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Sunday, September 17, 2023

Life goes on

Roy Cohen wrote a nice piece on the current state of affairs on his The Spoke and Word blog today. Roy is an excellent writer, has been blogging for longer than I have and is also a first rate photographer.

He makes a point in the blogpost in regards to the Ukraine, that even in the midst of conflict;

...we saw images of people shopping, working in restaurants, pumping gas, and skateboarding — as best they could, knowing a missile could strike near them at any moment. It wasn’t that the whole country was under siege, but the limited siege could show up anywhere, at any time.

I immediately thought of this famous shot by the Welsh war photographer, Philip Jones Griffiths, I believe it was taken in Ireland. 

Something so ludicrous and banal about the lady mowing her lawn.


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