Miners

By Michelle Cioccoloni

The unsettling image is of a man digging, the face of the individual blurred beyond recognition, but the action he is performing abundantly clear.  But why is he digging? Where is he? During the Second World War a campaign 'Dig for Victory' encouraged people to become self-sufficient, thus the image asks the viewer to consider the many different interpretations which could be put on the image.  Is it the comfortingly homely activity of growing your own vegetables, or is it, in fact, a grave being dug, a grave for the "poor lads/ Lost in the ground"?  Is it "the rock where Death reputes/Peace lies indeed", or yet again a metaphor for digging deep into the soldier's subconscious?

Miners

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