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10 April 2003 StVincent dePaul Cathedral,Tunis

Hands of A Saviour

When you look up at the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul, you would see these protective hands looming over you. They belong to a male statue at the front of the cathedral. I think these hands represent St Vincent de Paul, whom the church is named after, and not Jesus as one might assume. St Vincent de Paul was captured by Turkish pirates and sent to Tunis where he was sold into slavery. He was later freed and spent much of his life helping the poor & the sick. Not forgetting his days in slavery , he also spent much of his effort raising money for ransom to free the Christian captives in North Africa.

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Phil Douglis11-Jan-2005 04:04
A perfect example of perceptual incongruity, as opposed to subject incongruity. You made this image incongruous, Celia, by your vantage point. The hands coming out of the wall are surreal and whimsical, in its own way as twisted and fascinating a juxtaposition as your shot of the road sign pointing out to sea and an empty car driving in from the sea.