Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
"It’s called Sunset For The World 2 because we made a similar picture at the end of 2019, but wanted to make another darker version to represent the state of the world now, and to extend the big truisms offered by a sunset image.
So this sunset picture is a personal one (this sunset mimics the setting sun during my father's funeral - painfully beautiful) and a public picture, as we have all seen something like this. The text in the picture - 'Rage against the dying of the light' - is a line from a Dylan Thomas poem, where he’s talking about his own dad dying, and the way that all life strives to persist (must try to if human) in spite of the inevitably of death. The Dylan Thomas line has been so absorbed into popular culture that to quote it is cheesy. When using it I was thinking about the noise of the human world now louder than ever, to quote a over-quoted line fit the contradicting effort of us trying to make a picture about noise contributing to the noise.
All the images and marks within the sunset picture are meant to contribute to the theme, not random at all, such as a bar graph showing the rising number of dead. There is also a human rights sticker turned on its side, and a hand-made label made by my father with his name on it, which he kept on a notebook. Sarah carefully cut the letter out of it, showing the absence and presence of loss and mirroring our hand-made lettered approach. All of the scribbled writing is me keeping a diary on the picture during its creation. Crazy stuff happening in the world during its making wow !!!!
The big Simon Evans™ and 'Rage against the dying of the light is big' in large writing on the bottom right of the picture is meant to mimic a watermark you often find on cheesy pictures online that the photographer self brands. This makes the image less a landscape and more an object of self branding with a landscape on it."