Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Loneliness

“I want to be alone, I just want to be alone.” 

This is one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time and was spoken by the Swedish actress, Greta Garbo in the film, ‘Grand Hotel’. The word “alone” features in many of her films, beginning with the caption cards in her silent movies. In 1927, “I like to be alone” appeared in her film ‘Love’, and in the 1929 movie ‘The Single Standard’, her character says, “I’m walking alone because I want to be alone.” She was said to be the most beautiful woman in the world, but wasn’t renowned for being sociable at all. She had an innate need for solitude, and was often reclusive, maintaining her elusive mystique right to the end, when she died in 1990 at the age of 84.

Jean Paul Sartre once said, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”  I leave it up to you to decide whether the subjects in my photos are lonely, or whether they are merely choosing solitude.

A juvenile heron strutting around the lake outside my house here in Florida.

A juvenile heron strutting around the lake outside my house here in Florida.

A lone seagull on the road in Polperro, Cornwall.

A rather cross looking seagull on the road in the seaside town of Polperro, Cornwall.

A lone hang glider in Polperro.

A lone paraglider high above the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall.

A statue of a lone deer stands atop the towering cliffs at Hirschsprung 'Deer's Jump' in the Black Forest, Germany.

A statue of a  deer stands alone, atop the towering cliffs at Hirschsprung ‘Deer’s Jump’ in the Black Forest, Germany.

A poor little captive Kinkajou in San Pedro, Belize.

A poor little captive Kinkajou in San Pedro, Belize. His owner was trying to get money out of tourists for having their photos taken with him. He really needed to be back with his mates in the rain forest. 😦

Lastly, but by no means least, here is a pic that my sister in South Africa sent me, with the caption, “Greta Garbo got nothing on Mom!” 🙂


I hope you’ve enjoyed my quotes and pics for Ese’s challenge. To join in, or to see what other entries there are, just click here.

66 comments on “Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Loneliness

  1. Your mom is a beautiful woman ! … Love your post but i feel so sad for the little fellow in Belize … Wild animal should never ever be kept as pet … Even if it is to get money for a poor owner … // Maria 🙂

  2. It’s a lovely challenge, this one, isn’t it, Ad, and you’ve interpreted it beautifully. I’ve got a fair streak of Garbo in my makeup (though sadly, not the looks 🙂 ) but it’s ok cos I quite like my own company. Sartre said it so well!

  3. I loved them, Sylvia. 🙂
    Poor little thing, he does belong with his friends in the rain forest. I hate seeing that, it’s so sad, isn’t it? Hugs from Oz. Paula xxxx

  4. What a beautiful take on the theme, Sylvia! I can see people prefering solitude over society and…as long as they feel comfortable with that, it’ s ok. I must admit i am a bit of an opposite, at least most of the time 🙂 And Mom’ s photo is fabulous!
    Thank you for being a part of the challenge.

  5. si può essere soli stando in compagnia e non essere soli quando si cerca la solitudine, la solitudine per me è lo stato d’animo di chi non sta bene con se stesso
    grazie cara, per quei bei motivi di pensare che ci offri, ed anche delle splendife foto che ne fanno una perfetta didascalia

    la tua stupefacente madre ha la stoffa di una grandissima attrice ( sono certa che lei sta benissimo con se stessa!!!!) sono onorata di conoscere persone come voi
    abbi una bella giornata
    You may be just being together and not be alone when you search for solitude, loneliness for me is the mood of those who do not sit well with himself
    thanks dear, for those beautiful grounds to think that we offer, and also of the splendife photos that make a perfect caption

    your amazing mother has the makings of a great actress (I am sure you are fine with herself!) are honored to know people like you
    have a nice day

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    • Thanks, Gunta. I didn’t pay the woman for the shot, and she swore at me. It was in Belizean, but I could tell by the furious look on her face. I wanted to cut that leash.

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