Weekly Photo Challenge: One

Loneliness of ONE or power of ONE?

Actually, feelings of power and loneliness are tied together. Any powerful and magnetic personality in politics like Nelson Mandela or Vaclav Havel could attest to that, and so would persons involved in visual arts, writing, composing, or performing. Actually, we all experience such feelings at one time or another.

Red color is usually associated with power while blue with sadness, but really we live all colors of the rainbow and in a variety of their shades.

Here is my selection of “ONE” for the photo challenge of this week, which happens to be Christmas week.

I wish you peaceful Holidays in whatever color they happen to be for you – Alicja

Road sign reading Population 1

Population ONE

Blue Peacock

Proud Blue One

Trombone player alone

Necessity for ONE

Truck with picture of huge bear

ONE bear on the road

Lonely dove waiting

Waiting ONE

One red bass lying on the floor


Blue Shadow of the author

Blue ONE

P.S. Three years ago I wrote in this blog the post “Blue Days of December” and perhaps some of you would like to read it: https://alicjamann.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/blue-days-of-december/

Again, my best wishes for this Holiday Season!

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8 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: One”

  1. Don Richardson Says:

    Alicja: I think the BLUE ONE is you. Merry Christmas, Clever Lady Don Richardson gaia@comporium.net Ecological imperatives are about to make our politics irrelevant.

  2. Rick Diffley Says:

    You have some wonderful images here. My 2 favorites are…

    The trumbone player – One suggestion (As noted on my website) would to snap a more full frame shot and isolate him. May require you move around & take more shots. Plus, use a shallower f/stop around f/4. Blurring the background helps achieve this.

    Chello – Again, try to isolate this instrument. It has so much detail and great color. Fixes could include trying to upright the chello, if not, get rid of the black cord on the floor and using a f/stop around f/4. I like to use a shallow depth of field in order to make your main subject, the chello, the main stand out feature.

    Finally, if you have access to post processing software, you could add some brightness to both ends of the chello.

    Hope you find my ideas positive and helpful.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Hello Rick,

      Sorry for this delay in responding to your very professional and friendly suggestions (I visited your impressive website).

      I will take all of what you suggested into consideration when I will be preparing my images for the next photo exhibit. In this post, however, I focused on the composition and the words to express the idea of ONE.

      You see, I am a writer and photographer who cares greatly about both – words and images. I care how they interact. The perfection of the images was not that important for me in this case.

      Rick, please know that I am grateful for your suggestions – many thanks! Have a great New Year!

  3. Connie Says:

    Alicja, I do remember the charming chapter you wrote about your youthful Christmas in Poland.

    Most of the traditions and stories of Christmas developed in cold climes, so changing the geography and weather can make conjuring up the spirit quite a challenge. I often think of my sister who is an expat in Australia, and how Christmas in shorts, bathing suits, and even droughts must feel to her year upon year. I know no fairy tales written of such an experience!

    A wonderful holiday to you, David, family and friends. ( A walk in Tohono Chul is usually enough to transform the spirit—so after I return from Florida, I will try to visit there.)

    Love, Connie

    PS Rick, thanks for the photo tips.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Hello Connie,

      I am flattered that you remembered my Christmas-related post and that you understand the nostalgia that makes me blue during the winter Holidays.

      Hope to see you soon! Have a very Happy New Year!


  4. MarkTrocchi Says:

    One Is the Loneliest Number. That’s a cool song recorded by Three Dog Night eons ago. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you al the best in 2014.

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