Responding to a Challenge by Mr Paul Brookes ~Wombwell Rainbows UK. In celebration of fifty years since John Berger’s “Ways Of Seeing” was broadcast in January 1972, how we might ekphrastically comment on the artworks he looked at, particularly painting and photography. The challenge January 9th-15th, The first day features Magritte’s “The Key to Dreams”.

The Key to Dreams by Rene Magritte was painted in 1930, and this picture made a huge step towards this French artist becoming a leading member of the Surrealist movement.
Surrealism defies logic. Dreams and the workings of the subconscious mind inspire surrealistic art (French for “super-realism”) filled with strange images and bizarre juxtapositions.
Features of Surrealistic Art
Dream-like scenes and symbolic images
Unexpected, illogical juxtapositions
Bizarre assemblages of ordinary objects
Automatism and a spirit of spontaneity
Games and techniques to create random effects
Personal iconography
Visual puns 
Distorted figures and biomorphic shapes
Uninhibited sexuality and taboo subjects
Primitive or child-like designs.

In response to the first prompt I have chosen the following photographs from my own work by the modern camera. As John Berger says that the invention of the camera changed the “way” we look at various objects and life around us.The world appears different and gives new meaning to images.


Wrote J.Berger
“Free to see images in the collages of our own making”
I respond here as,
“where words do not suffice, a pantomime expresses all
In action,in silence,in visuals alive on a stage
A complete meaningful story”
Just the opposite of visuals a book of words
in all forms and figures,in meter rhythm and rhyme
an art of expression more old than time
to be seen and treasured always by line.
Reflections of nature,in nature, distortion in harmony
shadows crooked yet the real, sublime.
shadows dark and lifeless, real green and divine
strange gathering, seen every day, symbolic of hunger
food and prey, what may be alive on the soil, invisible
to the eye, a dream, a message, a meaning critical
“to see the thing in itself as it really is”
who was here a while ago or did I imagine someone
or was it the crow, or is he too waiting to fly and go
and be with the clan, absorb the solitary peace of
the perch, no one in the world can see or bestow.
I saw a some shapes in the sky,as I gazed up
it seemed the sky,light in patches bright,
blocked by drops,vapours, rays of hope, dry,
soon were gone, the machines rolled on

I found the key to my recurring dreams.

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    1. Dear Idorun Wish you all the good in the world. Allah is most gracious.Thank you for your encouraging and kind words. All is ok..just that I miss Jamie so much.

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      1. Yes, I miss her too and have thought about her often during these turbulent times. I’ve re-read some of her posts that I had saved and the poetry that I wrote for her prompts. It has helped but yes, Jamie still has a place in my heart as well.

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