Lonely One Is The Loneliest Number?

Lonely One


One is the Loneliest Number

Lonely one. One.

The loneliest number? That familiar chant has a lyrical ring but alone is not always lonely, even though it stands alone. Sometimes alone is necessary.

It is easy to get lulled into mingling the crowds, following the people, hiding in the wings. A lot can be accomplished in solitude. Contemplative, meditative, thoughtful, soul searching all have merit in this fast track world of hustle bustle. And then there is technology. Pressing and pushing into the mold. What the ubiquitous “everyone” is doing. Solitaire is not always grim. There is peace in aloneness. Peace brings clarity. Conflict avoidance is meritorious. Single has value.

There are a few composition rules in art that relate to numbers. Some adhere to the strictest of interpretations. Odd numbers are stronger than even. Three and five are better than one so goes the rule. But one can provide focus, narrowing. The old man in the plaza is reflecting on his life, the single pigeon is uncommon, both are reinforced by shadows, the homeless man has just discovered outerwear left behind by a city view taker, cafes welcome singles, streets abound with single strollers. One will always limit the focus, whether or not it is a lonely one.

For more on street photography, see also:

New York City Street Walking

From the Streets of Hoi An

People in the Spanish Streets

Siem Reap Early Morning Street Hustle

lonely one people
Lonely Pigeon and Man, Porto                                                                                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com


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Street Man Overlooking Porto ©heathersimondsphotography.com


lonely one people
Cafe Man Porto Portugal                                                                                                                   ©heathersimondsphotography.com


lonely one
Walking Woman, Porto, Portugal                                                                                       ©heathersimondsphotography.com


lonely one people
Walking Woman and Street Man With Dogs, Porto, Portugal                                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com


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