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Challenges - One Street

Kendallishere
In 1993, Ursula LeGuin and Roger Dorband published Blue Moon over Thurman Street, a collection of photographs taken in the 80s and poems about the photographs, all on the street where LeGuin lives, in Portland, OR. I'm charmed by that idea, and I had a look atThurman Street but decided to embark on a project photographing another street in Portland that calls to me more. I know I won't be up to writing a poem on the same day I post the picture (poetry emerges slowly for me, over days and weeks and months), but I'm focusing on one street. I see this as a project that may unfold over the next several years. Some have said they might like to do a similar project, andDotty has already started! I'd love to encourage other Blippers to tell the story of one street (lane, avenue, track, whatever) and tag the photos One Street so we can search for them together. I think it's a good idea to plot the location as well, using the map function. Any ideas you have for making this clearer, please chip in!


NannaK
I love this idea for a theme. Not ready to say I'll jump in but I have a street in mind - we have just lived here for 25 years in this spot, but I'm always looking for photos and things to sketch for our very local newsletter from it, so it would be kind of a continuation. No way can I do the poetry however :-)
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TerriG
I will give this some thought -- Hawthorne is the obvious choice, but maybe another street not so obvious might be more interesting. Love the idea.
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musings
Love this idea and how you have jumped head first into this adventure!!! I have an idea of my own, but it involves a major amount of driving, which I'm not into...but I am still pondering ideas!
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freespiral
Well; done, this is a brilliant idea and can be as short or ongoing, simple or complex as we feel like. It will be fascinating to see streets around the world developing. I think I have an idea but a bit of thought is required first :) And for those who are a bit nervous about poetry (like me) writing or snippets of info in all sorts of guises would be fine too.
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chaiselongue
This is a brilliant idea, kendall! We all have such different 'streets' around the world and I'm looking forward to seeing this project developing. I've started with an establishing shot of my village on a rather dull november day - here
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troosers
This is a great idea with many possibilities to approach and develop each 'project'

A couple of years ago along with a few fellow snappers, I embarked on a year long project to photograph all the businesses and the people who work in them in a Edinburgh street (Bread Street, for those that know it): one of those streets a little off the main business area and not suburban, one through which traffic passes rather than stop and is a little run down. We gained access to almost every business and photographed everything from the hairdresser to the locksmith and the sex shop to the boutique hotel, culminating in a month-long exhibition of prints in one of the cafes on the street. Two years on and more than half of the businesses have closed or changed hands. The speed of change has been surprising but we have what is effectively a historical record through our photographs.

Don't underestimate the potential importance of the photographs you take.
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kendallishere
Good morning from the Pacific Standard time zone, and thanks to you all for your wonderful responses. Troosers' contribution is especially inspiring. Chaiselongue and Dotty are already on it. We have begun. Certainly, as Freespiral says, we can write anything that comes to us, and we can also interpret "street" in any way we like.
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kendallishere
A question for anyone. I just did a search for One Street, and a gazillion pictures came up, all having nothing to do with this project. Should we tag some other way? Advice?
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chaiselongue
When you search you have to enter: tagged "One Street" - that seems to work. It didn't with single quote marks.
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jamjaragain
I've posted one here, although this project could be a bit of a challenge for me as it's usually very quiet, but we will see.
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kendallishere
You could alter the tag to OneStreet i.e. with no spaces.

When you've searched for tagged One Street you've actually searched for pics tagged One and also for pics tagged Street.

Or you could search as you tried: tagged "One Street" - the double quote marks read all that is enclosed within them as one search string.
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ArcLight
I started a while ago photographing Leith Walk shops. I've not been good at it recently, but you inspired me to add to the collection (I hope) this evening as I cycle home.
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eSBee
I love the idea and wish I lived closer to the street I grew up on - that's the first one I thought of. I'll give it some thought and see what I can come up with :)
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serpentine
What fun - think I may have an idea which street I could choose
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earthdreamer
Thanks for the inspiration Kendall. What a wonderful idea. I'm in already, staking claim to Brook Street! I've long loved Ursula LeGuin's science fiction and fantasy. Had no idea about this project. My poetry, though, will probably be lagging a few years behind the photos!
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kendallishere
Here's the thing. I live in a city in the USA. Occasionally I make trips to the coast or the hills, but seldom. Mostly I'm in town. I'm always seeing gorgeous landscapes on Blip from Yorkshire, Wales, New Zealand, Scotland, southern France, etc. I'm never going to be able to contribute anything like that, so I started investigating street photography. Then I came across this book by Ursula LeGuin and a photographer named Roger Dorband, about a street right here where I live. Now the idea has grown, and I've been thrilled by the first few blips of people's streets (not necessarily where they live, but helpful if they are NEAR where they live, because it's easier to get out and get to them then)--including yours, Jamjar! Because most people don't really live out on the moors or in the undulating hills. They live in towns or villages or clusters of houses. At least they have to go somewhere to do the shopping, and those places look really interesting to me. I am LOVING seeing where people live, because there is so much character in your streets, even if they have relatively little going on. Especially if they have relatively little going on. Your living places don't look like mine. Ones like mine appear in every American-made movie you've ever seen. They look really commonplace to me. But I never get to see sheep in the road, or a deserted street (unless it's 5 a.m.), or cobblestones, or stone buildings, or brightly colored buildings near each other, or interesting balconies...and it goes on. Chaiselongue shoots street details all the time, and I find them all rich, interesting, surprising, and good for my eyes. Certainly you have to be interested in the project yourself, or there's no point. But I assure those who live where "nothing much happens" that that, too, is fascinating to those of us who live in a very different place. Like faces. Seen one, seem them all? No way.
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clair
I'm in ... I live in a tiny village of 350 inhabitants, there will rarely be anyone in the street shots, hardly anyone goes by, but Dotty sums it up nicely! I'm pretty busy and have been losing inspiration recently but this might be what I need to get started again. I work from home so often only get out for the school run during the working week, so my street is the perfect thing for me to be blipping! And yesterday's blip here will make the perfect start ... Taken at the top of my road.
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freespiral
There isn't even a street where I live but I am pretty certain there's tons going on!! It's our own and different realities that make it so interesting - not that I've started yet but I will!
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MsMun
What an interesting idea. It appeals to the photojournalist streak in me, as someone who has always struggled with touched up photos. Our architectural office is moving to another spot, 20 minutes from where we are now. I panicked as soon as this was announced. So I started blipping about the diverse characters from the main street, without even knowing about this. It is an old area, full of stories. Wonderful!
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thorntonsdigita
This sounds like an excellent idea, I could focus on Steep Hill in Lincoln which is very significant in the UK at present. I don't blip that much but it would be good to focus on this street over the next 12 months, there are many aspects angles that I could consider.

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