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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

In confined spaces, everything  becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way.  For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located?

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

What do these shots tell you? Do you recognize their location? When you think of inside shots what ideal image comes to mind? Tell me about your photo vision of inside?  Come back later for my story.

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years - Wisdom

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years – Wisdom

Wiki/Dictionary.com does not provide a word origin but notes the phrase emerged in the 1950s. Unconfirmed sources say that Merrill Lynch Investments used the phrase in an advertising campaign. The traditional golden anniversary occurs at 50 years of marriage, a mark that few couples would have seen prior to the 1950s, and golden years might bring up thoughts of people of sufficient age to have a golden anniversary, which would then imply people over about 65 or 70 years.

Everything Changes
As the cycle of life ends
Golden Parachutes…

The wisdom of age
Measured words of compassion
As the twilight dawns…

What are the Golden Years? Have you ever wondered where the term Golden Years originated from? The blockqoute above tells us. However, when I think of Golden Years, I imagine being bathed in light as I lollygag on a private beach. After years of serving our fellow men and women, the fortunate amongst us might get a golden watch or parachute – a way to retire in style.  It was an important  rite of passage and all working folk looked forward to it. Nowadays, most don’t. The world of work has changed.

Alas, in our modern disposable world, the elderly get shoved to the side as all things new, youthful and glittery replace them. Our young billionaires are under 40 and have a different perspective on the world of work.  For any of us who choose to not learn new things and instead, hold unto old ways and habits, the train of technological advancement speeds by. We must stay motivated to keep up our pace with the changing world. We are never too young or old to learn new skills or imagine something better and golden so, I choose not to despair…

“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” Henry Miller

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years - Retired

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years – Retired

A beginner’s mind
Wise choice for retirement
The passage of time

We waste time whining
The bell tolls, Life passes by
We search for lost time

When I was young, my parents were vibrant and busy. They seemed invincible, immortal and, like every child, I imagined them living forever.  My Dad passed away before he could slow down enough to enjoy his golden years.  My Mom met hers in a way she would have never imagined or wished for.  So while some of us imagine elderly life in shimmering gold, and others view  aging as a joyful or sad event, what remains inevitable is that we will all  – AGE – and eventually pass away.

How else can we define the golden years?  I see the golden years as a gift; a time to reflect on how we served others; on how we loved our family and friends; on how we forgave ourselves for our mistakes; and how we helped strangers. Then we can sit back and enjoy the warmth and love of those around us… glowing in the light that shines from our hearts.

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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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