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Sometimes art isn't pretty

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 8, 2014, 8:43 AM

Sometimes art isn't pretty and sometimes life is very ugly.

The 17th of October was the World International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and is supposed to be observed every year since 1993, according to United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/196.  This day was designated to promote the awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for the day was
"On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few."

For me .. I felt his words were just empty rhetoric. Poverty and inequality have been the greatest humanitarian dilemmas of all time.  They are the wellspring and also the consequence of the global atrocities we face in the world today.  A vicious circle, that needs to be broken.

There was none, if any coverage or promotion of this day. It was as, it didn’t exist. While the world was engrossed with things as irrelevant as the Karshadians,  the Beibers and the fashion of the Obamas, the need to remember and focus on the imperative issues and the consequences of failing to do so were quietly swept under the carpet.

We should not have merely, a token-day to remember this global crisis, cognizance and action should be part of our everyday life.

The images I have selected, are just things we see every day and pass by and ignore .. They are the visible, invisibles. 

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. 
- Mahatma Gandhi

hope by AadNicolaas CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE - 8 by SAMLIM                                     
Poverty -2 by lasyumedre No money by aniaw It's the life by ShellyBad

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
- Frederick Douglass

Homeless Iraq Veteran by Mjag Its a tough life by jericho1405 Beggar by bingbing51
Poverty in Philippines by chrysler080490

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

High Maintenance by jadedPhotographer they have a life elsewhere by sethyx1 poverty by svetkooo
Marginality by Leather-lynx Apathy by Marc-Briatack
Hope in Eyes - Facebook Cover by LulzCovers

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other.  It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.  Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash.  The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. 
- John Berger

If god was one of us by jadedPhotographer A women In need by Photographic-Space
Life on the street by jericho1405 RENKLI'MI DUNYAM by excalibur38
Man by coralusek

It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Homeless by sifu rough life by toothlessnightfury96 Photography of Poverty or Poverty of Photography by SUDOR
Poverty by Remein Broken shoes by ShellyBad
a mother with her child by nellekelim Desperation 2 by jennystokes Dignity, No Charity by CarlosBecerra

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
- John F. Kennedy

Blurry Tehran by sethyx1 Sri Lanka : refugee camp 6 by arnaudlegrand Caged by Fiya36
Passing by Nomorisen The sound of poverty.. by hisarlim

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed”
– Dwight Eisenhower

Silence by BardoPhotography War On Poverty by doozle-lange
Unnoticed by Shootoguy Cigarette Break by Miss-Tbones
Poverty in Mumbai by gabriellefreak

This is my little tribute to all the artists who have been willing to show and expose poverty and all its indignity and simply act to remind us that the vast majority of mankind lives below the poverty line.


Inayat Ali Shah
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank



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RainbowFay Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave.Hug 
RafelG Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Thanks for faving, it's an honour coming from a great photographer like you
SuliannH Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
Glad you like November Harvest, thx! :)
CTalmage Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Digital Artist
Amazing gallery!
InayatShah Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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Misc Emoji-11 (Stars) [V1] Thanks so much for faving.Misc Emoji-11 (Stars) [V1]
InayatShah Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure
Rebinsuleyman Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thx so much for the fav! I'd really love it if you could also check out the rest of my artwork and hopefully consider watching me! Really appreciate it either way! Thx! :D

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InayatShah Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
a cute cat ... :P
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