Capture challenge this month is a bit more detailed and slightly wacky. I was going to go for another 30 day challenge but I am terrible at them and Anna gave me the brilliant idea of doing a weekly challenge for the month instead. Which is genius. Genius!
So a few ideas came into my mind. March is the beginning of Spring, a favourite time of year for me. It is important for me to be mindful of the changes happening in the world around me and to enjoy the shift. For those in the southern hemisphere, autumn has a similar sentiment. For both seasons mother nature really puts on a show. Also there are five Saturdays in the month and so I though there should be five ‘branches’ to the challenge. The first thing that came into my mind was the concept of five elements. This varies across cultures and after a bit of research I settled on the Japanese philosophy. Too weird? I’ll explain.
The challenge is to take a photo (or several) that captures Spring through the eye of an element. Kind of like in university you would analyse something from a certain concept (reading the same text from a post-modern viewpoint or feminist viewpoint).
You don’t have to do them in any particular order, whatever works for you, although I have laid them out in their ‘ascending order of power’. They can be inspired simply by the name or if you prefer by the ‘meaning’ of the element. You can read more about the definitions from Wikipedia and here but briefly:
Earth – represents the hard, solid objects of the earth and the body (such as bones). It is stubbornness and unwillingness to change but also confidence and balance.
Water – represents the flowing and formless things of the earth and the body (such as blood). Plants are a physical object which represent water. It is adaptability, change, flexibility and defensiveness.
Fire – represents the energetic moving forces of the earth such as animals, body heat and metabolism. It is drive and passion and associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing nature.
Wind - represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Is is the human mind as we grow, experience and gain knowledge and the act of breathing. It can be open-mindedness, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion and wisdom.
Void (or Heaven) - those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. It is the spirit, thought, creative energy, spontaneity, inventiveness.
If you want to take part you can do some simply on instagram or posting your pictures and sharing your link. Or there is a google+ community if you want to share over there. If you want to hashtag it use #mycreativespring and for extra giggles #springelements. I’ll do a post in the first week of April so share somewhere or put a link in the comments here if you would like me to link to you.
Who is in?