Blogger friends – Suzanne of The Travebunny, Kathryn of Travel With Kat and Wilbur of Wilbur’s Travels – have nominated me for yet another challenge. The Thomas Cook Explore The Elements Travel Photoblogging Challenge requires me to publish photos that best represent my interpretation of the four classic elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
Here are my choices:
Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity:The buffalo is said to symbolise strength and abundance. This magnificent specimen and the vastness of the Ngorongoro crater beyond, seemed to me to embody every feature associated with the element Earth.
Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism:
The life giving and cleansing properties of water make it an esential element in many religions. Buddhist and Shinto shrines have Temizuyas at their entrances. Most mosques and churches their ablution/ baptism fountains. Hindus use temple ponds or their holy rivers. This candid shot captures a priest performing his ritual ablutions in the river Hooghly – a tributary of the Ganges in Kolkata.
Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit:As the flame of knowledge that dispels the darkness of ignorance, fire is central to Hindu rituals. Its power of devouring destruction associated with the cleansing of egos. Regardless of ones beliefs, it is hard not to be swept up in the energy and fervour of the Ganga Aarti in Varanasi.
Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom:Air was the hardest to go symbolic with. So I stuck with a more straightforward interpretation of a balloon. Floating over the surreal landscape of Cappadocia remains one of our most memorable experiences.
Thank you Suzanne and Kathryn for the nomination. With the 16/03 deadline just a day away, I throw this challenge open to those of my readers that want to attempt it.
There are great prizes to be won: Four individual category winners will receive a MacBook Air, a Fujifilm X-T1 camera, or an iPhone 6 with Bose noise cancelling headphones, depending on their personal choice. The overall winner will be awarded an amazing £5,000 travel fund.
103 thoughts on “Interpreting The Elements In Images”
Great shots Madhu, especially the first two – very apt. Good luck!
Thank you Kathryn. To you too!
Four elements, four great choices, Madhu. The stance of that cape buffalo and the emotion that the priest evokes are especially appealing. The Aarti brings back vivid memories of Varanasi, a place that I want to learn more about and spend more time in. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Thank you Lynne. A fabulous week ahead to you 🙂
Good luck, Madhu!
Thanks Sue 🙂
Love your choice of pics for this challenge, Madhu. The water one is my favourite. I was also nominated by Jude, but i forgot all about it. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂
Look forward to seeing your entries Sylvia. You had better hurry! 🙂
I don’t think I’m going to make it, as today is the last day, and I”m rather busy at the moment.
All beautiful but my fave is of course, Turkey
Of course 🙂 Thanks Dallas.
Wow! Excellent choices and shots Madhu! You’ve nailed it. 😀 ♥
Thank you Sonel. They don’t hold a candle to your latest shots though. What a fabulous set!
That’s very sweet of you to say Madhu. You’re very kind but I do really love your shots more. 😀 ♥
I enjoy your written breakdown of the elements.
Thank you for stopping by to let me know.
awesome pics madhu…i loved earth the most…all the luck to u!!
Thank you very much Anushri.
These are really good!
Thank you for the thumbs up Mani 🙂
Oh, Madhu, these are wonderful photos! Best of luck!!
Thank you Stacy. Fingers crossed 🙂
Fire is the most appealing photo for me because it reminds me of a very moving ceremony I went to in Rajasthan. Wonderful Madhu and good luck!
Mine too and for the same reasons Gilly.
Madhu, I agree some great pics and also agree with the consensus that the first two are awesome. It would be a great shame if these did not qualify for the competition as you do have to nominate five bloggers to qualify I think. I actually nominated you myself this morning having only just entered myself. Your pics blow mine away I think, but I just went with some of my memorable ones when digital cameras were just a twinkle in the inventors eye!
Wilbur, many thanks. Pingbacks don’t show up unless you link to a post or page. Shall add your name to the list. I should have chosen five nominees, but i was running against the clock as always – have a writing assignment to complete by tonight – so I opted out. I never expect my images to stand up to some of the professional entries out there in any case 🙂
Shall be over to check out your entry. Apologies for not participating in the B&W challenge.
Thanks Madhu, I will remember that. I know what you mean with pro competition but reckon your buffalo pic will stand out as something different to what most ‘earth’ pics will show.
Thanks for the thumbs up 🙂
Thank you very much 🙂
That is an amazing photo. Congrats. All the best!
Thank you Stephen
Beautiful photos Madhu. I especially love earth and water. Gorgeous.
Thank you Alison.
All exquisite shots Madhu, exotic elements indeed!
These are amazing photos, Madhu. I especially like the water one. I really hope you win.
I hope so too David 🙂
Terrific interpretations, Madhu. Good Luck!
Thank you Cornelia.
