9777 • Oxnard, California

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  1. I did a little research about the area after writing the above comments – interesting. The metaphorical content becomes more profound once more is known about the context. I still think it’s appropriate that your images are minimally titled as they are, it allows for one’s own interpretations etc., and good for developing discussion. It is fulfilling to read an image with a story, in this case a sobering one.
    The ‘white line’ could be seen as a metaphor for Trump’s immigration policies, or ‘the wall’. China has their great wall, Trump wants one, and our country also has a troublesome track record in that regard as well.

  2. ….and yes I noticed the mysterious figure escaping the scene on a bicycle separated by a white line from the prayer-worthy content of the mural. Not sure what to make of him, or how he fits with the image theme.

  3. Who do we pray for? This image is interesting in that it’s almost surreal. Are we being asked to pray for strawberries? local or cultural context may help us understand the mural, but it’s the ambiguity that makes this image appealing. Another interesting oddity is a geographical conflict (for me at least) in the juxtaposition of the eucalypt and the American flag along with the title. Apart from the mural, the scene looked strangely familiar, like a local view, just because of the tree (I’ll assume you are aware of the history of the eucalyptus a.k.a gum tree in California).

    1. ….and yes I noticed the mysterious figure escaping the scene on a bicycle separated by a white line from the prayer-worthy content of the mural. Not sure what to make of him, or how he fits with the image theme.

      1. Oxnard California is now a town of mostly Hispanic folks. The town is the closest agricultural community to Los Angeles being @ 30 miles up the coast from LA. Many living there work the strawberry fields and perform menial agricultural support roles.The mural is a fresh depiction of concern for the “dreamers”, those born in the U.S. of illegal immigrant parents, who are now under threat of deportation thanks to the Trump regime. What happens to a 10 year old deported from the only home he or she has known into a strange country with little or no opportunity? We are to pray for them. The photograph would not have seen the posting if it were not for the shadowy figure exiting the frame….symbolizing, to me at least, an illegal immigrant staying in the shadows of a normal life.

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