Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: “Up”

Valparaíso, Chile, ascensor

This week’s Photo Challenge theme is “UP,” and here’s my take… but I’ll leave a bit of mystery:

* What is he looking at? Do you know where he is?
* Clue: he’s in Chile

Several readers guessed correctly that he is in the port of Valparaíso, on Chile’s central coast. He’s riding one of the city’s famous “ascensores,” usually translated as “elevators,” although all but one are rather funiculars. Take a look from his perspective:

Ascensor (funicular elevator) in Valparaíso, Chile

Chilean solution to Valparaíso's long steep hills--a series of funicular elevators

Passengers enter the small wooden cars from above and below. As one car rises, the other descends.

Ascensor, funicular elevator, Valparaíso, Chile

Residents avoid steep stairways by using the city's classic "ascensores"

These elevators began to appear in the late 1800s and several still operate today–not only as tourist attractions, but as an everyday means of transportation for the residents of the city’s steep hills.

I believe the ascensor pictured here is “Reina Victoria”–does anyone know for sure?

See more entries on this week’s theme: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: UP.

I don’t participate every week, but here are some past entries:

Theme: Sky (Flying High)

Theme: Red (Sunset over Concón)

Theme: Old (Vatican Graffiti)

Theme: Ocean (Pacific off coast of Colchagua Chile)

Theme: Shadow (Venice)

Theme: Light (Mapuche Inspired)


18 responses to “Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: “Up”

  1. Participo en el concurso con un carril:
    – Creo que está mirando al cielo, para ver qué tal está el tiempo, por si va a llover.
    – Creo que está en una casa de campo, fuera de Santiago, por el tipo de construcción que se alcanza a ver en la viga externa que aparece en la ventana.
    – ¿Que si sé qué cosa? =)

  2. He’s in Valparaiso, in an ascensor, looking up at the wheel cranking him to the top of the hill.

  3. A very different take on the challenge! Very nicely done!

  4. Thanks! Come on back in a day or two to see the answer–and the other photos in this set!

  5. My guess, too, is in an ascensor in Valpo! :o)

  6. Cierto, la teoría del ascensor en Valparaíso está muy buena.

  7. the guesses sound good, I’ll go with them. A great capture!

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  9. I love the mood of your photo. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Wonderful photo… it tells a story without a plot.

  11. And the “prize” goes to Elizabeth! She bounced back just minutes after I published the post with the absolutely correct answer!
    I also liked Marmo’s take on a house in the country–very reasonable guess!
    ?? Does anyone know exactly which ascensor this is? Is it Reina Victoria?

  12. nice interpretation and cool images 🙂

  13. Great photos and I really enjoyed the narrative.

  14. Hahah, era un medio carril, pero la explicación real es mucho más poética. Qué buena idea para hacer tu desafío, Margaret =)

  15. @4otomo and @faceinacrowd–Thanks!
    @Marmo Gracias a ti también. Me gustó mucho tu interpretación… me hizo pensar en las diferentes maneras que se puede entender una imagen!

  16. Wonderful photos!

  17. Thanks! I was just enjoying yours as well!

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