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“We all start from nothing, left to grow on our own in our various environments. Any great tree needs a strong foundation, or else it will topple in time.” RICOSFILM.
This is a sister piece to Calm Overcomes Heat. I shot this not knowing why I felt so drawn to it. Looking at it now, this feels like the other side of the little world Calm Overcomes Heat captured. It is darker, and even though it shows more area than its sister piece it somehow manages to feel lonelier, almost apocalyptic. When I was younger I struggled with depression quite a lot and often contemplated suicide but what kept me from it was the hope of tomorrow; that perhaps tomorrow I wouldn't feel as bad or that I could learn to live and smile in earnest. Know the World Before the Door. That's exactly how I've lived my life. I want to experience all that I can before I walk through the door that leads from this world to the next.
Blending Into Harmony, to me, represents a hope that I hold onto. The hope that tomorrow will be a better day, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that there is a reason to keep going. Tomorrow, for me, has always been more of an idea than anything else, an idea that represents the infinite multitudes of possibility. Blending our days of history into the harmonious book of life.
Looking at The Calamity of Knowing raises several questions and I will answer none of them. They are for you to explore on your own. It is a piece that isn't outright scary but leaves me with a sense of unease. Something is wrong, forgotten, or left behind. When I look at this I don't feel fear, though. I feel calm. As if I understand that this, too, is just a part of life. Just like some things are better left unsaid, perhaps some things are better left unknown.