"Road" and "street" are not the same. Road: In the face of chaos and a sense that the events of life are random, it offers something linear, a suggestion of meaning. ... Whatever the situation, one can "be on the right track" or can "fall by the wayside," or, soberingly, be on the wrong path or on the way to a dead end. The road can also simply stand for the natural course of one's life, with all its beauties, changes of direction, adventures and rough spots, and its eventual destination, death. Variously it is understood as "the path of duty"; the "open road" of adventure, release and freedom; the aimless track of man the wanderer, which leads back to its beginnings. Our times emphasize "going my (own) way," not the traditional way nor the way that is expected by others. — from The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images Examples of "road": The Road West by Dorothea Lange Winter Road I by Georgia O'Keeffe ... but also think of any of Lange's Grapes of Wrath style pictures of over-loaded broken-down vehicles on the road. Or any of the Rt. 66 style Kerouac kind of road-trip photo essays. Not to mention the appearance of roads in many of Photo.net member's landscape photographs. ********************************************************** Street: Streets are the circulatory system of entire cities and towns. They regulate traffic, give access and organize the orderly flow of life. ... Abutted by sidewalks and buildings where people shop, live and meet, streets represent the intersection of our domestic and communal engagements, a place where the practical, routine functions of life are invigorated by chance. As such, they convey the spontaneity of the unexpected, as well as the familiar "walks" of collective culture, including its squalor, crime, industry, learning and romance. ... But while street may resonate with a poignant sense of belonging, the image also conveys an opposition to the state of being "homed." One who has none is "out on the streets" and makes his rude and temporary dwelling there. The streets are where outcasts and urchins furtively interact with the society that neglects them; the "streetwise" among them are those who know how to negotiate the perilous urban "jungle" and survive. ... The street of one's childhood may evoke a sense of both security and limitation, of the "way" from here to there, or a dead end to nowhere. A street may bring people together or separate those who live on one side from those who live "on the other side of the street." But while the character of a street is determined by the caprices of nature and the human life that flows through and around it, the sameness and surprises of the street in their turn shape, determine and transfigure the lives of those who traverse them. — also from The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images You can find many good examples of "street" pictures in our own Street and Documentary forum. "Street" is almost always the backdrop to what's going on in it. I can think of a few instances where it's an active player (some of Paul Graham's for example) but usually it's not. "Road" on the other hand seems to me to almost never be a backdrop. It's often the lead player or at least the first supporting actor of pictures in which its featured. For me, "road" pictures are about a "there" that's out of the picture. They're make me think "Where?" and "Why?" For me, "street" pictures are already "there." They make me wonder "Who?," first and then, from whatever "who" I get out of the picture, "Why?" You might think that street is to do with being in a city and road are everywhere else. But in small towns all around the rural countryside, you'll find towns with one Main Street down which they have their annual Christmas and July 4 parades and where children ride their bikes. When does a road become a street or a street become a road? Do you find it interesting, or engaging when you can't tell which it is? When there's confusion about whether the road/street is staying or leaving?