“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” Jack Kemp
For this week’s Photo Challenge on the subject of One, I decided to include a wide range of single item shots; starting with human sculptures of Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr, Einstein, and Lenin that I photographed in the last few months. These were randomly selected from what I have on file as they fit the theme of ONE and are historic figures. I then added flowers, animals, and other forms to the mix for variation. Do come back and see the rest if I don’t upload all before the hour concludes… (Updated) 🙂
The number one is significant as it represents the first, the beginning, the central number/figure in all things. For those of us who have religious/spiritual beliefs, we look to the one and only Creator who is known by many names. For athletes, winning means being number one. The same applies in other arenas; academics, creative endeavors, contests, the Oscars, research results and so on. One is a central number and we can look at our planet earth and recognize that, while there are other planets around us, we remain the one and only planet -earth.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu
In this series, I have featured animals/birds as the reference point for the subject of one. The cow and swan were photographed in Cambridge, England. The blackbird and owl installation was taken in Portland, Oregon on a recent visit there. I was very impressed by the installation as it was a fairly large piece with owls flying in for their congregation with the black bird. Since it was behind a Plexiglas frame and the sun was setting, the show was partially framed in the sun. I hope you can make sense of the part I captured.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery
The flowers were fun to shoot and I think I was able to capture some of the wonderful colors and foliage. The waterlily shoot was one I took in Kyoto, Japan at a temple. The magnolia flower and daffodil came from my garden… I realized that I had not added the magnolia to my spring flora post; so here is a glimpse.
“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” Sheila Murray Bethel
The rest are miscellaneous shots of a clock at the Chelsea Market, a sculpture from the campus grounds of Reed College, and one of my old favorites; that giant rat I photographed in Manhattan… Okay, it is not real but it depicts the rat race lifestyle many are living and possibly all those nasty subway track rats… not the human kind! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the journey… As always, I love the photo challenges… and I bet you do too.
What one thing did your camera capture? Did you have an easy or hard time selecting photos? What are your thoughts? Do share? 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: All it takes is one step to begin a journey, to see the world, to appreciate life. Go to it.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.