Photo101(5): Solitude or Loneliness?

Alone or Lonely?
Alone or Lonely?

In solitude, where we are least alone. ~ George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Today I am flying home and I had eager plans to photograph a scene in the Qantas lounge to reflect the solitude and also the loneliness that can be caused by frequent travel. I imagined a weary traveller sitting at his computer with a glass of wine surrounded by the blurred activity of the world moving around him.
Unfortunately, I was thwarted by time, work and traffic, so I am using this image from a recent trip to Lake Wanaka in New Zealand. My dear companion in the photo was not having a great day and was feeling disconnected from the group. We found this rock and he just decided to climb it, so we let him be and I was able to get a few photographs that I quite like.

I am feeling slightly melancholy tonight, like the figure in this image  I am ready to go home…

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. fadingisight says:

    Superb photo, really captures the mood.

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  2. andy says:

    awesome shot !!

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  3. ohiophotogrl says:

    I like how the background looks misty. It ads to the solitude I think….great shot!

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  4. desleyjane says:

    Thanks – I hope his head is in the picture that you can see because it’s been cut off on my Reader!!

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  5. pommepal says:

    Yes the head is there and has a halo around it. Is that caused by backlighting? I like the composition very much, lovely misty mountains.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you @pommepal. Yes its backlighting from a very bright sun. I wasn’t sure whether i shoukd try to remove it…

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  6. viaja2 says:

    Bonita foto y un blog muy agradable.
    Un saludo.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Muchas gracias 😀

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  7. jcpramblings says:

    Nice silhouette, very moody atmosphere created and a stunning backdrop.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! It was a moody day 🙂

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  8. emmanique says:

    Amazing shot but solitude and loneliness are vastly different. I think the loneliest I’ve ever been was in a room full of people at some social event.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks. Yes they are – I totally get what you mean!

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  9. Andy Townend says:

    Didn’t see this when you first posted it. It is a beautiful shot and meets the challenge head on.

    Your comment about the solitude of the QFF lounges rang a lot of bells!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you again Andy.
      LOL it’s usually a pretty full place but can be so lonely. I’m back in the lounge tomorrow. Twice actually!

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      1. Andy Townend says:

        Enjoy, I was lucky, because of my job I made it to Chairman’s Lounge, private but had to take care of who was nearby when sounding off 😉

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Oh yes, that’s a good point. I’m Platinum so have First lounge. It may be tricky 😉

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          1. Andy Townend says:

            Happy days, busted all the way back to Gold now… 😉

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Ah! You can relax!

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              1. Andy Townend says:

                Fading memories 🙂

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