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Light of Hope by Gunarto Song

Light of Hope, 2016

Gunarto Song

A barefoot man balancing heavy buckets from a carrying pole walks across a wooden footbridge. The bridge’s spiderweb scaffolding frames his trajectory as a tunnel, at the end of which a blindingly white light shines. We see the man’s back in silhouette, and his apparently heavy load gives the impression of slow, labored progress. But it’s the light at the end of this mysterious bridge that transforms the image from a poignant moment in time to a metaphorical journey from darkness into light. This is actually a railway bridge in Java, Indonesia, built in 1893 by the Dutch colonial government.

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