This week, show us what being alone means to you.

Editors’ Note: Starting February 8, we’ll publish Weekly Photo Challenges on Wednesdays, instead of Fridays as we currently do.

“Solitude is the place of purification.” — Martin Buber

Many people equate solitude with loneliness, but I find it comforting and restorative. Because of social media’s ubiquity, we are constantly connected to others. Even when we are physically alone, we are very rarely truly solitary. Unplugging is good, and introspection is important, but most of us don’t get enough opportunity to do either.

Little girl, big ocean. Photo by Jen Hooks.

Little girl, big ocean. Photo by Jen Hooks.

“We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart, and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.” — Helen Hayes

My husband and I are both “social introverts”, and we are raising our children to prize solitude. My eldest (pictured above) and middle daughters enjoy their personal time very much, and I’m hopeful that security in solitude will help them cope with life’s inevitable, occasional loneliness. Even our youngest, at three, is comfortable with being alone. For our family, we find that just the right amount of solitude makes together time that much sweeter.

This week, show us what being alone means to you. If you’re finding yourself surrounded by too many people, or too many sensations, or too many obligations, take a quiet moment for yourself. Seek solitude, and reset. Or, perhaps you find yourself isolated too often, and solitude evokes negative emotions that photography can help you work through.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations of this challenge!

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  1. By the way: this post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. You will note that there is also a link at the very top of the post which gets automatically inserted by WordPress when you use the button on the challenge page. But the pingback there is malformatted – as if you click on it, you go to a different page than the one where the challenge is posted. And where you are now reading.

    If you are doing photo challenges as a way to see how others respond that link is useless. Also note that it does not tell you – as the correct pingback does – that the weekly challenge is being moved to Wednesdays!


  2. Hoje perdemos uma artista por esse motivo solidão e ostracismo, virou depressão e ela não aguentou. Boa reportagem que muitos que estão por ai com esses problemas que lessem pra não tentarem outra coisa pior.


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