WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

12 April 2013


1. Neon Lights, UD Student Center, iPhone 4s, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Neon Lights, UD Trabant Center, iPhone 4s, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Construction, UD Campus, Nikon DSLR, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Construction, UD Campus, Nikon DSLR, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens: Change, which is the theme for WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, is a word with an inner and outer skin. Change is so layered as to cover wide ground with high and low energy.

Change occurs every minute of our existence. Life is not static. We either embrace its fluidity or become observers to its evergreen nature.

Since it’s Spring in my area of the world, changes are occurring where I cannot see them. Suddenly I will notice a small green shoot, and remember new plantings that will honor me this season. Or I look into the tree outside my kitchen doors, and witness its fully dressed in clusters of white blossoms. This transformation from bare to coverlet seems to happen then and there.

In the Lens section I have posted two very different interpretations of the theme. The first image was taken inside the University of Delaware’s Trabant Center, which is in constant flux. Students are moving from class to dine to shop to linger to schmooze. It’s a place of palpable conversations and socializing. Change is a given. Also the neon lights are in a dance with the natural light. At any given moment the colors change and create drama. This play between a human invention and nature’s hand is intensely fun and mesmerizing.

The second photograph was taken on the site of an addition to a major building on the UD campus. Immediately its inner bones changed the visual landscape, and the entire area continues to be altered as the skin of the building is added. While the extra space will benefit faculty, staff and students, this change brings a sense of loss (the land and the view). Every building erases the natural order of things, and changes our visual perceptions.

Change is filled with doubt and happiness and joy and sorrow, but it gives more enthusiasm to life. It brings adventure, it brings discovery, it brings a continuum of journeys (tiny and large) yet to be experienced.

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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26 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

  1. Fossillady says:

    The neon reflections is most unique and I imagine changes with each step! Very cool image! Kathi

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  3. Sorry can’t choose – love them both and they are so different.

  4. "Occam Blade" says:

    Love the neon lights version. I look at the reflection as a gateway, that not only transforms but also feels transformative. The student/subject on the right side of the screen appears to be rising not from the steps, but from the very edge of the dark unknown. It’s quite visceral for me, but in a positive way…nicely done all around!

    • Thank you for your interpretation. The space is quite enchanting and hip at the same time. It has this post-modern flavor that welcomes the faculty, staff, and students. Students being the primary target. There is foot traffic that seems to seamlessly pass through the halls. But I was pleased that it was a quiet moment, which gave it a more (as you said) reflective feeling.

  5. Geoff says:

    Hi Sally. I like the first but then I’m largely attracted by the bright and shiny 😉

  6. Lily Mugford says:

    Great interpretaion of the challenge. Your photos are great, you have an artistic eye. Change is all around us. I welcome most changes in my life but sometimes…. change hurts.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    Good thoughts – I liked the last two paragraphs best, the colors in first photo are scrumptious, the shapes in second photo are nice & strong and simple.

  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Love your interpretations both pens and lens. I have to say I like the tunnel photo and the meaning of change these young adults are in the midst of at college one of the
    Biggest changes in life!

  9. Vibrant and stunning neon lights. Perfectly reflected on the floor. Change is inevitable. I hope to think that it leads us to something better and brighter than the days before that. Beautiful post. Have a great weekend.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    I love the second photo and the poignant words you penned for it. The change you speak of is very relevant to our city at the moment. When the buildings disappear here, we are able to see the view and the landscape again. It’s confusing but I love the openness. Then a building will spring up and a space is consumed again, which is also confusing. To be so aware of change all the time can be tiring.

  11. I have walked this hall long before I was a blogger, you really captured it!

  12. neenslewy says:

    The construction photograph represents ‘change’ to me more than the other photograph. Although I was mesmerised by the reflection in the shiny floor!

  13. love both your pictures as your interpretation of this Friday’s theme! Way to go Lens and Pens!! Both A 🙂

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