Guest Photo Challenge: Time

Debbie Smyth_august


In a Rush, Mr Walker?

 “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne


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As Paula’s guest blogger this Thursday, I’m challenging you to show us a snippet of time. Time is one of the most valuable things we possess, and certainly one I never have enough of.

As I rushed through Stockholm to catch a train to the airport, this seven metre tall statue and its equally striking statue made me pause and smile; if I had a tartan coat and a fedora, this could be me!


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Who is Mr Walker, 2014, Jan Håfström

The area around Stockholm Central Station is a nightmare for pedestrians, with a spaghetti of roads turning the walking route to the station into a seemingly insoluble puzzle.  So this fun statue in an otherwise uninspiring garden is a welcome sight.

It is the work of Swedish artist, Jan Håfström, member of the Academy of Arts since 1978. winner of a number of awards and Sweden’s representative at the Venice Biennale four times.

This 2014 work is of simple construction.  Four pieces of aluminium, each placed at right angles to its neighbour, gives a sense of movement and urgency.  Looked at from one angle the man seems to jump towards you whilst, from the side, he has no time to waste as he rushes towards the station.


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“Time and tide wait for no man.”
Geoffrey Chaucer

Over to you now – I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of time.


Participants in this challenge have come up with the following:

37 Comments on “Guest Photo Challenge: Time

  1. Reblogged this on Travel with Intent and commented:
    This Thursday I am delighted to be guest blogging over at Paula’s brilliant Lost in Translation blog as part of her Thursday Special challenge.
    Do join us with your interpretation of the time theme and take a little bit of time out to have a look around Paula’s blog if you don’t know it already


  2. A snippet of time? That’s a thought-provoker. Although in a way, that’s what every photo is – the unrecoverable instant. So I need to whip up to the headland to see the migrating whales!

    Your images capture the urgency of time beautifully, and I’m always delighted by background info – yours, and the sculptor’s.


    • 🙂 It makes me happy to hear that Debbie. Thank you for coming up with this theme that at first might seem “ordinary”, but is prone to many interpretations. I knew that you would come up with something less obvious than photos of clocks.


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  10. What a fun piece of artwork. In the eighties I can remember that frozen moments were popular pieces of art to have such as milk pouring out of the bottle. Thanks for a challenging challenge. I couldn’t find any frozen moments so resorted to a clock.


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  14. This made me smile and reminded me of the moment, as I was rushing into the local post office muttering to myself, when a neighbour paused and said I looked like the White Rabbit (out of Alice in wonderland)


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