Saturday, May 16, 2009
Time for Reflection
This sculpture of a forlorn man peering into an empty wallet accompanied by two curious gulls is located on the corner of the busiest intersection of downtown Bend, Oregon. The subject matter is somewhat anachronistic since Bend itself is, for the most part, more affluent than many communities in Oregon. Perhaps it was the intent of the city to remind its wealthier citizens to show caring to those who have had misfortune. In light of today's economic situation, I felt this statute was fitting for Shutter Day. This poignant scene is symbolic for many folks throughout the United States and other countries as well. The turned up shoes, the blank stare of hopelessness depicts the mental frustration with the American dream. At this bench only the birds seem interested. Perhaps this photo can serve as a reminder to us all that fortunes are capricious and that this stranger could easily be ourselves.