Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 11: Wicked!

All that remains, Strasbourg, France, May 2010,
Nikon D5000, 35mm focal length equiv. 45mm, Exposure 1/160 sec @ f6.3, ISO 200, no flash, exposure bias -0.33
© Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

I'm traveling to the UK right now on business.  Last night, after settling into the hotel, I was able to take in a play. A colleague and I saw Wicked!  It's a very clever twist on the Wizard of Oz -- basically the backstory on how Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West (oh yeah, and that one that the house fell on) came to be who you meet in the original movie.

Wicked is actually a caring and well-meaning person, but discriminated against and unloved, because she is different (not to mention, green).  Yet every good-hearted gesture she performs has unintended consequences that come back to form the perception in others as to who she really is.

But those perceptions are not really who she is, right?

When you strip away all that society has conditioned us to be, when you drop the cultural expectations and patterned responses that you have learned to perform for outside approval, then you will be able to  examine all that remains.

And that should be a Wicked cool experience, with I suspect, very Good results.

  • Donation:  To a society for the blind, inside one of the UK's Tube stations
  • Exercise:  Walking around London (45 mins)

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