Lens-Artists Challenge 113 – Labors of Love

“My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”— Pablo Picasso

How many of us achieve what we set out to be and do….shuffling along on life’s road map believing that….“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”– Steve Jobs

Sharing from my album snapshots of people who ‘carry on’ irrespective of plaudits….

The elusive Cobbler in Zhoujiajiao, a 1,700-year old Chinese mini-Venice of historic buildings and magnificent maze of canals. (2009). He did not want to be disturbed when I requested a click. I managed anyhow. Visiting Zhoujiajiao, One of Shanghai’s Famed ‘Water Towns’ (Tripatini.com)

Our ‘Gondolier’ in the loopy waterways …Zhoujiajiao (2009) serenading us with her lilting melodious voice….songs we could not follow. To her it was her ‘job’.

Sugar cane juice vendor in Pune (2015)…the smiling summer quencher for the thirsty. The statuesque Banyan tree his awning from the blazing sun.

Her impassive visage holds so many secrets….Geisha in Kyoto, Japan (2010). “It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.”
― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

The Scarecrow.…Loves Labour Lost….He too enjoys his moments of glory. (Quebec (2015) Halloween decorations…Quartier Petit-Champlain of narrow pedestrian-only streets lined with gift shops and cafes, the impressive trompe-l’oeil mural that gives a glimpse into the city’s history).

17 comments

  1. Wow! I absolutely love the two quotes at the top of this post — so appropriate and useful. But your photography makes me long to travel even more. You’ve captured so many people involved in their work and their hobbies. They truly exemplify the term “labors of love.” Thanks for contributing richly to the challenge this week. And best wishes for a Happy Labor Day!

  2. Wonderful quotes and experiences. I especially love this one: “It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.” The geisha image is fabulous. Glad you joined us!

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