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Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF

17/07/2015

“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.” Bum Phillips

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF -  FOOD IS GOOD

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF – FOOD IS GOOD

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF - Food for thought

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF – Food for thought

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists… When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence. Edmond de Goncourt

What do you think is in that cup of delicious dessert? What type of fruit is it? Did it taste good? What’s in the background? When I read the assignment for today, what struck me was how things that create juxtapositions often tell a striking contrasting story that we might not always think about until we see the contrast. What we see in a photo tells only half the story… ( when I say half, I don’t exactly mean 50% of the story… you know what I mean). Now, if I wanted to embellish the shots, I’ll add more details and even insert a tidbit about how I took these photos at a Blogger Conference (Blogher15) in NYC; right before and after Gwyneth Paltrow shared some interesting stories about her new business, her blog and her life… More on that later.

“A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.” Jeff Cooper

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF -  FOOD IS GOOD

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF – FOOD IS GOOD

Don’t do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts. Henry Rollins- Hmmm Interesting thought

What comes to mind when you look at this photo? Do you find Rollins quote jarring or endearing? Hmmm I know the basic gist of each shot, above and below, might be apparent but, as we all know, what we see in a photo tells just part of the story. The cake above was for the multicultural party on Thursday night at at BlogHer15. It was an opportunity to gather together and celebrate ALL of our diverse interests/beliefs/orientations. The food was great and the cake was divine. Yes, it wasn’t just for display.  I love the concept of half and half because beneath the bright smiles and cheery colors we often see in family photos or other shots, there is so much more to learn/know about each family member; perhaps there is even another story brewing.

MORE BELOW!
“Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF -  LIGHT IS GOOD

Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF – LIGHT IS GOOD

I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. J. D. Salinger

I love the contrast in the chandelier lights… Bright sparkles against solid dull/dark background… Something to be said for the way light attracts us and brightens spaces… half light and half dark. We need both to appreciate the deeper message. My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: HALF & HALF  For This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively. You could focus on composition, like me, and take a photo with an explicit dividing line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal). Or take the theme in other directions: zoom in on a pair of objects that together form a whole. Show two people whose demeanor or personality complement each other. Or bring into balance two opposing visual elements — light and dark, color and its absence, sharp focus juxtaposed with blurriness.

Positive Motivation Tip:  What we see in any photo tells only part of or half the story… explore!

More Weekly Photo Challenge Posts

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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79 Comments leave one →
  1. 17/07/2015 12:59 pm

    Umm whatever is in that dessert I know I want it – sorry!

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  2. nalinki permalink
    17/07/2015 1:41 pm

    I love your interpretation of this week’s photo challenge

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  3. Michele permalink
    17/07/2015 2:09 pm

    I generally try to see or at least try to understand both sides of most anything. It doesn’t necessarily mean I am going to change my mind–but there is a whole lot more then what is first apparent in any situation.

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  4. Robin Masshole mommy permalink
    17/07/2015 3:23 pm

    When I think of half and half I definitely think of getting the job half done. I like to start what I finish.

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  5. Leslie permalink
    17/07/2015 4:22 pm

    Im loving reading your posts like this. I’m also loving the meaning too.

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  6. Beth@FrugalFroggie permalink
    17/07/2015 4:48 pm

    Your quotes always make me smile. Have a great weekend.

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  7. erikaawakening permalink
    17/07/2015 5:23 pm

    I am definitely wondering what is in the dessert. And would love to know more details about Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog. I didn’t know she was a blogger.

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    • 22/07/2015 7:29 am

      The dessert is vanilla custard with apricot preserves; simple and sweet. Gwyneth started an online Lifestyle company named Goop that provides healthy, fun, user-friendly curated items from trusted sources. You should check it out.

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  8. Shann Eva permalink
    17/07/2015 6:31 pm

    Great pictures .I like the concept of half and half .

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  9. Heather permalink
    17/07/2015 6:51 pm

    What a fun photo challenge. I always like your inspiring twists on them. Love the first quote by Bum Phillips

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  10. martinkadelux permalink
    17/07/2015 7:27 pm

    YOu always have the best photo challenges! I love this one!

