Title: “Patient Out of Order, Broken, Complaint Done in 2018”.
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Photographed at a local hospital, candidly.
WHAT YOU SEE IN PHOTOGRAPHS, IS IT REALLY THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH?
☆ I immediately saw the sad irony of the scene (as the scene presented itself to me), and had to photograph the image. A very old and sick person, lying in a decrepit hospital bed, waiting in the hallway (for how long I can’t guess), as if completely forgotten. The sign on the bed reading, “ROSAK done complaint”, and the date of the complaint made sometime last year. Basically, I was thinking, “So what they are saying is that this old sick person is ‘Out of Order, or Broken’ (that’s the definition of “rosak”) and they have done their complaint, but they are still waiting on the fix, as the complaint was made last year.” And, in many ways, that is the general attitude taken toward old, sick, poor people in general: They are old, they are sick, and no need to rush because they don’t have money. No need to go further down that rabbit hole, but eugenics is very real.
However, is that what is really going on in this photograph?
PHOTOGRAPHS USED TO PUSH AN AGENDA:
Of course, the symbolic nature of the image is strong, but it is not what is really happening in the photo. DON’T jump to any immediate conclusions!
WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?
[Goto my Blog Post (URL below) to see the FULL details about this Photograph:
THE FULL STORY ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH:
The patient in the bed was either waiting to have a scan done, or waiting for results from the imaging department at the hospital, and because there is no room for a hospital bed to sit a long time in the waiting room of the imaging department, the nurse had to temporarily set the patient outside in the hall.
The “ROSAK” sign refers to the hospital bed being broken, not the patient, even though the patient doesn’t appear to be in very good shape either. As to if the bed was fixed, and they forgot to take off the sign, or if the bed is still waiting repairs, is unknown.
WE SEE WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IN PHOTOS:
Photography does not lie, but we see what we want to see in a still image. And also, a single photograph does not give the viewer the full story. A single photograph does not show the viewer what happens before, and it does not foretell what will happen next, so the viewer can only make assumptions about what is happening and those assumptions may be completely wrong and distorted.
Many times, photographs, like this one, can be used to support a particular story, viewpoint, and even distorted to fit an agenda.
ASSUMING THE WORSE:
Without my explaining what was really happening in the scene, anyone could assume the worst about the treatment of the patient, and mass media uses images all of the time to manipulate people to a particular programmed mindset and agenda.
IMAGES AS FULLY TRUTHFUL STATEMENTS:
Yes, images can be used to make certain statements, as I did at the beginning of this blog post: “Old unhealthy person and “Out of Order” sign, is a perfect illustrative and ironic photograph to make a point about the condition and treatment of old sick people in today’s society”. Nevertheless, to be honest, I told you the real story also, behind the photo. That is something that the controlled mass media will never do with their photography. Therefore, when you see images that capture fractions of a second of an event, ask yourself if the photograph is telling you the entire story of the event. Probably not.