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This photograph was taken on a plane leaving California. Investigation can take us places. Looking out of a plane window can be so fascinating. You can explore the world below in the sky. Investigation is a trip of discovery. The more you look, the more you will find.
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The photo was taken in my dad's auto shop. The '73 Dodge Challenger from the time of this photo taken, to now, is a mystery. As it is a project car, we observe it closely as I go with restoring it, and discover something new about it.
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This photo was taken while I was walking out of Party City. This photo relates to the theme "investigation" by how this picture just looks like the sunset. I was just walking when I look up and see this beautiful sunset.
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My sister and I were in Mindo, a forest in Ecuador full of amazing and unique plants and species. Suddenly, it started raining. While we were exploring, we found some beautiful trees. We decided to use the trees as a background to shoot the rose and other flowers because the trees made the colors of the roses stand out. This picture symbolizes the beauty of Ecuadorian Roses and emphasizes the exploration of nature. A magical place that will surprise you every time you investigate.

The investigation of nature, specially the flora, lead us to the conclusion that roses are one the the most beautiful plants found all over the word. As a fact it is known that the most beautiful roses come from South America specially from Ecuador. Ecuador also offers the largest selection of rose varieties, about 500 varieties, in the most amazing colors, from natural colored roses like red, white, pink, light pink and lavender to exotic tinted roses like the black roses and rainbow roses.These roses are considered the best of the world, mainly due to a supreme advantage in rose buds or blooms. Also another big advantage is their stem size. Roses that are grown in Ecuador are by far superior to other roses, thanks to the growing conditions that are at the Equator (the middle of the world). These roses are so strong that they will remain fresh for a longer time compared to roses from other countries.

Finally the investigation of the nature and research, make the picture presented a representation of the one of the most meaningful and beautiful plants all over the world .
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Investigating is searching for answers to things like who, what, when, where, why, and how. To investigate you need the correct tools. Tools like books, the internet, magnifying glass, and many other tools can help with investigations. This image is a representation of investigation because it shows how a magnifying glass is being used to investigate and get a closer look at the handprints.
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Microscopes are used to investigate different materials that the human eye cannot see. I took this photo of my brother Nickolas investigating the differences between a dog hair and a human hair. To do this, he put the two different hairs on separate slides. He was able to find that there were differences such as air pockets and different colored lines to determine what kind of hair it was. One of the greatest tools for investigations is the microscope. People like doctors, crime scene workers, scientist, and even my brother can use them to perform their own investigations.
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Over winter break, my family and I went to Disneyland California Adventure to celebrate my step-father's birthday. As we walked through the park I noticed how my sisters enjoyed being with their dad. I asked my mom to loan me her phone to capture a nice moment. I decided to take this candid photo of them walking together. As they walked they were enjoying all the cool sights. Even though we have been there many times before, my sisters always get excited as if it was their first time being there. The palm trees and buildings made this a cool photo. Reminds me of Hollywood.

This photo represents the love a father has for his children.
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I was walking around and looking around when I realized that I was walking on a good place to take a photo. When I took the picture I took many attempts trying to figure out how to take the bridge. And then finally got this picture and thought it was fantastic. This made me realize that you can always learn from something you didn't expect you could learn from or learn about. I also used Photoshop to give it a dusk like look.
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This photo captures investigation by this young girl in her own little bubble. This young girl is reading, investigating this book. She is opening her mind to a whole new world to her imagination. Investigation plays a big role in this photo. Where she is investigating her book meaning she is opening up her mind digging deeper into her book. She is investigating through the pages figuring out what each word means, what each page is building up to. The bubble represents her own mind where she is sitting comfortably, but when that bubble pops that means it is time for her to come back to reality and investigate what's around her.
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Sometimes we forget to stop and break the pattern we follow every single day. Sometimes we forget to stop and investigate our surroundings to see the hidden beauty of our everyday lives.
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My family hikes most weekends and every time we explore a new place. We have visited many famous places around the city. My brother is always the trailblazer and runs to the top of the hill if that means he is in first. Even though it is winter, we still wear shorts due to the hot weather that exists in California. My mom is always planning new hikes for us to go on even when we are exhausted and unwilling to go on hikes. I took this photo because my brother is investigating the trail to make sure that there is no wildlife such as snakes or bobcats.
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I was at school admiring the leaves and decided to take a picture. This picture relates to the theme “investigation” because I was trying to look for something nice to take a picture of. In other words, I was investigating for something nice to take a picture of. Then I found the leaf.
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This photo was taken while I was doing homework in my room and my cat jumped up on the window sill above me and sat looking outside. My cat, Pepper, is only a few months old, so the world around her is very new and interesting to her. She is especially intrigued by the outside world. Unfortunately for her, my house sits next to a mountain, so it would be unsafe for her to go outside. So, instead of exploring outside, she settles for investigating what is beyond our house safely behind a window.
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It's a drizzly morning, Amanda strolls through the neighborhood in a curious fashion. She's looking for something, but she doesn't know what. She's looking for something, she feels it in her gut. I myself knows... she's looking for herself. She wants to know her purpose, why she was put on earth. Amanda walks down my neighborhood every morning, looking for the circus.
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It’s a picture of the new world in a book through a magnifying glass. I took this photograph in my house’s living room on a chair. This relates to investigation because you are investigating the new world inside of a book.
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A simple diamond frame.
Something is on the other side but you can’t figure out what.
Maybe there is nothing on the other side.
What would be on the other side?
What are we doing on this side.
Are we supposed to be on the other side.
What could be there?
Many questions rise when looking at a simple diamond frame.
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My photograph relates to this year’s contest theme because it was one of the first times I had ever gone hiking. I was investigating different parts of the world.
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This image has a very suspicious feel to it. It shows the abandoned cigarette butts and makes the viewer question: Where is the smoker? Or Why did they abandon the cigarettes like that? The viewer may also marvel at the amount of cigarettes on the ground and cause them to ask questions like : Is this man addicted? Was there more than one person smoking? We tend to see a situation and automatically investigate or create a story to explain the situation. This is why the image reflects the theme of investigation.

