Weekly Photo Challenge: Smappathy and Beyond

Ok, here’s a new Portmanteau for you all to muse…

I’ve Googled it – it doesn’t exist (the closest Google got was sympathy) so you can consider this term coined here and now on The Unwitting Traveller!

So, what is it?

SM – Social Media +

App – Applications (as in those which decorate my smart phone screen) +

Apathy: (according to Encarta Dictionary: English (UK))

  • Lack of enthusiasm or energy [lack of interest in anything, or the absence of any wish to do anything]
  • Emotional emptiness [inability to feel normal or passionate human feelings or to respond emotionally]

SMAppathy: Social Media/SMart phone Applications Apathy – I think I’ve got a dose of this particular malaise coming on.  Am I the only one?

It’s a continuation of my musings since last week’s post “Make Time”.  It’s no good reducing the number of hours on the internet on my lap top, if I keep checking all the latest updates on the iPhone, is it!!?

So, to get past this and reach beyond, I’m returning to some good old fashioned knitting, some doodling (good gracious me!) and of course, working on my photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop, without using any presets!

Which brings me on to this week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post! (Check out the link to see what others are posting)

I’ve chosen a scene from Iceland’s great, expansive alluvial plains: there’s a bridge out there with a thin strip of land on the horizon, but with clouds sitting low – it’s hard to know whether there’s anything more beyond…

Iceland's Alluvial Plains

Iceland’s Alluvial Plains

Happy Weekend!

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18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Smappathy and Beyond

  1. Oooh, I love neogisms. I think what you’ve described is a common symptom of our times. Lots of technology, lots of passionlessness and fabricated passion (which are two sides of the same coin to me).

    Whether you’re experiencing that or not, you’ve generated a truly lovely photo that inspires feeling and curiosity. Nicely done 😉

    1. Thank you (and thanks for bringing a new word to my dictionary!)
      I’m not sure if it is a common symptom as yet, but given time I reckon we’re all going to be reaching for the hands-on hobbies and crafts!

      1. oops, in my tiredness, I spelled that new word wrong – I meant ‘neologisms’… (maybe my subconscious wishful thinking that I’d designed my own new word…)

        I hope we do, as a society, return to working with our hands 🙂

  2. Excellent submission Lu! I can “feel” Iceland’s chill against my cheeks just by looking at the photograph and it’s almost like the bridge is an illusion – blink and it might be gone! Well done!

    1. So I see! Being “told” to check out your blog is a sure fire way that I probably won’t, by the way. No rudeness intended, but it’s a bit of a spammy comment, and I’m sure you didn’t mean it to be…

    1. First things first – pick a topic that you have a passion for… something you’ll never get tired of, but that can continue to inspire you as you explore it further 🙂
      Good luck!

    1. 🙂
      I have times like that too – talking of watercolour paintings, my latest rut-buster is getting back to doodling and painting. I say getting back to, but I never got to do too much when I was younger (had to study serious subjects at school – this was seen as a hobby and there’s no money in that…!) It’s quite cathartic, even though I suck!

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