How do we deal, visually, with the sadness around us and within us?
I find it very difficult. Like everyone, I want to be happy and carefree, yet... well, things happen.
Severe illness can play hell with the emotions. A loved one passes away leaving that big hole. A loved one becomes estranged due to a misunderstanding. You have your own list, I'm sure.
Emotions remind me of the ocean tides. They come in and go out. Sadness comes, inevitably, and then recedes leaving something else - ambivalence, happiness, contentment - something in its place.
Sadness and suffering are part of everyone's life. Look around. Look at all the smiling faces...? See what I mean.
So, as a photographer, how do I express the sadness I see, as well as the sadness I feel? As a photographer, can I or should I ignore this primary aspect of humanity? I can't.
Well, sometimes a scene just happens. Like sadness just happens. I don't have an explanation. I'm not a psychologist or a philosopher. I'm a photographer. Sometimes a scene just resonates and if I'm quick and lucky, I capture it with my camera. Or, as in the image below, I combine two images to make the point.