This week, Amy directs us to explore different ways of framing images. She reminds us that, “Many photographers agree on one thing about framing – that it can help direct the viewers‘ eyes to where you want them to look.”
My granddaughter in the Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong
“Your frame of reference is what you see.” – Jacque Fresco
My painting in a frame
“Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.” – Charles F. Glassman
Looking out to the Great Wall, China from the Great Wall window
“The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, over time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.” – Eudora Welty
Sculpture art in Barcelona, Spain
“The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years.” – Virginia Woolf
Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong
Celebrating the wedding of my nephew and his wife
“Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” – William Shakespeare
The theme for Lens-Artist Photo Challenge from Amy this week is: Architecture. During our travel, we have seen amazing architecture.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace on a rugged hill top above the village of Hohenschwangau with an elevation of 800 m (2,620 ft) in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The fairytale castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat and a homage to the king’s favorite composer Richard Wagner.
Walt Disney was so inspired by the fairytale architecture of Neuschwanstein that he used it to create Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 animated film, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. Wikipedia My travel post is here.
Anne-Christine has a great theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blending in or Standing out.
We went to China for a eight-member family vacation. We had our private van with a private driver. The itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. The first city tour was Beijing. Great Wall is surely standing out with the length of 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers). It can be seen from outer space and the moon.
“This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks… The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language.” – Frank
When we took our family vacation to China, the first visit was the section of Great Wall in Beijing. The tour guide picked a section with easy walking in one direction and challenging climbing in another direction. Mercy and Will took off to do their climbing. Because of the steepness of the Wall, each step is higher than usual steps. They seemed to enjoy the climb.
I can’t help but think of their next big step – being new parents!
What are the odds to have seven people from four families in one extended family in US to take a family vacation to China? These four families live between 40 to 1,000 miles apart and in two different states in US. Out of the seven, six people were working for different companies with different vacation schedules. When I first contacted the travel agency in US, the agent said if we had ten people, we could have our private tour – a private van with a private driver. Initially we had nine people. After contacting the tour company in China, the travel agency said they could accommodate nine people for a private tour. We proceeded with the booking. Shortly after that, one couple was not able to go. Since the tour company from China made the arrangement, they decided to take seven people for a private tour. We went to Beijing. Xian, Guiling, and came back to US via Hong Kong, so that we could stop by to visit my family. It was against all odds that we could make this memorable family vacation. As far as photos, I am showing the photos of the first city – Beijing. In Beijing, We visited the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds
These are several photos from our trip to China. We went to Beijing to visit the Great Wall. The tour guide took us to one entrance where we could have options of going on the steep section or flatter section. My daughter and her husband went to the steep section where they had to climb. My husband, his sister and her husband, my son-in-law’s mom and I took the flatter section. Well, there were some steps also, but at least didn’t have to climb.
Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge January 4, 2017