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This photo relates to the theme of "Investigation" because it captures my 1 year old nephew investigating the beach. This was his first time at the beach so everything about the environment was new to him, from the sand to the waves to the birds. He seemed to love the birds, but also seemed a little scared at the same time. He at first thought about walking into the water, but decided to test his toes and little fingers first. As he did this, he looked back at me and waved me to come closer as he smiled. He investigated how the tides come in and out and how he needed to run quickly back and forth to avoid getting too wet. I was so impressed by how quickly he learned and how brave he was. He didn't cry and wanted to explore on his own.

Even though my nephew is too young to speak for himself, he is a smart kid and I know he understands what I am saying to him. During the car ride to the beach, I explained to him the importance of taking risks. I believe that if you don't take risks in life, you will not fully experience life. My nephew nodded and smiled at me and I knew that he understood my advice. When I saw him actually take a risk that day by touching the ocean, it made me so happy and fulfilled to know that he really did hear me in the car.
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It was taken at my local park. It has to do with investigation because there is someone always watching. Investigation is about finding something or looking into something more in depth. In this picture it represents how someone is always watching and investigating even when you are not thinking about it.
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The photo is taken from the battered walls of Angels Gate, a long forgotten series of WWII bunkers nestled where Fort MacArthur itself once stood in the heart of modern day San Pedro, California.
Philosopher R. G. Collingwood once said that "the only clue to what man can do, is what man has done." Our history is a bread crumb trail awaiting inspection, whether or not we choose to inquire and follow where it leads however is left to the individual. History is not for the faint of heart nor short of courage; the knowledge comes from the journey, and the investigation of time is long and winding, but, in the end carries what we were, what we are, and what we will be, all you have to do is chose to look closer.
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It was a cold and rainy February night in Northern California. I was wrapped in my favorite blanket sitting by a dim lit lamp holding onto a heavy mug of tea. The warmth of the mug brought about a surreal calm before the storm, transporting me to another world. Like sitting with the mad hatter in Alice-in-Wonderland. Staring at the little man on my cup made me wonder where was my tea from. This sent me into an "investigation" mode of thoughts. Did you know that the art of reading tea leaves is called tasseography and for centuries tea was only drank as medicine. My mom always says tea is only as good as you make it.
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When I first entered my photography class, I knew almost nothing about photography or cameras. I had no clue what aperture, shutter speed, or iso was. This was a photo I took for one of my first photo projects when I was still investigating lines, shapes, and perspective.
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This photograph was taken from my visit to the Descanso Gardens during their annual holiday night gallery. The light artwork in the exhibit was compelling, alluring, and beautiful, from its color changing flowers to its life-size glowing game board trail. It allows its viewers to investigate and ask questions about the possibilities of creativity one posses, and how they can turn these remarkable ideas into masterpieces.
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in·ves·ti·ga·tion
inˌvestəˈɡāSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
the action of investigating something or someone; formal or systematic examination or research.

...or is it humanities intrigue of the unknown, searching for answers, hidden at the bottom of the ocean or an empty bottle?

