08 June, 2016

Concocting a concatenation

It's important that we train ourselves to go deep into the import of events and happenings, threading and interconnecting, so that we can make holistic sense of our otherwise random world.

The world often presents us with a chaotic mess of random events, a mish-mash of unrelated images, a cluster of disparate sights and sounds. If we want to make sense of all these individual sensory inputs, we need to thread them together into a coherent concatenation. And each element of this concatenation needs to be interconnected with its siblings, or at least with its predecessor and successor.

This is what we are attempting in Photospeak. To trawl through a host of week-old images from across the globe and collate an collection with an integrated identity. And if we're lucky, this process should germinate an overarching message — the nectarine outcome of a rigorous churning. A clear narrative that bursts forth from a hitherto unexamined story.

Here, have a go at gazing through these images, all credited to Reuters, and see if an overarching message comes up for you?

^ A dog is covered in ash after a deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano in Gamber Village, North Sumatra, Indonesia on May 22.

^ Confiscated products depicting rare and protected wildlife species, such as these stuffed Sumatran tigers, are destroyed during a ceremony by forestry and wildlife officials in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Monday, May 23.

^ Musician Pink performs "Just Like Fire" at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Sunday, May 22.

^ Supporter Raena Fisk of Orange County sleeps on the floor in reindeer pyjamas after having arrived early for a morning rally by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday, May 24.

^ The manager of Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory poses with a mask of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, while talking to reporters in Jinhua, China, on Wednesday, May 25. The factory, which manufactures Halloween and party supplies, produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half-a-million each but the factory management believes Trump will eventually turn out the winner. "Even though the sales are more or less the same, I think in 2016 this [Trump] mask will completely sell out," said factory manager Jacky Chen.

^ A worker checks a mask of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China, on Wednesday, May 25.

^ A young girl gets drenched by a large wave during high-tide at a sea-front in Mumbai, on Tuesday, May 24.

^ A tourist takes a picture of the 'Cathedral of Light' during a preview of the Vivid Sydney light festival, the annual interactive light installation and projection event around Sydney, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The installation is Sydney Botanical Garden's inaugural contribution to the festival.

^ A boy holds his father's pistol as he attends with tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement a gathering to show support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen, May 26, 2016.

^ A man plays with a child at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Evzoni, Greece, on Tuesday, May 24.

^ A young boy uses a plastic bag to protect himself from a dust-storm in New Delhi, on Monday, May 23.

^ An animal-rights activist, wrapped in packaging labelled 'carne humana [human meat]', participates in a protest against meat consumption to promote vegetarianism in central Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, May 22.

^ Visitors stand in front of an interactive digital installation titled "What a Loving, and Beautiful World" by Japanese group teamLab at the International Media Center for the G7 summit meetings in Ise, Japan, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, ahead of the meetings.

^ A Chelsea Pensioner poses as he views displays through a floral design of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, on Monday, May 23.













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