Flickr Upload: Gott.bleibt.God.stays

Gott Bleibt, God.Stays. BY Christian Stops

This image took me by surprise when I came home to look at what shots I had got from the day. I, of course, remembered taking it but it nevertheless felt somehow remote and even a bit as if it wasn’t one of mine. I must confess that I never even saw that poster on the pole in the first place, but which now, I feel,  is an integral part to the story. The shot gives me a decidedly disconcerting feeling. I think it makes you feel ill-at-ease somehow. It all has to do with that look on the kid’s face, of course. It’s not exactly a look of unhappiness, it’s just very detached and…lost in a way, while being so firmly “attached” to his (her?) mom’s (dad’s) body. And then there’s this whole idea of God who, according to the poster on the pole, remains? I just thought the whole shot was engaging like that and thought-provoking, which is definitely all one can ask of a photograph.

One Reply to “Flickr Upload: Gott.bleibt.God.stays”

  1. The first thing I did when I saw this shot was to read the message on the pole… then I looked at the kid’s far away expression as it holds tight to the adult. Obviously its carnival: Stripy costumes and flower protruding from hat!
    The people are on the move: God stays?!?
    What a strange and infathomable story!
    This is Street photography at its very best… a shot not to be forgotten in a hurry!

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