Richard Siken, The Long and Short of It. (via anotherblogaboutquotes) —
Mike Kelley, Rainbow Coalition, 1985.
The Struggle to Right Oneself, 2011
In this self-portrait series, Skarbakka captures himself in moments of suspended peril: falling off balconies, tumbling head over heels in painfully precarious falls, slipping nude in the shower, or teetering on the edge of a fateful leap from a railway bridge. In the artist’s statement Skarbakka references philosopher Martin Heidegger’s description of human existence as a process of perpetual falling, and the responsibility of each person to catch ourselves from our own uncertainty. He writes:
This photographic work is in response to this delicate state. It comprises a culmination of thought and emotion, a tying together of the threads of everything I perceive life has come to represent. It is my understanding and my perspective, which relies on the shifting human conditions of the world that we inhabit. It’s exploration resides in the sublime metaphorical space from where balance has been disrupted to the definitive point of no return. It asks the question of what it means to resist the struggle, to simply let go. Or what are the consequences of holding on?
Skarbakka says that he utilizes special climbing gear and other rigging to achieve each shot. He says while the concept behind these works is clear, the message is totally ambiguous.
LaBrea & Waring, LA
CONCURS DE CASTELLS - PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID OLIETE
(Concurs de Castells | Tarraco Arena Plaça, Tarragona)
David Oliete (flickr) - Born in Tarragona, lived in Cardiff and Barcelona. Currently based in his hometown but available for assignments anywhere. Loves travelling, journalism, the mountains, his grandfather’s fishing rods and chocolate donuts.
Émile Zola - L’Oeuvre
'Oh, beneficent earth, take me unto thee, thou who art our common
mother, our only source of life! thou the eternal, the immortal one, in
whom circulates the soul of the world, the sap that spreads even into
the stones, and makes the trees themselves our big, motionless brothers!
Yes, I wish to lose myself in thee; it is thou that I feel beneath my
limbs, clasping and inflaming me; thou alone shalt appear in my work
as the primary force, the means and the end, the immense ark in which
everything becomes animated with the breath of every being!’
Simeon ten Holt - Canto Ostinato
Yann Martel - Life of Pi —