Gallery: meet me on the corner
(and farewell to Friendly Friday)
Meet me on the corner,
When the lights are coming on,
And I’ll be there.
I promise I’ll be there.Lindisfarne
A favourite song from a favourite band (who incidentally take their name from a favourite place).
Down the empty streets,
We’ll disappear into the dawn,
If you have dreams enough to share.
There is something about the idea of a corner. Who knows what might be around it? Whether on a city street or a quiet country lane, there is a sense of anticipation about what might be revealed.
And yes, a corner is a good place to meet because it stands out, a landmark on an otherwise unremarkable road perhaps.
Amanda has challenged us to share turning points. As mine is a travel and photography blog I’m taking her literally and sharing some turning points, aka corners, that I have encountered in different parts of the world.
Turning a corner in Trinidad, Cuba
A street corner in Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde
Hanging out at a corner shop on the Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakesh
A corner near the Musee Dar Si Said, Marrakesh
A quiet corner of Arpino, Italy
A back lane corner in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
A little pig on a corner on the island of Joal Fadiouth, Senegal
Peering around a corner in Narlai, Rajasthan
A busy corner near the West Lake, Hanoi
And a quiet corner in a rural village in North Korea
A corner in Tallinn’s upper town, Toompea Hill
In the almost ghost town of Magdelena, NM
A bend in the road on the way to Taos, NM
No way of knowing what is around this corner on a road in the Hat Mountains, Oman!
Farewell to Friendly Friday
Symbolically we can talk about ‘turning a corner’ when a situation changes, often for the better. Someone who has been ill is on their way back to good health. We start to see our way through a problem that has been worrying us. By turning that corner we are also turning our back on the past and looking to a different future.
But of course, often we are leaving something good behind us. In this post I am bidding farewell to the Friendly Friday Challenge. I’ve only been co-hosting a relatively short while, a little over a year, but it’s been such a pleasure working with Sandy and Amanda. Along the way I’ve introduced you to some of the interesting people I’ve met on my travels. And I’ve shared some thoughts about what makes a good photograph. But the greatest pleasure of all has been seeing everyone’s responses to the challenges I’ve set. Thank you all.
In particular, thank you to everyone who responded to my last challenge:
- Aletta made me smile with a hairy hoof, among other great examples https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/friendly-friday-challenge-all-or-nothing/
- Sofia’s architecture examples of negative space were especially striking https://photographias.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/friendly-friday-challenge-all-or-nothing/
- Bren filled her frames with glorious colours and a friendly dog https://brashley.photography/2022/08/13/fill-the-frame/?c=27117#
- Liz filled her frame with green https://onemillionphotographs.com/2022/08/18/49505-all-or-nothing-green/
- Sandy had some contrasting examples of street photography to illustrate the different approaches https://thesandychronicles.blog/2022/08/20/ffc-all-or-nothing/
- Philo expanded on my own explanations very engagingly, and shared an excellent example of each https://philosophyvia.photos/2022/08/23/friendly-friday-challenge-all-or-nothing/
A few people have been kind enough to say that they’ll miss my photography ‘rules’ posts, so I may come up with occasional ones on those lines in the future. And of course, not knowing what might be around the many corners ahead, I may well host or co-host a challenge in the future. But for now I’m looking forward to the freedom to post without a fixed timetable, as I hope to make up for time lost to the pandemic and fit in some extra travels over the next few years.
So farewell to Friendly Friday, but not to blogging of course. I hope to see you all around – maybe you’ll meet me on the corner?!
All of these have a wonderful sense of suspense. I find myself thinking about what’s on the other side.
Ah yes, I guess that’s the thing about corners!
Beautiful corner gallery around the world! Great captures, Sarah!
Thanks Amy, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing them!
Aletta - nowathome
Lovely photos Sarah!
Thank you 😊
Enticing corners, every one!
Thanks Margaret, I’m glad you liked them!
Beautiful atmospheric pictures. And an interesting concept- corners. There’s probably one at the beginning of every parting of ways, so maybe a corner has the potential to be the starting point of two completely different stories.
Thank you 😀 That’s an interesting thought – two stories diverging from every corner!
Wonderful photography, Sarah as usual. Colourful and atmospheric. Love the Rajastani girl peering around the corner most. Thanks so much for all your fabulous posts. It certainly has been an asset to Friendly Friday over the times.
Thank you Amanda 😊 Not only has it been fun working with you and Sandy, I’ve also learned a lot from my first experience of hosting a challenge!
Great corners and stories. Endings are just new beginnings. Take care!
Very true Anne 😀
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I loved all of your corners. Can’t wait to see what’s around your next corner! Happy, safe travels, Sarah!
Thanks, so glad you liked them 😊
It must be so fun to go to all of these places! I don’t know why but I really was intrigued by the photo from Italy. I’m guessing that place has looked that way for hundreds of years. Too cool!
You’re right, that town, Arpino, has changed very little over the years. It’s where my mother in law’s family were from. We have the photos she took there around 1950 and it was just the same as it is today!
Hey Mr Dream Seller, where have you been? I came along just to sing you this song, can you spare one dream for me? Great song. Photos aren’t too shabby either ha ha !!!
Thank you Phil, glad you love that song too (and the photos! )
Wonderful post. Your images and commentary are always amazing and inspiring.
Enjoyed your post on turning corners around the world and also in your own life with the reasons why you’re discontinuing Friday’s Challenge. Having just come back from a quick trip to Taos on Wednesday, I liked the nod there!
Thanks Annie 😊 Ooh, Taos – I really liked it there! Did you visit the Pueblo?
Unfortunately not able to visit it as it was closed. Drove up to the entrance hoping to take some exterior shots but were turned away. Thought of you as I knew how much you love New Mexico. Did you visit the Earthships and Rio Grande Gorge just north of town?
That’s a shame – it was one of my highlights on our NM road trip. Yes, we detoured to see the Earthships and Gorge on our way to the Enchanted Circle byway.
A great take on this challenge Sarah and will my occasional forays into this challenge. Happy travels to you, I’m sure it will be somewhere exciting 😊
Thanks Alison 😊 A few different trips planned for the rest of this year, starting with a weekend in Paris!
Very romantic Sarah, I haven’t been to Paris for 30 years!