“Some feel the rain, others just get wet.” Bob Marley
Banksy, a masked street artist, has painted two signifiers in this piece; the man with the umbrella and the child. By painting the man with black and the child with bright colors, it makes us feel as if the man is lacking joy or life. This makes us relate to the child, who’s taking in the rain with arms up and mouth open, yearning for even a taste.
This is very interesting though.. When is the last time you played in the rain? We look at this image and tell ourselves we identify with the child and yet when it rains we reach for our umbrellas and try to not get wet. We go through life trying not to feel it, instead of taking it all in. Accepting the best and worst parts.. and then finding that what we thought were going to be the worst parts, were actually pretty great.
The social connotations Banksy makes in this piece are that there are two types of people in the world, those who hide under umbrellas and those who taste the rain.
Which are you?