Amy finds her inspiration for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge from the ancient Chinese who believed that 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water)contain different types of energy, which constantly interact with each other and are in a perpetual state of motion. The Chinese name for the elements (wu xing in some Chinese translations) is translated as “the five changes.”
This week, I’ve chosen 4 images which highlight the interaction between these elements. Most shots are new; one is reprocessed.
Touch the earth, feel the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places.~Henry Beston
My first image was shot in Sedona, Arizona, where the cliffs are a fiery red and stunningly beautiful. I love how their color contrasts with the blue sky to create a magnificent panoply.
Metal and Wood
Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.~Frank Lloyd Wright
I saw this wooden door on a walk one evening in Florence. I love its story hidden in the peeling layers of paint. I wondered what I’d find if I slid open the bolt. Maybe a Vespa or a Fiat?
Fire is never a gentle master~Proverb
These candles burn in The Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. Although they create a gentle and soft light, they mask the sad history behind this church built by the once-famous “Radio Priest,” Father Charles Coughlin. In his weekly radio talks in the 1930’s and 1940’s, he incited millions of Americans to believe his message of hate.
In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.~Khalil Gibran
This image, shot in Hollywood, Florida, reminds me that the beach is where many of us find serenity and happiness.
A special thanks to Amy for her Elements challenge this week, which helped me “break down” my shots into these 5 categories and look at them in a new light. This made me realize that I need to take shots of fire more often! I appreciate that insight, Amy!
Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to post challenge #48. Stay tuned.