Explore The Elements

featuredI’ve been reading a book lately from Michael Pollan called ‘Cooked’ in which he explores how food is cooked via the four classical elements of earth, water, fire and air. It’s an interesting read, and quite the coincidence that a photography competition with the same theme should happen at the same time!

I was recently nominated by Indian travel blogger Renuka Singh to participate in the ‘Explore The Elements’ travel photography competition organised by Thomas Cook. Based on the same four elements of earth, water, fire and air, each entrant must submit a photo which best represents the essence of each one. The competition is open to anyone with a travel blog, and the deal is to submit your photos via a blog post and then nominate 5 other people.

Further details of the competition can be found here for anyone interested. In the meantime here is my entry, with the nominations below (click for higher res images).

Earth

Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth
Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity

Earth

A long exposure shot of waves lapping over basalt rock which has withstood eons of time off the shore of Jeju Island, South Korea

Water

Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world
Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism

Water

The frozen sea at sunset of the coast of Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki, Finland

Fire

Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world
Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit

Fire

The first of the morning light glowing in the rice paddies at the Dragon’s Backbone rice terraces, Guangxi, China

Air

Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement
Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom

Air

Prayer flags fluttering in the wind at 3,500m in Leh, India

I’ll nominate the following 5 photographers whose work I particularly enjoy to have a shot at this:

Allan Dransfield
Laurie Noble
Poonam Parihar
Martin Mc Kenna
Steven Sheehy

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  • Jack Stafford

    Beautiful photos! Love it. The fire one looks like water though. You could swap them over… fire and ice… or have a hotter one for fire. Sounds like a good book too. Publish a summary 😉