Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Neglect

Pattern of neglect

The subject of this week’s photo challenge is patterns.  In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means PATTERN to you! 

The exterior of a house in Sierra Leone, West Africa. My heart is drawn to the pattern of neglect, the pattern of deterioration.

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer writingsofamrs
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:08:58

    Love this! And love the reasoning behind it.
    Fantastic Michelle.


  2. catbirdinoman
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:18:47

    This is a great take on the challenge. I love your photo of the neglected house. There is a pattern to neglect; you are so right.:-)


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 11, 2013 @ 01:26:52

      Really appreciate your kind words. What’s so wonderful about this WordPress challenge is that without the prompt I wouldn’t have seen the pattern in neglect.


      • catbirdinoman
        May 11, 2013 @ 02:20:33

        Yes, Michele, you are so right. It’s nice to have those prompts to help us to see things we might not otherwise have seen. I think the photo challenges have helped me to take better photographs over the last couple of years, because now I’m seeing things I might not have ever noticed before. :-)

  3. Amy
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:36:48

    Great post for the challenge, Michele!


  4. hitandrun1964
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:55:08

    Beautiful. Some days I feel just like that.


  5. Doris
    May 11, 2013 @ 02:52:41

    Like this very much, the color and the texture are simply amazing!


  6. seanbidd
    May 11, 2013 @ 05:31:07

    Poetic stories live vibrantly in the image of neglect within the patterns, neighbouring tales to different focal aspects. Certainly stands out.


  7. mrscarmichael
    May 11, 2013 @ 09:00:39

    Different and so fitting.


  8. Ishaiya
    May 11, 2013 @ 15:55:39

    What an amazing photo Michele! I only noticed on closer inspection that there is a face in the wooden boards looking out just above the smaller graffiti. It’s the face of a child. It’s like a photo within a photo. Much love to you
    Lady Ish:)


  9. Kat at travelgardeneat
    May 11, 2013 @ 16:50:06

    Such a thoughtful, and hauntingly beautiful, response to this week’s challenge.


  10. buildingalifeofhope
    May 11, 2013 @ 17:18:39

    Reminds me of a very personal situation with my own home.
    ( http://buildingalifeofhope.com/2013/03/18/upstairs-downstairs) Often a concrete example of neglect is the physical representation of neglect and oppression of another.


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 12, 2013 @ 14:01:58

      I love what you said about “neglect is the physical representation of neglect and oppression of another.” So true and so sad. Thank you for making me aware of your post about the situation with your home. I wish you all the very best.


  11. Life&Ink
    May 11, 2013 @ 18:55:32

    Very cool photo. I too am fascinated by the sight of an aging building. I imagine to myself the stories it could tell…


  12. kdavisfanclub
    May 11, 2013 @ 20:47:12

    what a great picture, really captures your sentiment here and has a certain quality that draws you to it. I wish I had some images to share with you, Michele, sorry! Loving your work:) Kind regards, Baldy:)


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 12, 2013 @ 13:16:10

      Hi Baldy:-) Thank you so much. I took this picture almost a year ago and have looked at the photograph from time to time and wondered how I might incorporate it into my work. When I saw the (neglect) prompt for the weekly photo challenge, I looked at the picture again and saw it in a different light. Like millions of citizens in Sierra Leone, I imagine the owners of this house have experienced great tragedy as a result of their country’s 10 year civil war. And long after the foreign media have lost interest in this tiny country of six million people, I wanted to somehow capture the aftermath of the war. This picture is one of many that I took… that goes some way to telling this story. Thank you for your interest in my work. Maybe you’ll take some pictures now. I do hope so…!


  13. pearlz
    May 11, 2013 @ 22:47:15

    That is such a powerful picture!


  14. sustainabilitea
    May 12, 2013 @ 12:39:46

    A wonderful picture that captures a terrible problem. Neglect reaches into every corner of our lives, starting too often with those most important to us: God, family, and friends. What an excellent reminder not to let neglect go far, because it’s so costly to repair, if repairable.



    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 12, 2013 @ 12:50:09

      Janet, thank you for your insight and pleased you liked the picture. Yes, I agree with your observations. In the pursuit of progress (and the next big thing) how often do we ignore our personal and global responsibilities.


  15. dmglassblog
    May 12, 2013 @ 13:49:59

    It’s wonderful the way we all see things differently. You see the patterns of neglect and I see the pattern of the boards as they may have originally been and how they could be again with a little love and alot of hard work. Great picture.


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 12, 2013 @ 13:57:52

      I’m glad you liked the picture. Very interesting to hear your point of view. Yes, I agree this could be a great renovation project:-) In my response to one of the other comments I speak about the reason for the neglect. This was uppermost in my mind when I wrote the description for the photograph.


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 12, 2013 @ 15:17:56

      Thank you. I really appreciate all the comments that have been made here. Makes blogging so worthwhile not only to receive such generous feedback but to engage in a dialogue which contains so many different perspectives. It’s wonderful of you to say that this picture tells a story. I hope to share more stories in the very near future. Thank you again and have a wonderful day. Michele


  16. Renard Moreau
    May 12, 2013 @ 21:16:50

    [ Smiles ] A perfect example of negligence!


  17. Lily Mugford
    May 12, 2013 @ 21:18:25

    That is so profound, the pattern of neglect… wow.


  18. Amar Naik
    May 13, 2013 @ 02:50:07


  19. Victoria C. Slotto
    May 14, 2013 @ 23:27:59

    Old buildings such as this have so many stories to tell.


  20. ourweirdandwonderfulworld
    May 15, 2013 @ 10:48:31

    Beautiful! I love that photo. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by.


  21. dini
    May 17, 2013 @ 09:54:13

    i am in love with old buildings!!! beautiful photo!!


  22. Words We Women Write
    May 18, 2013 @ 01:36:01

    Welcome to WWWW where we think photos tell the best stories.


  23. godtisx
    May 18, 2013 @ 20:37:38

    What an extraordinary photo….you can feel the nature of the lives affected by this house and what that might be! Hmmm. :)


  24. frizztext
    May 19, 2013 @ 09:45:06

    “My heart is drawn to the pattern of neglect, the pattern of deterioration…”
    Auch mein Herz wird angezogen von dem Muster der Vernachlässigung, dem Muster der Verschlechterung …


  25. bluebrightly
    May 20, 2013 @ 16:36:30

    An original and thoughtful take on the theme. And a compelling image.


  26. stevewongbk
    May 20, 2013 @ 22:20:47



  27. storiesbyfrances
    May 22, 2013 @ 09:17:36

    Wow, Michele, this is an incredibly beautiful picture. Love the blue shades.


  28. leamuse
    May 25, 2013 @ 12:59:35

    Great photo! While I can see the patterns, that is not what draws me in. As a poet, it makes me want to write its story.

    Thanks for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you will continue to enjoy the posts.


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  30. dianewrites
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 05:44:32

    Hi Michele! Despite the obvious signs of wear and tear, I’m seeing real beauty in the house. The wooden plates brought together speaks of intricate details drawn to perfection. I’m sure the house also has a lot of silent and unwritten stories to relate.

    Thank you for following my blog. You write well and please continue showcasing your talent here.


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    Jul 30, 2013 @ 12:45:52

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  32. skymunki
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 01:03:13

    love this.


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