Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Day 66 POTD A Woman's Perspective on Compassion


This is one of the exhibits in a very unusual art project in Moorhead, MN (across the river from Fargo, ND). It's the "A Woman's Perspective on Compassion," and involves exhibits of shoes. All kinds of shoes, symbolically representing a perspective on compassion. This exhibit is by Karen Hartke and is called "Bird Song". (see the nest among the shoe?) This is what Karen writes, "'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, a bird sings because it has a song.' Chinese proverb. In contemplating 'compassion' as a theme for an art piece, I turned to the little bird and the Golden Rule. Considering all the pain, suffering, and inequality in the world is overwhelming to me; the little song of a little bird without an answer but with a song is comprehensible to me. I can practice love and kindness; I can act with understanding and compassion; I can widen my circle to embrace all of human nature. I can sing that song."

Isn't this beautiful?


Shot in RAW with my 18-135mm lens at 32mm, custom white balance (which was off because it was for another room entirely!); ISO 400; f/4; ss: 1/60, using camera flash. I adjusted the exposure and colors slightly, defogged, added the frames, and that's it. I wish that I could have spent more time composing the photo better to get rid of some of the stuff in the background, but we were rushing to get on the road ahead of a storm . . .

24 comments:

cari said...

That is very cool! I would have loved to have seen that in person...love this shot too!
Cari

Toni said...

Wow.. I do love this. Very eclectic! tfs. toni

Val said...

neat exhibit!

Gypsy Girl said...

You capture really unique things.

Photography by Kristen Wagner said...

That is very fun and cool. Thanks for sharing it with us!

HLIP said...

That really is beautiful.

I would like to see that exhibit.

jewels said...

I love that quote "a bird does not sing b/c it has the answer, it sings b/c it has a song!" How profound. I'm truly inspired by it. Thanks for sharing, what a wonderful work of art!

Cheers,
jewels

Ann said...

This is so interesting. Thank you for sharing this.

Michelle said...

very interesting shot. love all the elements to this.

pat said...

What a great piece. Thank you for including the "journaling". It resonates.

Danielle said...

What a beautiful message, tfs.

Becky said...

you win for having the most interesting posts! i love the journaling! great share.

Heather said...

Angela,

You have an impeccable eye for beauty that can pick out artistry in everything. I really appreciate that about you.

Amy said...

What a neat exhibit. This is a cool shot and I'm so glad you posted what the artist wrote about it!

Stacey said...

Very cool! What a fun exhibit!

Shanna Jones said...

Very interesting!

Becky said...

Cool! I'm an art dummy, so I couldn't have appreciated it without the artist's explanation, so thank you!

Reds said...

That looks like a real intereting exhibit! Love your photo!

Bobbi said...

That is so neat! I really love the bird quote as well, tfs.

Jeanne said...

This is a very unique piece of art and one I may not have truly "seen" without your journaling. Thank you for always sharing. I'm learning a bunch from reading your blog.

I love the idea of a perspective on compassion and why the bird sings....beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you seems so inadequate, but it'll have to do.

Margaret said...

That is just beautifully touching. I love your shot and the words behind it....wow!

Amy said...

Interesting photo and I love the message that goes along with it.

Mandy said...

Wow...that really is neat. All I think about when I see stuff like that is, "I want to meet that person!" You did a great job capturing it.

Jodi said...

that's pretty cool. love the funky little bird on top.