December 12: Dig a Little Deeper

I figure it’s time I write something to go with the photographs. I have been trying to edit myself so that you can make your own decision about what each post is saying. But I wanted to take a minute today to challenge you to dig a little deeper into your noggin.

It’s easy to look at the photographs I publish and say to yourself, “Okay, we’ve got a newish looking building and an oldish looking building. Got it.” But what if you took it a bit further and wondered:

  • “Why are these particular images next to one another?”
  • “How would they be perceived on their own?”  (Side note: I just had to type perceive 4x before I spelled it right.)
  • “Who lives / works / shops there?”
  • “Do they have life experiences similar to mine?”
  • “Did I learn anything about Omaha?”
  • “Did I learn anything about my presuppositions?”
  • “Did I find out something new or think about something in a different way?”
  • “How might my mom / sister / neighbor / friend / cat perceive the post differently?”

For today’s post, I thought we could play a little game. I challenge you to guess where in Omaha each photograph was taken, before you read the caption. To help you out a little I’ll hide the captions at the bottom of the post.

Full disclosure, some of my recent photographs are pretty poor quality. I’ll blame it on the fact that I’m learning how to use my DSLR while at the same time struggling to get out the door of work before I lose all the natural light. Hopefully the meaning is intact even if the visual isn’t pretty!

The first week and a half of the project has been fun for me — I’ve enjoyed your comments and welcome more!

— j.o.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Have you made your guesses?

Caption for Photo #1: Private Home, North Omaha (just off 30th and Lake Streets)

Caption for Photo #2: Private Home, West Omaha (just off 132nd and Maple Streets)

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6 thoughts on “December 12: Dig a Little Deeper

  1. Allysa says:

    Yikes. I definitely thought West Omaha for the first and North Omaha for the second. Shame on me.

  2. Ben says:

    I was way off with those two. I read through the rest of your posts – they’re really engaging. Also, they make me miss Omaha.

  3. I’ve been venturing into the Florence area more and more lately, as it lies in my path to a good hunting ground that I’ve been granted access to. I thought about it for a while, and I realized that in my 27 years, I never really went north of Cuming all that much (maybe twice!). I like discovering new parts of Omaha… I LOVE this town!

  4. kristin says:

    Got me! BTW, I’ve been enjoying your photos despite my lack of commenting. I hope you’ll continue this project past December…perhaps with less frequent posts.

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