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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Cloisters, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – The Cloisters Garden, New York

After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating. Think about it. Even with the Weekly Photo Challenge, participants submit blog posts with a wide range of interpretations on each given theme.

Why does this happen? Does it have something to do with the breath of our life experiences? The wiring of our brains? our vision? How can we look at the same thing or hear the same music and react/respond differently to it? It’s called Perspective and it is something we can create in photography. I’ve tried to create varying perspectives in the photos shared. Let me know what you think of them? How would you frame them differently?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Old New Yorker Hotel, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – New Yorker Hotel, New York

Perspective: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
The faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
A mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.

To make more sense of the word, I reached for a dictionary definition and the interpretations were excellent.  If you read the examples from Dictionary Reference above, you’d find enough explanations to help create photo groups that showcase the term Perspective well. The quote by Marcus Aurelius gives us another way to think about the word too. I suppose this is why eye witness testimony is often challenged in a Court of Law.

Eye-Witnesses are asked certain questions again and again until they stumble: What did you really see? Are you sure it wasn’t invented? Rehashed memory?  We can say that the same reaction applies to  photo-shopped pictures. Can we look at a Photoshopped picture and recognize that what we see might not be the whole story?  In the photos I shared above and below, I used the same premise to create varying perspectives. What did you see that you might not have considered?

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead

International Women's Day: Inspiring Change

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director: International Women’s Day 2014

International Women’s Day Event on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

Timeline of International Women’s Day (IWD)
28 February 1909 – First observed in the USA as National Women’s Day in Chicago
August 1910 – Attendees at the International Women’s Conference in Denmark propose the idea
18 March, 1911 – IWD was celebrated by over a million people in Europe; right to vote, hold public office and end gender discrimination at work were key issues.
February 1913 – Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day. In 1917, it became official in the region.
March 1914 – International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on Sunday, March 8, and this date has continued as the preferred/official day since.
October 1, 1949 – In the People’s Republic of China, the state council decided that March 8 would be made an official half day off holiday for women in China
1977 – International Women’s Day (marked by the UN since 1975), became a popular event when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the official UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
March 8 2010 – International Women’s Day – the ICRC (Red Cross) drew attention to the hardship displaced women endure (refugees and others at war) and has continued its call to end armed conflict.
March 8 2011 – International Women’s Day – Celebrations took place in more than 100 countries in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day
March 8 1996 -2014 –  Every year, the UN adopts a special theme  to focus attention on for International Women’s Day 2014 is Inspire Change. *See the rest below
Sources: UN Women Watch, International Women’s, Wikipedia

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change.  The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally. When I read about this year’s theme, what struck me was how far we’ve come and how much work remains in the struggle for Women’s equality in an unequal world. Even as more of us leave the home to go to work, our pay is still 77 cents for every dollar paid to our male colleagues, and, the proverbial glass ceiling remains a barrier for women in the workplace. For most women with children, the work day continues when they get home. In countries around the world, women are discouraged from getting an education, and early marriage and domestic abuse continues to rise.

International Women's Day: Inspiring Change

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

Google: International Women’s Day Doodle 2014
International Women’s Day Doodle 2014

Timeline of women’s rights (other than voting)
1718 – Gender segregation banned in Russia, Taxpaying women allowed to vote in Sweden, Married women allowed to manage/own property in Pennsylvania
1829 – Sati is banned in India
1864 – Elementary schools for girls are opened in Haiti
1873 – Mothers in the UK are granted guardianship for children at divorce
1887 – Universities open to women in Mexico
1900 – A school for female teachers is opened in Egypt
1902 – Foot binding abolished in China.
1986 – Women in Djibouti can stand for election
2007 – Women can serve in combat roles in the New Zealand Defense Force

When I speak to groups of women, I hear the same answer; We want change. We want work and pay equity. We want an end to domestic/spousal abuse and an end to all forms of violence against women. We want representation in higher office and so called non-traditional fields. However, change is not the responsibility of a few. Change cannot happen in a vacuum.  Each of us has a role to play and we can’t do it alone. We can work with organizations that help women and in our communities. What are you doing to empower other women and create change?

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…

“And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.” Rumi

The Object Of Desire... was not the pastoral farm

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… was not the pastoral farm

Once upon a time, a humble farmer and his ambitious wife were on their way to a Farmers Market in a neighboring town. As they prepared to leave, the farmer’s wife asked her husband to pack the bottle of gin that they kept in a safe under the bed in the barn. “Why?” The farmer asked his wife. “Because!?” She answered, and yelled at him to get the gin. Being a humble man, he chose to honor his wife and went back in the barn and retrieved the gin.

A few hours into their journey, the wife asked to take a lunch and rest stop.  Her husband agreed. They parked their truck by a lovely stream and ventured out to sit on the grass and enjoy some cheese and tomato sandwiches. Before the farmer could take  two bites of his sandwich, his wife reached for the gin and offered him a sip.  Several weeks before, she had planned to put him to sleep … permanently. She went to the  local hardware store, bought a potent rat poison mix, and added  the rat poison to the gin. Why? You might ask. She was having a tryst with a farm hand.  She was tired of farming and fancied a life for herself in the big city.

The farmer took one sip and fell into a drunken sleepy stupor.  His wife  grabbed him under the armpits and dragged him to the water’s edge.  In one fell swoop, she pushed him into the stream where he tried, feebly, to save himself but couldn’t. Satisfied that he was about to meet his maker she turned around and headed back to lunch.

“It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.’ T. S. Eliot

The Object Of Desire... was not the box of gold treasures

The Object Of Desire… was not the box of gold treasures

As she sat down to finish her lunch,  she noticed someone watching her. Immediately, she panicked, thinking she might have been caught. So, she jumped up and started keening and screaming: “Please help me save my hubby. He fell in the stream and I don’t know what to do!” The stranger approached her with a sly smile on his face. “Are you sure you want him back? I can give you far better to enrich your life.”  He said softly. Her eyes lit up… “Well, how about my drowning husband?”

“Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me…” said the stranger.  “How about a new farm?”  he offered. He waved a gloved hand and a fabulous farm appeared.  She looked at it and shook her head. “No, we have a nice farm”
“Okay, how about a box of gold treasures?” He asked, his eyes sparkling brightly, as a box of gold treasures appeared.
She was tempted but then said “NO! That’s not my object of desire…”
“Well what do you desire, dear lady…? This time, he spoke with a slight edge to his tone of voice. She paused and smiled.

A thought crossed her mind. “Well, I don’t know if I should ask…” she said.
“Tell me anyway, I’ll decide if I can make it appear or not” He smiled devilishly, as a wicked thought crossed his mind…  After all, he was the Evil One.
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