Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – Imagination
Humanity is a very BIG word to describe through photography or any other means I think! In terms of relating to the human race and the quality of being human, I think that there is one defining aspect of humanity – our ability to imagine. Throughout the history of our race, imagination has driven our capacity to learn and evolve as no other species. Only a very few animals show signs of this ability and they are among the most intelligent species on Earth next to our own. Many of the greatest minds in history have linked imagination and creativity to humanity. Here a few of my favourite quotes:
I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
Man lives by imagination.
I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.
Below is a slideshow showing the basic steps I used to create an imaginative flower study. I like to learn through experimentation. The dahlia I had photographed made me think of a glowing ball of flames. I used Lightroom, Photoshop and my imagination to bring my interpretation to life.