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photoblog image My Peachtree Street: The Wall of Peace...

My Peachtree Street: The Wall of Peace...

...or The Wall of Piss?

From time to time I would branch out to the IBM tower after lunch to sit on a bench next to this wall-fountain. It's so peaceful and quiet here despite the closeness to one of the busiest streets in Atlanta. I would flip through a magazine, or write down a couple of thoughts in my notebook, or just sit quietly, thinking about nothing. The problem is in a short while the sound of the falling water starts disturbing a certain nerve in my brain, which sends its signal downwards. A big cup of diet coke at lunch doesn't help the case either. There are no public toilets on the streets of Atlanta, so I have to get up and rush to the office.  On that sorry note my idyllic after-lunch break ends.

My Peachtree Street: The Wall of Peace...

...or The Wall of Piss?

From time to time I would branch out to the IBM tower after lunch to sit on a bench next to this wall-fountain. It's so peaceful and quiet here despite the closeness to one of the busiest streets in Atlanta. I would flip through a magazine, or write down a couple of thoughts in my notebook, or just sit quietly, thinking about nothing. The problem is in a short while the sound of the falling water starts disturbing a certain nerve in my brain, which sends its signal downwards. A big cup of diet coke at lunch doesn't help the case either. There are no public toilets on the streets of Atlanta, so I have to get up and rush to the office.  On that sorry note my idyllic after-lunch break ends.

comments (30)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2008, 02:20
You have really tickled me to death with this post, Viktor. Is it because I get to finally meet you today...and we'll be having lunch together? Your words will surely come back to bite you! grin

BTW, I really do look forward to meeting you, I don't care what anyone else says. smile
vz-nostalgia: Well, I think we are too damn serious here most of the time. To have a bit of laugh never hurts, especially when we laugh at ourselves. smile
It was pleasure meeting you for lunch, Ms. Ginnie. I don't care what anyone says either. smile
LOL...your title really cracked me up, Viktor..At first, I saw the pattern and the repetitions, the texture, and then piss...lots of it..really made me laugh! Great shot!
vz-nostalgia: One would never guess that so much piss(s) would be that funny. smile
(How did you manage to post the word pisss with two s? When I typed it, I got a message to mind my language!)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2008, 07:40
This is a stunning compostion, you cropped this perfect, the angle is great, I imagine you captured this before you had the large diet coke tongue, no mistakes here....sharp as always. (why do I 'picture' about 20 or so men behind this wall tongue )
LOL at Ginnie, meeting all the nice guys grin
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Astrid, as I mentioned before, I was born to crop. smile
I also make stunning composts in my backyard (as you justifiably noted. smile
"Sharp as always"...well, guilty as charged, Ms. Ginnie can confirm. smile
Regarding why you picture 20 men, you got to turn to Sigmund Freud for the answer. smile
Very fine composition. What a perspective! Great job
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Richard.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2008, 08:56
I can't stop laughing, this is just what I needed today. Fantastic title and shot. Have fun Ginnie and Viktor
vz-nostalgia: Happy to brighten up your morning, Ms. Scarlet. smile
  • makoto
  • Sapporo, JP
  • 4 Jan 2008, 13:03
I wish this is "The Wall of Peace"smile I love that black water.
vz-nostalgia: I wish this too, Makoto, but something tells me that the reality is very different. smile
Nothing like stating the obvious V( wicked grin). Not sure your words were actually required ... because Heck I've got to run......!!! BTW its an intriguing shot ..I like it.richard.
vz-nostalgia: LOL, Richard. Hope you made it on time
I wasn't sure about the words either, but then decided that what the heck... smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2008, 13:46
About 100 old guys [no young guys' pissing contest here] are paid $3.50 an hour to stand behind that wall and urinate on cue...that's quite an impressive installation; it keeps the old guys employed, and it helps their plumbing to feel that there is still work to be done.

