Brutal in Bruton

On Saturday I went to see the Don McCullin exhibition at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset. His photographs of the effects of war and extreme poverty on humanity and landscape made me feel ashamed of the ‘miserable’ self-centred mood I was in when I entered. The despair and devastation framed in those images was overwhelming.

I came out thinking: I know nothing of real misery. And cried.

I went out into the wind-swept garden to take a breath of fresh air and to take a moment to be grateful for the opportunity, safety, stability, beauty and bounty of the world that I have had the luck to grown up in.

Having admired this garden in its effervescent frothiness in the summer, it reminded me that things constantly evolve, move on and develop.

My leaving thoughts? Nurture and enjoy the people and land chance lends us. And remember that whenever we are in winter, spring is never that far away.

The Don McCullin exhibition is on at Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Bruton, Somerset, until the 31st January 2016. Admission to the gallery and gardens is free.

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