Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thematic Photographic 31: "New" v.1.0 - New on New (on New)

"New on New (on New)"
Raleigh, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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Okay, so maybe this is cheating a little. Yes, I could've used this one for the "Holiday" theme but I didn't. And now I'm glad I didn't, because the latest Thematic Photographic prompt is "New" and while there's some obvious newness going on here, there's some that's not so obvious to those living somewhere that's... not here.

Here we have (pretty obviously) New Year's Eve with the fireworks sparkling about the (not so obviously) new Raleigh Civic and Convention Center completed in late 2008 (that's the building with the blue lighted windows.). All of this took place on the "newly reopened" Fayetteville Street which for the last 30 years or so had been closed to vehicular traffic and bricked over to create Fayetteville Street Mall. That never worked out all that well, so the city planners finally junked the idea and reopened the street which runs from the Capitol Building at the north end to the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts at the south end. (It might just be the most controversial 8 blocks in town.)

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Carmi said...

I like when themes cross over, and I like when potential submissions for one spill over into another.

I am moved by the colors and shades of this scene. So much going on. London has long had similar debates over downtown streets, and I now find myself looking toward the bottom of the image, wanting to see the street you described so richly in your entry.

As ever, you make me want to hang out with you and chat indefinitely about the things that make us - and the environments that surround us - tick.

Julie said...

We just had a street they re-opened after doing the same thing. Not much fanfare though as most just mad at the waste of our taxes again. However, your photo is lovely, the colors against the dark background are beautiful.

Maureen Hayes said...

Hey dear friend, I hope 2009 is finding you happy and healthy. Sorry to have been out of touch, things have been rough in this neck of the woods lately. I loved your photo (as usual) and also found the news about Fayetteville Street interesting because it was still a mall while I was living there! I plan to actually participate this week, once I decide one a good "new" photo. Hope to catch up with you soon!


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Robin said...

I like the juxtaposition of the fireworks, which we often see photographed alone in the sky, with the green of the building and the blue of the "something else" and the yellow city lights. Together, they tell much more of the story.

Great stuff.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mojo, I love this photograph. It's incredible. I don't wan to pick it apart as to why I love it, but I love the light and the composition. It just speaks to me, and what it says is, "Lovely."


me said...

oooohhhhh pretty!!! do it again do it again!!!

Going to the B's game tonight, if they loose by a landslide you will know the reason...