Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban; Day 271

When I saw the topic of the challenge for this week, Urban, I almost choked on my coffee. The challenge states “The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are. Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life. It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa. Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension.”

I thought first “I’ll post some scenes from Oakland or San Francisco”; and then I said to myself, “no, I’ll show our little downtown out here where we live now” I’ll play fair.

So, when we say we’re going to the City, we drive into San Francisco. When we say we’re going downtown, we’re going into our little town out here in the Central Valley of California, Tracy. And here are a few small snapshots of our urban.

And the folk are pretty friendly.

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Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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63 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban; Day 271

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  3. eof737 says:

    I like that first shot and the others are cool too. ;-)

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  5. Cool! I have Lou Reeds “Smalltown” in my head now :)

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  7. I love the photos, and the words too.

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  8. Ruth Bailey says:

    Having lived in or near major metropolitan areas, we are now enjoying living in a small village in a very rural setting. We find we don’t miss the traffic and stress of the large city, and, as it is not too far away, we can still enjoy the museums, cultural events, and shopping opportunities when we choose. Thanks for sharing about Tracy. It looks like a wonderful small town.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks Ruth; I appreciate your comments and visit. We, too, are enjoying the ease of living here in a rural area and being able to drive, or hop on the rapid transit train, to get to the cultural events and shopping of the City.

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  10. The colors, joy and rich everyday life in a city that never stops to amaze me. Beautiful!

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  11. Jo Bryant says:

    a great post Angeline…what a fabulous town

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  12. ShimonZ says:

    This is very nice. I like small towns.

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  13. mhdriver says:

    I like your post because it stays on the theme. I’ve been to or by Tracy many times over the years that I lived in california.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks mhdriver. It’s definitely easy to whiz right by on the 205 getting over to the 5 or heading the other way into the Bay Area. It’s a good place to live since it’s so easy to get to so many great places from.

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  14. Carol says:

    Tracy looks like a pretty little town. Love your shots!

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  15. theartmotel says:

    Very cool photos…Your town looks like a really fun place to live. My small town is really small but changing quite a bit. Now I need to go downtown and take some photos. Thanks Angeline!

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  16. rfljenksy says:

    AWESOME!!! I’m glad you chose to focus on your own small town. I love, love, love small towns. I grew up in Spokane, WA and back in the day it was a pretty small town.. it’s grown a lot since then but it’s still pretty small. Much of my life has been spent in small towns and there’s just something about them that is great. Thanks for posting.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks! I chafed at the small town living when we moved here. I did not even get near this downtown area for over two years, but with my first foray into town, I realized what I had been missing.

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      • rfljenksy says:

        It’s funny. I’m the same with my town.. though I’ve always loved it and have always gone back to it.. when I’m there I sometimes get caught up in the “I can’t wait to move on” line of thinking.. but always miss it when I’m gone.. when I drove with my dad to Wyoming and Colorado.. we passed through so many small cute towns.. I don’t know where I’ll end up when i go to retire.. may just never retire.

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      • Angeline M says:

        We’ve only lived in this area for a few years. It’s surrounded by farmland. It really is beautiful. And when I need my big city fix I hop on our rapid transit system into San Francisco. Best of both worlds.

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      • rfljenksy says:

        That is the best of both worlds. Nice. San Fran is awesome.. I’m a city girl for daily living… but love the small towns.

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  18. Arindam says:

    Beautiful pictures. I loved each one of them. Great work. Very nicely done.

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  19. They are great images….love the folk on the bench (I am glad he gave me a wave – i have waved back!). Urban for me are shots ‘as it happens’ not contrived like many so called Urban of todays magazine pages. Look back on them and they tell a little bit of history. Have a good weekend

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  20. jas45 says:

    I like these , the one with louis makes it individual area and not the same same when town planners get hold, love the people it makes it feel real

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  21. Wonderful photos! Love the mood and the strong sence of presence. And thanks for not photoshopping them! :-)

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  23. taniamend says:

    love the first photo: from Antiques to Main street music

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  26. the red chair and people on the bench were my favorites

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    • Angeline M says:

      The people have got to be my favorite. I was trying to catch them in conversation, they saw me, and he waved. That made me laugh. We used to have chairs like that in our patio when I was growing up. What memories.

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  27. nyphotoguy says:

    I was under the impression that for the weekly photo challenge we were to pic one photo that represented the theme of the challenge. I am new to this so guess I was wrong. Great pics.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Not necessarily; initially I thought it was just one photo also, but have found over the months that I’ve participated that it is what you want it to be. That’s what I love about WordPress, you are free to express yourself as you see fit, you are not tied into other’s opinions. I’m glad you like my photos, though. Thanks.

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  28. Galen says:

    The atmosphere of these smaller… more personal communities is very attractive to me. I have lived in large cities for many years… but I remember very fondly the smaller communities of my earlier years. Excellent images…

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  29. Madelaine says:

    These are awesome….I particularly like the first one for all the signs and leading lines….and then of course there’s Louie! :)

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