Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Look mum a black man

The winner is… Me! Yes I’ve won the art award at work, each year the company hold’s an art contest and this year I have won the photography section, the 3rd year out of 5. The prints then get sold off with a portion given to the company charity, so a little fame but no fortune this time.
He’s done it… The first black formula 1 world champion, congratulations Lewis, but why did you leave it to the last seconds, I was on the edge of my seat, the world is now your oyster so a lot of fame and fortune for you.
Oh and in America they have elected a politician to the white house, well what’s all the fuss about, he’s black and because of that it suppose to make a difference? For years the equal rights people have been try to get us to look past colour, saying were all the same under the skin and now the very same people are saying change is coming because they have elected a black man. Is it just me or is it fundamentally wrong to point out he is black, we are what we do, I don’t see myself as a balding, over weight, middle aged man (well only in the morning after a few to many the night before, when interestingly I thought I looked about 20 years old and stick thin). No I think of myself as a photographer and a husband. So looking at Mr O what do I see, well he’s young, successful and with a gift for communication, not a bad start and if he lives up to the hype a positive step for the USA. For him I see more fame than one person should be asked to handle and probably a fortune as well.




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16 comments:

Lisa B said...

woo hoo - let me be the first to congratulate you on YOUR win! It is a beautiful image. Today's shot is fab too, love the composition and how blue is that water! Stunning.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Congratulations from me as well, Brett. Gorgeous photograph - you know how much I love boats!

Polergirl said...

Congratulations - you deserve it, your photos are beautiful!

Suburbia said...

Congratulations!

I'm so with you on the colour thing.

Is it me or does it take ages to load your page these days?

Steph said...

Hopefully, it will not be worth mentioning the color of the next president. However, I think color does matter in this race.

This country has very old and very deep wounds in regards to color. As a Texan, I am ashamed to admit that I still hear and see blatant racism around me quite frequently. That we can now elect a black man with a large majority shows that things are improving.

It would be nice to ignore race, but I just don't think that's possible quite yet. At least not in this country.

aims said...

Congratulation! You deserve to win!

I'm with you totally on the black thing. I know that eventually they will quit saying that. And they will just start saying Mr. President. Not - Mr. 'First African/American' President.

Who cares what colour he is?

I think the world is going to be a better place with him running the show over there. I was a very happy gal when I learned of his win.

wontletlifedefineme said...

Congrats on the award!

I really don't agree with you on the issue whether it matters or not that Obama is black, but I hope I'll have some time tonight to blog about that. Main thing is that black people have suffered from injustice, slavery, racism and inequality for such an incredibly long time that Obama being elected to become the next president really is the culmination of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King's 'dream', and the fact that he is an African-American is all important in that respect. But again, hopefully I'll find some time to blog about this topic later today. :)

Ranger Faff said...

Congratulations, Brett! Well done! Love today's pic too.

wontletlifedefineme said...

I just wrote that blog entry I told you about. :) It's not an attack on your views, race shouldn't matter in presidential elections, but I felt like explaining why I think it is important to point out Obama is black.

Michaela said...

hahaha. I love your comments about Obama. I'm not American so I'm not offended. I would have voted for him though.

P.S. Sweet pic!

Princess Pointful said...

Stunning photo and congrats!

However, with regards to Obama, it is a big deal when you consider that he was treated different because of the colour of his skin (you only need to look at some of the ridiculous rhetoric that was spewed during the campaign, or the fact that a number of people flat out said they would not vote for a Black man). He was the most qualified person for the job, either way, but it is even more impressive when you consider the odds he was up against.

Sunny said...

Congratulations on the award!

Rachel said...

He was voted into office because he was the best man for the job. People are not supposed to ignore race they are supposed to embrace it as a positive and not a negative. To ignore the historic fact that a black man has been elected as president within a country with a muddles racial past and in a country where slavery was legal is a huge step for human rights.

Jean said...

Beautiful picture - and thanks for your post. And regarding the issue of the color of the skin - I am a U. S Yankee born in the North and race was not the issue as it was in the south. I was not brought up with prejudice to anything but as I grew up and moved here to Las Vegas in my teen years in the 60s there were big time racial problems, but dumbie me, I didn't know. When I married and moved to the south, my in-laws were prejudice against me because of my nationality - Polish, and my religion - Catholic. I didn't have any of the extreme discrimination problems like the blacks had here. Although I did have a guy friend I was dating who said if it hadn't of been a Catholic he would have asked me to marry him. I didn't love him anyhow, but I wondered how could he have been raised so differently that Religion matter that much. I was ignorant.

I voted for Senator McCain because of his record and experience. I felt Senator Obama didn't have enough experience. The Republicans here in the U. S. need reforming and to get their act together. I hope Senator Obama does very well and this man is obviously what our country needs right now. We are praying for him. With regard to Sarah Palin - we love her. She related and her family was beautiful. Maybe she will be the First Lady President Brett mentions in his next blog.

Oh, and Brett, your photos are marvelous and with so much depth and feeling. You are blessed.

babooshka said...

Congrats on the award, another. The blue in this is so rich and vibrant.
Obama most inportantly to me isn't Bush or a Repbulican, or is isn't Bush... You get the gist. Politcally in America it is an act of contrition to have a Black Man in the white house, the bonus is he's an intelligent decent human being. It shows how far they have come from segregation.

Shelley said...

Having been through the States as a tourist and on business, it seems to me the culture is divided into black and white only. Any and every other race is just shades of gray and assimilation is the rule.

(p.s. your page takes ages to load here too, could be our "polar" technology though)

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