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Harmony – Weekly Photo Challenge

“There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.”

John Muir

MUSIQUE DE LES BAUX
MUSIQUE DE LES BAUX

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.

CIRCLES AND SQUARES
CIRCLES AND SQUARES

“You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself.”

Hermann Hesse

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.

CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE

“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.

GRACIOUS GATE
GRACIOUS GATE

“A roof of harmony can only be built on top of pillars of tolerance.”

Shilpa Menon

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.

SIMPLE ELEGANCE
SIMPLE ELEGANCE

“Every event in Nature has a unique harmony and rhythm.”

Joseph Rain

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.

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87 thoughts on “Harmony – Weekly Photo Challenge Leave a comment

  1. Such an interesting take on this week’s challenge, Tina. I love that your photographs are in black and white. The first shot is especially stunning, what an interesting piece of work! I’ve only been to Charleston once, it is such a pretty city. xx

      • I do, Tina! I loved going to the art museums when we visited our daughter in Paris two years ago. So much creativity! Not only their art, but also their cooking!

  2. Hi Tina. I’d love to spend more time there. My son went to school at Savannah College of Art and Design, so we got to know that city very well, but didn’t explore other areas that much. The ironwork is also beautiful there. You’ve captured many stunning details. Lovely, as always!

  3. Musique Is so mysterious. Love that!. More info please ..
    Ps Yesterday was not today….you’re goofin me up ha.

    • LOL, sorry about that Diane! Afraid you know as much about Musique as I do! Just saw it in passing while we were touring Provence. There was a music festival in the small town of Les Beaux. Ah the French – they certainly do have a flair, don’t they?!

    • You know Marie – I never quite got that but the minute you said it I knew EXACTLY what you meant and knew that was what was bothering me about it. It seemed so familiar to be but I couldn’t figure out why. Make me wonder if Bowie was the guest performer for the festival???

  4. This is such an insightful way of looking at harmony. Agree with you say that when we look at architecture in BW, in a way we can visualise how the artist might have saw the whole creation right at the drawing stage. Fascinating. Really like the Joseph Rain quote. Everything that happens around us has its own sense of time. Everything is an individual, yet funny how everything seems to blend together as the world keeps turning 🙂

  5. There is always this talk in physics about finding the “theory of everything” ~ a perfect mathematical equation that explains it all. Math fascinates me in this way, as it can be found in everything. I thought about this while reading your opening statement “man, music and nature, all existing in perfect harmony” and while looking through your photos thought about how when the math works – beauty is the result.

    • Thanks for such an interesting thought Randall – hadn’t thought of it that way but the post does indeed speak to the order in the universe. Appreciate your comment my friend.

  6. Beautiful editing, Tina. I was thinking about you earlier today as I started the latest Laura Childs book, “Devonshire Scream.” I don’t know if you’ve read any of her Tea Shop mysteries, but they all take place in Charleston.

    janet

    • Thanks Janet – sadly I’ve never heard of Laura Childs but after your note I looked her up and know all of the places she writes about. Will give her books a try, thanks for mentioning it.

  7. Cool first shot, Tina. Your post-processing on the Charleston circle turning it into a pencil sketch is an interesting idea. So many great details in the city and you’ve found some nice ones.

    • Thanks Jane – it was really interesting in person. Probably 9 ft tall and attached to a huge boulder. Couldn’t capture the whole thing in a shot but loved the idea.

  8. Interesting note on the wrought iron artist. I always enjoy the artistry of wrought iron gates, rails and fences. Gives new meaning to the question, “What hath God wrought? Iron, of course.

  9. wonderful captures of shapes within shapes. The first one was really interesting! Made me wonder how they did it?

    • Thanks ML – yes, I agree it’s very clever isn’t it? What you don’t see from the photo is that it was very very large and was plastered to a huge boulder. Couldnt’ quite capture it in a photo.

  10. You are so right, Tina. By walking in our towns, we see things that we often miss when driving by. Two of my last 3 posts were about just that. Your words though, “being a tourist in your own town” are perfect.
    I like the way you isolated small parts of walls, gates, and architecture. It allows us to see all the lovely details

    • Thanks Laurie – yes, I need to practice what I preach! We’re lucky to live on Kiawah and so near Charleston – two immensly photographic places visited by pro photographers leading groups all the time.

  11. Wonderful quotes and images, Tina. Being a tourist in our own town or neighbourhood can be so rewarding, photographically. I wish I could hug Vincent V G. He sounds like he needed a few hugs. 🙂

  12. I love the quote about roofs of harmony being built on pillars of tolerance. Wonderful. You are right too about not noticing what is in our own back yard. Taking a camera out with you does help with that though.

  13. Some fine examples of harmonious works that most never ever appreciate because life gets in their way. By-the-way, B/W is wonderful to use and compliments color if used with care. Congratulations!

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