Lens-Artists Challenge #118 – Communication

arabs, reading, newspaper


“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.  

two friars, brown, pillars


“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Rachel Zoe

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.

3 musicians


“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”

Jane Swan

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?

blue, CO2, protest


“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.

2 elephants embrace


“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”

Paul Oxton

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.

lion, yawning, teeth, tongue


“Never be embarrassed by how much you care about animals and how they’re treated.”

Stephanie Feldstein

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.

tennis foibles


“Some stumbles are not intended for our downfall; they’re just warning signals telling us to be more careful.”

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

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.






89 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #118 – Communication

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  2. Your first picture is so amazing especially with your insightful commentary. I loved the elephant picture as well. They are such incredible communicators. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I like that photo of the climate protest, and the quote you paired it with. Indeed, the formality of allowing a vote has been adopted by all kinds of dictators with zero interest in democracy. The ability of people to peacefully determine their own future and way of life is really what defines a democracy, doesn’t it?

  4. Thanks Ann-Christine, sadly true. So much of what people think these days is determined by what they see online – which is one-sided and of course open to the interpretation of the reader and his or her own bias. Somehow we’re losing touch with important fundamentals. The animal kingdom on the other hand seems to have stayed in touch with what’s most important.

  5. Love your post – everything about it, Tina. Communication – yes, but we are losing it, we humans. We can’t read the signals anymore and we interpret so many things totally wrong. I also think we lack the ability to act in positive directions when we are provoked somehow. Love your wildlife, as always…elephants are amazing animals with so much social competence and communicative ability. Fantastic animals beautifully caught.

  6. Stunning images of so many forms of non verbal communication, Tina! You have so many different images of this in action! I love those elephants, so sweet. With their big brains, I bet they could give us wise words if they could speak.

    • Thanks Terri – must admit I struggled a bit until i got rolling and figured out my approach. Some weeks are like that. But yes, the elephants are magical. It was such a thrill to be surrounded by them

  7. You did it again, Tina! How well you communicate in photos and written words. I love the opnening shot. I still prefer holding a good piece of newspapers rather than using our latest technology in reading. My eyes are sore from reading the news on the internet. The rest of your posts just flows.

  8. Tina Human! Ma Leueen has shown me your photo responses to my challenge and she read me the words as well. My goodness that lion has big teeth. Big cats like that make me nervous. They eat horses you know! The other big animals the elephants are nice. I hear they are very, very, big in real life. Ma Leueen tells me she has seen them in a country in Africa. And the people wearing the blue balls. They are in Germany. That’s where I was born. I think your response is very good even if it does have a lion with big teeth. 🐴

  9. These are excellent photos for the communication theme. I love the first two captures. My favorite one is the elephant image. Your last photo reminds me how my husband and I use to play tennis together. 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Lois, we found the lions to be very sleepy most of the day and evening. Never saw them hunting. I guess it’s hard work being a lion in the wild! The elephants on the other hand, were always walking, playing and eating. Never saw them stop moving!

  10. Great take on the topic Tina. Stunning images. My favorite is the elephants communicating their love. How beautiful. Music is also a great communicator. Why is it that without the music we can’t remember lyrics, but with the music, we can sing along!

    • Thanks Anne – yes we saw so many examples of the elephants taking care of each other and their families. I think this duo were siblings. Such beautiful and sensitive animals. As for the music, they say it’s incredibly therapeutic for those with brain issues. Even advanced Alzheimers patients sing along to familiar tunes.

  11. oh wow – LOVE the variety here and this post flowed with smile after smile for me
    My top photo might be the one with the man reading and the other one on the device = so much in the levels – culture – and all that
    but glad we never have to pic just one – we get a full post –

  12. Tina, you are an inspiration to me! What a unique and well-thought out post. And why the inspiration? I see by your picture you are probably my age if not a bit more. I am passionate about photography but, due to life decisions I made years ago I am finishing something that requires a lot of my time and leaves me quite exhausted. My goal is to travel with my cameras when I am finished. I was actually thinking “but what if my age ….” prevents me from going on to my next phase of life, and with just this ONE post, you alleviated my doubts. Thank you!!

    • Well your comment certainly made my day AmyRose. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been inspired by my blog – thank you for that. My husband and I retired young and decided to see as much of the world as possible. So far, so good – and photography definitely adds an extra dimension to every journey. Our adventures have been truly life-changing. The pandemic has put a bit of a wrinkle in our plans so my advice is, don’t wait too long – the world is a very big place just waiting to be seen and who know what tomorrow will bring!

      • Tina, those long ago decisions I’m still walking out “force” me to be at home a lot. My cats who are mostly older now, are all special needs …. I have 4 right now on either hospice care or special care with 2 others on special care. Hard to explain. It’s a lot of one on one and hands on healing work. It’s not that I’m waiting …. no. Responsibilities gobble my life but I still manage to get out with my cameras when I can. xo

      • It’s a wonderful pastime isn’t it? Hope you get to satisfy your wanderlust eventually. Good for you for taking care of the little ones in need.

  13. Oh, those elephants! 🙂 🙂 Wonderful images, Tina, and in this day and age nothing could be more appropriate than your opening kwote! (forgive my lack of a certain letter on the laptop 😦 ) Hopefully made you smile, anyway.

    • Yes Jo, the elephants are everything you think they are and a hundred times more. I remember distinctly we spotted a group of almost a hundred from a small plane as we were puddle-jumping to Botswana and we were SO excited. Little did we know we’d be with 10 feet of them many times in the days to come. They are such beautiful and truly loving creatures. And yes, I loved your comment about the opening kwote – definitely gave me a smile!

  14. Wonderful post, Tina. I love your images, quotes and thoughtful commentary. Fantastic! I especially love the two monks and your images of wildlife are always wonderful. Now, I’ve got to work on my post!

    • Many thanks Patti – must admit it took me a while to figure this one out. Should be a really interesting set of responses. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, as always!

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