Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Most people view the distance between objects and people as blank space or a void.   Creative artists, however, are trained to see it differently–not as empty space, but the rich territory of “white space” or “negative space.”   This area between objects is full of energy or tension.  It is the boundary between the visible and invisible, the known and the unknown.

This week, Danielle Hark of the Broken Light Collective challenges us to explore the theme of betweenAnd so now, I offer you two shots taken this month, which highlight the creative “white space” between people and objects.  The first image was shot in Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, and captures one of the swing dance sessions, which take place once a week during the summer.  Here, people of all ages gather with a dance partner and practice ballroom dance steps.   We love how the couples move–some with confidence, others with great uncertainty.  Each pair tells a story of their personalities and their relationship.

The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.–Barbara de Angelis

Summer Ballroom Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

Summer Ballroom Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

The second shot was taken at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at the New American Cafe, voted one of the best museum restaurants in the country.  Within the glass-enclosed Shapiro Family Courtyard, servers rush back and forth between clusters of tables and the kitchen tucked away in a corner of the room.  On the way, they pass the giant 42-foot high sculpture–The Lime Green Icicle Tower–created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.  Made of glass, the sculpture sparkles and catches the light.   I love how the light streaks through the room and slashes the walls and floor with strong diagonal lines.  The food is delicious and the setting is amazing.  It’s no surprise it’s one of my favorite places in Boston.

There is no conflict between a better meal and a better world.Rene Redzepi
Between the Plant and Lunch, MFA Boston.  Shot with iPhone4.

Between the Chihuly Glass Sculpture and Lunch, MFA Boston. Shot with iPhone4.

What does “between” mean to you?  Is it creative “white space” where people and objects interact?

Click on the links below to see other interpretations of this week’s theme.  And, as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

18 replies »

  1. 🙂 Great pictures!!
    Something that is often underestimated is the personal space we need between us ad the next person. I hate it, when somebody comes too close…
    HAPPY Sunday! 🙂


    • Happy Sunday to you too! Yes, personal space is important. I love how you can see how comfortable a couple is together when they are dancing. It’s directly correlated to the distance between them!


  2. The Chihuly Glass Sculpture is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing and I agree about the usage of positive & negative space!


  3. Hi Vastly. It is amazing! Can you imagine it’s 42 feet high!! So many people are drawn to it and have to touch the branches. I love watching them interact with the sculpture. Thanks for your thoughts!–Patti


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