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Sometimes we need to step back, slow down and look at ourselves with fresh eyes. Only then do the absurdities and flaws that we seem to have accepted as the norm become evident, and we can begin to question them. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski is an absolute master of this, combining powerful social commentary and satire with beautifully illustrated pieces, to make us sit back and reassess our priorities. “From the beginning I found that illustration was the best way to express my observations,” Pawel told Bored Panda. “I always say, that I'm an illustrator of a surrealistic time, so that is reflected in my work.” Pawel began his career outside of his native Poland in order to focus on more global issues. “I wanted to be understandable for all peoples,” he told us. “I try not to speak directly about current problems. I try to find a wider view. Some times it's too wide! I receive many different kinds of opinion from people, that I'm old communist, liberal, fascist, conservative, anti-technological man, etc.” In light of recent allegations surrounding Facebook and our data, the unjust wars that continue to rage around us, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation everywhere, these illustrations are highly relevant and deeply thought-provoking. What does Pawel think about the technology that we seem to be so in thrall to? “Facebook and other technological innovations are just the tools. It depends on us, for what kind of purposes we will use them.”

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oynot

They can be used for distractions as well @bluesmoke

bluesmoke

@oynot Thanks for the info. I thought they were for no distractions only.

oynot

Oh nanapuzzler you are so right! Sending cyber hugs your way :-)

nanapuzzler

But our society is blinded to the beauty around them because their eyes are glued to a cellphone.

oynot

Thank you kindly for your thoughts Isaly, nanapuzzler, @bowlakeboy (nice to meet you), bluesmoke and Tia2d.

As for blinders, horses can see a nearly full circle around themselves except for a small blind spot in front of their noses and behind their tails. Blinders cover the rear and side vision of the horse, forcing him to focus only in a forward direction. These are used on thoroughbred horses in training to sharpen early speed.

Tia2d

Thought provoking and artistic. I like it.

bluesmoke

Hope the poor dear does not run into a post!!

bowlakeboy

An excellent choice! This picture works on many levels. Thanks, oynot!

nanapuzzler

Perfect depiction of our times!! I like this artist alot!! Thanks oynot****

Isaly

What a great way to express his observations as stated above.