This week, Anne Leueen and her very clever horse Biasini have graciously agreed to host Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #118. They have chosen the theme of “Communication.” In her post, Anne shares how horses and their riders communicate with each other in a beautifully choreographed give and take. Anne and Biasini have inspired me this week to explore communication in its many forms. So, what does communication mean to me?
The Written Word
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life~Zig Ziglar
It is the written word. Its power can’t be underestimated. Think of all the love, care, and attention that goes into a writing a letter, a book, or a simple happy birthday wish written on a special cake and shared with people we love.
The Spoken Word
We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.
Communication is the spoken word. Late one afternoon, we saw these French teenagers chatting after class in front of Notre Dame. I loved the universality of the teenage spirit and their love of talking.
The only way an artist can communicate with the world at large is on the level of feeling. ~Howard Hodgkin
I will always be in awe of artists who can communicate with others through the use of paints, watercolors, pencil, and charcoal, for example. I loved the emotion in this self-portrait by Joseph Ducreux called Yawning created in 1783. Doesn’t it perfectly express boredom? It’s on display at the Getty Museum.
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh” said piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.~Benjamin Hoff The Tao of Pooh.
Communication can be delicious. One of the many ways we show our love for others is by the food we prepare. I admire the artistry of this barista in Florence who adorns each cup of cappuccino with a friendly smile.
With so many ways to communicate at our disposal, we must not forget the transformative power of a live music experience and genuine human exchange. ~Jon Batiste
I loved this look of delight on this little girl’s face when she played the piano and made a joyous sound. I admire the artistry and passion of musicians who can communicate emotions to us through their instruments.
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.―
Street artists can transform an ordinary wall or security gate into a work of art and communicate messages that can be serious, thought-provoking, or funny. In this photo, I loved the playful and nostalgic mood of Betty Boop on this restaurant storefront in Rome.
In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.~ John Muir
Nature speaks to us, too. In this photo, taken on the ferry to Victoria, B.C., I think nature was communicating her majesty and grandeur and instilling a sense of wonder in us.
Animals and The Spirit World
How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul. ―
I believe animals are connected much more closely to the spirit world than many of us humans. I think Biasini would agree. This statue, created by the artist Cyrus E. Dallin in 1909, is called Appeal to the Great Spirit is on permanent display in front of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. It portrays a Native American chief communicating with the creator. I believe that the horse is communicating, as well, given his powerful, alert stance. Although critics say that Dallin’s work is a stereotype of indigenous people, I believe the statue portrays a powerful moment of silent appeal to the spirits both by humans and animals.
A special thanks to Anne Leueen and Biasini for hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #118 and inspiring us with their Communication theme. We hope you join our photo conversation this week. In your post, include a link to Anne’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find your post in the WP Reader.
I felt like I walked around the world last week for the LAPC #117 A Photo Walk challenge! Your walks near and far were inspiring and gave us a window into your world. Once again, the variety and creativity of your posts were a visual treat for all of us.
Looking ahead to next week, our wonderful and talented friend, Ann-Christine of Leya will lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her site on Saturday, October 17th at noon.
In closing, once again I’d like to give a special thanks to all of you in our creative community for your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity. You always inspire us! I hope you have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.