Okay, can we establish that, for those of us who live in the United States, this has been a damn crazy week?
Now that we have that out of the way, I will introduce you to The Photo Challenge for this week which is up. There are 11 definitions in Merriam-Webster so I may very well be re-upping with this theme. Today, however I am going to bring you up to speed on definition # 1. Because it has been a crazy week, I changed up my usual habits and worked up this shot. I feel like I used up every filter I have access to before I made up my mind. Fed up, yet?
As always, because I like my readers to shake up their blog reading, here are other examples of the theme.
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | North of Park
- Weekly Photo Challenge – Up | The Urge To Wander
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | A New Day
- Weekly Photo Challenges: A Slacker Finally Submits. | the ever-budding bear
- Cymatica | Elevate Your Vibes
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up « Wilderness Escapades
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | Mama Sonshine
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | Create A Beautiful Life
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | IsobelandCat’s Blog
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up (Dry) | What’s (in) the picture?
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | Thrifty Finn
- Weekly Photo Challenge :: Up | Cheryl Andrews
- Weekly Photo Challenge : Up | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
- UP | thelissachronicles
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up – Through Glass To Sky | SERENDIPITY
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up! | de Wets Wild
- Weekly Photo Challenge : Up 🙂 | Things that make me smile
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up. | Beyond Life. Almost daily.
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Up | Sigoese
First we will have a moment of quiet contemplation to allow our Downton Abbey friends time to recover.
There – now we can proceed.
On Valentine’s day when I went to shoot One Billion Rising in Columbus Circle I ran smack dab into a small protest/demonstration against TWC (Time Warner Cable) This is an easy company to protest against, believe me. The Time Warner Center takes up the entire western side of Columbus Circle and so Columbus Circle is a logical place to march around.
This particular group was protesting TWC’s decision to drop The Ovation Channel in favor of more sports programming. Ovation is/was the only station on TWC that devoted all of its original programming to the arts. I have no idea if they knew about One Billion Rising staging a flash mob at Columbus Circle but the Ovation protestors got out of the way during the rising and were media savvy enough to get the camera crews on site to shoot them and interview their leaders afterwards.
However, I have to say that my favorite people of this part of my day had nothing to do with either One Billion Rising or Ovation. They were just two folks looking for their lodging…
One Billion Rising held actions, dance, rise, strikes, all over the world yesterday.
“About One Billion Rising:
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders…”
There were 100 events (or more) in the five Boroughs of New York City alone. I was able to photograph/participate in two events. The first was a flash(dance) mob at Columbus Circle, the second was in Times Square.
Here are just a few of the images I made:
The event at Columbus Circle took place at 12:30…
The event in Times Square started around 5pm and was still going when I had to leave at 6:15.
I am just learning to shoot video with my smart phone in my left hand while shooting with my SLR in my right so…
As the event in Times Square happened, a Vow Renewal ceremony was in progress. That is where the music comes from in this clip…
This is my second pass at Ailsa’s Travel Theme of the week which is circles.
100 yards or so from the pedicab convention I showed yesterday is The Trump International Hotel with its steel globe.
Many people are unaware that the globe was placed there at the recommendation of a Feng Shui expert. Their idea was that traffic coming around the circle heads straight at the hotel until it turns up Broadway or Central Park West. The bad traffic energy now hits the globe and so flows around the hotel. Feng Shui was also the reason to move the entrance off of Broadway to the quieter Central Park West side where it faces Central Park. This allows it to draw in the beneficial energy of the park.
Is this the biggest statue to the smallest war ever built?
Who knows but it is big. The edifice is called The Maine Monument. It stands in Columbus Circle at the southwest entrance to Central Park. 4 days after the battleship Maine blew up and sunk, William Randolph Hearst established the “National Maine Monument Committee” to raise money for a shrine to those who died aboard the Maine. The Spanish American War lasted 4 months and gave the US control of Puerto Rico, Guam, The Philippines, and Guantanamo in Cuba. It took 15 years for the monument to appear.
At the river after returning from Gracie’s Departmental Graduation ceremonies