A Seat Of Power

In fiction we can express how opinions or observations of the world and place them in others mouths to make people stand up and take note. . When I took the picture below I thought it was a nice composition for a picture of a stone bench. The bench is in fact in a medieval courtyard of an old town hall. This courtyard in the past would have been used by the ruling class to discuss matters of the city before or after entering the hall itself. A few months later looking at this image I am reminded of a quote from “Game Of Thrones” Varys the Master of Whispers ( spies) says;

“Power is a curious thing…Three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives, who dies? Power resides where men believe it resides; it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

Taking what George RR Martin has written, Politicians, the Wealthy and Corporations have made people believe power resides with them, yet they forget that the ordinary people can cast an even larger shadow if we come to believe they have power. I wonder how many of the ruling elite of the city once sat here believing they had the power.

A Seat of PowerExposure Fusion image processed in Lightroom with Color Efex.

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