That water one brought back so many memories of pilgrims bathing in holy water.
Yes, that’s a common sight, in the North especially. This is from our photo tour in Kolkata.
Madhu, perfect shots and representations. You absolutely hit these, all four of them.
Thank you Valentine 🙂
That’s a great selection of photographs. Each of these images is awesome!
All the best. 🙂
Thank you Divya. Good luck to you too 🙂
A beautiful set of images! Good luck 🙂
Wonderful photos Madhu, I especially love your ‘earth’ and ‘water’ choices. Good luck 🙂
Thank you Suzanne. To you too 🙂
Nice shots. Good luck!
Thank you Niranjan 🙂
Impressive images for the challenge, Madhu. I really like the water’s image – truly special! It is quite a challenging contest, isn’t it? Best wishes for you 🙂
Air was particularly hard for me Indah. I was thinking of nominating you, but didn’t want to pressure you with so little time 🙂
All wonderful choices Madhu. 🙂
Thank you very much LuAnn 🙂
You are it, Madhu. No bias. I don’t even have to say Good luck. I don’t think you need it. All images speak for itself.
Aww, you are too sweet Rommel! Thank you. I am flattered 🙂
Love the first two… good wishes Madhu!
Thank you Ishita. I might be passing your way early September. Shall let you know if I manage a stopover.
Great post with lovely photos, Madhu! Good luck, we keep our fingers, toes and wings crossed for you! ❤ 🙂
🙂 Thank you very much dear Dina! I can’t not win something with all this generous support! 🙂
I’ve just scrambled a last minute entry 🙂 🙂 I was only tagged 2 days ago and wasn’t sure I’d have time. Love your ‘fire’ shot! It’s so alive! Good luck!
You did a great job considering the time constraints Jo. Good luck to you too 🙂
Did you get the house repairs sorted, Madhu? 🙂
Yes, part of it that had me stressed last week. There is still some seepage to be attended to from the outside. The quote for the scaffolding is more than that of the work itself! I am so ready to move into a studio apartment Jo. Preferably serviced 😀
That’s travelling money you could save 🙂 🙂 Not to mention blood pressure levels!
Woooo! Way to go, Madhu…..nice images, and the reasons representing the four Elements, as depicted in your photos.
Thanks Harini. I could do with a new phone 😉
Fitting images Madhu. All the best!
Thanks Uday. Still too busy?
Wonderful shots and even better words. Of the four, the water section touched me the most.
That seems the most popular Frank. Fingers crossed 🙂
I love your four elements post Madhu.
Thank you Jake. Glad you do 🙂
well I hope they post the winners of this – and in your post – I like the balloon image (Air) the most – but all flowed so well – and what nice idea for a challenge – I bet it will be hard to pick winners.
You are the first one to pick the balloon Yvette! I quite like the three dimensional effect of that shot myself, against the surreal background.
yes, and the shadows – the two different ones – but the whole elements idea is a cool challenge
It is. I enjoyed putting it together 🙂
❁❁❁❁ have a nice week – it has been nice connecting with ya this week ❁❁❁❁
Thanks Yvette. You too 🙂
Wonderful shots Madhu, best of luck!
Thanks Tina. The winning entries were beyond stunning!
Excellent photo selections and descriptions, Madhu.
Great choices and great images. More than that, this is the first time I have carefully read the classic associations with these elements. On previous occasions I have skimmed through, but now I get a lot from the wisdom behind these thoughts.
These are wonderful, Madhu! I especially love the shot of the priest in the river. You can almost feel the water on your hands and face.
this was one of my favourites! loved the rumination on “air”. one of those things that escapes the mind while traveling, sometimes even taken for granted. i shall take a good, long whiff next time. thanks for the reminder, buddy 🙂
😀 Whenever I think of Cappadocia which I haven’t visited yet I remember your hot air balloon photos. I knew I was going to like your earth best and that your best element photo would be of fire 🙂
Really? I felt fire was my weakest.
You are wrong, and pardon me for saying so – there are no weak images here, and the fire photo the way you captured it can only be taken in India. I am still favouring the earth and you know why, though as an air sign I should vote for your balloons 🙂
Thanks Paula. If you say it is good, it IS.
P.S. that bloke in the water has uncanny resemblance to Mahatma or possibly Ben Kingsley.
Now that you say it, he does! 😀
These pictures are gorgeous! I don’t know which I like best. Maybe water. Or Earth. You’re sure to win! 🙂
Ha, I will be the most surprised if I do Juliann! But I appreciate your vote of confidence 🙂
Love the pictures!
Thank you Marcia 🙂
A beautiful series for the competition. They’re all gorgeous, but the buffalo shot is really special.
Good idea represented via various images. I like it. Thanks for sharing.