Monday, December 20, 2010


Believe BW

What do you believe in? Or maybe the question should be: do you believe? Those cherished ideas may seem clear and well-understood, but they begin to get hazy when we explore the edges. This photo is of a window at the downtown Macy's. They would like us to believe in giving, through their agency, of course. Maybe what we believe to be true needs to fit the data; maybe it doesn't. It's up to you.


Olivier said...

Superbe photo et focus, on dirait une photo sortie d'une autre epoque, j'adore

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I've found myself irritated by this Macy's campaign. Believe in what? Santa? Giving presents, preferably bought at Macy's? Christian beliefs? The power of miracles? I've seen this word on charms, bracelets, garden stepping stones, shop windows, fairy blogs, etc. It exhorts us, but doesn't direct us.

cieldequimper said...

Believe in yourself. That's a good start and at least you should know where you're going.
Beautiful shot.

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely shot!

Nathalie said...

Interesting comment ODP makes.
Of course it's all for marketing's sake.

Do I believe ? Of course I have beliefs - but not those of my youth. I no longer believe in a god, that seems like a man-made construction to me now. Our current religion systems are to be replaced in the history of religions. Religions rise and fall with the cultures they are born in and it seems to me that we are nearing the end of an era. Our 2000 years of christianity are slowly being dissolved into something else that will arise from globalization, much in the way christianity itself evolved from paganism and judaïsm over a period of several centuries. We are going through interesting times.

Then of course the easiest thing to believe in is consumerism. Go Macy's!

Nathalie said...

Yes Bob of course I understand that my view may seem very extreme in a country like yours. In fact I heard on the radio this week that while christianity was declining in Europe and very much so specifically in France, it is far from being the case worldwide.

I do think that we are experiencing changing times though. Globalization will necessary expose people to faiths other than theirs. Individually they will either get something from it or become entrenched in their beliefs but there is no doubt that it will change society.

But then the exposure you people of St Louis get is probably far less than what we get in Europe.

My father, who almost became a protestant minister before deciding on a change of career and moving on to human resources, always prompted my sisters and I to discuss and query philosophical and religious matters - a fairly uncommon upbringing I suppose...