It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for the latest photo challenge from The Daily Post. When I read last Friday that the challenge was going to be humanity I started racking my brain for ideas of pictures I have taken in the past that might represent “humanity”. Unless you live in a city or are currently traveling, I think it’s hard to take a good picture for this category in a few days so you’re mostly limited to previously taken pictures. I’ve traveled to a handful of places in the world and have seen various aspects of humanity, but no pictures that I can remember taking. I don’t generally take pictures of the “normal” people in these places because I feel awkward taking pictures of strangers let alone then posting the pictures online. But that’s just me.
Humanity is a broad idea and you can really take it anyway you want. I decided to use and edit a picture from last summer at the Louvre in Paris. I decided to blur out the picture and only leave the Mona Lisa clear. At the forefront are my mom, brother and me surrounded by tons of people trying to get a glimpse and a picture of the famous painting. I see this as an example of humanity in 2 parts. 1. People will come from all over the world to see this painting for themselves. For a glimpse at something so famous and historic. This painting brings together people from all walks of life. 2. I bet some of these people have no interest in the painting whatsoever and only go because they think it’s what they’re supposed to do or just to say they’ve seen it. Following the masses if you will. And that’s an aspect of humanity too – following what other people do and what we think we’re supposed to do.
So that’s what I came up with for this week. Don’t mind my poor photoshop skills. I depended on Google searches on how to do all this and am just happy I got what I was shooting for!