Monday, 17 November 2008

Merry men

Perhaps I am too cynical, but I often wonder about their smiles, staring from the photographs.

Is it joy to be there, or joy to be photographed there?

Is it the virtual equivalent of scribbling your name on monuments?

Is it the residual hangover of a colonised culture still grappling with national identity?

Is it an attempt to scavenge pride through an acknowledgment of inferiority?

Is it about
be-ing or ego ?


  1. hehheh... i get this sense of deja vu about this post ;)
    i think it is a little bit of everything, and a little bit more... the sense of having achieved and showing it off to one and all...

    controversial, that, but not everyone thinks and acts like you and me, snakey...

    ps. i shed some visual weight today, if you know what i mean...

  2. Snake,
    You get me to think what made you write this...

    I personally like to see pictures of people rather than monuments.. one or two will do, but a smile or an odd look lends life to a snap. Otherwise, even corinthian columns are boring.

    Scribbling names on monuments is wrong.

  3. i think you got the context all wrong...this post is not about people appearing or not appearing in a is about something questions the intent of a certain type of photos