On Surprise

The Pulitzers were announced yesterday, and because I admire photography and because a Pulitzer is awarded each year for photography, I just now went looking for a good one, for a surprise.

Here’s what I found:

‘”A child carries a basket containing a Gambian rat and a monkey arm.”

I’ll not comment on the photo. You get it straight up.

But I will comment on “surprise,” on how we love to be surprised. A joke, a glance, a sentence, a black hole, a burning cathedral…we love surprises. Because surprises kill (momentarily) life’s endless flood of mundanities.

We love surprises even when they come at a cost to other people. When that happens (if we even think about it), we’re quick to voice justifications and hide our red faces.

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The photo is by Lynn Johnson. She did not win this year, but she was close.

https://www.lynnjohnsonphoto.com/

 

 

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