2018 WEEK 9 : Unique to my Country, City or Town – The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge

One thing that strikes me the most with our photo challenges is the unique character and traits of images from around the globe. It strikes me when a unique looking daily item shows up, sometimes from a place I visited, but never quite stopped to take a closer look and understand why.

2018 WEEK 7: 2009 FLASHBACK – COLOR:RED – Royal Mail Post Box by Peter Randall

The above image was my initial inspiration for this Photo Challenge. It looks simple enough but there’s history and culture brought to us by Peter Randall when he posted this image for the WEEK 7 Photo Challenge. I learned something about the Pillar Post Boxes and other types of Post Boxes in the UK because Peter also posted an informative quick link with his image (Royal Mail Post Boxes). Rob Burns also brought to us during the same challenge, an image of his old phone box from Australia. I’ve only been to Adelaide on my way to Woomera and never came close to seeing such a wonderful old phone box.

It quickly reminded me of painted fire hydrants in Switzerland, although not exclusive to Switzerland. I took the above image in the little village/commune of Font, nestled between Châbles and the Neuchâtel Lake in Fribourg Switzerland. I quickly researched why we painted our Fire Hydrants, usually but not exclusively as football (Soccer) Players. My research except for a few blogs lead to a less exotic reason, but one nonetheless. The practice started alongside ice sculpting to add joy of life in the small communes.

Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: PICTURE OF THE DAY / PHOTO DU JOUR &emdash; Les escaliers du Court-Chemin
Here’s one last example, the KURZWEG, known in French as “Les escaliers du Court-Chemin”. The Kurzweg is a 217 stair staircase giving access to the Lowertown (basse-ville). It’s also the quickest way to the river from town but the way back is quite the hike. 😉


We sometimes take for granted the everyday cultural world that surrounds us, some deep-rooted history that sometimes gets lost in interpretation. Whether we’ve noticed it or not, we all have something unique to share with the rest of the world. Just like Venice has its gondolas, the New World Province of Québec in Canada has its poutine.

The idea is to present it as a photograph, this means you apply yourself, try many different approaches and techniques to present your subject in the most wonderful way you can conjure up. It can be from above, from below, backlit or your quintessential editorial image with balanced light and eye-pleasing composition.

More important you will have to present us with a quick little explanation of what you’re sharing in the form of a sentence or two and even as a link to explain the magic your sharing.

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to our active community on our Facebook Group or share our images from our Flickr Group. Tag the photo:  #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.