The author of this week’s photo challenge, “Blue“, invites her readers to share what the color blue means to them. As for myself, I tend to think of the sky and water whenever I hear the word “blue” – unoriginal, I know. Actually, today’s weather forecast helped me make a decision as to which topic I would choose to photograph. Today was a beautiful day, with nary a cloud to blemish the perfect blue of the sky.
Thinking about blue skies always make me think of a quote I once read by E.T.A. Hoffmann:
“How prone poor Humanity is to dam up the minutest remnants of its freedom, and build an artificial roof to prevent it looking up to the clear blue sky.”
– E. T. A. Hoffmann
The picture I took acts as a great counter argument to Hoffmann’s famous saying. After all, isn’t flying often referred to as one of the definitions of freedom? In this image, you can see the plane flying overhead to places unknown to its viewer. The “clear blue sky” is more than an “artificial roof” to these travelers, designed to “dam up the minutes remnants” of their “freedom”. To them, blue is the color of “freedom”, a road to new possibilities, and new destinations.