National Geographic images, found ruler (broken)
Title: Measuring Success.
The piece of broken ruler ended up being the inspiration for this collage. I found it the other day during a walk around a local school and stashed it in my handbag (naturally!) for later use. I havn't graduated to shopping trolleys yet so there's no need to worry:)
The red image is of some parents so keen to get their children into a particular school that they have spend the night sleeping 'rough' in order to give their kids a better chance of getting in. This I would assume would be their measure of success, to be able to say their child goes to a particular school.
The bottom left corner is of a statue covered in gifts to repay a particular Saint for blessings bestowed apon the gift bearer. A measure of their success in pleasing various Saints and Gods. The city behind looks prosperous, there has obviously been a measure of success here, yet in reality there's a slum within a few miles where a success would be finding a tin roof that didn't leak. The bird is being weighed to check it's health and measure the success of the breeding programme put in place to try and reverse some of the damage done to the Macaw population by human acvtivity.
There are so many measures of success, yet for me these children say more than any of the other images about success. They have found friendship, understanding and love despite the hardship of their surroundings.
Well, that's what I think, how about you?