Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

My very first Relay for Life event, Esther Shiner Stadium.  June 2009

The sample photos chosen for this week’s photo challenge for “humanity” rub me the wrong way.  The writer selected photos of people in Ethiopia and quoted, “I met this woman in southern Ethiopia at Project Mercy, a not-for-profit relief and development agency working to alleviate human suffering and poverty in the country. Her pride at her handiwork was evident.”  Basically, I understand that it is a not-for-profit relief to help people in the developing world, but I don’t think that’s what humanity is.  To me, this is drawing attention at these “underprivileged” human beings who need help.   There was an article that I read where it criticized how we take pictures of the homeless, the underprivileged, and so on just to prove a point.  No, humanity is a global thing.  If you were to take pictures of these people, why not take a picture of a businessman in New York?  They’re “humans” too.

For this challenge, we need something more to humanity especially since we believe that humanity is going down the drains — more pollution, more aggression, less peace, less tolerance — we don’t need anything else but hope and action for each person to do better.  That’s what humanity needs right now.

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I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and new mom who loves to share her experiences with the world.
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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Sorry if the theme rubbed you the wrong way. I was using the word humanity to represent that black, white, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, we are all the same. My thought on the theme was to bring people who are different than us and point out that we are all people, even with our differences. I purposely did not include photos of my friends that look like me, and I took these photos on a social blogging trip because I found these people utterly beautiful. Of course I asked for their opinion as I used their photos to document my work.

    They were so much like me, in that they wanted the same things in life. Thanks for your interpretation even if you didn’t agree with mine. That is what makes the world a better place! To all have our opinions. 🙂

    • stenoodie says:

      No worries! My words were not to criticize at all as you know, but purely my opinion. Thank you for your thoughts and for your comment! It is indeed what makes the world a better place when we each have our own opinions but we are also able to be at peace with our differences. 🙂

  2. Any photo of a person is a photo of part of humanity. The rest is in how you present it. Your photo shows something vital to all humanity and something we should strive to give everyone.


  3. RamisaR says:

    What a beautiful interpretation of the challenge. I also love your commentary supporting the image, too; very thought-provoking, and I agree entirely.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    For me, both 3rd eye mom’s photos and yours represent humanity, as do the other hundreds of responses. That’s the beauty of the challenge, each week the topic means something different to everyone! Love the “Hope” response too.

    • stenoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment! No one is wrong and no one is right. This photo challenge is merely a reflection and expression of our own views! It’s why wordpress is full of beautiful writers who express their beautiful ideas on beautiful blogs. 🙂

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