Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

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We’re excited about this week’s photo challenge, near and far, and hope it inspires you to play with perspective, which can give sweeping images of beautiful locations more oomph and power. Perspective is what makes a flat two-dimensional image, such as a photograph, appear like it is three-dimensional. To create this effect, you can use features like diagonal lines, which converge within the frame and literally suck in the viewer.


In this photo, the cemetery of the Congregation of Mission House Saint Franciscus Xaverius in Teteringen, The Netherlands. The cemetery is now integrated in a golf course, weird but fitting. The atmosphere is subdued and very quiet.

I was triggered by the rows of crosses, leading up to the big cross at the far end of these fathers’ last resting place.

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54 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far”

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  2. Hi Marion

    I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award. You can check out the rules here should you wish to participate (although I’ve altered them to suit my own intentions): http://hughmannbeing.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/gifting-and-gifthorses/

    I look forward to reading your posts and appreciate being able to catch snippets of how you see and experience life. I realise that not all of you will want to add this award to your blogs. That is okay. I am nominating you anyway, and I have opted to do so because the intention behind my nominations is to recognise contributions that I find admirable, coupled with my desire to share your awesomeness with others. So, accept it or not, there are no obligations or hard feelings either. More than anything else, I would simply like to thank you.

    Be happy and well,



    • Dear Hugh,

      First of all: congratulations on the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. I’m thrilled to see you ‘decorated’ like this. And what a thoughtful post you wrote, overflowing with kindness and sensitivity.
      Thank you so very much for nominating my blog Figments of a DuTchess! I am very honored and smiling from ear to ear. Your words mean so much to me.
      Alas I can’t accept the award, but do know that the nomination is appreciated with all my heart. I will stay in touch and we can share many beautiful things.

      Warmest regards,


  3. This photo is absolutely stunning. I love the contrast of all of the smaller black crosses in the foreground against the big white cross in the background – almost symbolic of life and death. This truly is a work of art and I applaud you. Thank you for sharing this photo with us!


  4. Great shot for the theme, Marion. Interesting to have a golf course around a cemetery. :) “Old golfers never die, they just lose their drive.”


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    • That is what I love about participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge: you never know when a specific photo is just the right one. Even out-of-focus photos might be the perfect choice.
      For a moment to be lost to the world, immersed in the past…
      Thanks so much for visiting, and have a lovely weekend.


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  13. Hi Marion. This is indeed a perfect interpretation of the challenge. Graveyards often have a powerful sense to it, dont they? You’ve captured its otherworldly vibe.


    • Thanks, Myra! And yes, they do. Just to be quiet and roam there for a long time, strolling from one ancient grave to the next, trying to recapture something that has been, was what I loved in England. While my partner waited and waited ;)


  14. Beautiful. I love that the crosses in the foreground are black the large one in the background is white…lovely shot…


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  17. This is really well taken Marion … not my favourite subject though… come to think of it, this could work perfectly for Marianne’s monthly challenge “repetition” :D


    • I love the ancient English graveyards, where the tombstones are centuries old. This scene spoke to me because of the straight lines.
      Who is Marianne, and in what way does she challenge bloggers?


      • Can you come to my blog, scroll all the way down to the footer area, there you’ll see a logo of a white rabbit, click on it and you’ll see. She challenged me for the looking up theme, when I posted that crazy mushroom ;)


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  19. This is a good picture for this challenge. The instructions said to try to get lines. There are lots of lines in this. I like it.


  20. Beautiful, although somewhat eerie photograph. I guess they were trying to keep wild swing golf ball accidents down by integrating the golf course there – damage has already been done.


    • Al those fathers, lying in straight lines with identical crosses. I prefer a different kind of graveyard, more personal.
      The photo is kind of eerie, you are right.


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