Photography is a solitary art. You can certainly go out in a group to make images, but the images you find are yours alone - only you see what you see, only you feel what you feel, and only you can create an image that reflects what you feel about what you see. You might be surrounded by others, but as soon as your eye goes to the viewfinder, and your finger goes to the shutter button, you're on your own.
I find that solitude is a theme in my images. My tag line for the solitude gallery includes the phrase "Images that evoke solitude, but not necessarily loneliness." Solitude speaks to being at peace within a solitary state of being. One can find solitude in the middle of a busy shopping mall, or alone on a hillside because it has nothing to do with how many people are around you - it is about your relationship with yourself and your God. Loneliness, like solitude, can be experienced in a crowd, or on your own, but for different reasons. Where solitude is positive and speaks to an inner strength and peace, loneliness is a negative. It speaks to the absence of relationship with others, but more importantly with yourself and with your God. A depth of self-relationship, and a depth of spiritual relationship are the antidotes to loneliness.
The images I have made and posted to the Solitude gallery are my attempts to show this distinction. Each image reveals something in its own environment doing what it was meant to do, and confident in it. The swans swim, the tree grows, the house stands against the storm. Each subject strong in itself, and confident in its place - alone, but not lonely because of its relationship to itself, and to That which stands behind it, guarding, guiding, loving. In solitude.