Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

I am afraid of submitting an entry for this week’s challenge: Humanity, as I don’t think I actually know its meaning.

Looking up the Wikipedia, Humanity means:

The virtue, humanity, is a set of strengths focused on “tending and befriending others.” The three strengths associated with humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence. Humanity differs from justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice. That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically person to person strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all.

I have seen many entries with a bunch of people, spectators in the stadium, people on the street etc.DSCF0020

I am at a lost to reconcile that these represent humanity.

I know what this is not about – humanity is not just a bunch of people (as in my picture on Ju Ming’s sculpture).

53 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

  1. Very interesting art indeed. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Maybe what we are seeing is the artist’s deepest fears in art form. If so, it’s a stunning statement on humanity. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is a very interesting subject for me. I looked around. This is a definition that i like (from dictionary.com);
    all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
    the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
    the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
    the humanities.
    the study of classical languages and classical literature.
    the Latin and Greek classics as a field of study.
    literature, philosophy, art, etc., as distinguished from the natural sciences.
    the study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.

    The photo challenge from thirdeyemom is a challenge asking us to interpret “humanity”. While we can still interpret it in our own way, i really like thirdeyemom’s interpretation:


    “The more I see the world, the more I realize that although people are different, we’re very much the same. We speak different languages, have different cultures, religions, values, and physical traits, yet we all share common hopes and dreams of love, family, and survival.

    When I travel, I’m inspired to take photographs that capture humanity — of everyday people around the world — and provoke compassion and an understanding of our differences.”

    It is along this line how i interpret “humanity” in my own post. To me, it is a study of human beings iiving in different parts of the world. I did not write too much in my post, but if i have time, i would have written about each picture i posted. As thirdeyemom is interested in visiting tibet, and my interest is in the spirituality of the Tibetans, I added a short paragraph in my comments:


    As to your interpretation in the works of art, it is a great interpretation. As art is an important part of my life, and art is a form in Humanities, I love your interpretation too!

    I think photo challenge is an art challenge. While photography is definitely an art form, and it is up to the viewer to complete the art (Marcel Duchamp), i never feel intimidated if others do not think how i think. I believe in the beauty of differences. No one needs to agree to how i interpret anything. I just feel good having the opportunity to show the differences.

    Thank you for raising such an interesting subject for discussion!

  3. My Dear Michael, Kudos on this post. The quote You have given from wiki speaks nothing. But Ju Ming’s sculpture and Your presenting it on this post speak Volumes. Give us more like this. Regards. 🙂

  4. I’ve just looked up the photo I took of a quote included in the AGO’s 2013 exhibition of works by Ai Wei Wei. Like all the wall-poster quotes in the show, the words are the words of the artist: “Extending a hand to those in trouble, rescuing the dying, and helping the injured is a form of humanitarianism, unrelated to love of country or people. Do not demean the value of life, it commands a broader, more equal dignity.” This quote hung close to several of Ai Wei Wei’s works honouring the victims of the Sechuan earthquake.

  5. I liked the sculpture.
    I liked reading the comments.
    I would like to think humanity is compassion and understanding.
    It actually is mankind in general, people, humans.
    A photo of an act of kindness or one of a violent action.
    Your abstract interpretation lift it up to the viewer.

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