We are fortunate here in Oakland to have several very talented Mural Artists. I drove by this mural yesterday, made a U-turn, parked, and took several shots.

At first glance from the car, this appears to be straight out of my childhood nightmares. So much so that I wondered if the artist, whom I have never met, had a window into the horrors of my brain. This mural is HUGE, painted, as you can see, on 2 sides of the building, and probably 15 feet tall.

From the car, this portion was all that I saw. It is terrifying.

Version 2

Up close, I saw the full mural.


This mural completely overwhelms you. But once I had gotten up close, I noticed this small courageous figure and the forrest of stark trees, which hadn’t been noticeable from the car.


A closeup.


This young boy, standing up to the wild, fantastical beast, is showing so much bravery, that you think that he just might prevail. He must be terrified inside, but he continues to stand, recorded in paint on a wall. It ends up being a powerful symbol not only of courage, but of resistance. I suspect the world is in desperate need such symbols, haunting though they may be.

And the title?

All photographic images: Hannah Keene 2019.

Posted for Terri’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge: Something Scary.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

Here is my contribution to Frank’s (Dutch Goes the Photo) Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall.

I love how the light hits the green weeds that are up against the dark colors of the wall in this shot, but I hadn’t so far found a way to use the photo. The light against the dark was in fact why I took the shot, as the wall by itself was a bit problematic. I had looked at it every time I passed by, and just couldn’t figure out how to compose the shot. Then one day when I had the dogs out, the light cooperated, and here we are.

Lakeside Park, Oakland                                     Image: Hannah Keene 2019