The results are in, and the Haiku challenge has turned up amazing shots by DS contributors. Previous challenges, the same. Not wanting to let Pascal have all the fun, I thought I should try my hand at this. So here goes:
In China, the concept of ch’i matters. It is the ch’i of tai ch’i, or ch’ikong. It is also spelled chi, or qi (thus qikong). To keep it simple, it means (not the only meaning, but the principal one) life force, vital force, vital energy. Not unlike the Hebrew “rouah” that God blew into the dust that was Adam to instill life.
In Japan, the concept of Ki matters. It is written with the same character as the Chinese ch’i. And it means pretty much the same: vital energy, spirit of life.
During the course of a discussion with Pascal, I discussed the fact that many pics are “lifeless”. He asked/tasked me to find some that aren’t lifeless, that are “alive”.
How can a picture, also called a “still”, be “alive”?
Hence my thoughts of ki. Or chi. Or ch’i if you must. No, no thoughts of Kai, for he requires a capital K…
And my challenge to you: post pictures that embody, that exhibit, that display, that emphasize, that flaunt life force, vital energy. More Kai than Hugh, if you see what I mean… nah, just kidding…
’cause challenging you is sooo much easier than doing it myself, says Philippe the Lazy, and it brings up much finer pics, too… So, who is up for it, who wants to play?
2 footnotes: one, that my pics for this post are not ones that I would post on such a theme. That would have made it too easy for you people…. The second, that I didn’t use special characters for Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. I know, just plain lazy, what can I say…
Oh, and before some of you complain that there is no bicycle shot, here is one that is… different. Apologies for the shot, which is as bad as they come, not that I could do much about it. But that bike is something else (dated 1861), and I just couldn’t resist.
PS : You can send your entries to pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com.
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