There are those who may convincingly argue that the core business of a kitesurfing kite is to enable the release of adrenaline while the core business of a freight ship like the Hamburg Süd is well business… They would be wrong! Their core business is to be silhouettes for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes theme to which Patti of the esteemed Lens Artists quartet invites us to explore.
It is becoming autumn in Europe and migration of human and bird is about to begin. While these photos were taken in January this year at Table Bay, South Africa, it is possible that both the black bird and the Hamburg Süd hail from Germany. But the migratory method of the bird is more majestic. It believed it could fly and turned its belief into flight. Both the bird and the boat has freedom to propel themselves without man made barriers blocking the way.
In the last photo a tower beams its light from Robben Island. Once Nelson Mandela was that light which shone from there. His light and unfortunately also what he believed in has faded, but the run of the mill human also has the ability to be a light and that has become very important in South Africa, no make that the world!
Today in two months time (9 November) will be the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. I am reminded of the speech of Ronald Reagan which he gave in front of the Berlin wall of which the core was:
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Later in the speech he remarked: “As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner, This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality. Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.” End quote
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.