Focus on Life

I’m starting the new year with a year long weekly photograph challenge called Focus on Life and hosted by Sally Russick.  Focus on Life is certainly what I need this year in more ways than just photographs.  This week’s challenge is:  The minimalist photograph – capture an image using a single subject.

I couldn’t decide between my two, so I’m posting them both.  Ironic that in a challenge titled Focus on Life, my actual focus is on death.  Which do you like best?

watch blog

The Watch? or

rose blog

The Rose?


  1. Hi Connie, this sounds like a great challenge, very inspiring. I like the watch best, not as predictable as the rose. good luck with the challenge!

  2. I really like the rose. Something so very melancholy about it an d great colours. Good job!

  3. Oh, that’s a tough question. The watch, representing how much time you have left of that your time has come to and end – how poignant. Yet the rose, still beautiful in death, gives one hope that their memory or impression on life will linger after they are gone. Pretty deep. Lot’s to ponder here. I love your post! Your photographs are just super as well. Welcome to the Focus on Life challenge – it’s an amazing group of creative and caring people here, you will love it!

    • Thanks for your insightful comments, Michelle. I have to say that I wasn’t being philosophical, but expressing reality. My husband passed away in October. The watch was never not on him — seems so strange to me to see it as an object in itself. And the rose was from the funeral — I haven’t been able to toss it out yet. I’m excited to be participating in this challenge. And thank you so much for the very warm welcome!

  4. I like the watch… fits the prompt better not that I have any right to talk!

  5. I tried to choose, but I can’t! They are both great photos and equally great subjects for this week! Good job!

  6. Both of your photos are great Connie. I think that the watch is more appropriate with the beginning of the year. The rose is beautiful in it’s own way.

  7. Both images are intriguing. I think the rose is more appealing, because it’s a natural object, but that’s just me. Welcome to Focus on Life!

  8. Marlene C. says:

    I feel pain, behind both of the photos. They illicit it in a haunting way. Welcome to the journey.

    • That is very intuitive, Marlene. Pain is exactly the feeling when I took both photos. My husband passed away in October. The watch was his, and the rose is from the funeral. Thanks for the warm welcome!

      • Marlene C. says:

        Everyone experiences pain at some time in their life. It is how we deal with it that defines us. Thank you for joining us, and allowing us in.

  9. I am sorry for your loss. My husband passed over two years ago and I know this is not an easy time for you. In fact the first year after he dies is kind of a blur to me. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have to say I like the rose the best. I see it not as death but as a time when it releases itself to the world/

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss Constance.
    I love both photos but the watch is my favourite, it seems so poignant.

  11. Both are beautifully photographed and I love the lighting in each one. I like the fact that they both have meaning for you. I am so sorry for your loss – I used photography and art to cope with my father’s sudden death several years ago, and I hope you find some comfort through the Focus on Life journey this year.

  12. Thank you for your kind words, Diana.

  13. My reaction to your first photo is it feels like home. My hubby is one to take his watch off as soon as he is in the door. So a watch on a dresser (or the ten other places he leaves it :/ ) means I know he is home. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I can understand why you would not want to toss the rose, it still has a certain beauty even in death. Looking forward to sharing the year!

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