At Harcum College as part of Civility Week, students were encouraged to submit an original
photo depicting their definition of "peace." Student Life selected three
winners, who each received cash prizes.
First place winner, Serena Tomalis, describes her photograph...
What peace means to me: it is an inner feeling of well being. It represents a state of contentment, created through successful conflict resolution. I think my photo represents peace in a few different ways.
To start off, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. In Japan, a crane is a symbol of peace, this is why I added many cranes together in a line over a person to show they are surrounded by it. Secondly, being in nature is also a symbol of peace. In my opinion it is extremely peaceful and calming. When stressed, or needing a break in life, it soothes me to go to the nearest wooded area and take a walk to clear my head. Everything is so natural and serene. The bird chirps are calming, the wind blowing between the leaves, and the warm sunshine beating on the top of your head, it's a perfect getaway. Lastly, I added the mattress to the photo as a sign of sleep. A person is completely at rest and calm when they are in their bed sound asleep. Every trouble, worry, issue just doesn't matter anymore. You are completely trapped in your own world until you decide to open your eyes again. It is a proven fact sleep is a symbol of peace.
Elizabeth Kim, Second Place
Kayla Moye, Third Place