Part of the whole

It is the last day of February today and according to the rules of my 12-month photo project I am supposed to publish 3 to 5 photos that I took throughout the month based on the theme of the month, which this time was PART OF THE WHOLE.

Part of the whole can be interpreted in many ways so for the sake of this project, the meaning was limited to a detail that defines the whole so that from the detail you can say what the whole is. Simply said, the detail should not be abstract.

Without further ado, here is my selection:

No. 1: Part of a plane

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

I should call this photo “part of history” rather than part of a plane because that’s the feeling I have when looking at it. The plane in the photo is an old military plane showing clear signs of being used once. When I saw the photo on my laptop, my first reaction was that of thinking how dirty and ugly that top part of the propeller is but slowly other thoughts crept in the perception. About the past that could speak, the people involved, the history it went through… and the longer I look at it, the more I imagine.

No. 2: Part of a building


Cafe in morning light… I usually don’t like harsh and prominent shadows in my photos but there are exceptions and this is one of them. In my opinion, the shadows make the scene dimensional and alive, there is something going on that I can’t help but watch.

No. 3: Part of an engine

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

When a detail consists of a few more details working together and creating an interesting whole, there are other interpretations to be found, and that is what I like about this photo. The engine comes from another military plane.

No. 4: Part of a community garden

Plzeň, DEPO 2015

An old depot in Pilsen was turned into a community centre where concerts are held, art is presented, various courses, meetings and opportunities for creative people are organised. One project focuses on a community garden where people can gather and grow plants in flower pots, flower boxes and buckets. I find this idea quite experimental but obviously there are people interested. In February the little garden didn’t look much attractive but this view caught my attention.

No. 5: Part of a truck

Air Park Zruč u Plzně

An old, rusty military vehicle that caught my attention in an open air museum. The blue sky makes the photo look quite peaceful though the truck didn’t look peaceful at all. Yet it’s not a vehicle to blame when military conflicts rage.

That’s it today, I’m happy I have fulfilled another month’s theme. Frankly, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed it would be.

The theme for March will be GEOMETRY.

All completed themes of the project can be found HERE.



    1. Susan, thank you for the praise, I’m pleased you like the photos. I’m going to prepare a post with more plane propellers and other plane details from our visit to that open-air museum of military planes and vehicles, it was an interesting place to photograph.

  1. I thought about this assignment, Petra; and I couldn’t imagine what I would come up with for it. You’ve done very well, though. I particularly liked the last two images. The one with the colorful little flowerpots caught my eye, as did the one of the old truck. I love the composition of both of those. The stories that truck and those planes could tell if they could talk.

    1. Linda, thank you. I was looking for interesting details – both smaller and larger – on our photo walks and I’ve taken quite a few of them throughout the month, nevertheless not all of them were strong enough to stand on their own which is what I aim for in this type of posts. I thought I could also arrange a scene or two but that didn’t happen. I am really pleased that you like the photo with the flower pots, it was quite an unexpected capture.

  2. A thing that strikes me in your photos is that showing a piece inspired me to consider the whole. A glimpse might be all we need to get our imagination going.

    Your images are striking and get my attention.

    1. Thank you, Tammie, for the praise and for sharing your point of view. This is a view I’m not able to see because I had it the other way around. I saw the whole thing and was looking for a part speaking to me and although there is just the part in the photo, I still remember the whole. 🙂

  3. Five worthy photos, and it is not easy to pick a “winner”, but I’ll go for the first one. It tells a story without distracting details, and the red hub adds a final touch.

  4. What a great theme. Your images and descriptions fit the theme so well. When I take pictures I like to get in close and see the details or just a part of the subject. Doing that seems to leave a little to the imagination and makes a person look closer. I love the shadows at the Cafe. I live in a suburb and don’t get to a city often, so city pictures always delight me. 🙂

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