The Weeping Wall by Rhoufi

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Somewhere on this very learned wall there should be somebody’s wise words that will

show me the best way to live my life,
… … make me clever and infallible,
… … … make me a better person,
… … … … make me beautiful,
… … … … … make me rich and famous,
… … … … … … make me happy,
… … … … … … … make me everything I’m not.

But these words seem to be for people who want to be just like me.
Sorry about the blur: Shutter speed 1/3 second, hand held, subject slightly drunk, BOF!


street photography, theatre, chalk, messages

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufialmost 3 years ago

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 3 years ago

    Lovely – this is all in chalk? Only a temporary installment?

  • Hi Cathy, yes all chalk and I think it is only temporary. The wall is covered in questions and it draws you to it to read. Thank you.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanalmost 3 years ago

    Oh Rhoufi, that’s splendid !!!!!…. looking at this and your words makes me think to Steve Jobs who left us today……

  • Thank you Dominique! Some people, like Steve Jobs, seem larger than life. It seems to me that I have been aware of him all my life, a constant presence. It’s like a whole generation has aspired to be like him and has gone about acquiring the lifestyle that he “invented”. If only a peace activist, a humanitarian, an environmentalist or anyone who worked to improve the lives of everyone on the planet could inspire people like that. If only!
    Thank you for your thoughts, they are always welcome on my pages.
    This cartoon appeared on the front page of our best newspaper this morning – it says everything that needs to be said.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanalmost 3 years ago

    … and please consider adding it to Creative Images

  • Thank you for asking! I never imagined I might have an image for your Group. I have joined and added this and one other. Thank you so much.

    – Rhoufi

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayalmost 3 years ago

    Clever prose Roufi! I like the staggered effect, and the inferred renunciation of negativeness. Complaining is a cloud that hides the way that you refer to in line 1. I also like all the contradictions (inferred) in the requests: that infallible is better, that fame is beauty, and that the words of wisdom don’t make all these things come true. I like to think spatially about contradiction: imagine if the viewer of the wall stopped looking at the wall and turned around 180 degrees and was then able to see the world and all of us through the computer screens..what would the viewer then understand?

  • Hi Ben, thank you for this. I have been noticing more and more the way people seek answers from others to questions of how they should lead their lives, or what opinions they should have. In response to this need, has been a rise in the number of sources of “authorative” advice. The Point of View created in this image is that of the photographer and the camera, as if reporting to the whole world which piece of wisdom this particular viewer will adopt – because when this person chooses, they will be added to the numbers that sway the waiting world to adopt the same. It happens on a personal and a mass scale. This is a contemplation on the incessant polls, driven by media feedback loops, that in turn manufacture populism – the manipulation of independent thought. Thank you for such a thoughtful comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayalmost 3 years ago

    Interesting response Roufi. I agree. I think I want the viewer to turn around so that he/ she can’t see what others have written, but just to look at the world and imagine his./ her own solution….independent thought. Like a neolithic hunter in the woods. All alone, looking for signs, sensing the world as it really is.

  • Di-Trying
    Di-Tryingalmost 3 years ago

    Truly BRILLIANT!!! :)

  • Thank you Di, sorry I’m slow to reply at the moment.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...almost 3 years ago

    the human perspective is an odd one at the best of times is it not

  • Thanks Christine, I guess I’m always looking for the “odd” – there’s a lot of it about that’s for sure.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...almost 3 years ago

    meant to say I love it too

  • seppi
    seppiover 2 years ago

    brilliant image

  • Thank you Seppi, welcome to RB. Always happy to see a painter visit. Hope your stay here will be fun.

    – Rhoufi

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