Weekly Photo Challenge: Portraits of Contrast

Hmmmm … let’s talk about contrast … as per this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.  Sounds easy enough right?  Or is it?  Well it took me quite a while to come up with something but I ended up leaning towards extra support from my Oxford dictionary and thanked it for confirming:

“the state of something being noticeably different from something else when put or considered together” and “a thing or person noticeably different from another” and “the amount of difference between tones in a television picture, photograph, etc.”

Finally think I’ve gotten it now, so here goes.

Contrasting national costumes

I’ve done quite a bit of travelling and always marvel at the contrasts in national dress.  Here are a few examples below – all very beautiful yet uniquely different.

Malaysia_national dress
Rome_national dress
Beijing, China

Contrasting the same person

In thinking about this post, I thought about the contrasts which could exist in the same person and chose to highlight my aunt – seen in both photos below.  Wasn’t she beautiful?  I’m honestly not sure what fashion statement is being made with the necklace perching off to the side but it matches her earrings and that’s what’s more important … right?  I look at these photos and think it’s a pity we can’t grow old without aging (if that makes sense) but what is sad about this contrast is that in the younger photo she has full control of her mental and physical faculties … today, she has been totally robbed of these and is a mere shell of her once vibrant self.

Aunt Gene Young 002
I will praise you Lord in my youth …
Aunt Gene
… even as others praise you for me in my old age.

Contrasting light and dark

No better photo illustrates contrasts light and dark than one taken of a sunset.  I thought my inexpensive point and shoot camera did an amazing job of capturing this beautiful scene.  What do you think?

Contrasts in light
Contrasts in light

 Contrasting the mind of a photographer 🙂

My last example is a bit extract in that I’m looking at the underlying message of unity being communicated by two children with contrasting skin tones, as they tightly link hands and prepare to tackle their uphill journey – together.

I think we can extend this thought to include looking at the contrasting or different decisions made in shooting this awesome photo (taken by a friend as we participated in a very early morning walk for charity) with others that could have resulted in a more ordinary shot i.e.

  • instead of taking the photo with the children facing us, it’s taken of their backs
  • instead of asking them to pose, we’ve caught them totally unawares doing what little girls do naturally (talk a whole lot)
  • instead of taking the photo looking down, the focus is on their movement up the hill
  • instead of having the sun behind, the camera’s lens is facing into the glare of the sun as it peeps through the leaves of the trees



Hope these examples are not too far-fetched as I admit that this challenge inspired me to think outside of the box.  But how would you rate my ‘contrasts’?  Were they good, bad or ugly?  Leave me a comment … and here’s to a continued appreciation of the contrasts in our lives 🙂


The Details of the ChallengeThis week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.  Join me in navel-gazing, or show us something more everyday — your cat cuddled up with your dog, a red car in front of a yellow house, a figure silhouetted against a setting sun. Try a less literal take and snap a shot of the John Grisham and Shakespeare volumes sharing space on your bookshelf, or go totally figurative and share an image of a person you find full of contrasts.  We look forward to learning what says “contrast” to you!

Between Life – Weekly Photo Challenge

I think we can easily spend a lot of time ‘between’ life i.e. between decisions, between flights, between the passing of time.  It can be intentional or a situation where we have no choice.

This week’s photo challenge required us to share a photo that said ‘between’ and after a little ‘between thoughts’ here are my submissions.

I visited the city of Beijing in China two weeks ago.  My itinerary of almost 20 hours to and another 20 hours from this place where we find the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City (another post), took me from Barbados to London to Amsterdam to Beijing and back.  Between connecting flights, I came across this beautifully unique cafe at the airport in Amsterdam – truly a novel way to dine and have ‘tea’.

Cafe at the Amsterdam airport
Cafe at the Amsterdam airport
Tea in a teacup with kettle nearby
Tea in a teacup with kettle nearby

Sometimes we have to sit it out between life, whether we like it or not.  Here are two photos of my son who is a national athlete, representing Barbados in the sport of judo (and he is very very good – also another post).  I took these pictures as he waited between matches during a recent international competition.

Waiting and watching beween matches
Waiting and watching beween matches
Still existing in the realm of 'between' ... but can't wait to get started!
Still existing in the realm of ‘between’ … but can’t wait to get started!

Last but not least, the photo below highlights the most important thought of all i.e. between family.  This is a picture of my beloved aunt who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, taken as we shared in the celebration of her birthday earlier this year.  We were between feeling sad for her and the pain she is in, and feeling happy that she is still with us.

Between family: my mummy's sister aka my aunt on her birthday :-)
Between family: my mummy’s sister aka my aunt on her birthday 🙂

So how did I do?  Was I able to successfully illustrate ‘between’?  Leave a comment and tell me 🙂




Weekly photo challenge: Works of Art – even edible!

When is something considered art? And how do we as individuals define a work as art?  Is it a physical picture painted on a canvas or is it the creative use of materials to present a thought? Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: Works of Art – even edible!