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These Walls by Matt Bottos

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The tallest walls cast the longest & deepest shadows but the darkest of shadows are spawn from the brightest of pure light.

Some walls we create ourselves and some are created by situations beyond our control. Regardless of how they are created, we are left with a choice on how we deal with them.

Due to the overwhelming oppressive shadow that a wall can cast, it may seem easier to succumb to the darkness and be imprisoned within the shadows; to fade away un-noticed, isolated and alone.
Emancipation is created in just one simple step out into the light. To summon the will to take that one small step can at times seems as though it’s a quest to traverse a mountain range. Sometimes a hand from another is required to get on ones feet but the first step must come from the will of the individual.

Only once it has been taken can it be seen for all it is… a simple step.

This image was inspired by the song These Walls by Dream Theater. If you dig this image and have some spare time, check it out. I find it inspires in taking that first step.


  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    WOW Matt! This is perfect on so many levels! The concept and execution are amazingly powerful. Your words are very moving, this image is fantastic, and the song, which I just listened to is perfect with all of this. Don’t you just love how music inspires? I absolutely LOVE this…….brilliant work Matt :)

  • Thanks heaps Shelly. Your right… music is an amazing thing :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    brilliant work,,, love the concept,,, well done

  • thanks Midzing… do the ‘walls’ look familiar? Hint: The pics were taken in Coburg ;)

    – Matt Bottos

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    You should submit this to Music Inspired Art if you havn’t already Matt :)

  • thanks Shelly … done:)

    – Matt Bottos

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    how could I have missed this!! good old Pentridge walls!! again, this is excellent, well done

  • yup Pentridge… spot on :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • SanjaXOXO
    SanjaXOXOover 5 years ago

    I want to add this to my favourites…over and over and over again! This is just absolutely brilliant Matt!!!

  • Thanks Sanja!

    – Matt Bottos

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 5 years ago

    Lovely work Matt

  • Thanks clare. Appreciate the comment :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 5 years ago

    Great work Matt awesome image, ive got all dream theaters works and like shelly says submit it to M I A, well done mate.

  • Thanks Martin! Glad to hear you like DT!! I’m really wrapped to know they are touring here soon :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful strength in your work, you have :)

  • wow … thanks so much Caroline :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • sunith shyam
    sunith shyamover 5 years ago

    wonderful image. meaningful content.

  • Thanks Sunith

    – Matt Bottos

  • ronan1
    ronan1over 5 years ago

    Great capture nice work well done

  • Thanks Ronan

    – Matt Bottos

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