The instructions for this week’s theme says, “photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are”. Sadly, I don’t live in the place where I grew up and there’s hardly anything hardcore urban about Iriga City. There have been improvements in the city proper but as whole, I think the city has retained its laid back lifestyle. So instead of sharing a pic of the street where I grew up in, I took a picture of a place I often go to while living in Manila–Ayala.
Ayala is one of the the better urbanized places in Manila. It’s teeming with shops, fine dining places and relaxation spots. However, the reality about the urban Manila is much much crueler outside the boundaries of this area. It’s noisier, more disorganized and dirtier. Ayala, in fact, is a slap of reality. But here I am frequenting the area when in fact I feel suffocated every time I would walk in its streets. Oh what an irony.
19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban”
my name is Terence and I posted this week’s photo challenge. I would like to put together a gallery of (some of) the submissions and wanted to ask your for permission to include your shot! If so, could you send me a link or the file?
Wow! No problem sir. It would be a honor! Here is the link of the file: thoughtfulpaper.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/urban.jpg
Thank you! 🙂
I just realized that it doing it manually will be almost impossible. can you please upload your shot here:
there is a submit button in the upper part – please also add the location and if you have, a title (less important).
thanks a lot!
Done. Submitted it already. 🙂 Thanks!
I have no squat of a problem when I walk the urban streets of Philippines. I feel so much alive when I do.
Good for you. Despite living in Manila for 7 years now, i still can’t get used to it. I feel suffocated-literally and figuratively.
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Your comment about feeling suffocated is most poignant. It illustrates how hemmed in we can feel in our cities unless we have the ability to just go with the flow of the streets. Good post.
Part of the reason maybe is because my hometown is very simple. Life was also complicated but people treated you with more honesty and sincerity, something I’m always looking for here in the big city.
I like the little metal pretzel thing in the corner. 🙂
oh! 🙂 And I haven’t even given it some thought whatever that is. 😀
it was caught my eye first
I like the b&w treatment. Your narrative was also well written. Thanks for showing us a little bit of “home”
Wow! Appreciate your comment a lot! 🙂
Thanks a lot! 🙂
haha, I was actually curious as to what pic you’ll post when I saw the photo challenge.
Nice! I miss Makati. 😀
Hahah! Thanks Arianne! 🙂