Sooooo, PJ gave us an easy prompt for October…photographer’s choice. Now, he’s swung the pendulum completely the other direction with November’s prompt….Where The Streets Have No Names. Whaaat? I’ve racked my brain all month to come up with a unique and a different perspective. It was definitely a challenge!
So here’s my thought process on deconstructing the prompt….scary, I know, but stay with me…….
Streets are areas that adjoin buildings and providing a passage for travel. Streets also intersect with each other, and their main function is to promote interaction. Streets facilitate unrestricted transport of people and goods.
Okay, now on to the second half….No Name. In many cultures, a name carried with it significant importance or power. No name is synonymous with anonymous. No identification or identity. Insignificant.
Now that we have that all cleared up, here are my five interpretations of Where The Streets Have No Names:
1. Our church participates in a program that provides backpacks filled with essentials for children who will enter the foster care system over the next year or so. Sometimes they enter with only the clothes on their backs and nothing else. Each pack is gender/size specific and include pants, shirt, pajamas, toothbrush/toothpaste, socks, underwear, water bottles, hair care products and accessories, lovey or stuffed animal (for the younger ones), a journal, photo album and bible. In total, more than 400 backpacks were returned for distribution. By anonymously (no names) donating these items, the backpacks intersect with a very disadvantaged population and offers unrestricted transfer of goods. A week after collection, about 39 of them had already been given to children.
2. Some streets are so neglected, they really don’t look like streets. This one looks like a road to nowhere. There is no identification on this road and no one would mistake it for having any significant importance.
3. My imagination can take me just about anywhere I want to go….and the streets there don’t have to have any names. I can navigate from one idea to another quite easily…without any need for a GPS or map. I’m really more of a mind-mapping type of personality anyway. All roads lead to creativity.
4. The classroom is filled with avenues to interact and intersect with learning opportunities to promote interaction. Each child travels a different street to success and, in a perfect environment, there are no labels or names on this journey. FYI, this is Peanut’s kindergarten class. It was “pink day.”
5. Perhaps the best metaphor for Where The Streets Have No Names is the comparison to the Kingdom of God, or in layman’s terms; heaven. It’s there where it doesn’t matter what street you live on….there is no wrong side of the tracks or bad parts of town. You won’t be able to assume a person’s status or wealth by their street address. Poetically, all “streets” are golden (aka: precious) and point to one destination….the presence of God.
If you’re still with me, here’s a little bonus based on the last interpretation.
Check out how others interpreted PJ’s theme this month HERE.
12 thoughts on “November Photo Challenge: Where The Streets Have No Names”
You really thought that one through. I doubt I’d have been that creative or imaginative. Good going!
The backpack image packed the most punch (if you will) with the short backstory.
Lisa, I love your take on this photo prompt, which I agree, was a very challenging one!
Great captures! Especially loved #3! And that final image of the cloudy sky is beautiful!
Well done, my friend!
You had a most interesting take on this week’s prompt. Well done. That backpack idea is brilliant. But after all is said and done I really have to take issue when you say no name is insignificant.
Well, present company definitely excluded!
Thanks for sharing your thought process on this most challenging theme. I tried to come up with some not-so-obvious approaches but just couldn’t get there, so I really appreciate your creativity.
The story about the backpacks is a tough read, especially when you stop long enough to think about what those numbers really mean. I was glad you posted this one first, so that the colourful and inspirational images that come afterwards put a little glad in what would otherwise be a sad heart.
Really, really fantastic, Lisa.
You really thought this one through, and came up with some wonderful ideas for the prompt.
I hope you’re having a great weekend. xo.
Great job interpreting the theme this month. By far and away, my favorite shot of yours is your crayon shot. What a great idea – wish I’d thought of something like that.
I always love your 96 color mentality!
You have the most unique and wonderful interpretation so far! The first one is so amazingly moving. That is an incredible program and it does so good. I especially love the journal idea. Great job!
I enjoy your interpretation on the theme. The stories go well withe the photos to complete the picture.
That is what I call reading into a theme! Nicely done. It’s truly the beauty of something like this challenge — it makes you think outside the box and come up with different ways to interpret. I like this. I like the crayon photo a ton. Really cool. 🙂