Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

I think I might be mistaking juxtaposition for incongruity but never mind, I don’t think I can be arrested for it 🙂 . This image was taken on the streets of New York. As a stranger to the city, I was just amazed by the amount of ‘stuff’ this guy had to carry around. I don’t think he was wearing a ‘bodycam’ but it must be coming.  Maybe it’s the same in London but in Hexham I don’t think we have progressed much beyond the truncheon (I may be exaggerating).  A grabbed shot which is fuzzier than I would like, but it fits The Bill

Have a nice day


  1. jaime perez · January 30, 2014

    I think this excellent picture is strong enough to go over any category; though I find it perfect for the challenge. The juxtaposition of the text in the bus with the policeman and the equipment he must carriy on leaves open many interpretations of the image. Congrats!
    (wht I don´t really understand is why the grid in the picture)

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

      Many thanks Jaime, much appreciated. The grid is intended to emulate a slightly dirty ground glass viewfinder of the sort you might find on a TLR – except of course it would never be that shape ;-). I also half thought the grid was reminiscent of a view from a police van, looking out. Basically though it is unnecessary, just can’t stop myself mucking about (it is comes from Perfect Effects 8).

  2. LaVagabonde · January 30, 2014

    Absolutely brilliant shot, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

      Many thanks Julie. Just back from a walk across the high, empty and wild Hexhamshire Common – hard to imagine a place more different from the crowded streets of NY. We live in a wonderfully diverse world.

  3. suej · January 30, 2014

    Nice one, Robin

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

      Many thanks Sue, glad you liked it. BTW – every time I reply to a comment I am now getting an email notification with my own reply content and I can also see my own posts in the Reader (which I never could see before). Have you noticed this change or is it just me?

      • suej · January 30, 2014

        Hmm, must be in your settings…I seem to recall turning off comment notification or something…

      • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

        OK, ta – thought it must be me 😉

  4. littledogslaughed · January 30, 2014

    This image works for me–it is amazing to me to see how the everyday equipment that the local police must carry has increased over the years-with the possible exception of the bicycle and horse mounted policemen-

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

      Astonishing isn’t it – I dread to think what reality TV shows will result from police wearing cameras 😦

  5. restlessjo · January 30, 2014

    Groan! 🙂
    I used to quite like Dixon of Dock Green, and The Bill wasn’t too bad either.
    I’ll have to check my settings too. Just today I started getting emails of my own comments. Quite bizarre!

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2014

      I’m a Z-Cars man myself 🙂 I don’t remember Dixon of Dock Green – just don’t ask me to repeat that under oath 😉
      I have looked at my settings and nothing has changed – like you I am getting emails for my own comments – v peculiar.

  6. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · January 31, 2014

    Ha ha! Brilliant 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · February 1, 2014

      Thanks, glad to have made you smile 🙂

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · February 2, 2014

        I reminded me a bit of a photo I took years ago at college where the timing had been just right to get a lorry on the M25 with the word “Safe” visible (Safeway, that dates it!). My project was all about pollution!

  7. Tina Schell · February 1, 2014

    Great eye to capture this with the sign – really good and a perfect juxtapositon!!

    • northumbrianlight · February 1, 2014

      Thanks Tina – I was overly pleased with myself because the bus was moving. Another nanosecond and I might have hot the ‘H’ as well 🙂

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