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Aug 16

People…

Category: People, empathy

phpkxivx3PM   Take a look at this picture, what does it  mean or say to you.  Now write down your spontaneous  feelings  as a comment.

Whatever you do, don’t try and over-rationalise your initial impressions, just get them down. Don’t read any other comments until you have entered your own

Monday 25th August ~ will explain.

best wishes

henry

ps: "class dismissed"

18 Comments so far

  1. Tamera August 16th, 2008 3:26 pm

    Waiting. Waiting for something, and a little anxious about it???

  2. angel August 17th, 2008 1:54 pm

    Lonely old lady watching the world go by.

  3. Anji August 17th, 2008 2:09 pm

    Loneliness. She’s left a space for someone who won’t come anymore.

  4. ravenscawl August 17th, 2008 3:52 pm

    Eleanor Rigby?

  5. Eric S. August 17th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Waiting, loneliness, reflections or memories.

  6. Liara Covert August 17th, 2008 9:58 pm

    The woman is communicating with a deceased relative. She reads energy and interacts with spirit in ways that defy words.

  7. A. Bolaji August 18th, 2008 1:40 am

    someone waiting for something…the background implying the need for peace.

  8. Bird August 18th, 2008 10:28 am

    She sits and waits with fingers anxiously knotted…it’s been so long. All this long time thinking him dead, and in her bag sits the faded letter, says his plane was shot down, no survivors. Could he really be alive after all? Will he recognise her? She sits and waits for her young man, finally come home.

  9. Joseph August 18th, 2008 1:40 pm

    Like a lot of people, loneliness springs to mind but my first impression was that this lady had senile dementia and doesn’t quite know where she is or indeed, why. Despite the fact she looks fairly composed with her belongings resting alongside her, I feel she is somewhat lost and sits waiting for someone who doesn’t look likely to appear any time soon.

  10. tashabud August 19th, 2008 9:34 am

    I believe the elderderly lady is waiting for a bus. She’s either waiting for the bus to go somewhere or waiting for the arrival of someone she knows who will be riding a bus. While she waits, she makes sure to give other people room to sit down, should they want to sit down as well.

  11. Robin Easton August 19th, 2008 11:31 pm

    When I first looked at the picture, before I read your request, I immediately loved the photo. I couldn’t see her face clearly enough to tell her expression, but that didn’t matter. Nonetheless several emotions arose at once. I found it very peaceful and elegant, just a woman sitting alone on a park bench. I loved the feeling of space that the simplicity of the photo gave me.

    Then I felt a sense of expectancy…she was leaning forward, as if she knew someone was coming or something would happen. Whether she knew someone was coming or not she sat at one end of the bench the way one would if they hoped or expected someone else to arrive. She left room for “more”, for something to happen, for “possibility” :)

    I loved the contrasts in the photo, everything so composed, peaceful and orderly even her legs, feet and hands and yet her upper body is bursting with expectation, leaning forward to meet Life.

  12. A.Bolaji August 20th, 2008 12:09 pm

    What speaks to me is not simply the woman anxiously waiting for something/someone. However, it is where she is sitting and the ‘power’ of the background which, as mentioned before, signifies (at least to me) some kind of longing for peace and contentment.
    Furthermore, the somewhat huge space on the other side of the bench and where she has positioned herself indicates some kind of loneliness.
    Lastly, there appears to be alot of tension in her body as she has done something wrong and is waiting for some kind of forgiveness.

  13. Chrissy August 20th, 2008 6:49 pm

    Henry, you are going to think I am awful.
    My very first thought that popped into my head was (Oh dear it sounds like the marshmallow man in Ghostbusters):
    She is waiting for a bus and it looks as though it is taking blimin’ ages! 2nd thought was she looks very lonely!

  14. Susie August 22nd, 2008 1:05 am

    My initial response, is she is thinking of times past, she is missing someone, she is watching someone that she wishes she could momentarily trade places with.. bring back time

  15. Janet August 22nd, 2008 3:32 am

    Hi Henry,
    When I first look at that picture I see a lonely old women. She is looking at others around her and wishing that she had the company they do. Then I thought to myself, maybe she is not so
    lonely and is just out for a walk and is reflecting on her earlier years which she enjoyed their joy and happiness as well. Anyway thanks for making me think,
    Janet :)

  16. Chrissy August 26th, 2008 9:40 pm

    Henry, me & Andy are reading stuff together and laughin’ he says she is lookin’ at them guys on skateboards and bikes and thinking “When are they gonna give me some peace & quiet!”…LOL ( That is after a glass or two or even three of nice red wine!)

    Andy says she could be waiting for a squirrel (Bournemouth joke)….not made it this year :(…Next year maybe, Charmouth in Oct….

  17. Liara Covert August 26th, 2008 11:14 pm

    I love the diversity of perceptions in instinctual responses. After reading another of your blogs where you express disbelief in reincarnation, it is fascinating to discover you also have a blog where you choose to explore feelings about the afterlife.

  18. Lilly September 2nd, 2008 12:03 am

    OK Henry I am a bi late responding but I havent clicked on the top photo yet. What a wonderful post by the way and your site is looking great as well.

    I think the lady is sitting in the park watching the world go by. She comes there every day for company and just sits and watches. She is alone for much of her days.

    Now to go and look at what she is really doing.

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