Monday 28 March 2016


As part of the 52Frames group I try to take a picture based on a provided theme each week - so far I have managed every week of this year - although not all of the pictures make it to this blog.

Last weeks theme was 'Line from a Song' - so I delved into my 'record' collection to come up with inspiration.

I have been looking for a reason to photograph this for a while. This sword is prominent on the outside on St. Marks church in Camberwell, Melbourne. I cant help but find it unsettling. The conflation of truth with belief and violence with religion seems not to be an entirely new issue.

'Bring me my broadsword and clear understanding. Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman.'

Broadsword, Jethro Tull, 1982.

Here are 3 versions of pictures I took.

Should you feel in any way included to hear the song that the line that inspired these images is from, you can hear it here.

I will be away from my desk for a few days this week, so replies will not be speedy!  SM


  1. Lovely share - both the photos of Broadsword and the song.
    Enjoy your travels.
    Happy Easter.
    Peace :)

  2. My husband and I listened the song.
    We both like the photos, especially the first one.

  3. Hari OM
    Hah - I immediately thought of Tull even before reading your quote! Great song.. good shots!!! Happy Easter. YAM xx

  4. Hello, great shots. I have always loved Jethro Tull's songs. Happy Easter, enjoy your new week ahead!

  5. amazing how dramatic b&w can make a photo

  6. Wonderful shots..Love the B/W one..I guess there will always be religious conflict..It used to be brutal...Great song..Hope you had a nice Easter..

  7. Love the B&W shot!!! The light area from the sword hilt down lends itself to the concept of "religious righteousness" with the light guiding the sword...
    It's a very dramatic statement in it's simplicity.

    Well done Stewart! Very thought provoking.

  8. And the violence continues with no signs of abating ever. It never will because humans can't live in harmony...because, through arrogance and ignorance, too many try to force their beliefs on others.

    Religious conflict used to be brutal as Missy George still is. How ridiculous humans are!

  9. Great photos Stewart. Off to read the link now.

  10. Never heard that song or artist before Stewart. Thank you for introducing them to me.

  11. Quite a bit to think about in just a few words and a picture. History repeats.