Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Horace Mann

(7 photos)



Last week I responded to the “Adventure” challenge with some favorite wildlife photographs from our African safari.  It seems only appropriate then, that I respond to this week’s “Humanity” challenge with some favorite captures of the people we encountered on that same journey. Above, the expression on the face of a fisherman in Cape Town reflects the challenge of a difficult life. On the other hand, his son’s smile exemplifies the carefree exuberance of youth. A family that could be found anywhere in the world, demonstrating a classic parent/child dynamic.

After capturing the father and son, I was compelled to photograph the mother, seen below. What do you suppose was on her mind as I caught here in such serious thought?



“The ‘norm’ for humanity is love.”

Jack D. Forbes

We also visited a local community nearby, where my attention was drawn to this scene.  I felt the woman’s pose within her environment told an eloquent story.



“No matter what is happening in the world, I continue to believe in humanity.”

Britt Skarbanek

We spent several hours with some local children in a nearby school.  Here, two of the wide-eyed students observing us as we observed them.



“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama XIV

After school, we saw three young friends experiencing the joy of finishing the day’s work.  Although it could be anywhere USA, this happy group of kids is headed home from school in South Africa.



“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”

Joseph Addison

During our community visit, some of the residents graciously shared with us their customs and daily chores. Below, a woman who taught us how grains are processed to make one of the staples of the local diet using the long pole she handled so deftly. Several of the more adventurous among us sampled the fruits of her labor 🙂



“Where humanity sowed faith, hope, and unity, joy’s garden blossomed.”


Finally, one of my favorite people of all time, our guide in Botswana, Ezekiel. Full of life, exuberance, joy and love, Ezekiel introduced us to the glory that is Africa. His smile never dimmed, his knowledge of the land and the beautiful creatures who inhabit it led us to love it as much as he did –  gift for which I will be forever grateful.



“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

Mahatma Ghandi

A famous quote by Maya Angelou seems particularly appropriate for this week’s challenge. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Words to travel by, don’t you think?

Want to check in on some other bloggers’ views of humanity?  Click here.

127 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

  1. Incredible series of photos yet again Tina ~ and it is the first one that seems to tell such a long/beautiful story of humanity: that bright, idealistic mind and face of a beautiful child and having it mirrored with the face of his father who has lived life, who has experienced what life is all about ~ trials and difficulties, but always that focus to make life better for his children. At least the story I see 🙂 Beautiful work and words! Each shot explaining something different yet wonderful about this life.

  2. I loved your words to ” travel by.”…. Whether near or far… We journey each day with opportunities abounding….. The joy in your guide’s eyes was contagious!

  3. Beautiful and inspiring. No matter how much negative things we see or read in the new, we shoulder indeed never give up on humanity. It’s that last ounce of love and ability to care for others, especially the ones everyone else seem to have forgotten that makes us truly “Human.”

  4. A very powerful series of photos. The 1st one in particular is very moving, the expression and eyes on the fathers face says so much about the hard life they lead and of course that is opposed by the boy who has such joy in his expression.

  5. SO POWERFUL……love this post….each expression truly tells a story. Feeling like ‘straw hat’ is waiting on others in viewing the empty shoes??????

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