Place

What is a place? Where is it? How many different associations with that place are there? Immediate or remembered? What do you think? How do you feel? Do you think/feel differently if the place is busy and crowded or quiet and devoid of people and activity? We move along, passing through some places quickly, maybe not noticing much but feeling the energy of the crowds. Or maybe we don’t and feel alone, surrounded by an anonymous group of strangers. The urban scene can be noisy and colorful.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

san-francisco-2

San Francisco, CA

Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tx

Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tx

Reykyavik, Iceland

Reykyavik, Iceland

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Arg.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Arg.

Other places are just right for contemplation. We relax and with heightened senses, linger. We’re apt to do this more in the natural environment than the “built” one. Spending time walking on beaches, along wooded trails, listening to the rush of water at a mountain stream and enjoying the full flower of springtime cherry blossoms can be calming and refreshing.

Lake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise, Canada

Jasper Lake Lodge, Canada

Jasper Lake Lodge, Canada

Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

 

There are times, even in the midst of the frenetic activity of city life, when people claim a spot to hang out, catch up or grab a bite to eat. It is their place.

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Buenos Aires, Arg.

Buenos Aires, Arg.

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Eureka, MT

Eureka, MT

Train stations, trains, shrines and churches offer different experiences of place.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Italy

Italy

Castro, Chile

Castro, Chile

Lutheran Church, Reykyavik, Iceland

Lutheran Church, Reykyavik, Iceland

 

There are places that can only be described as “other-worldly.” You know them when you see them. Places with the WOW factor.

Glacieres Ntl. Park, Arg.

Glacieres Ntl. Park, Arg.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadoccia, Turkey

Skutustadir Crater, Iceland

Craters Skutustadir, Iceland

Places close to home or far away have offered me new and exciting experiences as well as moments of repose and contemplation. The place where I return, to work in solitude, is my studio at Woodcreek Ranch. There, I am alone, but never lonely.

Cecelia's art studio, Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Cecelia’s art studio, Woodcreek Ranch, TX

 

I am delighted to include your photos of Place. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Jim deMoye, Sapphire, NC

Jim deMoye, Sapphire, NC

Marla Shainman, Dubai

Marla Shainman, Dubai

Kathryn Campbell-Piper's Reading Nook

Kathryn Campbell-Piper’s Reading Nook

Linda Elkin

Linda Elkin

Ryan Diebel - Prague, Czech Republic

Ryan Diebel – Prague, Czech Republic

Stan Feld - Roundtop, TX

Stan Feld – Roundtop, TX

 

Theme #5 is Encounters.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by February 6, 2017.

I look forward to being inspired by your work in 2017. Happy New Year!

 

 

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