Connected in Many Ways

In this week’s photo challenge, Ben Huberman asks “to share a photo, a gallery, or a mesh of what being connected means to you. You may choose to focus on one of the verb’s meanings or on several, and you can go literal or figurative, abstract or explicit: whatever you see fit.”

I chose a few images of Nature and People, because I feel deeply connected to what they mean to me.

I am sure you all have heard or seen images of refugees fleeing to Europe. This is the biggest refugees crisis since World War II. There are people protesting though, whilst others are helping them. Never in my life I needed to think of the meaning of humanity and connection as in the last days.  

We must look at people as human beings and stop classifying them based on gender, color, religion, and nationality. We are just the human race, among all planets, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, the smallest subatomic particles, and all matter and energy of the Universe.

We are connected, even if you don’t believe in it.

Here are my images:

Nature’s sights, besides being blissful, make me humble and aware of humans’ place in the Universe, for us being even only one part of the vast ecosystem of planet Earth.

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Connected. Being.
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Connected. Nature’s ecosystem.

Portraits is the single most important reason why I love photography. Meeting not other people’s eyes but connecting with the genuine expression of their emotions, thoughts, stories… and making those moments, eternal.

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Connected. Inner Peace and Happiness.
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Connected. Daring and Discovering.

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53 thoughts on “Connected in Many Ways

  1. I am convinced of whatever you say in this post.
    The Photos have come out beautiful and are convincing.
    They also connect your mind and the viewer’s mind.
    Look for my Post on this on WPC connected.
    “Oh! Human !!!”
    Shiva

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  2. Love this post and the ideas you’re sharing. Recognizing our common humanity and understanding the world as our home is so vital to peace and understanding. If we can help this understanding through our photography, art & writing, what a wonderful thing!

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  3. We are all connected. Everything on this planet is. To see such division, with the refugees, or anything else, makes me sad. We look at the world and assign a value to it, fight over it, take what we want and discard what we don’t. We fail to see the connections, the way we all depend on one another, human, animal, and plant. Your pictures really represent connectedness to me. 🙂

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  4. I totally agree with your words Lucile. I want to do something to aid the refugees. I’ve donated to Amnesty International (I seem to be better at donating than doing) but otherwise I’ve feel pretty useless. I hope that more doors will open to the refugees but even more, I hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict so that refugees might return home where they want to be. But peace seems further away today than ever. The conflict just seems to continue to escalate. It is a horror show.

    And your images. Well, those leave me speechless except t say that I have portrait envy 🙂

    And speaking of connection, Michelle Hill is coming to Fiji and we are going to see each other on Monday. I am going to engage her in my efforts to convince you to visit Australia.

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    1. Wise words, Lisa. I side with you.
      Helping international organizations is a very good decision. They know their work and have access to the refugees. It was the lack of financial support to the refugee camps stationed in Lebanon and Turkey that made many of them attempt to make the perilous crossing to Greece or Italy, putting themselves and their families at the hands of smugglers.
      A peaceful solution is not at short sight so we need to do what we can to alleviate their suffering.
      I know it is like treating the symptoms and not the disease as these people are displaced, and living in camps, whereas they would rather return to their houses, but it is our humanitarian duty to help them. I am helping with donations for the time being as there not as many refugees arriving here as in Germany and Austria, and the institutions are well equipped.

      Portrait-envy from you as more than welcome and counter balances my sailing-envy from you!

      How wonderful to hear that you will meet Michelle. I thought that you would just cross each other in different directions. That is fabulous! You know, it is not so difficult to convince me to go to Australia! And with two of you making the campaign, it is going to be difficult to resist. If you both insist, I may end up sailing with you both to Australia! 😉

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          1. well, I’m only home for a very short time then mightnt go home for another year or more….. but then home is an odd thing when you live in two countries….. and your heart is torn between two…..

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  5. not only lovely photos but great messages also. the first image of the bird flying into(away from/near) the sun is amazing. that is what I’m seeing, isnt it? the shadow of a bird….

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