Sydney March 2014 (4 images)
Why we can’t just hold on
to each other’s hands?
might be the last, I fear
make it all too clear
I need you so, ohhh
Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
Learn to live so free
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.
99 thoughts on “Broken Wings”
Great photos. It took me a minute to realize what the song was and away the tune went in my mind 🙂
Thanks. Yes, some songs can do that to you. 🙂
The place between heaven and earth. Beautiful photos and I like the song you chose to them.
Thank you very much. I actually heard the song on the radio and it made me think to go and get some photos to match. 🙂
Have a wonderful day.
Thank you 🙂 You too 🙂
I love these shots, and the others from this same place.
Thank you very much. Lots of interest there for photographers. 🙂
Broken wings and breaking hearts, what a superb set of photos Lignum!
Thank you Patti. It really is a photogenic location, right on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
A wonderful place for resting in peace!!! And a gret place for artists!!! Wonderful serie LD!
Thank you. There do tend to be several photographers during the day and at sunset with similar ideas.
Thank you very much. 🙂
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!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so maybe that makes me a writer? 🙂
Thank you very much and have a wonderful day ahead.
Wonderful series. Is this cemetery near the shore?
Thank you. It’s extends to the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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.
There are plenty of broken memorials there, but this broken wings will stay. Thank you, Dragon!
You’re welcome. Thank you Amy.
I really like the shallow DOF on these – especially #2 – the child(?) –
Thank you. Yes, it is of a child. Not sure of its significance though.
Such a beautiful image.
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.
love your take on “reflection”, Draco… very peaceful, yet very touching and dramatic…
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!!
My pleasure. Happy you find it interesting. And I understand what you’re saying about listening to and appreciating the song and its meaning more now
Fantastic images and words.
Thank you Jane.
have a nice week
Thank you Sophie. Have a wonderful week too. 🙂
Wonderful photos Draco! There is sadness and hope in them. Really beautiful!
Thank you Elina. I like your comment about sadness and hope. Very insightful.
I seldom see angels so dejected (if that’s the correct word). Your photos do paint 1000 words!
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.
Beautiful! The light is wonderful in them…I especially like the first two.
Thank you very much. I was lucky with the light on those first two. Too much cloud cover for the other two.
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!
Thank you very much Paula. I hope you enjoyed the song too. 🙂
I really like the way your worked with the depth of field on those
Thanks. I use it to make the point of interest stand out from the background.
So beautiful and I love the song! 🙂
It is a a great song. Thank you very much. 🙂
I am rather lost for words. A place for reflection? Definitely. Your images are stunning and another cause to reflect.
These are quite lovely. Dark and more than a little unsettling. (And…is it just me, or is the angel in #4 holding the snapped-off arm of the angel in #3?)
Just you maybe. 🙂 #3 is #4 just from different angles.
I used to love this song. Still do.
Wonderful images, Lignum.
Thanks Lisa. Glad you still like it. 🙂
Thank you very much. Plenty there to photograph. 🙂
Ha! I believe you…reluctantly…but I like my story better. 🙂
So do I. 🙂
With the arm of an angel, fly away from here…
Laughing laughing laughing
Thank you very much. 🙂
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?
Yes, it’s on land that slopes towards a cliff face and the Pacific Ocean. The light and colour in #3 is a bit dull. So best overall in monochrome.
Ancora immagini straordinarie per questo straordinario cimitero!
I could not run or play
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.
A very powerful poem. Thanks for adding it.
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? 🙂
Thanks, it wasn’t too hard finding what I needed to fit the verses. They all have a sad atmosphere to them.
It’s right on a coastal walkway. There are more joggers than mourners here. 🙂
Sometimes our surroundings find our words, and sometimes the other way round. Your words always mesh so well with your photos 🙂
Wonderful series, and what a nice location. I like the processing of the photos. Sad expression on the angelic faces though..
Thanks. I was on a mission to find appropriately sad angels for this one.
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!
Thank you very much for the kind words.
Beautiful and inspiring.. . . .
Superb post and photos! This is very inspiring. I need to take more B&W shots…
Wonderful,I would like to listen that song…
Thanks, you’ll find it easily on youtube.
Amazing! You really take photographing statues to another level! 😀 Every photo is a special portrait that shows the beauty of the statue!
Thank you very much. I went looking for sad statues and tried to bring out the character of them. Have a wonderful weekend.
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! 🙂
You’re right, the aged nature of the sculptures certainly does add a lot of character. I think the rear view is often as good as the front view.
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!
Thank you very much. Nice to meet you. 🙂
I love these, great work!
Thank you very much. There’s always a few photographers here on any day.
I really like your work with the angels.
Thank you very much.
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