Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

I’m running just a little late, but here’s this week’s challenge. Did you know that March 29th is Smoke and Mirrors Day? The origin of this day, which celebrates all things magical and illusory, is suitably shrouded in mystery, but what a great theme it provides. Here are a few photographs I found that seemed to fit, all taken in the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps; the city where there’s always something fascinating to photograph.

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Buildings that steam all night. Is it just me or does this remind you of a dalek? Yes, I’m a proud Dr Who fan 😉

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Curved glass building makes for an interesting illusion

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Part of the Empire State reflected in the wing mirror of a city cop’s motorbike

Are you ready to work your own magic and pull the wool over my eyes? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

I’m looking forward to your distracting, deceptive, illusory post!

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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174 Responses to Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

  1. aj vosse says:

    Tell you what I’m going to do… make big smoke and find a hand mirror… and the camera of course… could be fun!! 😉

  2. restlessjo says:

    Superb shot, that second one, Ailsa. No smoke- pure talent!

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  5. I had no idea this was Smoke and Mirrors day! What a fun idea for a challenge. 🙂 Here are my choices.

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  7. loganbruin says:

    Not a fan of either smoke–allergies–or mirrors–ugly. But since I’m in a Seattle state of mind–whatever that is–I’ll toss in a shot of the strangest library in at least the US.

  8. My interpretation is a bit different but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway^^

  9. … and the subject pictures were taken with the models – I’ve found an old article about that so called “Schüttaktion”.

  10. says:

    Great pictures! I always loved that swooped building.. I park under it a lot !

  11. suej says:

    Interesting theme! Like the curved building and the shot in the car mirror….I’ll have to see what I can find, can’t duck the challenge!

  12. Great challenge! And what photos, Ailsa! I love that curved building…and of course the first one is a Dalek – in my Dr Who dreams, at least! I’ve got a whole computer with Dr Who, sent to me by one of my favourite students as a farewell gift…It was greatly appreciated. Now, let me see what I can find …

  13. eaxolotlm1 says:

    Hey Alisa, thanks for checking out my blog! I’m digging this thematic challenge thing – I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled and see if I can get something that fits the ticket. 🙂

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  15. Another goodbye…..
    hope this works ‘cos I forgot to put a title 😦

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  17. Ailsa, a theme with magic. Lovely! Your photos are excellent, I especially like the last one.

    Here’s mine:

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  20. Didn’t know about the official day…(please don’t tell our elected officials – they’ll ruin it – LOL)
    What interesting images you found. THanks for sharing

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  22. livvy30 says:

    love your last shot Ailsa. Here are mine for this week.

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  24. Great set of smoke and mirrors, Ailsa. That New York City one looks quite scary! 🙂 Here’s a strange combination of smoke and mirrors.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh my gosh, these are wonderful! I was going to ask where on earth you took these, but then saw the tag at the bottom of your post so am guessing it’s the Trick Art Museum in Seoul – how much silly fun is that? Love it!

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  28. thephotoseye says:

    A bit late – great photos of my home town….here is my version (inclusive of a NYC related photo) for this weeks theme:

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  30. I love that second photo!

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  32. Alien Shores says:

    Hi Ailsa – here is my submission for this week

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh what wonderful interpretations of the theme, you got me smiling. The palm trees reflected in the sunglasses are fantastic, I want to be on that beach right now! 🙂

      • Loca Gringa says:

        Yes, anything reflective is a mirror!

        Oh Alisa, it is one of the most beautiful places. The sand has such a different feeling there. It’s grainy and roles when you walk on it, very hard to describe. If you ever get the chance to go there … go. The drawback, the tours are all booze cruises and there is actually very little time on the island.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Yaay, welcome back Regina, sounds like you’ve been very busy recently! Lovely shots, that top photo is gorgeous, I can smell the incense from here! xxx

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  39. Here’s my contribution:
    what a great theme – thank you!

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  41. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos, dear Ailsa – excellent captured… 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Drake, I love your interpretation, and the way you call fog ‘smoking water’, how beautifully descriptive. You have a poetic way with words! 🙂

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