Don't look away
London, ON, November 2007 [Click to embiggen]
The irony of posting this image so soon after posting an entry on beauty isn't lost on me. I came across this sad scene as I was walking home recently. I hovered for a bit on the sidewalk, wondering if I would dare take a picture. After pacing back and forth at least half a dozen times - and likely prompting passing motorists to think I had overindulged in an old bottle of Baby Duck - I pulled the camera out and started shooting.
Why on earth would I take pictures of a dead rodent? Simple:
- Photography isn't always about beauty. Sometimes, the lens captures less glorious views of our world. For better or worse, occasionally we need to get a stark look at reality, too.
- If I hadn't taken this picture, I doubt anyone else would have. Imagine living a life, then being completely forgotten.
- Shouldn't the arts provoke us to think a little? If this photo jars you a bit, then it's done its job.
Your turn: What the hell was I thinking? What the hell are you thinking as you ponder this macabre scene?