I’ve seen a number of posts from people who are participating in these weekly photo challenges and it always looks like such fun so I’ve decided to give it a go! The theme this week for Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge is solitude.
As soon as I read the word “Solitude” I knew which photo I wanted to share. The following photo was taken at Deadvlei in Namibia in January 2015. The person in the shot is a good friend of mine, lets call him J. I met J in 2013 when he was my tour guide for my first trip to southern Africa. I returned in January 2015 to travel with J yet again because he was retiring from guiding, after 7 years. It wasn’t just a career change that J was about to embark on though. He had a whole lot of really big plans and life changes that would be commencing when he returned home.
Armed with that small piece of information, and seeing the photograph of this man, alone in this vast landscape with just his thoughts … Solitude is the word for what I see. What is going through his head? Is he contemplating the future? Is there sadness in his body language at the end of an era? Relief? Memory? Exhaustion? What do you see in his moment of solitude…?
UPDATE: Thank you to Hugh for selecting to feature this photo for the Solitude theme!