Sunday, 26 September 2010

The Round Robin Challenge: Togetherness

Togetherness...it is what you make it...
Togetherness...unto death...
'Together' means to be in or into a unified arrangement.Togetherness means being in or into a single group, mass or place...Therefore my interpretation of this weeks challenge is of a pluralised subject matter that is in unison in whatever they are trying yo achieve, in this case they two are as one, in one place...


The two chaps in the image are friends from church after a theatrical display in which the older played a vicar. I asked them to pose in this manner to create a controversial shot that would provoke thought. The thought being that togetherness does not result in agreement or unity.


It is also designed to be a pictorial representation of what happens to a child's life (that is, it is sucked out of them unto the death of their souls) when it is abused by an authority figure, in this case a priest as the many whose lives have been destroyed by the abuse they suffered at the hands of catholic priests who are now seeking understanding and finding their voice. 


Love, togetherness, unity, oneness...these words can and are interpreted in different ways by different people depending on their personal perspective, group, social situation and often race, creed and gender. This social dynamic results in a false sense of oneness / togetherness where the reality is very much different from what is perceived.

3 comments:

  1. Looks like the boy do no like to be together! lol

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  2. Wow - what a challenging interpretation to this challenge! Your image demands a second look, and a second thought. My second thought is that one could have an entirely innocent situation that results in this photo, such as the play-acting of these two, or roughhousing between brothers. And yet these other kinds of togetherness do not negate the point your making of a darker kind of togetherness, with undue influence, less choice and more victimization. Thanks for your though-provoking entry!

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  3. What a shame that recently we have been compelled to address such thoughts; but I guess the fact that we can do this openly means that the efforts to overcome the secrecy and misuse of authority are having an impact.
    I had the discussion only this morning that just because people 'match' in gender, race etc does not mean that they automatically have anything in common. So interesting that I checked this one out. Thank you

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