A Word About Our Art

Solitary Confinement by Stan Moody
Image: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/03/18701671.php

One of the things I’m proudest of where DeafInPrison.com is concerned is the varied collection of graphics we use in our posts.

The idea behind inserting graphics came originally as an attempt at boosting our SEO, but I’ve come to enjoy putting pictures in each of our posts.

I feel these graphics do much more than merely up our search engine ratings. I think they enhance the articles and add greatly to the enjoyment you – our readers – experience when you visit our site. But, as it turns out, they have also greatly benefited me. I carom through dozens of pictures for each post I put up, and for those our other contributors post, which it is my honor to edit and format.

A man in Tamms made this drawing and others like it to communicate his despair from being in Tamms since 1998. (Image: Bear Cub)

As you already know, we  at DeafInPrison.com have a deep abiding respect for intellectual property, and we always credit the sources for our art, and provide links back to the original sites. We also get a lot of artwork from other sites when we reblog, and from Wikipedia.

Basically, the whole Internet serves as source material for the many great graphics we’ve put up on this site over the last 7 months.

As any student of art can tell you, suffering is the fuel for art, and nowhere is suffering more acute than in the prison system. Especially for the Deaf. We know that, but what I’ve learned is that these subjects make for a wealth of beautiful photos and drawings that we can share with you.

From a suicide awareness contest
Image: http://media.photobucket.com/image/suicide/ShayySynthetic/SuicideAwarenessContest.jpg?o=3

It is my hope that each of these photos and images will move you, as they have moved me. This site is not only an educational resource, bringing awareness to desperate and tragic issues, but also a meeting place where fertile minds can work to resolve them.

I appear to have gotten this little guy from Pat Bliss. I hope he brings a little smile to your face.

So enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoy bringing them to you. The world is a broken place, and this site deals with one of its greatest areas of brokenness. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look at a beautiful picture – even one of a horrific prison, or a Human being, being slowly robbed of his sanity in solitary confinement – and derive some meaning from it.

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