Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Single Photograph

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be
deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
- Pearl S. Buck -
 

22 comments:

  1. that is a gorgeous post today Martha! the pic is stunning and the quote is dead on

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    1. I ran across the quote and loved it. And then I searched through my photos to find an image to go well with it. I figured an old, abandoned structure would be just right.

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  2. Lovely picture and that Pearl Buck quote is SO SO true. Happy Sunday :)

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  3. I love the quote from Pearl Buck. I admire her so very much. I fear that many people do not know her wonderful work. Why don't we get together, Martha, and make a movie about people that we really admire? You can be the photographer and I will be the director, what do you say? :-)

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    1. I say YES! Wouldn't that be fun? Imagine what a great time we'd have putting it all together.

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  4. What a great photo to accompany the quote, Martha. You know that is so true and I have always felt that our 'western society' is slipping in this area. We could learn from a few Asian cultures who appreciate and honour their elders.
    Have a great Sunday.

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    1. I think we're slipping in that area, too, and I believe a lot of it has to do with our obsession with beauty and youth. Perhaps we fear old age, and then resent it. It's sad. We should embrace each stage in life, grow old gracefully, and take care of our elders who were here before us, paving the way.

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  5. How new and bright the red roof looks on that old barn!

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  6. Old structures like this always bring out the writer in me. I can;t help but think of a story when i see them.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. These old structures really speak to me. I love photographing them.

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  7. Martha, you won the original watercolor postcards from my blog! Send me an email @ tofindana@gmail.com with your mailing info :)

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    1. Ana, this win really made my day! I am really looking forward to this wonderful gift from you!

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  8. That is a really fantastic photo, Martha -- you should get it made into a poster! And what a quote. Our culture has always been big on filial piety and taking care of the elderly, but more and more -- perhaps somehow in keeping with the impatience and "hardness" of the rat race and modern advancements -- younger people are needing to be reminded of love, compassion and the fact that they too will one day be old.

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    1. That is sweet of you to say! I created a photo book a few months ago of abandoned structures, all of them barns and homes out in the country. And I will print out some enlargements soon to frame and decorate our home with. The nice thing about photography is that you make your own decorations === at a great price!

      Yes, we need to remind the young to have love and compassion for the elderly. They need our help, and they have earned it. And we will all end up there one day. It's something we cannot escape no matter how much we try.

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  9. I am still not getting updates for this blog so I have re-subscribed. I hope it works!

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    1. Blogger sometimes acts really weird! This happened to me with a blog and I also had to re-subscribe.

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  10. You photo has a lovely sky, Martha! Such lambent colors. I really appreciated the Pearl S. Buck comment. Our culture is obsessed with anti-aging and full of disrespect for the elderly. If we're lucky, we all get to be old. I hope that you are having a good day!

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    1. It's a beauty and youth-obsessed culture, and the elderly simply reminds people of something they try to pretend will never happen to them. And it is exactly as you say: if we're lucky, we all get to be old.

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