Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge this week is to depict the topic of future. How can I take photos of something that hasn’t happened yet? Of course, that is impossible, but I can photograph potential and anticipation: the changing of seasons, children growing up, construction sites where buildings are being built on their current foundations.
I read this morning that there are currently six generations of people alive today. The G.I. Generation was born in the years 1900-1924. This generation is disappearing, but a few of them are still living independently in our senior community!
The Traditionalists/Silent Generation was born during the Depression and World War II, 1925-1945. Baby Boomers, the largest generation, were born 1946-1964 (this is my generation).
Generation X is those born between 1965 and 1979. Millennials were born between 1980 and the late 1990s. Finally, Generation Z (because we don’t know what else to call them yet!) are the kids of today: born in the last years of the 20th century to the 2010s.
Each of these generations had or have a future. The older ones have already fulfilled their potential – their hopes and dreams either completed or frustrated. The future they looked toward is now.
In the political arena, I see the youngest two generations as our hope for the future. These are the kids of Parkland High School, who are turning eighteen and have registered to vote; they are 18-year-olds all over the country who are signing up to vote fueled by the passion of their peers, peers such as the survivors of Parkland who saw their classmates gunned down at school, or such as Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old face of the movement to deal with climate change. We need their passion nowadays! We older folks can continue to march and protest Trumpism; we can show our concern for climate change and help in various ways. But it is really these younger people that carry us into the future.
Hope for future reflected in participants in a flash rally (including us – that’s me in the photo at left) in downtown Arlington Heights, that Robert Mueller would be allowed to do his job and discover damning information that would implicate Trump. What has Trump got to hide? Much of that is still to be uncovered – will the future bring us the full truth?
The future is my 50th high school reunion in June. Sedona, see you soon!
The future for an artist is an empty canvas.
Nature is a good place to look for the promise of the future.
All species are equipped to reproduce, so that their kinds will continue. Flowers have fertile interiors, filled with the pollen needed to spread its seeds. The flowers’ colors and fragrance are designed to attract insect species to spread their pollen. Few orchids are red, because bees cannot see that color. And flies prefer flowers that are brownish, resembling decay.
To look into the center of a flower is to see the future – or the promise of it!
Baby animals start out so small…
and in the wild, their parents can only hope that their future includes reaching adulthood!
13 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future”
A well thought through response with many interesting perspectives! I had never thought of the generations the way you describe them. And you present their future views in a very clear and concise way. Love your illustrations as well! I do believe we must keep on demonstrating, voting for the right thing and in every way support our young, who will have to face, and try to change, what our mistakes has lead to for the future of our planet.
Thank you, Leya!
A nice take on this challenge!
A great response to this challenge. And a most touching picture of your mother.
Thank you. I have always considered that photo to be so poignant. The white emptiness adds a sense of a sort of future void. It’s as though she is struggling to accept that she was entering the last stage of her life.
Wow. EXCELLENT post. Very insightful and informative. I was wondering the other day about the definitions of the various generations. Thank you for your great communication.
Thank you, John!
A very interesting take on this challenge. Well done!
What an amazing post! It is certainly a sobering thought: the future. But also so full of hope – I will look at the centre of flowers with new eyes!
Thank you! Yes, the center of flowers are definitely “fertile interiors” as I once described them! Some flowers actually seem to be beckoning insects.