27 February 2017
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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Homage to Hope
I. From Dark and despair, Light emerges.
From Invisibility and fear, Beams appears.
From Renewal and rejuvenation, Triumph illuminates.
II. The altar of compassion, empathy, respect and reverence for humanity has been altered, Systematic and relentlessly fear tactics, meanness, moral turpitude and self-interest edge forward.
Disguised in leadership, we are abandoned by spineless politicians. To bridge this fissure is to win on behalf of the entire human community, Where bountiful hope for our differences and individuality will rise against these insidious forces.
This week’s photomontage is a tribute to abstraction in the guise of my photographic puzzle,* which combines illusion and reality through layers of images. This photograph aims to exemplify the light that spreads through our lives. Now more than ever we can stop and embrace its message of hope for a better tomorrow, because the human animal differentiates itself as the dark inspires what can be fully realized in the light.
* Photographic Puzzle © copyright 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved
Tip of the Week:
With my country’s current administration’s threat to de-fund the arts and humanities, I wanted to pull a passage from The New York Times’s “The Opinion Pages’s The Stone:” On 23 February 2017 Brad Evans in an article titled, “Humans in Dark Times” wrote:
“To that end, as Bracha Ettinger explained, there is a world to be gained by recognizing the humanity of the arts. Art is the ethical space where we encounter the pain of others and truly reflect on its significance to a shared human community. Art is a direct and imaginative response to the traumas of suffering. It refuses an image of the world that is presented to us as catastrophically fated. Art thus places itself on the side of life, as it directly resists the rituals of death and destruction. Indeed, as we confront more and more devastating spectacles of violence on a daily basis, it is with the arts that we truly enter into those most precious and fragile of ethical bonds that foreground the importance of love, compassion and human togetherness.”
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2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
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