Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.

This is an interesting and often confusing word. An online dictionary defines it as:

jux·ta·po·si·tion

[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn] Show IPA

noun

1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.
I had always been taught that in photography, juxtaposition defined a composition that was in sharp contrast either in style, function or idea.  Kind of like Beauty and the Beast.
I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses.

I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses. I actually named this image Beauty and the Beast

Here are a few images I have that signify juxtaposition to me.

Nature vs. Machine

Nature vs. Machine

To be so near and yet so far away; the St. Louis Arch has been photographed so many ways, it was difficult to get a truly unique image. I basically stood with my back to the arch and bent over backwards to get this angle.

An example of man reaching toward God.

Glass spires stretch towards the pillow-soft clouds in the sky. Truly near and far.

Another example of the contrast between man-made and the heavens!

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover's bench, struck me as sad.

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover’s bench, struck me as sad.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

Have a great day!

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