What is behind the bars?

Life behind the bars did not allure but the works of art therapy class for mentally ill sat me in an awe.

documentary photograph „Copy of Copy“ ~ from a cycle „art therapy works“ by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania
documentary photograph Copy of Copy ~ from a cycle „art therapy works“ by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

I guess you wonder how this magic shot was taken, so here is a story.
While wandering around my town I came to the scenery that could not pass by. A huge stump stopped me. I was stopped not by the tree but its remnants. They looked like the portrait of me, therefore I didn’t fear the bars that dangled in front of the passersby anymore. The door stood waiting for me and I stepped in.  I entered an art therapy room where people with psychiatric disorders were sitting around the table and drawing a sun.

Wow! Love inhabited a tiny room: the lights of the lovely drawings on the dark walls and this handicraft on a table dazzled me. I took my camera and stuff for a sharing such way appeared.

Life behind the bars did not allure, but the works of mentally ill sat me in awe. The documentary photograph „Copy of Copy“ stands like a sentinel over the sunbeam. It pleases the eye but does not allow me to close in the self-satisfaction amidst the fellow artists.

„It is not what we receive but what we give that heals us.“ ~ Richard P. Evans

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