Empty Swings

About the time that I started learning to use my pre-The Precious camera, I found myself becoming fascinated with swings. Not swings with kids in them, but the empty ones. Yes, it’s a tad odd, I know.

What I think is that there’s something both sad and happy about seeing empty swings in a playground. The sadness comes from the stillness and quiet in what is normally a kinetic and joyful attraction. The mind says that there should be a child sitting happily in the seat, legs flying, swinging to the sky.


Yet this photo evokes other sentiments as well. There is also a feeling of promise and potential in the image. The swings can be seen as expectant and waiting. Soon there will be a child who will launch him or herself giggling into the air. The empty swings are still, awaiting with great hope, their next young rider.


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