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  11. Michelle hwee permalink
    17/07/2015 7:34 pm

    This is lovely! Half and half, never put much thought into that until now.

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  12. 18/07/2015 2:25 am

    I think if you are not having fun you are not winning regardless of what the rulebook says. Life, among other things, should be a celebration of consciousness, and if it isn’t you are using your brain and abilities to alienate yourself from what is important. That is my opinion

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  13. Fred Hawson permalink
    18/07/2015 6:18 am

    I guess there exists a duality in everyone. I do not think it is always 50-50 though. A person is not exactly 50% good, 50% bad.

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    • 19/07/2015 12:04 pm

      You are right. Duality is everywhere. The photo assignment wanted us to show it. The %s are debatable and don’t have to be exactly half. It doesn’t matter what the half is…

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  14. thequietgrove permalink
    18/07/2015 7:06 am

    cool photo challenge. I loved the picture of the chandelier!

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  15. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    18/07/2015 7:48 am

    That chandelier is beautiful! And I love how the photo has the bright chandelier yet the dark background. Makes it great for this week’s photo challenge!

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  16. Rosey permalink
    18/07/2015 8:00 am

    I love the contrast of the chandeliers too. When you say ‘half and half’ it makes me want iced coffee. 😉

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  17. granny1947 permalink
    18/07/2015 8:24 am

    I love the way you think outside the box.

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  18. Sabrina permalink
    18/07/2015 8:41 am

    I love photos that contrast two things with each other! I think that might be what makes photography special as an art form – the ability to capture real world objects in a way that brings out their beauty.

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  19. 18/07/2015 10:01 am

    I love the Henry Rollins quote. It is so true

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  20. Debbie Denny permalink
    18/07/2015 10:17 am

    Great challenge. I do love the pics.

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  21. Esme Sy permalink
    18/07/2015 11:45 am

    I love the quote Don’t do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts. I just don’t agree with the last sentence, though. I can hate someone if that person did something bad to me, but I don’t think I would do it until it hurts.

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  22. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    18/07/2015 5:33 pm

    I can see my personality here on your half and half photo challenge. My personality are halfly shown unless i truly know you and i fully trust you then youll see the whole me

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  23. R U S S permalink
    18/07/2015 6:44 pm

    The cake was a good capture – right moment, right object, right time for a half-and-half shot. I also find it to be a pretty creative cake, must be delicious too.

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  24. Wendy permalink
    18/07/2015 6:50 pm

    The chandelier is so pretty! Great picture!

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  25. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    18/07/2015 8:36 pm

    What an inspiring story. Not only that, but the pictures are also beautiful.

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  26. Liz Mays permalink
    18/07/2015 9:53 pm

    Interesting take on the prompt, and you did a great job. It’s fun to hear the scoop on BlogHer 15 too. I missed it this year for the first time in a while!

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  27. Lisa Rios permalink
    19/07/2015 2:39 am

    Really a great photo challenge. The Chandelier lights looks very gorgeous in the dark background. I like the dessert cup & the Food is Good theme is great as well.

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  28. dedezoomsalot permalink
    19/07/2015 5:17 am

    I totally agree with your first quote. Having fun makes winning even better.

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  29. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    19/07/2015 5:31 am

    I LOVED that quote. Game is fun and it does not matter if you lose.

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  30. tonee78 permalink
    19/07/2015 8:38 am

    Great post and great pics. We should do everything we do fully, not half way.

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  31. Ashley permalink
    19/07/2015 9:59 am

    I like the perspective you took on this! I would have gone a totally typical route. Kudos to you!

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  32. Yona Williams permalink
    19/07/2015 10:06 am

    So, the concept of half and half means something deep to me. My Dad is black and my Mom is Italian, so I’ve been having to answer questions and curiosities about my identity for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a time where there were fewer people that looked similar to me and I received a different kind of discrimination as a youngster. Things have certainly changed since I was in elementary school, but the debate of racial identity and being “half & half” still lives on. It’s still a very touchy subject. My initial answer is still the same to people who boldly ask ‘what are you?’ I say my Dad is black, my Mom is Italian, and I am black. Usually, that is enough for people…and other times…it is not and I am pressed to answer more questions that is really nobody’s business. I would have thought this would have changed in 2015 with all of the increasing diversity in the U.S., but not so.

