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Weekly Challenge #510 - Vulnerability
Posted By: Arjay Bee, 09-24-2020, 01:08 AM

Welcome to Weekly Challenge #509 - VULNERABILITY

Thanks to Hattifnatt for an interesting challenge last week and to all who participated.

This challenge is about portraying vulnerability in any way, shape or form.
With everything that has been happening in 2020 many of us a feeling exposed in some way, affected by changes and challenges, pandemics, weather events, fire storms and crises. Look about you and post up images that you feel displays the vulnerability that we are all feeling at this time.

You can also share a few words about the technique and how the pictures was taken, maybe there is an interesting back story that will support the picture or make clear the interpretation that is implied.

The fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

The Challenge will run until midnight next Thursday, October 1st, whichever time zone you are in.

Rules
1. Post ONE photo.
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge.

Below are some examples from my own pictures. Now I'm waiting for yours!

My parents are in their 90s and were in lock down earlier in the year unable to get their hair cut. My dad dug out his clippers untouched for decades and gave my mother a needed haircut. A touching moment that symbolised the lockdown for them.



From an older file my son and his son:



From the animal world, starving horses use the local rubbish dump to forage for feed during the dry season:



What are your vulnerabilities?
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09-24-2020, 05:11 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Not a photographic masterpiece, but it displays vulnerability very good in my opinion.
This is, for people not recognizing the bird, a newly hedged kiwi. In 2019 about only about 68.000 are remaining and apparently the population is decling by a approximately 2%, which means we are at less than 67.000 now. Obviously this is just one species that is endangered, but it being an adorable bird helps showing the vulnerability of animals in relation to us humans.

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This is Polar at 9 days old. She was one of our foster puppies from 2014. Her mother rejected the litter and we had to bottle feed her and her brother for 4 weeks. I'm posting a YouTube video after my entry that was put together by the rescue group we foster for, SICSA. All but one of the photos were mine.




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Hi Tim,

That is quite a task, but rewarding nevertheless. Although I will have to say that it sounds like a “walk in the park” /fun. We had a litter kittens once, counting 11 little ones and mother not having enough milk. We ended up feeding them every two hours (day and night) for several weeks. Problem is obviously that feeding 11 kittens will take around an hour as you probably can imagine.
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This is Polar at 9 days old. She was one of our foster puppies from 2014. Her mother rejected the litter and we had to bottle feed her and her brother for 4 weeks. I'm posting a YouTube video after my entry that was put together by the rescue group we foster for, SICSA. All but one of the photos were mine.

Tim


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Great start people - the wild life especially when young is certainly vulnerable - I have been in Northland NZ for the last several months and there are kiwi protection signs everywhere with pest erradication programs in place - introduced weasals and stoats being partly to blame but rats and feral cats and dogs also responsible.
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Vulnerability balanced with when to take the image.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vaskebjorn Quote
Hi Tim,

That is quite a task, but rewarding nevertheless. Although I will have to say that it sounds like a “walk in the park” /fun. We had a litter kittens once, counting 11 little ones and mother not having enough milk. We ended up feeding them every two hours (day and night) for several weeks. Problem is obviously that feeding 11 kittens will take around an hour as you probably can imagine.
Hopefully you had a team of helpers (family members). Our kids lived feeding the puppies during the daytime. Not so much at 3 AM.

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Hi Tim, we were a team of two and coincidentally I had a “job” about 200km down the road, so during the week the team was reduced from 2 to 1. She was a “bit” tired after a couple of weeks and slept through the alarm at a certain point. The kittens were doing OK in the morning, so she could start sleeping again during the weeks (and in dthe weekends obviously).

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Hopefully you had a team of helpers (family members). Our kids lived feeding the puppies during the daytime. Not so much at 3 AM.

Tim



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Death on the Street

I took this last year in Livorno, Italy.
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Great contributions fellow pentaxians - keep them coming...
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Safe for the moment. Otherwise highly vulnerable.
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Okay, everyone this is now a closed thread - I have looked over the entries and have written a few thoughts. Thank you for all participating.

@Vaskebjorn (Richard) - an interesting depiction of the husbandry needed to ensure the continuance of the kiwi. A well lit picture showing the human interaction and intervention needed in these times.
@atupdate (Tim) - a very tender image of the still blind new born puppy sitting in the bowl on the scale. Very appealing shot well lit and having subject level framing and frame filled with subject. With human brain wired to respond sympathetically to the cuteness of this image the oooooh factor is very large.
@gump - This is a dynamic image of the bison charging at or near the photographer/viewer and on the same eye level as the bison. It flips the perception of immediate vulnerability or threat within the image onto the viewer rather than the subject. However, the vulnerability of the bison species is well known in the wider context. Clever depiction of the week's subject.
@jchorst - the dead pigeon (traffic or window strike) is beyond help but the seagull is capitalizing on the situation. Both birds are very common and do not engender much sympathy from passing humans so there is almost a feeling of the commonplace about this scene. And this conveys a general feeling that all animate individuals will eventually pass on and be picked over. Inevitableness of 'circle of life' - a reminder of all our vulnerability
@SpecialK - the toadstill in the lawn in the cemetery grounds invokes a sense of 'circle of life'. The headstones in the back ground provide a strong sense of inevitability but the triumphant flowering of the toadstill provides colour and life in the image be it ever so fragile.
@noelcmn - There is safety in numbers so keep family and friends close, and choose to drink when the predator is sleeping or warming up. Another 'circle of life' image from a distance but for each of those individuals in the frame it is a depiction of the need for water and the need for flesh to ensure continued existence: all are vulnerable

For the flipping of vulnerability onto the photographer making an interesting interpretation of the theme, I choose the charging Bison as the winner for this week and invite Gump to choose the subject for the next theme.



Thank you all again for participating and look forward to next week's theme.

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I am traveling and have a computer issue. Hope to have something posted on Saturday evening. My model and I thank you for choosing our photo.
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