Pedestrian or not? It’s up for your interpretation.

Photo by Krista

At a family celebration a couple of years back, I had the chance to see panoramic views of my city. One such vista was of the Esplanade Riel, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Red River alongside the Provencher Bridge, which carries vehicle traffic.

Esplanade Riel and the Provencher Bridge represent much more than simply a way to traverse the murky waters of the Red River. They connect English-speaking Downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, a primarily French-speaking neighborhood in which Louis Riel, the father of Manitoba, was born.

Esplanade Riel — photo by Krista.

What struck me most, seeing it from high atop the city, was that Esplanade Riel’s striking design is anything but “pedestrian,” which also means “lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.” It seems fitting that such a beautiful walkway is the path that connects people of different languages and cultures.

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

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    1. Hi @streamingthruamerica!

      Your photo essay of the CMHR is lovely! Most readers won’t know that the museum sits just outside the photo to the left here.

      While this particular challenge is focused specifically on Esplanade Riel, I did share a photo challenge on the CMHR here, with the theme of “Inspiration.” I agree, the CMHR is certainly not pedestrian!

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  2. Love your reference to the definition of ‘pedestrian’ and how you put this lovely bridge in a far more appropriate context of anti-pedestrian, because it is! It’s anything but dull, and infact the antithesis of it.

    I always enjoy reading your posts. They offer really neat and thoughtful insights into things that I think are highly worthwhile to consider.


      1. Hi Krista. Thanks for asking.
        I was walking along Main Street and found all those lovely women sitting on a bench. I stopped to speak with them and ask permission if I could take their photo, which they happily obliged. All of the women really are sisters to each other. It’s a special private club. They all were out to enjoy the day in Tennessee.


  3. What a magnificent photo, Krista. The panorama contrasted so with the suggestion of mundane, attached to “pedestrian”. An excellent response to the challenge.


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