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‘In Monochrome Dream’

The things we do out of boredom.  It’s why this picture was taken.  It’s a part of why I began this blog.  And it’s why I ended up on the other side of the world.

In the issuance of the challenge, Cheri Lucas says that a solitary photo can evoke “reflective, mysterious, or even sad” emotions.  Unlike most of the photos for this theme I have seen posted, I feel solitary can be and is usually quite a positive idea.

I travel alone.  I just like it better that way most of the time.  Subject only to my own whims and whatever environment I may find myself in.  The people you meet in passing may or may not make good temporary companions.  It’s the best way get swept away into the currents of the world.

This photo is a reminder of a different kind of solitary to me.   Taken, as I said, out of boredom, when I was living through a frigid winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula two years ago.  It was an interesting time.  I had finished a seasonal job on Mackinac Island and was living off of what I had saved.  I was in a happy relationship.  However everything else in my life was stifled.  I had all the time and means to do anything I wanted to.  But instead, I stayed where I was.

This is a reminder of a kind of solitary that I don’t want to go back to and of what catapulted me into the amazing life I lead now.  My new solitary is well on the way to what I have always wanted and I have no intention of giving it up anytime soon.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at


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