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Photo Challenge: Not PEDESTRIAN


“‘What is this’, and ‘How is this done?’ are the first two questions to ask of any work of art. The second question immediately illuminates the first, but it often doesn’t get asked. Perhaps it sounds too technical. Perhaps it sounds pedestrian.” James Fenton

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian - WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

I need concrete with sharp corners
Green waves crashing onto rocks
Brisk air and salty stares

Wings on birds, cats with claws
Fast dogs and circus scares
I need clocks and border stops

Impenetrable architecture I dismantle my own
Socialized assembly, to need life without power plays
I need out of my way in |Excerpt from Pedestrian NeedPoem by Tailor Bell via poemhunter

This week’s photo challenge theme on – PEDESTRIAN – was a difficult one for me. I couldn’t quite find the right shots that would do the word justice. Plus, I didn’t want to show a bunch of photos with pedestrians on the street that would fulfill the other connotation of the word which also means “lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.” So, I decided to go with the opposite meaning.  I was in NYC last night, attending an event at the Ethical Society. After the event ended, I headed back to the garage for my car and stopped at Lincoln Center to capture some photos.  The water fountain at Lincoln Center puts on quite the moving show. It dances, twirls and spouts water high into the sky … nothing dull about that and it’s magnificent at night.  It was fascinating to stand and watch a seemingly ordinary fountain turn into an artistic water music show. Plus, there were pedestrians all around the place. Perfect. To add to the photo exercise, I’ve curated a couple of poems to add an additional creative twist to the photos.

The Fountain: A Conversation – Poem by William Wordsworth via
We talked with open heart, and tongue
Affectionate and true,
A pair of friends, though I was young,
And Matthew seventy-two.

We lay beneath a spreading oak,
Beside a mossy seat;
And from the turf a fountain broke,
And gurgled at our feet.

“Now, Matthew!” said I, “let us match
This water’s pleasant tune
With some old border-song, or catch
That suits a summer’s noon;

“Or of the church-clock and the chimes
Sing here beneath the shade,
That half-mad thing of witty rhymes
Which you last April made!”

In silence Matthew lay, and eyed
The spring beneath the tree;
And thus the dear old Man replied,
The grey-haired man of glee: Contd Below


“Design, refine and repeat, and keep learning all the way along. It sounds bland and pedestrian, but in fact, it’s the reverse.” Anouska Hempel

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian - WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Video: Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – Dancing WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Outlaw Monday with Sunday laws
Appeal on Thursday for Friday’s brawl
Break early across the bow of the mine trawler

I need spiders in the web
And flowers for fun and seeds
In the midnight ground, never found again |Excerpt from Pedestrian NeedPoem by Tailor Bell


Do take a look at the video I shot above of the dancing water fountain. It was such a delightful and beautiful experience to watch; most especially at night when the center is lit up and the maddening crowds are nowhere to be seen.  The more I consider my interpretation of the chosen theme – Pedestrian – the more apropos this choice is. I mean, we call things “pedestrian” from a subjective perspective and so an ordinary run of the mill fountain might fit the bill. This one is a few notches above the norm and that places it squarely in the category of the exciting and inspiring.

“No check, no stay, this Streamlet fears;
How merrily it goes!
‘Twill murmur on a thousand years,
And flow as now it flows.

“And here, on this delightful day,
I cannot choose but think
How oft, a vigorous man, I lay
Beside this fountain’s brink.

“My eyes are dim with childish tears,
My heart is idly stirred,
For the same sound is in my ears
Which in those days I heard.

“Thus fares it still in our decay:
And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what age takes away
Than what it leaves behind.

“The blackbird amid leafy trees,
The lark above the hill,
Let loose their carols when they please
Are quiet when they will.

“With Nature never do ‘they’ wage
A foolish strife; they see
A happy youth, and their old age
Is beautiful and free:

“But we are pressed by heavy laws;
And often, glad no more,
We wear a face of joy, because
We have been glad of yore. Contd Below


More Below!
“I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friends who like poets who just don’t say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian.” James Laughlin

Video: Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – Dancing WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian - WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian - WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

Photo Challenge: Not Pedestrian – WATER FOUNTAIN AT LINCOLN CENTER

West coast crackers on a pidgeon plate
Monks slashing rubber relief
Long bridges, tall hills, and nano states

I pull the ribbon on the package
To let bows fly over midge eyes
Paper crumpled on fresh trimmed grass|Excerpt from Pedestrian Need – Poem by Tailor Bell via

Have you seen the water fountain display at Lincoln Center at night? I’ve enjoyed sharing the photos I captured last night with you. I am an avid amateur photographer and always look for things to photograph every day. If you want to build your portfolio of photos and memories, develop the habit of taking a few photos every day.  Capture anything and everything and consider a few creative approaches to shooting the same setting. While the Croton Aqueduct remains a  favorite photography setting for me, I love playing around with night time shots too. Hope you loved this selection and that upside down shot of the fountain in the first clip of the video. Haha!

“If there be one who need bemoan
His kindred laid in earth,
The household hearts that were his own;
It is the man of mirth.

“My days, my Friend, are almost gone,
My life has been approved,
And many love me; but by none
Am I enough beloved.”

“Now both himself and me he wrongs,
The man who thus complains;
I live and sing my idle songs
Upon these happy plains;

“And, Matthew, for thy children dead
I’ll be a son to thee!”
At this he grasped my hand, and said,
“Alas! that cannot be.”

We rose up from the fountain-side;
And down the smooth descent
Of the green sheep-track did we glide;
And through the wood we went;

And, ere we came to Leonard’s rock,
He sang those witty rhymes
About the crazy old church-clock,
And the bewildered chimes.
By William Wordsworth


This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – PEDESTRIAN –   What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.



Positive Motivation Tip: Find the beauty in the seemingly mundane and soon pedestrian becomes precious

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

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














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