Weekly Photo Challenge: contrasts

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Contrasts are found everywhere with some being a little more subtle than others. Those that are obvious are often because of the stark difference in the colours in the image such as those in the gallery above which require no explanation.This differs from the image below. It is much more subtle in its contrasts apart from again, the white against black.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Relay for life is an event held in communities where teams of ten to fifteen challenge themselves to keep the baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those loved ones lost to the disease and fight back against a problem that affects far too many.  The participants pay to enter and they also get sponsorship from friends and family with all the money going to cancer research.

The walking begins in the early afternoon and as dusk falls family and  friend light the candles and place a cross in the ground in the middle of the oval remembering those who have lost the fight. It is highly charged with emotion for all but particularly those who are mourning  and those who have survived.

After this ceremony we walk through the night. For me this signified the long battle that those who are fighting the disease undergo.  Certainly by four am I wanted to give up but with the support of the others I kept going and came out the other end. A short battle in comparison to those undergoing treatment.

The contrasts in the photo are more subtle than are apparent in person. Joy and happiness at surviving, ongoing fear of recurrence, huge battles fighting the disease with periods of despair, hope, frustration and joy, overwhelming sadness and determination that we will not let it beat us. Sometimes putting on a happy face is a trifle difficult.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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19 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: contrasts

  1. andy1076 says:

    What a fun take on the prompt! 🙂 🙂


  2. What a wonderful tribute!


  3. ChristineR says:

    The photos really show contrast, Irene, and the they are all the more special for the event they commemorate.


  4. Sherri says:

    A powerful share for this challenge Irene, what a great thing to take part in, the Relay for Life. A sharp contrast indeed not only in your lovely photographs but between the range of human emotion when fighting for one’s life. Very touching and moving.


  5. joannesisco says:

    Your description of the Relay for Life is a very moving example of contrasts.


  6. Norah says:

    Hi Irene, This is such an important message. There is hardly a person whose life will not be touched by cancer; if not their own life then that of a family member or friend. As you have said, the fear never passes. It is a wonderful thing you all do, sharing support and unity with those who are suffering. My niece participated last year. I must find out if she did this year.


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