High-waves, Peace Amidst Chaos and Beautiful Loons!


The proposition implying peace amidst chaos, sounds like quite a juxtaposition. By virtue of the Greeks, we can access a singular key for wrapping this contradiction; being ataraxy this definitive word. The first time I understood what this concept, was when Paula built her personal graduation project. Basically, the meaning of this ancient term refers to a state of serene calmness and ease of mind, especially in the face of darkness. It suggests composure when everyone else is at each other's throats; or more graphically, “this is fine”:

copyright – KC Green

Believe it or not, the meme has a deeper meaning and we are just getting a fraction of the whole story. So, for the last weekly challenge, Tersha suggested some street photography related articles for us to get some inspiration from. Now, imagine you are a street photographer with a thing for juxtaposition; and you are on a quest to capture the poetic contradiction of “peace amidst chaos”, how would you do it?

First you could seek bustling areas around you – busy intersections, crowded markets, construction sites, you name it! Then, scout for elements capable of denoting peace. This could be anything really, someone meditating or street-performing, a standing-still dove amidst a rushing background, anything. Composition-wise, consider enough breathing room to build the complete story; after all this is about peace within a particular context. And about exposure, anything between 1/2s and 1/15s would do the trick for capturing motion in a dynamic way.

The thread's still open, in case you want to swing by and contribute to building up this new concept we embrace!

Photo of the Week

Peace amongst 30+high waves.

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And there's nothing else to say… Don't you think?

According to folklore, dreaming about huge waves is regularly interpreted as overwhelming emotions or situations as the fear of loss in control; or just anxiety about upcoming changes or challenges. Either way, this exquisite shot depicts overcoming such circumstances.

And just if you are interested in dream analysis, then this might be a good place to start.

Congrats @londavis, thanks for sharing such a high-quality photograph with us!

Weekly Photography Challenge Digest

Thanks, Tersha and Dahlia for pushing our creative boundaries one step forward every week!

For more visual examples on decay and resilience, check out the 702nd original challenge post!

copyright – Patrick
copyright – Patrick
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A tired Special Olympian on a hot day, surrounded by coaches and staff to provide shade and calm place to sit.

copyright – Pat Garrett

A chaotic ride – calm at the center.

copyright – Pat Garrett

When life gets chaotic, head for the Fall Out Shelter (I didn’t even know we still had them…

copyright – Pat Garrett

In rolling seas and dense fog, the light remains and it’s foundation secured.

copyright – Pat Garrett
copyright – Kenneth Wong
copyright – Kenneth Wong
copyright – Kenneth Wong

A Highlight on the Latest Activity at our Community

Elin triggered an interesting conversation about how to decide when to delete files; it is a hard call to make! Swing by to share your thoughts or just to read what we've shared so far. Accompanying her prompt, this lovely shot can be found:

copyright – Elin Laxdal
copyright – Elin Laxdal
copyright – Elin Laxdal

She also shared a broader story on a pair of common loons or great northern divers that she's been stalking for the last three years.

Rob reminded us about the importance of keeping our batteries charged at all times!

And Tersha got creative with her bokeh skills:

copyright – Tersha

And remember, if you want to make out the most of your LightStalking user account, make sure to check the latest posts. Also, don't forget to swim the Mobile Monday Challenge!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum is a fine place for all those people wanting to grow fast as photographers. Here, you'll get your work reviewed by well-intended photographers, but you'll also have the chance of commenting on the work of others. We believe in the power of feedback, and here are the latest shots shared in the pool:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, but please read the instructions in order to get a better experience. Share your comments, opinions and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Remember all comments are given to the photographs; not the photographers. Also, don't forget to participate in our upcoming challenge!!!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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