Weekly Photo Challenge: Face


This week WordPress’ photo challenge involves faces.

Share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one.

We either like them or we don’t. Me, I’m a bit on the fence — mine is certainly not an oil painting, but I guess others might think otherwise. But I’m not putting that to the test in this instance.  🙂

So I thought about what I might offer up to the theme. There are so many I could go for — I’ve been taking photos for a lot of years, so the choices are endless.  However I decided to show two photos I took recently. Every weekend I drive 90 km to visit my Mum who is in a nursing home in Toowoomba, the city in which I was born and raised.  This particular time I caught up with some friends and we went on a mini-tour of the city.  I was amazed at how many changes have and are in the process of happening, especially in the CBD.  I guess that’s pretty common in the life-cycle of a city.

One spot that we stopped at was where I used to hang around as a kid. It was close to where the public library was, and I would always park my bicycle there.  At that time the car park was for a fruit handling business I think.  But now, 45 years later, it seems to be abandoned, perhaps waiting for a developer to come along and replace it with something new. There is a fabulous piece of graffiti on part of the wall. I’ve always loved the creativity of graffitists  and disagree with the notion that everyone who paints on buildings is a vandal and should be punished. Of course there are some that ruin it for the majority, but in this case, the painting is brilliant! I have no inkling of the background to this piece, but all the same I think it is awesome.

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My second shot is a painting on the building where the public library was located when I was that young boy all those years ago. This one was commissioned by the Toowoomba City Council, and it shows faces of the multicultural makeup of the area. The Toowoomba region has representatives of many countries of the world, all of whom have enriched the lives of all who make their home in the area.

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I hope you have enjoyed my faces.  If you’d like to see some more posts for this theme, click here.

 

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24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

  1. Fabulous street art. We have some great examples in Glasgow too which can cheer up otherwise dull corners of the city. I notice you said one was “where the public library was” – I hope you still have a library somewhere else. I’m a retired librarian and hate to hear if libraries closing down, which is becoming a regular occurrence here in the UK.
    Thanks for visiting The Glasgow Gallivanter.

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  3. Great job Kim, these are both really good pictures. It’s also nice to see that someone else can see the difference between vandalism and art.

    Also great to see you have made a connection with Nikki at A Kinder Way. I’m partial to her and her blog, doesn’t hurt that I’m married to her. 🙂

    I followed you on instagram (steve_528)

    Take care.

    -Steve

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  4. How lovely to meet you here Kim. This is a great post and a wonderful interpretation of the challenge this week. I look forward to exploring more of your blog. Cheers from a fellow Aussie writer and photographer.

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  5. Those are both beautiful shots. I’m partial to the first one, but both work perfectly with this prompt. I think graffiti artists are deeply talented. 🙂 I shared this in my Posts of Note today. 🙂

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    • Yes, the first is brilliant. I just woke up here in Oz, and was checking out my Twitter feed. So much interesting stuff there if you follow the right path. Anyway, I came across some brilliant graffiti/street art in Melbourne — if you search for #Adnate, you’ll be able to see what I mean. Thanks for sharing my post. So kind of you. 🙂

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  7. What a brilliant interpretation of faces. Faces in the form of graffiti, and also the identity and believes of the artists behind the works of art. The leaves almost look like fire in the first one. A piece of art with mostly cold hues, yet there is such an energy radiating within it. The second one is a great representation of cultural diversity. Love how the colours of they match the hues of this one – well timed.

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    • Hi Robyn…yes, the first is absolutely brilliant. Perhaps the difference between the two is artist licence? The 2nd has been created with an intention to market the area, and therefore would most likely have constraints around what could be painted; whereas the other is purely the imagination of a graffiti artist. I think that comes through even in the choice vibrant colours as opposed to the mode “normal” (mundane perhaps) colours of the 2nd one.

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