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.


Nukke said...

YES !!! This is so TODAY ! Very good choice in this challenge too !!!!

Greetings from Finland ! So many has lost their work here too and have money problems !

Jacob said...

I couldn't add a thing to your commentary. I agree with it wholeheartedly and delight in not only the photo but with the meaning you drew from it.


cieldequimper said...

Yes, I'm with Jacob here. And it's a very nice statue.