A word on my cover photo

The beautiful cover photo I have chosen is cropped from an image I found on flickr, by photographer theilr. The original is above. He has taken some fascinating macro shots; I encourage you to have a look at some of his other work.

When I created this blog, I wanted an image that summed up its purpose without being explicit – there would be no crying child, no forlorn father. I wasn’t sure what I was searching for until I found this image, so aptly named “Linked“. That essentially encompasses one of the core ideas I wished to convey.

The photo is a close-up of a chainlink fence. Two separate components come in, meet, and part ways again, but the aftermath of their connection is still very much a joint creation. The outcome of their connection is something that cannot exist by itself. If one of the components is absent, the other may hold its place, but the strength of the fence is compromised.

I hope it’s apparent by now that the two components are the mother and father; the joint creation their child. Two is better than one, and whilst the fence can hold its form without the support of a chain, the greatest strength comes with the most support.

Perhaps this analogy is too poetic, or too far-fetched. Perhaps it oversimplifies a complex, multi-faceted issue. To me, it’s the best I have encountered.

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