Photo 101- Week 1: From Home to Solitude
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
To kick off this course, let’s introduce ourselves, share an image that means home, and get to know our cameras.
Day 1 – HOME : I joined the photo a day project that WordPress Daily Post staff are running. Since I’ll probably do mine once or twice a week, I’ll add the necessary photos. Enjoy my contributions. I chose these two photos for home because they represent things that I see in our village. The flowers bloom everywhere during spring and summer as most people have little or large gardens. There are even wildflowers on the aqueduct; our favorite walking path. I also like that farm-house because it has things I like, water, a small farm and domesticated animals, greenery, and a welcoming shade of burgundy. Do join in. Th course runs from November 3-28.
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” Leo Buscaglia
Today, capture an establishing shot of a street scene in your neighborhood — or someplace new.
Day 2 – STREET: This street scene was taken in France. I think it was either in Caen or Normandy. A few friends and I decided to catch the early morning market, so we could sample some of the cheeses and get fresh fruits and vegetables. We woke up early on a weekend morning, as planned, and headed off to go to the street market. It was early and some of the farmers were still setting up. We walked around taking photos. I took several street shots, but like the angle of this one. What do you think?
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” W. H. Auden
For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?
Day 3 – WATER On a trip to Japan, we took several tours. One was to Hakone, and it included a ride in an elevated cable car. The landscape was breathtaking and this glimpse of water in a lake is just a sliver of a huge body of water. We need water to bathe, drink, clean, heal and survive. Without it, our crops won’t grow and everything will wither away. Water is truly one of the most precious gifts we have on earth; after life and air. We must protect our water systems from pollution. Start today!
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell
Ah, bliss. What does this word mean or look like to you?
Day 4 – BLISS When I was trying to find the ideal picture for bliss, the thought that kept popping in my head was sleep and getting enough rest. In this instance, the man with an interesting tattoo on his arm was sleeping next to a wall. Behind the wall is Central Park, NY. A few blocks away is The Metropolitan Museum. Yes, you can do this on 5th Avenue in New York but I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of it.
“Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.” Guru Nanak
Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone.
Day 5 – SOLITUDE Even though Wall Street is known for its busy streets and energetic traders, it does have a few places of respite. One place where you can find some peace and solitude is at Trinity Church.. It has a backyard garden/cemetery, and nooks and crannies where you can hide away. I stumbled upon this young man as I sought a quiet spot for myself.
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme Descent below.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Photo 101 Course: Photo 101- Week 1: From Home to Solitude This week had five themes: Home, Street, Water, Bliss and Solitude. Even though registration has closed, you can still follow along. The tag is photo101
Positive Motivation Tip: Everything we do begins at home then flows out to everywhere else. Stay grounded and follow your bliss.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.