Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

A first glance at this image and I thought of how relationships can be a double-edged sword providing both security and confinement. I'm sure most of us can relate to the feeling of suffocation in an abstract or metaphorical sense. Some people, no matter how well-intentioned, simply suffocate the life out us. They somehow manage to rob us of that vital life-force needed to create, play, or express. As I looked closer at the king's face, I could see signs of devotion and desperation to hold onto someone he has strong feelings towards. But, first impressions don't always tell the whole story and curiosity forced me to find out the real intention of this piece of work. 

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Stains Don't Always Come Out in The Wash

Stains Don't Always Come Out in The Wash

There were two reasons I was drawn to this image. The first was the obvious; I felt a connection to the picture itself. The second was more of a kick in the solar plexus from the cosmos, or whoever else is in charge of those random synchronistic events which leave you wondering what the fuck you did to be taunted so mercilessly by life itself. Kasia Derwinska will often post a video in the comment underneath the image; underneath this particular image was a clip to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. No doubt chosen for its subject matter of erasing memory. Although, for me, it just made it all the more personal, but I'll leave that til later. 

She's right of course, Kasia, I mean; memories last only as long as we want to keep them.

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A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

Cheeky Ingelosi, a.k.a Janelia Mould, is a talented self-taught conceptual photographer and digital artist from South Africa. The images chosen for this post are all a part of a series which looks at her personal experience with mental health issues, in particular, depression. Because this series of work is so directed, I took the unusual step of contacting her beforehand, and I offered her the opportunity to read the post before it was finished in case there was anything she would like to say or add. Thankfully, she only said nice things and mentioned she'd been able to gain more insight.  When I first came across Janelia's work, I felt no hesitation in my desire to explore her images in a more meaningful way. All quotes given here accompanied the original image postings on Facebook.

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Our Last Love Song

Our Last Love Song

How harsh on the emotions is this image? Or is it the addition of the title which helps to nail its impact? I felt like I'd been thumped when I first laid eyes on this picture, although there was probably more than a little projection taking place. It certainly made me think hard, and I couldn't help but wonder if that song gives away any clues to the reason for the break-up or the emotional states of the people involved. I've known many songs which speak of the impending doom a separation can bring, but how many times do we notice the last one associated with a particular person?

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Bad Signs

Bad Signs

There is nothing obvious in this picture which suggests anything of solid predictive value, it's a snapshot of where things are at in an instant. And at face value, it all looks pretty hopeless. 

I've long-since been suspicious of umbrellas. I don't mean suspicious in the superstitious sense, just suspicious of the symbolism. In their own way, they're deceiving; they offer scant protection against a hard storm and are really only good for light showers without any wind. Umbrellas are a common object in art and their overall symbolic meaning represents a level of protection; as to whether that protection is adequate or insufficient, we need to look at it in context within the bigger picture. 

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