Earth, Water, Fire, Air: #exploretheelements

We love photography competitions. They encourage us to look back on all the photos that we have taken and see them with a new light, depending on the brief of the competition. Our friends at Breathe With Us nominated us to enter into the Explore The Elements challenge, and with the insightful categories of the Earth’s elements, how could we refuse!

So without further ado, here are our entries to the competition:


“Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.”

To many people, Earth usually represents something natural. This photo, taken in Quebec City, is almost the complete opposite – there are very few ‘natural’ references in the frame, aside from a few plants. However, the buildings and the paving stones, especially in black and white, depict a kind of solidness and hardness – something that is also very much associated with ‘earth’.

Quebec street


“Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.”

For the ‘water’ entry we chose a photo of jellyfish that we took while visiting the Vancouver Aquarium. Jellyfish act very much like water itself – flowing, shapeless, flexible, but they also inspire thoughts of ‘defensiveness’ – i.e. their sting. Really, who could argue with their beauty!

Amazing jellyfish at Vancouver Aquarium


“Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.”

Religion, like fire, is one of the most energetic, forceful, and moving things in the world (according to billions of people, anyway). Many people rely on their religion for security and their religion educates them of their intention in life. We met these novice monks on a trek in rural Myanmar – the vast majority of young boys in Myanmar become novice monks at least once in their childhood, before deciding if they want to remain in the monastery for life or pursue other endeavours.


“Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.”

You thought we got the category wrong with this one, didn’t you? Nope! Fireworks are the ultimate expression of expansion and growth, starting as a tiny spark and rapidly blooming into a beautiful display. Side note: I’m quite proud this photo turned out as well as it did, seeing as I was standing with one foot on a wheelie chair and the other on a glass topped table, with my head out a skylight and the camera balanced on the skylight ledge!

There are only a few days left in the competition, but we’ll nominate five other bloggers anyway:

The Butterfly Editions

Young Adventuress


A Globe Well Travelled

Living In Another Language

It’s pretty simple to enter – check out the full details here.


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