Between Lenses | Silence

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Veronica Joyce 12 Comments

I missed participating in this photo challenge, so today, allow me to share with you my take on 'silence', the theme for this month's Between Lenses

When I found out about this month's theme, I felt quite excited. Silence, for me, is such an interesting concept to work around with. A few years back, I wrote about communicative silence for my undergraduate thesis and read a whole lot of literature related to it. It is just so true that "we cannot not communicate". Even one's silence means something and it may be interpreted in a number of ways. It is interesting really, these differences. Some love it, some hate it. Silence may make or break relationships. Silence can connote negativity, like in the case of a dysfunctional machine. Or positivity, as the practice of meditation leads to calmness and tranquility.





Silence, in my point of view, is beautiful. We need it once in a while. Often, when I am in distress I find silence comforting - it gives me a very much needed break from the chaos of everyday life, it helps me gather my thoughts, it allows me to simply relax and let go of my worries. And in silence, praying comes naturally. Without distractions, it is easier to commune with God and be as honest as possible. Sometimes, when we are overwhelmed by life's challenges all we really need is to pause for a while.  I truly believe that there are answers in silence - there is clarity in staying still.

What is silence for you? How does it look like?

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12 comments:

  1. So incredible, Vee! I just love your photograph, you captured the theme SO well. I got chills when reading your words though, just so beautiful. :)

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    1. Thank you for being so generous with nice words , Trina! :) I'm glad I joined this month. Can't wait for next month's challenge.

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  2. I know exactly what you mean right now. I am craving silence because I'm adjusting to a new classroom (as a Preschool teacher) and I'm also frustrated by co-teachers who find it hard to keep open communication open. On the one hand, silence is welcome and, on the other, it is detrimental. Sounds like an interesting thesis project!

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    1. Hi Kate! You are totally right - "On the one hand, silence is welcome and, on the other, it is detrimental". The challenge lies in striking a balance. :D I hope you get the silence you are craving for at the end of each work day and I hope you have lots of fun with the kiddos! :) Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Did my last message go through? I hope it did. In case it didn't, I just want to say that this is THE BEST image for silence! Nothing gives a sense of serenity, calm and silence more than a church.
    I LOVE this!

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    1. Hi Kelly! Thanks for ensuring that your message gets through. I appreciate your sweet comment. :) :)

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  4. This is a lovely photo that captures the theme of silence perfectly. : )

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  5. conveying silence thru black and white photo is so incredible. I am always fascinated by your talent joyce.

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    1. Thank you, Lee!! Hope to see you really soon!!! :)

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