broken wings 1

Sydney March 2014 (4 images)

Don’t understand
Why we can’t just hold on
to each other’s hands?

broken wings 2

This time
might be the last, I fear
Unless I
make it all too clear
I need you so, ohhh

broken wings 3

Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
Learn to live so free

broken wings 4

When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in
Take these broken wings

“Broken Wings” is a song recorded by American band Mr. Mister. It was released in September 1985 as the lead single from their second album, Welcome to the Real World.

Just a few more memorials from a cemetery, where some find some solace, some find solitude, some seek answers and others take time for reflection. There are plenty of broken memorials here, but it sure did take me quite some time to find one with a broken wing.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Broken Wings


99 thoughts on “Broken Wings

  1. Those are memorials? wow such huge pieces. And the picture story does match the song so well I thought it was a poem. I said “now he’s even becoming a poet” ha ha. Great photos Lignum!

  2. LaVagabonde says:

    Amazing photos of that cemetery. They bring those stone memorials to life. I saw a huge cemetery by a beach when I visited Sydney many years ago. Can’t remember which beach, though.

    • If you did the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee you would have seen this. Offhand I can’t think of another cemetery in Sydney on the coastline so this is probably it.

  3. I was able to provide your previous cemetarial (!) post to another Sydney blogger who had posted about trying to find one particular momument – and yest, it was the one ! I felt quite superior … 🙂 But I suspect that angel kissing the child is well-known, yes ?
    Now, LD: it’s time you got yourself out of that somewhat less than rib-tickling environment and gave us some of the vintage LD.
    I have spoken. [grin]

    • Yes I saw that. She’s on a mission to find it. 🙂 It’s a well photographed memorial but well known? I’m not sure.

      I’ll see what I’ve got for my next post, but I like to spread the candid shots out a bit.

    • Thank you Alex. The song is about a man reflecting on a failing relationship so that fits with the theme too. I was lucky to find these memorials which really fit the first few verses. 🙂
      Have a wonderful day ahead.

      • it’s a great song…and I love it… listening to it right now, Draco…thank you… 🙂 kinda reminds me of “Foreigner” (whose music I love)…

        just read your other comments, I find it fascinating that you’ve been inspired by the music and it helped you visualize and put together the photos… my creative process is very much similar… sometimes I have an idea or I want to let out an emotion, but the idea of a photo comes after a song… 🙂

        • Glad you like it. You hadn’t heard it before?

          Often the photo comes second to the idea, for example my harbour bridge and birdcages photos, but finding the time to execute it can be difficult.

          However, because of the unplanned nature of candid shots, in these cases, the title will come after the photo. Sometimes, immediately and sometimes after a bit of thought. Sometimes I smile straight after taking the shot because I immediately know the title, assuming the photo turns out well. 🙂

        • so interesting to learn more about your way of shooting and pursuing ideas… thank you… 🙂

          the song didn’t ring a bell until I played it… I’ve “heard” it before, but now I’m “listening” to it!!

    • Angels generally are depicted as peaceful beautiful creatures or “wrath of God” style (I’m thinking about that scene in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie). I agree, you don’t often see them looking sad and dejected.

  4. I’ve just started Broken Wings video on you tube while looking at these. That first angel really caught my eye. I LOVE the dramatic sky in the background. The entire series is exceptional, Draco!

  5. kuujinbo says:

    Nice shots. 🙂 I think the first and last ones would also work very well in color. Looks like a background of blue skies and ocean?

  6. Ancora immagini straordinarie per questo straordinario cimitero!
    I could not run or play
    in boyhood.
    In manhood I could only sip the cup,
    Not drink –
    For scarlet-fever left my heart diseased.
    Yet I lie here
    Soothed by a secret none but Mary knows:
    There is a garden of acacia,
    Catalpa threes, and arbors sweet with vines
    There on that afternoon in June
    By Mary’s side –
    Kissing her with my soul upon my lips
    It suddently took flight.

    E.Lee Master

  7. Love how you weave the lyrics so seamlessly with apt photos of the angels. I like the black and white imagery too, not too overboard and there seems to be a desolate feel about them. Weren’t you spooked walking around the cemetery? 🙂

  8. Exellent post and brilliant treatment of the light and B&W. I love not only the quality of each one of the pictures but the story tou tell with them. Professional work, congratulation Lignum Draco!

  9. Really beautiful!! And I love the way those white fluffy clouds look in the background, kind of surreal, in a stunning way!

    The cemetery near where I live also has broken wings on angels, and arms too. I think it adds a bit of charm to those sculptures though, shows their age a little! 🙂

  10. How beautiful is this!!! I took a dip into Hey Jude’s blogroll and came up with the clever brick wall with the seated gents. Thinking what I was going to say I started to scroll back and found this and I love it. 🙂
    Photos to feast over!

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