Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Contrasts

“This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.”


Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

This photo contains multiple contrasts. Not only is it a “contrasty” photograph owing to the harsh Autumn midday lighting, but it is a symbolically contrasty image. In the foreground, one of nature’s most formidable representatives of her power, a volcano. In the background, symbols of human power. The Central Business District (CDB) of downtown Auckland with its centres of wealth, commerce, banking and gambling. The most potent of which is the Skytower, arrogantly thrusting skyward, as if to pierce the very clouds above it.

Portrayed here, frozen at 1/500th of a second, both symbols of power seem benign and still, not at all in competition for space or psychological supremacy over the local citizenry. But I believe the tension is palpable. The dormant volcano last erupted 28,000 years ago, long before humans encroached on its sovereign territory. Should the busy, scurrying, activities of these invaders disturb this slumbering power to wakefulness the consequences would be unthinkable. By the same token you can’t help thinking that the city would happily bulldoze this uppity hillock flat and expand its territories given the slightest opportunity.

The final contrast lies in the weather. Dark, brooding, clouds prowl over Mt Eden and the near areas of the city. But sunshine brightens Aucklands North Shore and harbour.

Location: Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8; 1/500, f/4.5, ISO 200, 17mm


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