If "books keep you company when you're alone. They're your friends through a rainy day", why shouldn't pictures? See Bankside Gallery's selection of pictures that (we think!) reflect the wonderfully multifarious friendships with which we can be blessed.
Friendship is like a river which flows forever.
It may change its path but will never dry up.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
John Duffin RE
True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
- George Washington
Lars Nyberg RE
Whoever said "Diamonds are a girl’s best friend"
never owned a dog.
Charles Williams RWS
Dog and Red Ball
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
- Sigmund Freud
Meg Dutton RE
Twins make the best of friends.
Pilar Munoz RE
latex, screenprint, relief stamp block
Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support.
Sonia Martin ARE
Ace of Hearts
etching & aquatint
Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families.
Ralph Kiggell ARE
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer
Trevor Price RE
The Angel and the Aviator
Don’t walk in front of me…I may not follow. Don’t walk
behind me…I may not lead. Walk beside me
just be my friend.
- Albert Camus
Ann Tout RE
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Sharon Lee RE
lithograph, chine colle, cutting
Good friends help you to find important things when you
have lost them… your smile, your hope and your courage.
- Doe Zantamata
Wendy Jacob RWS
The small print (if you're interested!): the original idea for Friendship Day came from Hallmark Cards in the 1930s. Originally celebrated on 2nd August, the day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money-making exercise, sales of friendship day cards did not take off in Europe and by the mid-1940s the day had faded into obscurity in the USA. The idea of a day to honour friendship was, however, adopted by a number of countries in Asia where it remains a popular custom to reserve a day for celebrating friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends. Behind it there's an interesting and valuable concept: by making friends with more people, there’s less chance of injustice, war, poverty.
“Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability,” explains the UN.