• the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.”the juxtaposition of these two images”

This week’s photo challenge is one of my absolute favorites: Juxtaposition. As a traveler, we often see juxtaposition wherever we look. Contrasting and even sometimes confusing images appear that make us open our minds and think. In fact, juxtaposition is a great way of teaching us about the world around us and how other cultures are similar and different than our own.

Following is a compilation of some of my most favorite intriguing images I’ve captured that have lead me to question and ponder on the meaning.


Men Washing in the Street Delhi

Men Washing

selling flowers

Selling flower in the slum

Girl in the Red Dress

Girl in the Red Dress

Sacred Cow

Sacred cow

The Fruit Seller Delhi

The Fruit Seller


Church ruins Antigua

The ruins of a church

Erupting volcano Antigua Guatemala

Erupting volcano

woman begging

Woman begging in front of a church

barefoot farmers

Barefoot farmers

hiking shoe

“Hiking” shoe left behind from a Mayan girl climbing a volcano.

fabric vendors guatemala

Selling fabrics outside of church


Cows on beach Honduras

Cows taking a stroll on the beach


Wired Church


Heaven Guest house annapurna trek

The Heaven Guest House – the worst place we stayed at in rural Nepal

Hotel Dreamhouse Nepal

Hotel Dreamhouse


Forbidden City

The Forbidden City of Smog

Suit on Bike China

Suit on Bike

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition. To see more entires, click here.


  1. Excellent response to the challenge, Nicole. Hadn’t seen that this week’s topic was juxtaposition. What always amazes me is that you can churn these out on the same day the topic is announced. Way cool!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Haha! The shoe left behind. No wonder it was left behind. Climbing a volcano with a wedge shoe? I love this collection. I wish I had my photo of our trip to the top of the Alps. When we arrived at the peak, there was a sign with a picture of a high heeled shoe and it was crossed out. Who in the world would climb the Alps with 8 inch heels? lol

  3. What a great composition of photos, Nicole. I threw in my two cents as well, but posted only one photo with a small text on my new blog.

    1. I enjoyed yours too! What a great photo of the lady and it is ironic next to the young women on the ice cream freezer. I would love to go to Tibet! 🙂

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