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    • 19/07/2015 11:44 am

      I get you Yona. My kids are half Jewish and when they say they are Bi-racial, some people object to it. Frankly, we are who we feel we are inside of ourselves, and each person comes to the conversation from different points of views – ALL are valid. I’m with you in saying that it is nobody’s business how you choose to identify yourself and I just wish we can accept each others’ definitions without arguments… Love your feedback. Thank you! 🙂

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  33. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    19/07/2015 1:16 pm

    i love images like these. the ones contrasting are always my favourite as it reveals a lot of detail

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  34. 19/07/2015 2:34 pm

    I never really got the half and half thing until I read “half dark and half light”. LOL. I guess I am not as deep as you are. If it were me I would have taken it literally. LOL. Nice shots by the way. 🙂

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  35. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    19/07/2015 5:58 pm

    Half and Half hmm… interesting. When ever someone tell me something i will filter and think why is she telling me this? is it true or not. Usually half is true the other half i will investigate first. Many things we encounter in our daily life we do the same too, I have learn too many lessons do not take 100%

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  36. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    19/07/2015 7:27 pm

    Wow. The photos really lived up to the challenge.

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  37. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    19/07/2015 9:03 pm

    This is quite interesting how you gave a thought about this “half and half” . Loved reading about the chandelier with a dark background and the lights in front. You truly have to be that imaginative to think about them.

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  38. maggiesblog2 permalink
    19/07/2015 9:10 pm

    Anything worth doing is worth doing fully. Always jump in, never tread lightly.

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  39. 19/07/2015 10:04 pm

    Great post and continue to be motivated by your concept deep and insightful.

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  40. Lexie Lane permalink
    19/07/2015 10:26 pm

    Sometimes it’s hard to love someone with all your soul, especially when they upset you so much. Half and half makes more sense to me.

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  41. Tiffany Yong permalink
    19/07/2015 11:08 pm

    Happiness doubles when shared, and sadness is halved! I prefer sharing my desserts too so that I can share the happiness and the calories!

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  42. ronleyba (@ronley_ph) permalink
    20/07/2015 1:23 am

    Nothing gets done if you only put half the effort, time and dedication into it. I so love your tips and the words are encouraging indeed.

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  43. franckxethee permalink
    20/07/2015 3:48 am

    I agree on the part do not do things halfhearted. It’s in fully immersing ourselves in the things we do that we appreciate the results.

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  44. sinyees permalink
    20/07/2015 3:53 am

    I think of our parents. They are actually two halves and unite to be one.

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  45. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    20/07/2015 5:50 am

    Cool photo challenge. Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half, this is a nice quote for one to explore.

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  46. Raquel permalink
    20/07/2015 8:47 pm

    I’ve always thought about the concept of half and half, kind of like Yin and Yang. You cannot survive without the other because it creates perfect balance.

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  47. jacquelineobyikocha permalink
    21/07/2015 12:32 am

    Lovely perspectives!

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  48. Lois Jones permalink
    21/07/2015 12:42 pm

    You really have an interesting take on things and I love how you capture it in your photos.

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  49. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    21/07/2015 8:58 pm

    We are living in a dual world. One that God’s wanted us to follow and the other, what we like to do. consequences arise whenever we go against god’s will.

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  50. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    22/07/2015 5:24 am

    I agree, to have fun and win is the ultimate goal.

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  51. Nova permalink
    22/07/2015 5:46 am

    Good topic for the week, I don’t understand why people have come of this idea but it’s a mind blowing. I learn something that I have never thought in my life.

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  52. laurenpaintsflorida permalink
    31/07/2015 4:15 pm

    Love all of these photos and personally, I think having fun is so much more important than winning! 🙂

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