Nicely documented, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Hey, hey, Astrid counted just 20! Judging by the trajectories, you damn right, there are no young guys behind this wall! Just $3.50 wouldn't cut it, Ray. $3.50 plus an unlimited supply of diet coke. I think you gave me a nice back up plan, in case the market for architecture slows down in Atlanta. smile
  • Chris
  • US
  • 4 Jan 2008, 14:02
Looks like halftime at the stadium.
vz-nostalgia: I'm with you, Chris. Though, I think ladies have no idea what you're talking about. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2008, 15:23
Imitation is supposedly the most sincere form of flattery smile
vz-nostalgia: Thank you, Martin. I feel flattered indeed. smile
Stunning black and white. love it. Did you just desaturate the color to get this or did you shoot it in B&W?
vz-nostalgia: This is a PS conversion from a color photograph, Ms Pearl.
I'm sorry I didn't reply on your question about your brilliant picture "The Look". Got carried away with stuff at the moment, and then forgot. smile
I dig Chris' comment smile. Loved the composition. Flawless.
vz-nostalgia: I dig Chris, period. smile
Only God is flawless, Sandeep. Watch your language, young man.smile
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 4 Jan 2008, 18:19
one word..STUNNING.
vz-nostalgia: smile, Tim.
LOL! VZ you are so funny! I love the text. The photograph is excellent - fantastic perspective and angle, and I love the mono tones. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: Now that you used up all the superlatives on this picture, what are you going to do, when I post the next one, Ms. Roz? smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 5 Jan 2008, 03:45
really cool perspective.
I used to do trade shows where the company insisted on having a pond on the stand with a fountain. I prayed we were near the toilets! Love the composition of this....but I really have to go now.
vz-nostalgia: hope you made it on time as well, Bill. smile
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 5 Jan 2008, 18:17
Hehehe. That was funny. Did you take the picture and then came up with the story or vice-versa? Great angle to prove your point...
vz-nostalgia: There is no story in here, Ms. Richa. Everything I write is absolutely true. So, there is no chicken/egg dilemma here. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jan 2008, 10:05
I like the shimmering (flirrende) water-light-street -with a focus of infinity; sorry that it isn't broader whereas the wall is so dominating but there are the watersprings! B&W is according to the 'colour' of water. What for a funny title with an old 'four letter word' (a German word!) reminding me of "Männeken Pis" in Brusselles! But what a difference when 20 or more (stunners, sorry, I learnt this word by a photoblogger)come together in order to create a watercourse!
vz-nostalgia: Welcome to Nostalgia, Ms. Philine. What took you so long? smile
There's something about black and white water shots that I love when done well, and this is an exceptional example. Really lovely, and a good editorial comment never hurts. smile
vz-nostalgia: Good to have you back, Ms. Judith. Glad you like them both, the shot and the "editorial". smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 6 Jan 2008, 20:16
I was thinking:"Hope there's a WC near this wall..." and then I read your comment gringrin
And I,now, know why your hands are up on Ginnie's picture: you did get to your office on time!
vz-nostalgia: Well, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't smile This time luck was on my side. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 05:01
Very amusing title wink And a very nice, simple shot of the fountain.
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 7 Jan 2008, 16:40
What everyone said - great composition, fun caption.
vz-nostalgia: Good to know you like it, Dave.
  • Babak
  • Tehran
  • 7 Jan 2008, 17:43
Nice shot! and it's interesting for me the great difference sense that I have from the photo and your note!
do you work in IBM?
vz-nostalgia: That is what I do here, Babak, putting different senses together. smile I do it all the time.
No, I don't work for IBM. I wish I would, though. smile
Quality find and captured. Cant think of any way to take the pissswink
vz-nostalgia: God gave us only one way, Nig. smile
  • Dotun
  • Md, USA
  • 8 Jan 2008, 17:22
very nice lines.
vz-nostalgia: I'm not the architect of this fountain, Dotun. Those lines are not mine. You missed it again, my friend. smile
  • Matt
  • 9 Jan 2008, 21:19
Brilliant composition. Thanks for your comment. It's always nice to feel welcome.
  • Vicky
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2008, 02:09
I guess "...or the wall of pees" would have been a little to girlie for you? Have you noticed I'm going backwards with my comments (now on the 3rd week)? I think it's a left handed thing.
vz-nostalgia: ha-ha-ha..."too girlie". You might be right, Ms. Vicky. smile
Go any way you want, back and forth, crisscross... it does it matter. I want to hear your thoughts on all of them! smile
Iam going to...
vz-nostalgia: ...and you better hurry, Lucian smile
It should have been titled (who taking the piss) Wonderful.
vz-nostalgia: well, the subtitle to this shot is "or The Wall of Piss?". Pretty close to your line of thinking. smile
I cracked up at the title...indeed first thing that came to mind. But once the laughter ends you are left with an excellent composition.
vz-nostalgia: I hope the laughter never ends, Edward. smile
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