Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #100 • The Long And Winding Road
Tina Schnell has the pleasure to host the #100 of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, which is aptly called The Long And Winding Road.
Disclaimer: the below isn’t meant to be a politicized message…it is rather meant to be one of humanity. Unfortunately these days, they are joined at the hip.
The United States, as well as the rest of the world for that matter, have had their downs, and some ups, when it comes to discrimination and racism over the last 100 years. But what sets the USA apart from most of the rest of the world is the stance of its leadership given the (global) protests in the light of the George Floyd killing.
On a side note: I have been appalled at the way the Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, is catching all kinds of flak for allowing a peaceful protest against racism to continue despite the fact that it went in against all the Covid-19 rules. This is what politics in the Netherlands have come down to, the how instead of the what.
Back to the subject at hand then, this video illustrates that racial equality still is a long and winding road.
Black Americans have spent 100s of years desperately making the case for their own humanity and have been relentlessly, and often brutally silenced.
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When I was much younger, one of my dreams was to once own a building with a garage as the ground floor. Being the city-slicker I am, this obviously had to be somewhere downtown. A place where I could tinker on my old-timers and could park my daily car. Obviously, while these houses do exist, they are hard to come by. And when you do find one, they’re generally hideously looking. Like some of these in The Hague:
But there are notable exceptions…
Especially in another town where I wouldn’t mind living, Cadaquès, Catalunia. Somehow the Spaniards have understood how to incorporate on-site garage doors in an aesthetically interesting way.
My previous posts mainly featured doors of a normal height, i.e. 2 to 2.10 meters, or some 6.6 – 6.9 foot. While the below doors may seem normal at first glance, they stand barely 1.80 meters or 5.9 foot tall. Short enough to give you a blinding headache if you’re not careful.
These short doors are usually situated on street level, and are the entrance to the souterrain (basement) which in the ‘old’ days was generally where the servants were housed. With today’s housing shortage they are now usually occupied by couples starting out.