Seen in Sydney. Woolloomooloo Bay Sculpture Walk. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Seen in Sydney. Woolloomooloo Bay Sculpture Walk. Unknown artist. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

I’m finding it difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the tragedies that engulf so many in the world. I’m thinking not only of acts of terrorism and the on-going refugee crisis, but the less visible evils that are visited upon us. In my own country government policies work hand in hand with corporate greed to create and exacerbate homelessness, poverty, welfare dependence, child deprivation and the long-term consequences of these for physical and mental health.

If feels sometimes that society, instead of being a strong membrane that holds us together, has become infected — a weeping sore through which evil seeps.

Not a cheery thought I grant you, and probably not what the artist who created the sculpture above was thinking. But I found myself looking at the shot with that gloomy thought in mind. Then I found Brecht’s poem below, reminding us that things are always more complex and nuanced that we might want to believe.

On my wall hangs a Japanese carving,
The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer.
Sympathetically I observe
The swollen veins of the forehead, indicating
What a strain it is to be evil.

The Mask Of Evil
Bertolt Brecht

It is also a reminder of how much art and beauty can help heal us.

white rose b&w.jpg

Finding peace in simple beauty. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is black and white.


Sally D’s Mobile Photograhy Challenge: black and white

33 thoughts on “Sally D’s Mobile Photograhy Challenge: black and white

  1. Heartfelt thoughts with which I do so agree. Also the people who get hurt when things turn nasty are not usually the ones who bear responsibility i.e those who have been perverting the course of democracy, implementing bad policies, and generally kowtowing to Big Corp. It’s the same in the UK, I fear. But you are right too, we must do what we can to make our little bit of world a better place, however we can. That rose is a good image to think on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Tish. I agree; the architects of so much harm seem to evade the consequences all too often. Usually I try to focus on what I can do to help change things, but at the moment I just feel overwhelmed (which is why watching Kakenya Ntaiya’s TED talk has been such a joy today). Art and nature are my happy places in times like these.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Things are indeed awful, and beauty does have healing properties, but not enough oft times. I participate in as many petitions for various changes as I can, and am rewarded by emailed notification of a “win” or two nearly every day, which keeps me from feeling helpless and hopeless. Towards biggest win was a (US) federal judge overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a bee-killing pesticide.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Hi Susan. I also try to make my voice heard as much as possible. There haven’t been too many “wins” lately, so I am going to celebrate yours — especially the EPA overturn. This is fantastic news.


  3. Su, yes, the horrific events of this past week do reinforce that humanity’s ability to create and recreate are a backbone of our survival. Your images are in some ways related, because they reflect the beauty that can be, if we only see, really see. Happy Photo Challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Street Photography and Image-Making) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  5. Pingback: Value of Traditions | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

  6. I don’t know what the artist who created the sculpture was thinking,but it so much matches your thoughts and your anxieties as to where the world is going …
    And then came the wonderfully lit white rose to restore our disturbed emotions and bring harmony to our lives again,to convince us that beauty is never lost … Why I so much like your thoughts and your masterful photos?Sending so much love your way,dear friend πŸ™‚ β™₯

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Raewyn. Interestingly, when I took the photo about three weeks ago, it didn’t feel at all gloomy or negative. Just goes to show how the way we see an image is strongly influenced by other factors.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s