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.
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.
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.
Train stations, trains, shrines and churches offer different experiences of place.
There are places that can only be described as “other-worldly.” You know them when you see them. Places with the WOW factor.
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.
I am delighted to include your photos of Place. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Theme #5 is Encounters.
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I look forward to being inspired by your work in 2017. Happy New Year!