Lens-Artists Challenge #118 – Communication
“Newspapers cannot be defined by the second word—paper. They’ve got to be defined by the first word—news.”
Arthur Sulzberg Jr.
We welcome our first guest-horse, Biasini, who has asked us to address the concept of communication. Biasini makes an excellent case for non-verbal communication and as such it is incumbent on us to follow his directive and “speak” to the same subject. In my opening image I’ve shown two versions of communication. The senior gentleman is getting the news of the day from his newspaper, while his younger companion communicates using a smartphone.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
What we wear often speaks as loudly as any voice can. Obviously we know that the two gentlemen above are religious figures which communicates a great deal about them. The same can be said of people in business suits seen hurrying from place to place, or of sports-persons in their uniforms. The expansion of what we once called casual Friday has muddied the waters a bit but in many cases the messages our dress codes deliver can be clearly understood.
“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”
While many famous pieces of music do indeed use words, there are just as many that evoke emotion or deliver a message purely through their notes and melodies. Who has not been moved by pieces like Debussy’s Clair de lune or Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
John F. Kennedy
Here in the U.S. we’ve had more than our share of violent protests these past few months. As we traveled abroad a few years back we came upon the protest above, which was peaceful and silent. Their message, on the other hand, was loud and clear. Carbon Dioxide, the best known greenhouse gas, pollutes our atmosphere and threatens earth’s climate. Their silence along with their goofy costumes was in my opinion more powerful than words would have been.
“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”
Obviously, elephants do not use spoken language. But the two beautiful creatures in the image above clearly show us that they feel love just as we do. The image below, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to understand. At first glance one would think the lion is fierce and wants to make sure we understand that. In reality though, he was merely yawning. Like language, non-verbal communication can also be misunderstood.
“Never be embarrassed by how much you care about animals and how they’re treated.”
Finally, when I captured the image below my thought was that the two players could have used a bit more communication 😊, spoken or otherwise. The best athletic teams have learned to read one anothers’ signals without the use of the spoken word. Think of the catcher’s signals to his pitcher, the unspoken signals between doubles partners, or the signals between a quarterback and coach.
“Some stumbles are not intended for our downfall; they’re just warning signals telling us to be more careful.”
We appreciate your creative responses to last week’s Photo Walk challenge. The variety of the paths we’ve walked was amazing, covering multiple continents and a wide variety of locales. We saw beaches, forests, waterfalls, parks, lakes, gardens and multiple other venues. Clearly each and every one of them offered a lovely respite from the issues of the day.
Finally, our sincere thanks to Biasini and his partner (and personal typist) Ma Leueen, for guest hosting this week’s very interesting challenge. We and they look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link them to their original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. We hope you’ll stay tuned next week as Ann-Christine leads us on our next challenge.