Inspirational Structures

Inspirational structures can lead to a new, simpler, less mystical mindfulness.

It doesn’t have to be the Notre Dame or Windsor Castle.

The Hafnia Sea did it for me. The brilliance of the engineer and architect who put it there, need celebrating.

Drawing board moment,

Captain’s juxtaposition.

Art is everywhere.

Haiku – 3 lines, 5,7,5 syllables, turning point after second line, should include a reference to nature.

The moment against the blue sky, was magic. Did those engineers and maritime architects know they were creating art? And the captain placed the object perfectly, for me to photograph, although he didn’t have me in mind? A random boat trip from Lübeck to Travermünde, provided the angle.

Finally, the act of writing the Haiku concentrated my mind on what the picture means to me. And it means something different to all of us. Have a go. Take your favourite picture and Haiku it. E-mail it to me and I’ll include it in my next post.

Instagram is not about taking photos and boring your friends with them. I am sure I do that, too. It’s about observing, and sharing that observation with others, but through my eyes. Of course, I have to make the effort of seeing and accept that everyone sees it differently. That’s the beauty of putting it out there. I lose control – as Heinrich Böll put it. Or rather, I hand control over.

I will also be trashed, ignored and trivialised, but that’s ok. As the saying goes, ‘if you can’t stand the heat, don’t go in the kitchen’. The point of the exercise is to push back the boundaries of indifference, because, in so doing, I protect things I cherish possessions. Hate thrives on indifference.

An inspirational woman, who challenged hate and paid the ultimate price.

Eva-Maria Buch paid with her life for challenging Nazi hate. She inspired me to create my heroine, Maria.

Published by Clive La Pensée

Clive La Pensée, ex-science teacher, recognised writer on history of beer, novelist, expressionist, dreamer, believer in never giving up, empathiser, hopeful for a future without class, gender or racial prejudice. It's tough and at the moment, one has to remember distance travelled, rather than where we are at.

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