POTD: Too many cliches – or, a story in an image

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Too many cliches. Merdeka Square. Leica M9-P, Zeiss ZM 2/50 Planar

Meaning in an image: always subjective, sometimes obvious. Sometimes deliberately obfuscated. For instance, it could mean that on reflection, cloudy times are ahead for Malaysia; the wind has gone out of it’s sails now that we are no longer a cheap manufacturing country, natural resources are dwindling (limp flag) and independence has brought nothing but rainy days and corruption (photo taken of a distorted puddle of dirty water at Merdeka Square, the site of the declaration of independence) and greed. Or it could just be a reflection of a flagpole in a puddle. The beauty of photography and a multilayered image is that it’s up to the viewer to decide. MT


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