The Man in the Spotlight

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 2 April 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Last year I've been writing that the suffering of man has many faces. This year I don't have to put a link on an African war to prove that once again: the suffering is amidst us. It would be very liberating if a the bishop, who is accused for having beaten his pupils in the classroom, and who now is going to flex his judicial muscles, that this bishop would go after the prosecution of the rotten apples in the Catholic church by using the same judicial means. It would also be helpful, if the Pope would find any supportive words for the many spotless servants of the church and at least a strong symbolic measure for convicting these clerics guilty of child abuse. I mean, kings have been excommunicated because of their remarriage after divorce, so what's the problem here.

It will be very interesting to listen to today's sermons. It's a situation that would put the man in the spotlight in a rage.

(Image: Man of Sorrows, Groß St. Martin, Cologne; sculpture from the 16th century)

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

one of your best interiors I feel: the use of the pillars to frame; the lighting; and composition & DOF that emphasizes your man over to the right who has no little importance to the pic as a whole.
Sharp but true commentary as ever MS!

2 Apr 2010 7:13am

@Ted: Thanks a lot, Ted! (But actually I think I'm totally harmless and so are my comments. Germany's bishops may consider themselves lucky guys, because I'm not the Pope.)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very well framed.

2 Apr 2010 9:54am

@António Pires: Thanks António, much appreciated!

☾éline from New York City, United States

Nice composition !

2 Apr 2010 2:15pm

@☾éline: Thank you!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great light and focus ! very intriguing image .

2 Apr 2010 2:32pm

@MARIANA: Many thanks, Mariana!

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

i just love this!

2 Apr 2010 8:29pm

@B.Held: Many thanks, Brittany!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful light and very well composed picture. I love it.
Have a nice Pasqua weekend!

3 Apr 2010 2:33am

@akarui: Many thanks, Olivier! Happy Easter to you, too!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

here's another perspective. from a kindred spirit?

3 Apr 2010 9:50pm

@Ted: Thanks for that link, Ted! I think that Williams is bringing up a painful subject that many Catholics are perceiving the same way: while officials are still making use of that well-know stalling technique, the critics within and outside the church are being attacked. No wonder that the church gets bad headlines, and even favourable supporters are stopping to sympathise with the church. It is high time for taking drastic measures, including a spring cleaning in the inner circles of cover-up. But unfortunately we're having the wrong Pope for this, though I see some hope here and then.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice warm tones you have captured here, along with good depth.

4 Apr 2010 3:18am

@Steven: Let's say the circumstances were very supportive. :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is one excellent composition that speaks without the written word....You're surpassing yourself with this one!

5 Apr 2010 9:23am

@Japanalia: The next step is the transformation of the message beyond the architectural structure.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful lighting...

7 Apr 2010 3:56pm

@Sandrine: Thank you, Sandrine!


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