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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” Oscar Wilde

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – street art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – the famous postwar Times Sq kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Madame Tussaud’s hand

One of the joys of having access to a major city is that, without doubt, you’re bound to come across the unusual, the unexpected, and the creative surprise piece that puts a smile on your face. I live close to NYC, and whenever possible, I make my way to Manhattan, Brooklyn or further out field, and wander around, inhaling the chaos and artistic works.

In the first collage above are shots of bright and beautiful wall/street art created on the sides of buildings near the The High Line; an above ground, “1-mile New York City linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated former New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line” (Wikipedia),  in Chelsea.  The last, lower right corner, shot of hanging bottles in a window display, belong to Antropologie; a retail store display inside the Chelsea Market.

The second collage, which caught my eye as I headed for the highway on a jaunt into the city, is quite impressive. It is a huge, bronze, perfectly manicured hand holding up the Madame Tussaud’s sign in Times Square.

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” Heraclitus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die project

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die messages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Lenin, a wedding and a bird

The Before I Die Project, above, was originally created in New Orleans by Candy Chang after she lost a loved one. The project now travels globally, and these photos were taken in White Plains where the project made a pit stop in the summer. It drew a lot of attention and, as you can imagine, lots of commentary.

On the next collage, the statue of Vladimir Lenin ensconced atop a luxury building in the East Village is known as Red Square Lenin, and stands waving at passing cars headed for the FDR Drive. The startled little bird showed much courage as I took photos of it and so I added it here. The young newly weds were crossing the steps of Low Memorial Library at my Alma Mater, Columbia University, uptown in Harlem, as students milled around minding their own business. The juxtaposition of the bride walking by other casually dressed students made for a captivating shot.

For this Photo Challenge, I decided to share some of the wonderful, eclectic art pieces I found on The High Line, and added photos of other unexpected street art  from around the city. I’ve created a slideshow above to give a more comprehensive look at the photos shared here and I’ve included a few more photos that fit the category – Unexpected. Please see the rest below. Thank you!

 

“Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out…” James Patterson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga at Times Sq

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Sculpture of Pan in the High Line and Hanging Bottles display

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Hanging bottles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Hanging bottles

Lats summer, on June 21, 2013, thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered in Times Square to for the Mind Over Madness Yoga event.  I attended the event and was blown away by the magnificence of joining many others for yoga movements in the middle of Times Square.  We practiced postures, meditated, and rejuvenated the mind, body and spirit. The yoga posture shots above are from that day. It was a fairly typical day there as workers and tourists milled around taking photos and going about their business. The event, Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga, was organized by The Times Square Alliance and Athleta; It was memorable.

The last collage showcases the hanging bottles again and a new sculpture – Pan; a bronze Satyr in a Scottish kilt, lurking in HighLine Park. It was created by the artist, Sean Lander, as part of the High Line’s Busted exhibition; a series of ten sculptures installed along its path. I hope you enjoyed your visit to this blog. Do come back as I plan to upload posts on ALL the Weekly Photo Challenges I missed this year.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected    Your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.

I’ve added some related posts from fellow bloggers; recommended by Zemanta. For more, check out how others interpreted the theme – WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – also see below.

Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of precious and unexpected moments. If we pay attention, we soon learn to hear the murmuring of Mother Earth’s heart as she plants surprises, lessons, and even stern teachings in our path.

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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Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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