“There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.”
When I saw this week’s Harmony challenge I thought immediately of this capture which I made during a visit to Provence, France. It was in a beautiful little mountain town called Les Baux de Provence which was hosting an outdoor music festival. I suppose there could be many different interpretations but for me it signifies the integration of man, music and nature – all existing in perfect harmony.
As Michelle mentions in her challenge though, there is surely harmony outside of music. The beautiful lines in the architecture of the many stately buildings here in Charleston are a wonderful example of man-made harmony.
“You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself.”
When featuring architecture it seems to me monochrome tones allow the viewer to better appreciate the intent of the architect – we can almost sense the lines on the paper that preceded the construction of the edifice.
“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, harmony and music inside me.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Oftentimes as travelers visiting other places we are excited by things we pass by without notice in our own backyard. Locals, including yours truly, walk past these beautiful examples on a daily basis without a moment’s thought. We need to remember how important it is to be tourists in our own towns.
“A roof of harmony can only be built on top of pillars of tolerance.”
Charleston is also known for it’s beautiful wrought iron gates – having been blessed by the talents of world-class blacksmith Phillip Simmons (1912-2009). Known appropriately as the “poet of ironwork”, Simmons was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor our nation awards its artists. His beautiful decorative pieces are found throughout the city as well as in museums around the country.
“Every event in Nature has a unique harmony and rhythm.”
Even something as simple as a mailbox can be beautiful when seen through an appreciative lens. So here’s to the ordinary, everyday elements of our world – and to their creators as well as those who take the time to appreciate them.
NOTE: Photos edited using Nik Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro to emphasize the timeless quality of the subjects.