Interpreting The Elements In Images

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:Cape Buffalo, NgorongoroThe 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:
Ablutions - Kolkata, India
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:Ganga Aarti- Varansi, IndiaAs 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:Balloon ride over- Cappadocia - TurkeyAir 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.

Go on, try your luck….

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

103 thoughts on “Interpreting The Elements In Images

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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