Jessie, Bon's Off Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Standout ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #142

She struggled a little
To be noticed

To stand out
From the cacophony
Of life around her

But she knew
Who she was
And what she could do

And if others
Couldn’t see her
That was their problem

Mixed Media on Diner Wall
Bon’s Off Broadway
British Columbia, Canada, 2016
Initially, this week’s word was going to be “Cacophony”, to reflect the chaos in the photograph. But then the poem took me somewhere else, and I wanted the word to reflect the girl I discovered in the image, to reflect her strength. I went through a few options before choosing to synthesize “stand out”. That this was absolutely the right choice became apparent when I looked up the definition:

something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others: Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles. someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.

It’s a paradox that a standout might struggle to stand out, but such is the lot of anyone who stands apart from the mainstream, anyone who stands outside the main stream, and especially true for teenagers in high-school, as the girl in the poem is in my mind. What is conspicuous in its absence is the ability of the mainstream to see outside itself. Sure, she may get noticed, but primarily for the fact she is other, apart, not belonging. They do not notice who she is.

Last week we sought the harmony of Three. This week, let’s help a Standout stand out, or find something else to inspire you in this photograph of a barely noticeable line drawing of a girl amidst the graffiti on a diner wall at Bon’s Off Broadway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Pic and a Word Challenge is a weekly creativity prompt offered Sundays.

Each week I provide a photograph of mine along with a single word. The challenge? Use the pic and/or word as points of inspiration to create something — a photograph, a painting, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, longread or just a few words. You are welcome to use these two elements (photograph and word) literally, thematically or metaphorically. If you create both images and words, all the better.

To participate:

  • Use any title you like
  • Your response can be words and/or an image
  • You may use my image in your post, or any image you have created
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Each week, I’ll list the previous week’s responses at the end of the new challenge. I may also share some on my social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Last week’s challenge: Three
Mittens and Buttes, Monument Valley Navajo Park, Arizona, United States of America
Challenge #141 ~ Three

The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #141 was Three, along with this photograph of two mittens and a butte at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona.

Four bloggers found the rhythm of Three this week. (Does that make it 3/4 time? or 4/3?) Thanks everyone!

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