This photograph was taken while on a search for hidden meanings in street art.
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Investigation means to examine something or someone. My picture represents a time when I was at the park investigating the nature all around me such as the birds chirping, butterflies flying, and even tree sap dripping from the trees. That’s when I came across a tree that had a reddish orange and black dotted ladybug resting on the bark with a dozen of her yellow eggs below her. I was amazed at what I saw because I’ve never seen anything like this before! As I investigated the ladybug and her eggs, neither the ladybug or the eggs moved. I stepped in really close to the tree to get a good picture.
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I was helping my fad bring down some junk from the attic because we were having a garage sale the following week. There were giant boxes littered throughout the attic, filled with broken tools and toys from when my brothers and I were little. With all these memories from my early childhood, it was tough to sell these seemingly useless objects to a stranger. After a few minutes of reminiscing on the simpler times of my life, I sorted out which boxes had the least important stuff and passed them down to my fad. This photo best represents investigation because of the struggle to find objects to sell that don’t bring back cherished childhood memories.
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This photo was taken in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. A teenage boy is investigating all the brightly colored buildings. He dreams of being an architect. He has traveled the world admiring all the buildings. This boy has seen so many different people and places, but San Juan had the prettiest and brightest colored buildings he has ever seen. From on the top of the hill he's standing on, he views all the people walking by. This boy is looking for some inspiration for his future.
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When I thought of investigation I thought of the words sneaky, mischievous, and despicable. I wanted the photo to look staged and over-exaggerated. I wanted a dramatic feeling to be expressed in the photo. This picture represents investigation because he is looking to the side, hiding behind a book, seeming as if he is trying to find something he isn't supposed to.
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This photo was captured at the school library on January 17, 2018. The story behind the photo can be connected to the theme investigation in multiple ways - one being the fact that you are unable to see the girls face because it is hidden by a book, so there is a little mystery behind who she is.
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My friend and I were assigned to do a scavenger hunt and take photos of the objects around the school. He decided to go in the elevator to get some shots and I took the stairway. Right before the doors started to close, I saw this possible opportunity that I could take. It's like I saw what the image could look like in my head. I called out his name to face me, doors were half way and snap. The picture that was in my head turned to reality.
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This picture was taken in Belize City, Belize. This photo shows that there is more beyond the ending. The ending is only the beginning of new opportunities. You need to investigate further then what is expected. It could be shown that you need to stop at certain places in life, but to really learn and get experience you need to search through the closings and open up new beginnings.
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While visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona, my whole family and I were amazed by how far the canyon went and how wide it stretched. The canyon was truly an amazing site, including many different types of animal species, plants and artifacts. There was no end to what you could investigate within the walls of the canyon. Just by looking at it, you can tell so much about what had been there, and what might occur. While watching the beautiful sunset, setting over the canyon, I noticed that my older brother was sitting on a ledge, enjoying the beauty of the scene. I found that this would make a great picture and snapped a few photos of him through different angles. I wanted to capture his bodily expression as he gazed thoughtfully into the vast expansion that is the Grand Canyon. In the end, I was satisfied that I captured a picture of him wondering so much about the canyon's past. I debated on digitally editing this photo, but I felt like it was unnecessary since the natural beauty of the canyon projected itself onto the image. Even I investigated as well, looking for different species of animals and trying to figure out how far the river stretched. You can investigate anything really, but it's up to you in your imagination to determine what you will find next.
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This photo was taken downtown under a street light on the side of the road. This photo represents investigation because the model is investigating on how he died, and he looking for clues.
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This picture is displaying the adventure of the unknown ocean. In this investigation, I was finding something I have never seen before. The ocean is a beautiful scenery but, so much is undiscovered. We were going on this adventure to find whales and take data. The ocean in this picture is peaceful. But it can also be aggressive. What this picture means that everything that seems bad and unknown can also be very peaceful at the right time.
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I’ve always been interested in the colors of the sky. At Sequoia, I witnessed one of the greatest sunsets I’ve ever seen. I took many photos of the landscape but what I was most interested in was the sky. The clouds, the birds, the colors, everything was ideal. After beholding this beautiful scene, I wanted to see more. My urge to investigate the possibilities the sky held grew stronger and it still grows to this day.
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Los Angeles is chaotic but from that chaos there is a message in which you will learn from - you just need to find the right path that suits you. The two people in the center of the image have traveled through the right path which is why they are at peace with all the mayhem surrounding them. Now you need to investigate and find your right path to be successful and at peace. Everyone is unique in their own ways so don’t follow others paths or they’ll lead you the wrong direction. Nobody said it would be easy.
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This ties into the Investigation theme because the word makes you think "crime scene", and crime scene means blood. A rose is a symbol of romance. Add blood and crime with romance, and together they make a great story - even in a picture.
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I was investigating around my school and found this perfect place to take this picture. It has to do with investigating because there is a lot going on in this picture.This picture shows a blue sky, a lot of flowers and a bird flying.
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