I often get inspired to write posts after seeing a particularly strong image. Maybe this is because I am the daughter of a photographer. This was the case last evening as I was searching a number of stock photo sites for images that conveyed the feeling of "escape." A few just stopped me in my tracks and I had to purchase them right away, as I am sure I will use them in my "Escape from Cubicle Nation" book and learning products.
I would love to know what you think about them! (you can click on any image to see a bigger size)
Image #1: This one really grips me, since I can feel the scary, oppressive inside of this dark cell. The broken bar makes me feel joy, hope, exuberance and excitement. It also conveys to me a common situation: we can see a bright future right in front of us, but sometimes we choose to stay trapped in a cold, oppressive environment because it is familiar.
Image #2: This one made me laugh more than anything, as it somehow feels like a nerdy corporate drone finally taking off and running for his life. I like the simplicity and humor of the image.
Image #3: This one is a little more abstract, but I am a sucker for rainbows as they fill me with wonder and joy. This doesn’t have the same oppressive feeling as the others, which can be a good or bad thing depending on what I would use it for. It may be too "goody two shoes new age" for some folks.
Image #4: I liked this because of the idea of people helping each other to escape from an oppressive corporate environment. But I kind of wonder about the two on the bottom, since once the other guy gets over the fence, do they get stuck inside? And will they be punished by the guards for helping someone escape?
Image #5: This makes me so SAD!!! I can’t get over the power of this image. It makes me want to go bust all the animals out of the zoo right now. I feel so much emotion coming from this little monkey, and I can see this same level of angst in many people I run into in corporate jobs.
Which of these images really conveys the meaning of "escape" to you?