JourneyPosted: April 12, 2012
This week’s photo challenge (brought to you by The Daily Post at WordPress) is Journey. To me, life is a journey. Every morning when I wake up, a new journey begins. Every time I step outside the door a new journey awaits because, as Heraclitus (quoted by Plato) once said:
You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Every moment is a journey, fresh and new and packed with possibility.
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.
~ Wendell Berry
Today is day 201 of my year-long commitment to practice yoga daily. Each day of practice is a journey. One of these days I might be able to find the right words to write about it. There are good days when I’m present in my practice, on the mat. There are good days when I’m not present in my practice, on the mat. It’s all good. I read, I practice, I learn. It’s all learning.
Yesterday’s snow turned into rain turned into today’s sunshine. The cold nights have slowed down the spring growth. The redbuds and cherry trees continue to have blossoms, as if frozen in bloom.
Today’s photos are a journey back to Saturday’s bike ride on the Holmes County Trail. It was a day much like today, sunny and warm enough to ride but not so warm that you’d work up a sweat.
I think this might be the last trip in which I take photographs of the Amish people. I’ve had mixed feelings about it, especially after reading that the Amish do not like having their pictures taken. (There is an article about it here, if you’re interested.) I usually (but I confess, not always) try not to capture their faces in recognizable ways, but I think that’s walking a very fine line, perhaps even stepping over it. Like most people, I am fascinated by the Amish way of life and it’s that fascination that has me stepping over the line. I try not to be obtrusive, but I don’t think that makes it right in terms of showing respect for the Amish people and their wishes. When I think of it in terms of “do unto others,” it becomes simple. I would not like someone standing on the road outside of my house or riding by in a car taking photographs of me.
Not that I stand in front of their houses, snapping away. I usually shoot buggies on the road from the car. They’re moving, we’re moving, and I have excused my behavior with the thought that they probably don’t even know I’m taking photos.
The photo above (the last I will be posting of the Amish people) is an example. Shot from the car, from behind, I was more focused on the baskets in the buggy than on the Amish woman driving the buggy. Is it morally right? What do you think? (And having questioned myself on this matter, should I have posted that last photo?)
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today. I welcome any and all discussion on the ethics of photographing people without their knowledge, especially the Amish but certainly not limited to them. I understand (from what I’ve read) that it is legally okay to photograph people when they are in public view, but from an ethical viewpoint, is it right? (Can you tell I’ve been reading about right action?)
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
~ Alan Wilson Watts