Another Victim of the Material World

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© Laura Hartley
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UploadedAugust 21, 2008
TakenAugust 19, 2008
Exposure1/20 sec at f/4
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Run, don't walk.
For all of the trappings, the material world pales considerably to the spiritual. Are the two mutually exclusive? Are these bracelets...or are they handcuffs?
We see images of poverty so often. And it is the poor and those who are without that we all should strive to remedy. But there are also trappings of wealth and what is considered "success" that bind and enslave humans. It is not as easy to sympathize with people who are not "without" or
impoverished. It seems ridiculous. But sadly, there are people who are trapped in situations with unhealthy elements because they cannot afford to leave. It is the classic abuse scenario - the dependent person cannot leave the wage earner because he or she is financially dependent. Facing impoverishment, the dependent person may decide to leave anyway, or stay, and tolerate the abuse......The bracelets become handcuffs; the handcuffs become bracelets.

18 responses

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (20 Aug 2008):

    clever, playful as usual. creative composition

  • Trish

    Trish gave props (20 Aug 2008):

    Hear, hear! I remember when I survived on $800 a MONTH!

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Very nicely done!

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Great artistic composition...certainly makes a point! I love it!

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn said (21 Aug 2008):

    Um - where did those handcuffs come from, young lady???

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    lol you and James are so creative....are you handcuffed to mortages, expensive pleasures, over spending, or just plain got a tax audit?

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (21 Aug 2008):

    "One of these mornings the chain is gonna break
    But up until then, yeah, I'm gonna take all I can take
    Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain"

  • phil413

    phil413 (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    You are so creative...need a little of that!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    well you poor thing !!!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Better get handcuffed to the bed post and enjoy

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    why did you change your title?

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    I see you changed the title. It's all just Stuff but no matter how much stuff you have it does not = happiness, love and contentment. You have the key to those cuffs. hah

  • Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    Great editorial photo Laura. Very creative and hmmmm, where did those cuffs come from?

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    Powerful symbolism. Even the soft focus is justified.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Great entry for the theme

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    You are so right, so many are in exactly the situation above, how sad! This is a great photo, message and entry, very original and creative, I voted!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    excellent capture and entry. My vote

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