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What common urban object should I dedicate my flickr to?

Asked by Magnus (2852 points ) July 29th, 2009 from iPhone

I want ideas for one thing that comes in all shapes and colors, is neat and can be taken pictures off without creating any awkward social situations.

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abhimanyu's avatar

how about these:
signage
cars
umbrellas

Russter's avatar

drinking fountains

gggritso's avatar

Maybe it’s because of the Toronto garbage strike that I’m thinking this, but trash cans are definitely urban, and they come in all shapes and sizes! Just don’t get too close.

simpleD's avatar

blackened sidewalk gum spots
pigeons
sewer grates
your reflection in storefronts

dynamicduo's avatar

I once did a series of photos based on a pinecone I carried around and placed to become the protagonist of the shot. It was quite interesting seeing how that one pinecone could change the scene completely, combined with framing and lighting and all the other photography tricks. So while it’s not really what you’re asking, perhaps this may give you an idea of some type.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Trees.

Where I live, there’s all sorts of trees being planted, dying or otherwise existing on the streets and byways, not to mention the parks. When I see a tree having to be held up with those looped things, I’ll think to myself, Hang on, little tree, you can make it! Some have managed to grow large and mighty enough to displace the sidewalks and curbs in my neighborhood. Go, urban trees!

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

How about urban myths and or legends? That’s a new take on urban stuff most people haven’t considered.

Allie's avatar

Language, fonts, words, signs with words on them, typography.
Imagine all the cool signs you might see. Neat-o. =]

Litter – whether it be trash, food, whatever.

Leaves – they come in all different shapes and sizes and change color with the seasons.

MacBean's avatar

Mailboxes are cool, but that’s more of a suburban/rural thing than an urban one.

wundayatta's avatar

Patterns of bricks
Views of sky from between buildings
Urban dogs or cats that illustrate a particular urban feel
Bodegas
Restaurant signage

But you know what? Just walk around, and see what you find yourself being pulled towards. Our ideas are things that appeal to us. You have to love what you photograph, or it’ll turn out like crap.

martijn86's avatar

Odd stains?

MacBean's avatar

What about shoes?

jaytkay's avatar

Fire hydrants, bridges, escalators, stairs

cinddmel's avatar

Doors on buildings and stores
Windows
Front steps

dmanexe's avatar

Nobody appreciates the other side of municipal signs (speed limits, street signs, town/county limits, etc.)

mxilla's avatar

Those rare underground elevators on the sidewalk.

I suppose they provide a lift for maintenance men working on power lines or something .

Really a magical kind of sight to see !

Carly's avatar

alleyways

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