words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

A broken world view

This week’s photo challenge is “broken”.  The image I selected for this challenge is a
photographic still of my 1991 video installation presented at Highwire Gallery
entitled “The World Spins Black / White”. The 1991 installation was an
examination of—and condemnation of the forces of civil disobedience, war, and
social unrest that our society was struggling with at the time. The motivation
for choosing this photograph, at this specific point, is the state of our political
union here in the United States and abroad. At the core, I believe is a broken democracy.

The world is changing and it can be
argued not for the best. There is an ideology that threatens to disrupt, dismantle,
and delineate our democracy and freedom.  That dismantling presents itself in many
different forms, with a variety of sponsors. Here in the United States, I
believe its greatest sponsor is right wing conservatism at its extreme,
supported by various proxy organizations, and funded by wealthy individuals
such as the Koch brothers. At the heart of the process with malice intent are
the reduction and perhaps even the elimination of our government i.e. the way
it functions and the services it provides. Hence there is the privatizing and
systematic assault on the public sector, with the goal being the transference
of wealth from the many to the few. In league with the machinations to
facilitate these insidious methods are corporate media moguls, right wing think
tanks and Tea Party legislators to name a few.

My image for this challenge “broken” is a world globe,
wrapped in barbed wire and decaying red roses.

“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities
only if we make ourselves responsible for that future”. … Gifford Pinchot

5 responses

  1. You are exactly right. I was just thinking this morning what idiots they are fighting over the debt situation rather than working together to fix the problem. No wonder children in our society are having so many problems. They have horrible leaders who are leading them astray. If you haven’t seen The Stranded Alien’s blog you might enjoy it.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks, for your comments and I wholeheartedly agree. I am afraid things will only get worse as a nation we become more divided.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  2. You said it well… And what will they do with all that wealth when the majority is living in poverty and depression? But how they forget that history is a great teacher; every great empire eventually must change or fail.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

    • Elizabeth, you are correct, we as a nation are heading for a reality check.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  3. I gotta love the composition, color scheme and story behind the image. I only wish that this photo was clearer. It seems like it has been destroyed by image compression.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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