Phoneography Challenge: Voices of Humanity–Portrait of an Image and a Word

23 December 2013


Droplet Under Bridge Railing, iPhone 4s, December 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Droplet by Droplet, 3/16,” iPhone 4s, December 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know what you think about my photograph.


The year is dissolving into a treasure trove of memories, and I want to dedicate my photograph and poem to family and friends as well as devoted readers who bring joy to my days.

My blog began as a vehicle to share narratives that are told through my lens and pens. This online life has moved me deeper and deeper into photography by encouraging exploration of new inner and outer vistas.

I want to give a special tribute to my “cyberspace” community. It’s a give-and-take, a wondrous partnership that makes possible the seemingly impossible: that I can connect to parts of the world vastly far away or across town. It continues to astound me as well as bring me wonderment, especially the people who I meet.

There is enormous talent to discover through this marvelous technological arena. Each encounter broadens my own horizons, and adds immensely to how I listen and watch my slice of the universe.

At the end of each year I compose a holiday poem, which is accompanied by a photograph. The image may inspire words. Or the poem may push me to find visual language to express its theme. Here’s my ode to 2014. Happy holidays.

Voices of Humanity

While it’s true that a singular image can convey a multitude of stories,

One word easily competes.

Language and visuals transport,

Silent in their potency.

Vocal in their vibrancy.

Charming each into a magical duo or solo performance.

A word induces jazzy rhythms.

A visual implies reverent soundscapes.

Quiet persuasion? Forceful? Observant? Watchful?

Time unleashes:

Experience. Interpretation. Declaration. Protection. Action. Inspiration. Legacy. Hope.


Droplet by droplet,

And Mother Nature and Humanity unite.

Here are other entries for today’s challenge:

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

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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46 Responses to Phoneography Challenge: Voices of Humanity–Portrait of an Image and a Word

  1. says:

    Happy New Year Sally! You are so talented!

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Incredible photo and it is a joy to be part of your online community.

  3. Beautiful thoughts and visuals. A winter joy. Happy blessed Holidays to you and family.

  4. Amy says:

    What an amazing photo, Sally! Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem. Here is my entry:
    Enjoy holidays!

  5. Amanda Lakey says:

    Wonderful Sally, from the photo to the lovely poem. Thank you for hosting the challenge, I agree the community on WordPress is incredibly inspiring, and I’m so thankful I started blogging. 🙂
    Hoping to get my entry up very soon. x

  6. Sadaf says:

    You are a great artist Sally, not only a photographer but also a good writer. Love this poem! 🙂

  7. Indira says:

    I was wondering what is this until I read your reply to Malc. Really amazing. and your poem is very beautiful.

  8. Sally. Great photo yet again. I keep looking at it trying to work it out. Feathers? Water? Barbed wire? It fascinates me. I wondered if it is a dessicated bat hanging and water is dripping from it. I am trying to read to much into it – I should just have just accepted that I liked it!

  9. Wonderful photo and a beautiful poem, Sally. I’ll take this opportunity to say how glad I am that I found your site. It has sparked a new interest for me in photography. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  10. aloha LensAndPensBySally – i like the abstract qualities of nature that you are pushing forward in this image by keeping the background out of focus and bringing the foreground into focus via degrees of transition. i also like what i call the shallow depth of field in this because it’s really two layers (as i see it)—the background and the foreground with a transition between the two.

    most abstraction is a matter of degree. in this case i can still recognize the foreground as organic floral, however i’m not knowledgeable enough to identify it. that leaves me free to think about the complex nature of the shape and in that way life. cool on that. and fun.

    i’ve enjoyed playing in your challenges the last couple of weeks. thank you for hosting them and Mele Kalikimaka a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year) with lots of fun all year long in 2014. aloha.

  11. Amar Naik says:

    Hi Sally, merry Christmas. nicely worded poem. you should write more often.

  12. FireBonnet says:

    I am fascinated by your photo, it is natural yet beautifully abstracted. I keep coming back to take another look. And what delicious poetry. ‘One word easily competes’ is a concept for wonderful discussions. My favorite line is “vocal in their vibrancy’ but then I am in love with alliteration. Thank you for the challenge, I am happy to have joined the community even late in the year.

  13. Very beautiful poem and photo.

    Thank you for arranging the challenges as they truly help me develop skill and creativity.

  14. Unique photo and lovely sentiment! So happy that I can follow your blog and share your thoughts, feelings, and observations.

  15. marialla says:


  16. I love the photo! Simply stunning! And I especially love the poem! Such true and powerful words. Thank you for another wonderful year of reading your blog! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holidays and a wonderful new year! 🙂

  17. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful image and words Sally. My very best wishes for a happy holiday and 2014. Here is my contribution: Meri Kirihimete!

  18. Sally, it is my pleasure to be one of your devoted readers….Merry Christmas

  19. I absolutely love your image. Merry Christmas.

  20. Sally, a beautiful poem and lovely photo today. I’ve really enjoyed your weekly challenge and want to thank you for all of your encouraging comments and inspiring posts. Merry Christmas!

  21. Lovely photo and poem, Sally 🙂 The year draws to an end all too soon, great to have found your challenge.

  22. Sally, that’s absolutely beautiful as is your poem. Hard to believe we have only one more Monday in 2013. I’m so glad I found your challenge (thanks, Tom Palladio) and I look forward to it each week. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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