Was nominated by Trablogger for this superb contest by Thomas Cook. The contest lets photographers share their favourite travel photographs based on the following theme: Four Elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Photographers can share their travel photos pertaining to each of the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water, based on their interpretations. Here is my collection:
1.Air: “Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.” The gutsy wind. Sometimes a dust storm. Sometimes an eerie calm. Air is considered a godly force in India . Vayu-dev( Air-God) is one of the deities , worshipped in ancient Hindu Scriptures. I clicked this picture at the Solang valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. The Valley is famous for adventure sports and enthusiasts can paraglide over the snow capped mountains amidst the clouds. The experience is beyond beautiful. The silence of air as one glides through the skies, the air envelopes you with a certain comforting calm. Truly soul- stirring!
2.Fire: “Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit” The element Fire, signifying passion and energy. In India, Agni(Fire) is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire and the acceptor of sacrifices. Fire is considered pure and immortal, hence most ceremonies in Hinduism revolve around Fire, be it Marriage or sacred rituals (Poojas) . This picture is clicked during the evening Aarti ( Hindu religious ritual of worship) of the Holy River Ganges. It is considered a holy ceremony attracting huge crowds, where the priest performs the ritual , lighting a fire and moving it in a clockwise circular motion.
3. Earth: “Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity” The earth is that terrain where we get our food from. The element that stands for being rooted. Diverse terrains and soil properties all around the world give us a plethora of vegetation and plantations. The picture below is clicked in the mustard fields of Punjab, India. These Yellow dreams ( As I call them) are truly mesmerizing and any photographer’s delight. The Crop is seasonal and mostly found in Winters in Northern India.
4. Water: “Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism” The element that when calm can act as a reflective surface taking the form and color of anything. But when in motion, it can take a destructive form , not stopping , enraged and engulfing anything in its path.
This picture reflects the marine life in the depths of the oceans. Life in the sea: Mystical, mysterious , full of secrets! A different world altogether.
Would love to hear your interpretations of these four elements.
As per contest rules, Nominating the following five bloggers to take up this challenge:)