Most of us seek solitude at some point in our lives. Whether it is for a few moments of quiet contemplation
Lac Lemon, Switzerland 1976
or to spend some hours or days in a place remote from society, solitude provides respite from the stress of daily life.
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India, 1994
Some places, by virtue of their sanctity
S was found, deep in thought, at the foot of the stairs.
Kitulgala Temple, Sri Lanka, 1997
or isolation, or the beauty of their location, draw out our need for solitude.
The crucifix atop a mountain ridge is a magnet for hikers to Pilatus.
While the history of others sings to us of continuity.
Was she playing Monteverdi, Palestrina, or William Byrd? It was the 70s – more likely Pachelbel.
Epidavros, Greece, 1976
For some, solitude is the unintended result of their work,
Mekong, Lao, 2007
while for others it is the enforced solitude of a social pariah.
Or is the cigarette an excuse to seek solitude?
Burano, Italy, 2011
Some people seek to live alone and remote from society, painting, or writing, perhaps, or as a path toward inner peace. For some, solitariness is a choice; for others it may be the result of unintended circumstance.
Abandoned by her husband, and her children, this woman had found refuge on the mountain.
Meemure, Sri Lanka, 2008
A state of solitariness may also pertain to lonely, unfrequented or uninhabited places
In reply to our queries as to the significance of the tiny Dagaba, the woman replied – “to look at [to make you think]”.
Off the Kurunegala-Anuradhapura Road, Sri Lanka 2012
or even, I believe, to the remnants of lost civilisations.
I understand they have been woken, now, from their aeons of solitude, and no longer loom up like giant ghosts through the sugar cane, as one rides one’s donkey up from the Nile to the Valley of the Kings.
One of the Colossi of Memnon, Luxor (Valley of the Kings), Egypt, 1983
In response to this weeks Photo Challenge – Solitary.