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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

July 4, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 011

With a definition of the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect, the theme this week for WordPress’s photo challenge is juxtaposition.

My response takes us to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on America’s Independence Day. On the Fourth of July (the 2013 version), the Smithsonian Institution was hosting its annual Folklife Festival. This is a yearly gathering where the Smithsonian picks (usually) an international culture, an American culture, and a government agency to highlight.

In 2013, the global culture the Folklife Festival shone its spotlight on was Hungary. I don’t know where this picture fits in the Hungarian culture, but one of the items showcased on the National Mall was this gigantic dog made out of stacked (and painted) planks of wood.

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The juxtaposition here is the size of the dog compared to the size of the child underneath. Usually, it’s the other way around.

I guess one could also compare and contrast a Hungarian symbol being showcased on an American landmark on Independence Day, but the picture above doesn’t quite show that. This one does, though…

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Wherever you’re from, hope you enjoy.

Photo Friday: Youngster

Day 356 – July 12, 2012

As I was away from this blog for the month of July, I missed four weeks worth of themes and challenges from the wonderful creative minds over at Photo Friday and WordPress.

Allow me to play a bit of catch-up as I answer Photo Friday’s challenge of three weeks ago that had “youngster” as its main thesis.

While back in the States, I took the time to wander around the National Mall. After strolling around in the 95-(and more)degree heat, I took a rest on a bench. With camera in hand, I took to capturing the scenes that flitted around me on this fine Thursday (albeit hot and humid) day.

Below is one such moment.

Boy and pigeon at The National Mall

Sippy cup, iPhone, and a bird to watch. What more needs a curious tyke?

I do so love the look of intensity/curiosity on the boy’s face as he examines his avian neighbor.