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Unexpected. The world is an interesting place: we stumble upon unexpected things each day, like signs that are unintentionally amusing, bizarre sculptures, or even strange evidence of a miniature world on the side of a building (like the door and window in the shot above, discovered in San Francisco’s Mission District).

So, your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.


For a long time inhabitants of the French village of Condom wondered why so many visitors stopped to take a photo of the town’s name, with or without someone standing next to it. Eventually someone thought to ask a visitor what was so interesting about the name. The explanation may have been somewhat baffling to the person in question for the word for a condom in French is préservatif but for many years in English a condom was known as “a French letter” or a “Johnnie”. The enterprising mayor of said town decided to cash in on its new found notoriety/fame and established the world’s first museum dedicated to the condom. Apparently its collection runs into several thousand – many of them donated by visitors to the town – of all shapes, sizes, colours and flavours!

Have you come across something unexpected in your travels or even on your own doorstep?


Comments on: "Weekly photo challenge: unexpected" (2)

  1. […] Weekly photo challenge: unexpected | It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what y… […]

  2. Haha, I heard there’s a city called ‘intercourse’ in the USA!!

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