Here in my Georgia Belle Senior Apartments for Independant Living, I saw this hung painting of Jesus.
There are 12 floors and in front of the elevator, on each floor, is a table where the "floor manager", or someone, decorates the table and often a resident donates something for the wall above this table. This 6th floor table has this picture of Jesus above it.
There is no name, no signer, on this painting. I cannot even tell if this image is a reproduction from a print and someone framed it! Thus I have no idea at all who painted it. Thus this painting could have come from a super-mart, or it could have actually been painted by a resident of this Home, years ago!
I found out the painter, thanks to Someone who commented.
Stephen B Whatley gave to me the info.
Also amazing how there is very little written about him.
"Vinciata aka Joseph Wallace King (1911-1996), who was a legislator from Winston-Salem North Carolina."
painted years ago.
[from further research, this painting appears to be painted by a resident, long long ago, as this facuility has been here since about 1974. Thus original! There is no signed name or date on it, either.]
This is why I like this painting, and why I took this photo *of*
a painting, as I sense that this is an original work of art! probably no one knows, by now, who painted this, and if a senior, the painter may now be deceased.
One of my favorite paintings of Jesus.
He looks serious and strong and mysterious. And also as if He is
a question of you, the viewer, maybe like..."who am I and what does my existance mean to you"?!
As if His very Presence infers another reality that is "behind" him!
--a reply to a comment.
while cameras are not supposed to be "biased", often the photographer is!
Not that I am a "Jesus freak", after all, if those people
did not take the pictures of the torture of the Iraq prisoners, no one
I take interesting photos of Interesting things that have a meaning that is more than what appears, thus this image i find so meaningfull to th residents here.
Here is a photo of a picture a senior hung on the wall of a senior residence, he or she found this picture to be very important. For many in this building, the Sunday evening service IS all! And, yes, the preacher throws forth lots of the "ole time fire and brimstone" and that choices in life are to be seen in utter black and white morality-only! What this minister would say about homo people would probably curl your hair.
But this is *the* reality for people who lived through the great
depression and WW II, they see Jesus through their own
"eyes", their own biases. Many today hate the on-welfare
people as they do not *work*, not work the 100 hours a week and go
through the sufferings that they did in the great depression, a whole
generation who Followed orders and Obeyed authority even if it was
wrong! you BROKE before you changed, change was seen as a sign of
these 1940 people saved civilization for you: made the dance floor that you now dance upon!
Compare the images of Jesus in the different countries under a different religious background: comes all too too apparent to me that the Jesus on the wall is the reflection of the collective biases of the church-goers!
Just like it is not money that is the root of all evil, it is what
ones does with it, what people do
*with* Jesus is what you see the results of.
So you all see the retired military man with his ten american flags, sitting on the porch, you see the little old lady with a Bible in her hand, judging everyone who walks by according to "black and white" absolutes, and both of them wish for the day that 'a man is a man and a woman is a woman and that evil was very esy to determine, and to find some authority to give their choice-making ability too, so that they would not have to choose every little thing anymore!
there are TWO levels of "generation gap, here, the standard one of age, and the one where you have the great depression/WW II people versus the new agers of 1960+! This building has 161 residents, 90% are of this Old School, and yes, these people would probably judge 80% of the content of flickr to be very very SINFUL!
I had a retired gardener talk non-stop to me for four hours, years
ago, and it was worth ever moment of it; i learned so much about this
older angry generation. This man was now 70, he grew up in 1930 south
state of Georgia, usa, and no one in his family or in the school
*ever* wore shoes once, and life was work, *was* work, dawn to dusk 6
1/2 days a week. Then he worked in the defense industries. he place
everything before him, his family, town, country, friends, came first,
before him, in life and he came last. basicly he put his dreams up in
the attic, his dancing shoes in the boxes, never ever to be opened,
and then he *worked* all of his life.
Now he is 70 and all of the kids are on some kind of welfare like food stamps, student loans, wefare, etc, and that they did not have to work like he did.
He sees them dancing the dreams that he could not and
HE IS PAYING THEM TO DANCE THOSE DREAMS WITH HIS MONEY!!
[enough anger in him to plug his finger into an electric outlet and he would power the city for hours!!]
See, all of his taxes and his social security payments on the job help these people get their benefits, thus in a real sense he is paying them to do what he himself could never ever do, as he lived the Good moral life of 1938!
Now the Coach has changed the rules in the middle of the Play, middle of the 50-yard line, and he is angry and confused, there is little that he can find to enjoy, of today's Toys, of today's free choices! Like that little old lady at the cafeteria that i saw the other day, she was so so beside herself with irratation as see was without sail, rudder, anchor, compass, or wheel: her husband had died and he made all of the choices for her and now he is gone. in the old days "he" was supposed to make all of her choices, and now there is no Eisenhower, as president, to stand besides her....oh *can* she choose one of those 40 kinds of salads and 35 types of deserts?!
thus I "report" with my camera what I see. If you see him
as a dark destroyer
of free-thinking, you might be right, But most retirees would *love* to have most of the young "flickrs" here, to "get a life, settle down, become moral and straight and have a family and kids and
repent of sin"!! some of these people would love to "sic" Jesus upon the people of today's generation, to have them repent according to how they see "repentance".
Thus that picture of Jesus is in a kind of sense, a
"Talisman" to ward off the modern age with!! You have to
face this picture if you get off of the elevator, he is there to ward
and much of "evil" is the open ended
multiculturalness of the modern liberal left's way of life, and the great lack of precieved Morals in today's people!
betchya you have a grandmother or mother, grandfather or father, who is just like I described, the vet of WW II and the great Depression!
Thus my picture, i see now, as i write this description, is a
"marker" for what many of the older generation belive in.
[I will probably get lots of flames for this one, but this Image, here, I find so important to what that generation stood for.]