Sue Vincent’s challenge this week is this picture for her #writephoto prompt
The first time Nelson Brown was warned about ‘being a creative’ was in year three when he sculpted a face during a trip to the beach. Back then trips out were still encouraged; the time of the Last Hope, as he’d heard it called; the time when the experts said the balance would be restored, science would correct what science had crushed. The danger in being a ‘creative’ was to risk being ‘off message’, risk being seen as a subversive and subject to correction.
Nelson squinted at the screen and smiled wryly. At least you had a chance to be yourself back then, to stand out from the crowd. Now, all Creatives were sucked into the machine of misinformation, churning out stories and images that belied what so many knew to be the truth. The planet was ruined and it wasn’t going to come back. But while those in charge scrabbled for a narrative that would be the New Hope they looked to ‘Creatives’ to help distract from the grimmest of realities.
Nelson moved the cursor and another bird appeared on the screen, overlaying the trees he had added earlier. Tomorrow’s news would include a happiness section showing how trees and grass and birds were thriving elsewhere and soon it would be here. Nelson’s job was to create that fiction; he was now part of the problem.
As Nancy said, when he explained what he was doing, ‘At least you’ll give them something to crow about.’
If only it was a joke….