I can instantly find this image amongst the several thousand I took in Australia. I know exactly where it is. For some reason this man, who simply stood on a walkway near Sydney harbor, conveys something that I value, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps I admire this man’s ability to make his presence known, quietly, without disrupting those around him. It’s as if he’s secretly influencing the people of Sydney, instilling upon them values of nature and spirituality often forgotten by those who inhabit cities. He’s here to say, “Things change, but I and my people’s values will always be here. Take notice if you like, or look down as you walk past me.” It’s a quiet reminder he’s giving the people to respect the land and remember that we live in a multi-cultured world.
His expression is one of complacency – perhaps with the way things have gone for Aboriginals – but his eyes give away determination. Could it be determination to leave a mark on those around him, for the better, because that’s what’s right?
Who knows, maybe he was just there for tourists. That’s the funny thing – you never know. I think he knows that…