Lovely May morning by the ponds in Auckland Domain, made all the sweeter after spending a few days in hospital (right next door) and just being discharged. Felt like freedom…
‘The Other Side Of Fear’
“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom” – Marilyn Ferguson
‘The Sky Will Not Be Jailed!’
A flashback to my time in Barcelona late last year (loved the sheer style of this old building!), on account of hearing on the news of lockdown restrictions lifting in Spain.
The country has suffered more than most with Covid-19, but it brought some joy to see footage of children who had been prevented from going outside for weeks, finally playing in the spring sunshine.
When I was there, there was an entire week of Catalan protests, culminating in marches involving over 500,000 persons. I had never seen so many people in one place in my life, let alone such purposeful and agitated crowds!
Contrast that with the deserted Spanish cities under lockdown currently.The television shots of the main centres have been emphatically eerie and quiet.
But the laughter of children running around in parks is a small sign that maybe are heading in the direction of our dreams, rather than being haunted by with a nightmare.
There are no people in my picture, but I hope that those cooped up inside the fantastical building right now, and all around Spain, and elsewhere , get some sense of normality and freedom soon.
Stay safe until then!
In the interest of balance ,and because I said I would ( see the previous post Two Spanish Flags ),here is the Catalan flag.
Well, two of them to be precise. Perfectly balanced then…
The flags fly in Barcelona as a political statement in an age old pursuit of freedom from Spanish governance and of an independent Catalunya.
Very interesting to observe firsthand (and get caught up in at times) the recent separatist unrest there.
But, regardless of politics, the Catalan flag wins over its national rival in terms of simplicity and sheer drawability.
Both however, are the bold and vibrant designs and symbols of proud peoples.
Freedom and love – no one can argue with those sentiments.After all, they are what we all desire, right?
I have also heard it said that those two things have been used to justify virtually every abomination of mankind, including war.
The banners adorning this building in Barcelona are in fact part of a political protest movement for an independent Catalunya.
During the week there have been angry protests and civil insurrection here. Shouting, chanting, rubbish bins burnt and the police on high alert.
If only life was as straightforward as a banner slogan!
Yesterday’s post centred on the number three.
Another day ,and another number on.
Specifically , four potted plants in a mural by a street artist on a white concrete wall, behind a bar and a McDonald’s.
Four is usually synonymous with a square or rectangle – regularity.
And even though the painted pot plants are evenly spaced there is a sense of funky freedom in this four !
Awesome caged chandelier light in the foyer of my workplace.
A design of opposites.
Chains and their shadows cast by luminescence.
This seems to be some sort of interior design thing at the moment, but to me it symbolises the great universal struggle.
Truth and freedom versus lies and subjugation .
It probably is just a light , Andy ,I tell myself – but I will climb the stairs to the office and deal with the legal problems besetting our clients and which are small examples of the big struggle.
And it will be time to try to shine a little light on things…