The Tuesday Inspiration: The disintegration of society

by Helen Hooker August. 09, 2011 4679 views

No doubt today??s theme could be used to describe British society after the riots of the last three nights in London and other major cities. It??s been just astonishing to watch the coverage on the news ?? what started as a community??s response to the shooting of a man in Tottenham by the police has disintegrated into an excuse for people to run around setting fire to property and looting shops. So far we??ve been lucky enough to avoid any problems here, although who knows what could yet happen. I was pondering how to depict this in a photo when I spotted this very singed speed camera on my way to the gym. I??m pretty sure this has absolutely nothing to do with the riots (it may have been like this for weeks) but it seemed to fit the theme and my thoughts very well.

Thanks to Amber [] for setting today??s theme. Last Tuesday??s theme was ??movement??. The other interpretations of this week??s theme can be found here [].

The ??Tuesday Inspiration? began in 2009 when Stefan [] and I started setting each other a photographic challenge on a? Tuesday. Very soon afterwards, we decided to open this up to other PB members, followed by the idea that we should not reveal what the subject is, so that other members could compare how different members view a single theme. The Tuesday Inspiration is not a contest or a challenge, but a group of people all agreeing to post their interpretation of a single theme on Tuesdays. Each week, one of the contributors sets the theme. There are now over 40 members contributing to the TI. We have only two ??rules?: don??t include the subject in the TI title or tags and please comply with standard PB guidelines on courtesy, etc. If you would like to take part, please send me a message via this blog.

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Andrea 9 years, 8 months ago


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Mark 9 years, 8 months ago

Your TI post is well thought out for these rough times we live in.

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Tomie Poodle 9 years, 8 months ago

great shot! i like the post processing and the angle!

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Marsha 9 years, 8 months ago

Excellent image to depict your point, Helen! Hopefully, things will calm down's a frightening situation....

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 8 months ago

Helen, you are a wise woman as well as a perfect photographer. The whole world seems in upheaval, but our little PB community gives me hope! Thanks for a great post, my friend. Be safe...

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Oscar 9 years, 8 months ago

Spot on Helen....The news these days are not very heartwarming...I don't know what this world is coming to!! ps: I'm glad I visited London in June...when it was calm!!

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Larry Nelson 9 years, 8 months ago

So sad to hear about the unrest in London. Keep yourself safe, my friend!

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Marc Van Staey 9 years, 8 months ago

Great shot

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Moira 9 years, 8 months ago

Spot on report and photo!!!!

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Eiram Marie 9 years, 8 months ago

The news about the riots make me sick.
Be safe, Helen!

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Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 8 months ago

"Broken" or "out of order" ??

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Gerd Korts 9 years, 8 months ago

I sign your statement Helen, except that I am not able to feel any mercy for a speed cam :-)

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