WPC – WEEK 347 – SQUARE

WARNING: THE THEME FOR NEXT WEEK IS THE OTHER WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE THAT DOES HAVE A SECOND RULE. READ THE DIRECTIONS CLOSELY.

Square has proven to be a pretty popular theme.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 2, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 4 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 5 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 7 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 7 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 15 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 17 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 18 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 19 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 23 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 24 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 26 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 29 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 30 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 20 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 19 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 27 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 25 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 18 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - CATHIE RALEY - SQUARE
Cathie Raley – 24 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

I’m not going to get into who had streaks broke and how many participants there were, because Mediacom sucks. Just absolutely sucks. You are lucky you are even seeing this post, that is how bad Mediacom sucks.

There were 31 submissions. That is all you get.

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a SLICE OF LIFE photo? It might not be what you think. Hence this week’s special rule. SLICE OF LIFE is a reference to the photo postcard company that my Dad created. That is why (and here is the special rule) this week, the theme is NOT up for interpretation. This week’s theme is to take a picture that you could see used as a postcard. That is the only interpretation available to you.

Some of you might not live in a tourist hotbed like Boone, Iowa (no seriously, Boone has lots of tourist attractions from Pufferbilly Days to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace to Ledge State Park to the Boone Speedway to name a few) but there is certainly something in your town that you could see put on a postcard. For those of you that are under the age of 40 you may have to ask an elder what a postcard is, but I’m sure they will be happy to tell you all about it. And also other amazing things that happened in the 80s or 70s or before.

To give you another few examples of postcards. Here are a few postcards that my Dad made that I hastily scanned this morning:


Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

When you look at these postcards, remember that these were made in a darkroom. With film! Quite a bit harder than dragging and dumping layers in Photoshop.

So remember, it has to be the kind of image you would see on a postcard. Not a picture of your pet or your kid and then saying, this is a “slice of my life”. That doesn’t qualify this week.

Do I expect this to possibly be a streak killer for many people? Maybe, but maybe SQUARE already was a major streak killer, who knows?

BONUS: If you want to go the extra mile, this isn’t a requirement, you can take your image in black & white as my Dad’s postcards were black & white.

While considering your SLICE OF LIFE subjects, meditate on the following quote:

The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.
-Mary E. Pearson

I look forward to seeing the digital postcards you send me.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is nothing more than my postcard to the world next Monday.

3 thoughts on “WPC – WEEK 347 – SQUARE”

  1. I really enjoyed your SQUARE photo this week, Chris.

    Also, those postcards from your dad were lovely.

  2. That is the town square of Richland, Iowa. I was worried I wouldn’t find a town square or park that was small enough to fit into the frame at the maximum legal altitude of Rodan139. When I tried a test on my own block, you just couldn’t get the whole block in. Not from straight above.

    Lucky for me I found Richland, cause I went to 16 or 17 towns on Saturday and this was the only one large enough to have a town square, but small enough where the town square wasn’t filled with a courthouse. Not that being of a certain size means having a town square, but towns with only 50 people don’t have town squares and I went through a few of them. I think Sigourney was the only other town I went through with a town square. But I’m not sure if it was a small enough block to get all in the frame. Plus I’m more leery of flying the drone over a government building. Also, I don’t know if there is an airport near there, which brings up legal drone flying issues.

    Anyways, Richland, Iowa.

    I didn’t visit this town on Saturday, but I did the previous week. Centerville, claims to have the largest town square in the world. It is the largest that I have seen.

    My Dad’s postcards. The amount of discipline and tenacity it took to make the montage postcard. I don’t have it. It would have been so difficult. There are a few more I will share in the Friday reminder post. One is a montage card of Beaver, Iowa. It is so weird to see a Beaver, Iowa where there were actually building standing.

  3. I think Ogden’s block where they have the bandshell is a perfect square, but I’m not certain if it’s the “official” town square. This one is simple, but incredibly defined. What a perfect use of theme vs Rodan.

    Those images would have been smaller than a negative, I’m assuming perfectly cropped. At least in high school when we made yearbook layouts, we could crop with the same dimensions and just indicate what should fit in a montage with our cropping pencils. (Which, even that was far removed from when I just created the elementary yearbook this year, and it’s all digital drag-and-drop.) It would have been a laborious process by your father.

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