(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?!