Echo of the Scream

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is one of the world’s most easily remembered works of expressionist art. Imagine my surprise to see echoes of the painting in the scum below the bridge in Grahamstown’s Botanic Gardens.

Echo one: I was on a bridge.

Echo two: there was a distorted shape in the watery scum.

Echo three: the swirls and colours were eerily reminiscent of the originals, especially after I brought out the contrast using iPhoto.

I had decided to take my camera into work with me that day because it was so beautifully clear after all the rain (100mm in 24 hours) – and I ended up looking down into a dirty stream.

Scream Echo

 

I think my scream looks more like a water swept lion than a tortured man holding his head though …

 

The Scream

 

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