Sunday, October 19, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Black / White

Farragut North Metro Station

This week's Two Things Challenge was Black / White. I really had a hard time choosing which pictures to use for this challenge. In the end I settled on one people watching/structural architecture combination, a nature photo, and a slice of urban decay. I had a number of others I wanted to use, but that would have been going overboard. However, in the next week or so, I'll post one or two of the other pictures from which I had to choose.

The first photo (above) is the fare gate level and train platform at the Farragut North Metro station on the Red Line (Glenmont to Shady Grove.)

Morning glory in the morning sun

This second shot is one I grabbed a few mornings ago on my walk. The sun had just come up and caught this morning glory at the right angle, making it almost transparent.

Not just closed on Sunday. Closed every day.

Finally, on a different walk a few days ago, I wandered along 3rd Street NW between Kennedy Street and Missouri Avenue and stumbled on this sign in the window of what was once a Chinese carry-out place. The place is now vacant except for a note on the door announcing the store's closure due to an illness in the family, a few chairs, and lots of dust. Oh, and this sign, of course!

To see the other participants in this week's challenge, go here.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 10/08

P.S. If you want to see these photos in color, go to Standing Room Only.


Virginia said...

OOOPPPPSSS! And I even had a cute BW doggie pictures!!! Oh well.

I love your metro photo. I knew immediately what it was but it really has a "Star Wars" feel to it.
Awesome blossom. And BW really is great on it.

Sorry about the shop closing. Sign of the times.

Eki Akhwan said...

One of the many things I like about DC is its clean metro and beautiful architecture of its metro stations. The top photo reminds me of the few visits I made to the city. Thanks for sharing this.


Maya said...

I really like the first one. That structure is great! I do, however, love the color shots too.

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: I hope you'll post your cute doggy picture. As the ad folks always say, you can never go wrong with kids and puppies!

I like the Metro photo in B&W, too. It's nice in color, but 10 times better in B&W, I think.

As for the business, it's been closed for a lot longer than just the last few months or so, but it does have a rather ominous foreboding about it given the current economic situation.

Eki: Our metro is pretty clean and the architecture, while a bit dark, is also mysterious and comforting. At the end of a hard day's work and "being on" all the time, it's a nice place to sort of disappear into the masses and become anonymous again.

Maya: Thanks! This photo turned out a lot better than I thought it would. As for the color pictures, I think I like the morning glory better in color than B&W. Everything seemed to blend together in the B&W, whereas the patch of blue in the color better complements the purple in the flower.

Eric Salsbery said...

The shot of the Metro station is very cool.

D.C. Confidential said...

Eric: Thanks!

Professor said...

Oh the flower is amazing looking...

D.C. Confidential said...

Prof: Thanks! I like that one, too!