I had a difficult time finding a unique photo for this challenge. Beaches? There are lots. Buildings? They are in abundance. Animals and flowers? I’m suspicious that the Philippine tarsier can only be found in the Philippines. Then I thought about cultural differences. Each culture is unique–the way they are practiced, the people involved and the meanings attached to them. I am always amazed by the differences among cultures and for that I respect each one of them. I despise stereotyping, especially the negative ones, and I always want to see the positive things despite those that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable to me.
This is a traditional Japanese wedding I saw in Tokyo in 2008. When I first saw it, I told myself, “how sad.” The bride and groom look gloomy and the procession lacks merriment. But who am I to judge? I am not the one who is actually experiencing it so I cannot say that it’s gloomy and lacks merriment. My initial reaction is tainted by my own expectations and predispositions. But this is equally fascinating, joyful and most of all it also portrays the union of two souls among billions and the act of showing to the rest of the world the strong reason for such union. That, in itself, is unique.
Do you have a unique photo you want to share with us? Join the Weekly Photo Challenge and let us all find the beauty in our differences.
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