected is what I like most.

    • 21/09/2015 12:17 pm

      Thank you Papaleng! I really like that shot too because it is a grid on glass reflecting the flag behind my camera. 😉

  46. Franc Ramon permalink
    21/09/2015 6:37 am

    These are nice grid shots. I’m looking forward to the new photos you would be adding here.

  47. Erinn S permalink
    21/09/2015 8:11 am

    My son just got a Lego Architect book with similar lessons on line and form

  48. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    21/09/2015 8:29 am

    I like your Grid Photo that the light shine through the windows at night. It shows the contrast of the Grid. Those ceiling ones are nice too.

  49. Raymond Vasquez permalink
    21/09/2015 9:10 am

    This made me curious how it feels to write in New York! And I’ve always wanted to visit NY one day. I hope in my lifetime it would come to reality. I believe. And I am strongly believing it will. 😀 I wanna see those structures one day, with my own eyes, for real.

  50. Deshawn Keiner permalink
    21/09/2015 9:10 am

    Your photos are beautiful as usual. Can you tell me how to be a part of the weekly photo challenge? I want to give it a try.

    • 21/09/2015 9:47 am

      DeShawn, if you’d like to join, click on the link at the bottom of my post. The one that gives the Weekly Photo Challenge instructions. It will take you to the WordPress page and you can follow it and bookmark it. They post the Challenge every Friday at 12 noon EST/ 9am PST. Thank you! 🙂

  51. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    21/09/2015 5:22 pm

    Those are some beautiful shots you captured. I love the grid on that whole building shot.

  52. Maria Lianos-Carbone (@amotherworld) permalink
    21/09/2015 7:25 pm

    What lovely photos. Did you take them all? I will have to check out the weekly photo challenge. I need to upgrade my camera though.

  53. Dhemz permalink
    21/09/2015 8:12 pm

    wow, such a great composition. I love the photo grid that you’ve created.

  54. Jojo Vito permalink
    21/09/2015 8:22 pm

    the geometrical patterns in the photos created a different dimension 🙂

  55. LizZ H. permalink
    21/09/2015 8:42 pm

    One day I would love to travel across the states seeing all the famous locals <3

  56. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    21/09/2015 11:14 pm

    Wow, that glass building on the lower right of the collage is so unique. These are true architectural works of art.

  57. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    22/09/2015 12:41 am

    You know I haven’t really taken a good look at grids before, but looking at your photos now, I see the beauty in them. Thanks for making the readers realize not to take things (big or small) for granted.

  58. Yvonne Bertoldo permalink
    22/09/2015 1:53 am

    The architectural designs of those buildings are just brilliant. Everything looks good in photos but it would be much better in real life.

  59. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    22/09/2015 7:10 am

    I like to see grid photos of old barn houses. Is that a good suggestion?

  60. Fred permalink
    22/09/2015 7:40 am

    This “grid” photo challenge sounds so difficult to do. But your architectural choices look very elegant indeed. – Fred

  61. Manu Kalia permalink
    22/09/2015 8:24 am

    Most of the grid shots are unique and beautiful. the third one is my bet and my favorite.

  62. Nova permalink
    22/09/2015 8:59 am

    The photos you share were somewhat taken by a professional photographer, they are vivid and amazing.

  63. 22/09/2015 2:04 pm

    Great images Eliz…I like them a lot.

  64. JessicaACassidy permalink
    23/09/2015 3:23 am

    All the shots are all beautiful. What a view to shot.

  65. Daileo Paleo (@DaileoPaleo) permalink
    23/09/2015 4:03 pm

    Love your NYC photos! I have been here for ever and always like to see the city though others eyes!

  66. Holly @ Woman Tribune permalink
    25/09/2015 9:28 am

    This was a really great challenge. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with the subject “grid.”

  67. Holly permalink
    25/09/2015 9:29 am

    This was a really great challenge. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with the subject “grid.”


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