Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Photo Challenge #2: Humanity v.1.0 - "Wet Sheets"


"One Man's Bench Is Another Man's Bed"
Rochester, NY - August 2005 (Click to embiggen)

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This month's Friday Photo Challenge theme is "Humanity". That is, something to reflect the human condition.

One of the things photography does to you is train you to see things that other people miss. Or to see them in ways that other people don't. The story behind this shot is one such case. I came across this scene in Rochester, NY on an August afternoon just after a rain. Maybe it really is just a soggy discarded newspaper thoughtlessly left on a bench. But what I saw was an unmade bed.

What do you see?
Violence Unsilenced
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7 comments:

Poutalicious said...

I have a laundry list of subjects I like to take pictures of and benches is on it along with some other things like windows and doors.

I totally see your wet sheet theme; very nice "humanity" image.

Shadow said...

yeah, an unmade bed... maybe we don't see it because we don't want to see it. to see it would be to recognise it and what it means and then you'd have to face it as reality and do something about it???? not many want to do that... poignant shot!

Kay said...

I like it.. so many levels... the written word, the sharing of news, the printing press, the human need to KNOW,... and the fact that newspapers make beds for so many homeless people, alsothe sad state of the temperary, the casting off of things after we use them, the disregard, ...

I could go on and on.

But I think my love afair with symbolism and deconstructionist lit theory is showing...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

The title fooled me as I thought you were talking about cloth sheets, but these are indeed sheets for some.

Sheila

Judith said...

very true - often we don't want to see whats under our noses. Judith

SandyCarlson said...

That got me. My mind went to care free places when I saw the title of the post in your blog. (It's not my mother's fault; she raised me better than this.) Heart-rending.

lisaschaos said...

I saw a bed when I looked too. It's sad.