Turmoil

Turmoil

Emily Bradley

To me, 'Turmoil' expresses the need for tolerance and peace. The vicious nature of the hippo fight symbolises the violence within our society. The species pictured is interchangeable. Switch the hippos for another animal, whether it be deer or humans, and the brutality is still there. Violence is complex and the hippos simplify the idea of violence into it's most primal form, dominance. However the longer you look, the more you think about the situation. Why are they fighting? Who will win? What will the winner gain? This mimics the power struggle between humans in politics, corporate companies and general society, all battling to gain what they want. In these situations you often lack all the correct information needed to view the bigger picture, which inspired the close-up viewpoint. With only their heads visible, we can’t understand the circumstance as we don't really know what is happening. Overall it indicates that we rely on violence too much in order to make gains for ourselves and forget about tolerance and peace. In our current day and age, these qualities are needed now more than ever and we must learn to overcome our violent nature.

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