Image by Markus Gebauer and taken from shutterstock.com
With a simple click from Markus Gerbauer’s camera, he captures an image of war by portraying that during times of pain, ugliness, and bloodshed, it is possible to find hope blossoming. My belief is that the author of the photo is attempting to project an anti-war tone as the theme in his response to war. Someone with opposing thoughts can argue that there is a pro-war feel to the picture. For example, “Shooting out from within one of those casings is a single white flower that has bloomed despite the fact that there is no soil.” Although this symbolism interprets a motif that rather than besides bullets, war can also bring good things, hope, or peace (i.e. flower), I feel there is far more anti-war elements involved in this particular visual art therefore making it a weaker argument. For starters, there is a never lose hope motif being expressed in that against all odds and the impracticality of growth, a single flower has managed to bloom giving hope for a brighter future without war. There is also the fact that a field of flowers has been replaced by a field of bullet casing serves as a metaphor/symbolism that in war, destruction is inevitable and that the only beacon of a new life (i.e. flower) is hope. With visual art, I find that there is an element of interpretation that the artist leaves up to his or her audience. As mentioned in this week’s lesson, it brings attention to the ability for us to be critical thinkers and to look past the obvious. Meaning, rather than turning to war -all the bullet casings and corrosion- we as individuals should look to find peace and the beauty that surrounds us.