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Sense of place

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The sense of place both as an inner sensation and as a memory or actual place is originally derived from childhood experiences of places and events. For some, the sensations and sense of place that make a place home is the similarity to whatever home looked, smelled, and felt like when one was a very young child. For others the sense of place, though also derived from those childhood experiences, the sense of place is purely spiritual or emotional. For everyone a sense of place is necessary to their sense of well-being. With a sense of place comes a feeling of familiarity, of belonging, that brings comfort and the ability to rest and fortify oneself for the challenges found outside that place. For others it is a mental state based on how a place resonates within one’s head. Most importantly, having a sense of places means having a place inside or outside one’s head that is completely known and where one can always return. With this sensation as a base people can operate more confidently in their lives and meet life’s challenges more effectively. Such a place is needed to retreat to or to move forward from with confidence. One’s sense of place can be equated to one’s sense of self and where one belongs, or wants to belong, in one’s own world. Attacks on the sense of place through denigration of, jibing at, or encouraging you to change that place can have very negative effects. It is not that one’s sense of place can’t be altered by oneself, it’s that it should bot be altered by an outside influence, directly or indirectly, or one could become lost and feel dislocated without knowing why. The sense of place is a very personal thing and should be studied, not just noticed every once in a while; and should only be changed as a person changes with the tides of life. Would you want to continue to associate with a person wanting to change your sense of place?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Sense of place

  1. Images of landscapes/nature often evoke a sense of familiarity even though one may not recall actually having experienced them before. As an artist, my main concerns are memory, displacement and home and I must say this post of yours certainly hit ‘home’ 🙂

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