Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

This is my first photo challenge so be gentle.

This comes from Miriam Hurdle of The Shower of Blessings blog.

I don’t take many family photos; I tend to think of San Francisco as
my family.

I love the people, their kindness; that I can laugh with a stranger
on the bus.

Some of these photos were not taken this year but I don’t consider
a photo complete until I process it.

So these are a my favorites from the photos I processed in 2017.

I may already have posted a couple of these.

This is a shot of kids walking through Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission
District.  It’s one of my favorite shots and I finished it this year, I think.

Kids take a short cut through Clarion Alleybetween Mission Street in Valencia in San Francisco
Kids taking on Clarion Alley

I love this mural. The artist seems to capture the essence of curiosity.

Detail from a Mural in San Francisco's Mission District. It depicts the face of a boy looking with curiosity at something in his hand
Curiosity

My favorite Hitchcock movie is The Birds.  It’s OTT but scary. This photo
is my tribute to The Birds. The title is a piece of dialogue spoken by a
drunk in a bar.

Digitally painted photograph of a flock of birds on a rooftop. The birds are a silhouette against a red, yellow and green background
It’s the End of the World

I found this in my 2011 archives a couple of weeks ago and realized I was
looking at a collaboration between strangers. By taking a photo I
joined the collaboration. It’s absolutely a favorite of 2017 and something
I’m still working on.

Photograph of a sticker of a pen drawing of a woman's face which someone splashed with red pain. Someone else added a left eye in glasses to her forehead.
Her Third Eye

I took this photo through the window of a United flight between Virginia and
San Francisco. There’s something poetic about it.  I recently posted a different edit as an illustration for a poem.

Digital painting of a purple, yellow and blue sunset as seen from a plane
Sunset

Thanks for the visit!

All images (c) Rob Goldstein All Rights Reserved

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Accept the Gift

First posted 12/11/2016 as The Night Bobby Found Christ in an Abandoned Subway Car

I read the Nativity story as the story of a God who decides to incarnate as an outcast among the poor and oppressed people of a barbaric civilization with a static class system.

Life was brutish and short for the poor.

The warrior God of Israel takes flesh as an impoverished Jewish outcast whose
life is in danger from the moment of conception.

It’s a great story!

I wondered how it might look today and saw a homeless youth who finds
the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.

Will he accept the burden of this gift?

An avatar that represents an alternate named Bobby is shown finding the Christ child in an abandoned subway car
A homeless youth finds the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.

I used VR to make a video of it.

I got the idea for the subway car from Dark Days, a documentary made in the 1990’s about a tribe of homeless people who live in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York.

I use two photo-shopped frames from the documentary as an homage to it.

I first came up with this idea in 2011 but didn’t have the skill I needed
to make it work the way I envisioned it.

I’m going to remake the video for next Christmas.

Merry Christmas to the World!

May we find our way back to the light.

The video is a series high-resolution panels staged and shot in virtual reality and processed in multiple apps.

I cropped a cover of Silent Night  found at the Internet Archives.

To the best of my knowledge the recording is in the public domain.