Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hanging On and Letting Go

Balancing Act

It won’t come as a surprise to any of you who do not live under a rock that times have been difficult lately for individuals and communities, for landscapes economical, political, natural and that most vulnerable and volatile of all, the landscape of the human spirit. It does seem that for everyone, in ways large and small, there has been and continues to be a lot of hanging on and letting go going on, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to the things I am clinging to like a grappling hook on a concrete ledge, and those that are slipping my grasp, as if they were water, and my grasp also water.  But in the interest of balance (see image above), since I let my words and opinions dominate my last post, I’m putting images first this time, and invite you to supply your own associations.

Hanging On


 Letting Go


My Grasp Also Water


  Hope is a Feathered Thing


 Fountain of Tears


 Cracks Hold us Together


 Separation Anxiety


Guardian of the Garden

Thank you to all my old and new readers, those who comment regularly and those who follow silently. I truly appreciate your presence here. Have a wonderful week!


26 comments:

  1. Gabriella, love your images in this post. I think they very well represent what you are trying to convey. We are all constantly evolving and holding on and letting go are a part of it. As always thank you for your words.

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  2. Thank you. Beautiful as always. Have a good week.

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  3. Hello Luis! I admire your work and respect your opinion so much, it always means a lot to get a compliment from you! It does seem that the complex and sometimes contradictory lessons of letting go and holding on are all around us in nature and objects, even if we humans sometimes have a hard time with it in our own lives! It's Saturday night - go out and have some fun, you!

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  4. EC - Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked this. Be well.

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  5. Gabriella,
    hey, what beautiful pictures!
    they speak for themselves, but accompanied by the phrases, so emotional and sincere playing much deeper in our hearts ...
    I've always been looking for a balance that only now, I know that does not exist, precisely because of instability in life, what you said above ... and I can say with certainty that "Cracks Hold us Together" ...

    I loved this post! Sei BRAVA!
    thanks for reflection!
    a big big hug!! :))

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  6. Cara Denise! It makes me happy that you liked these pictures and that you thought the phrases added to the effect. I tried to hold back my words and have pictures alone, but I am not very good at restraint! I agree about balance - it is more something to strive for than to actually achieve and hang onto for very long...perhaps part of balance is an acceptance of instability! Big hug for you too!

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  7. My dear Gabriella.
    I think that images can speak more and loudly
    than many words can...

    Wish you my best for the coming week.
    Hugs
    Monika

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  8. Monika, my dear - it is true, images can speak louder than words. This is one of the things I am working on letting go, the urge always to define and label everything instead of trusting that the message will come across by itself unassisted! It's helped me a lot to get such kind and understanding responses here from you and others, whether I explain and express myself in depth and detail, or let a few images do the talking. I hope I will always have such a sensitive, sympathetic audience for my work! Have a great week, M.

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  9. Beautiful Images Gabriella. I especially loved the first one "Balancing Act" and " separation Anxiety" its a masterpiece. Great work!

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  10. congratulations for your photos Gabriella, and congratulations for your extreme sensitivity, which I adore.
    personally, will be for my "lived" these pictures make me see how good our life is hanging by a thread, and how nature is a balance of beauty and harmony of things, nothing disturbs when things are exaggerated and misplaced ...

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  11. G- I like your words and your images; both speak to me. I think your post title is perfect and resonates the world over right now. We are travelling in Vietnam - lots of food for thought in so many ways.

    I love the idea that cracks hold us together - even when things feel like they are falling apart, shuddering and shaking...thank you!

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  12. Beautiful images, thank you so much for sharing. As you already know from my post, I wrestle with balance so much. You really showed it in another light and I appreciate your perspective so much :)

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  13. BeautifulWorkGoodCreations:)

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  14. Hello Narayan! I am glad you liked these - thanks for your kind words! Hope your week is going well.

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  15. Laura - you have understood the message and emotion behind these photographs perfectly! I knew you would, my dear. Hugs to you.

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  16. Fiona - thanks so much for taking time from your vacation to leave a comment here! I'm glad you liked this post. But I do wish the world were in a better condition than that which inspired this particular group of images. Earth and water seem to be giving us a lot of trouble lately, but until this post I hadn't made the connection between these subjects I keep returning to in my photographs and the world news. Go well!

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  17. Phoenix - thank you so much! The idea of balance (or the attempt to achieve and maintain it) does seem to resonate with a lot of creative souls! I wonder if anyone really manages it, or maybe we just care more?

    I hope you appreciate the irony of your phrase "I wrestle with balance so much!" That does say it all! Have a great week.

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  18. Skizo - thank you for your comment! I'm happy you liked my creations. Stay well, my friend.

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  19. no... i didn't like at all this post , i am only posting 3 links for this on here : www.meinwelt.tumblr.com , hahahah!
    adorable....... I am in loved with these images. thank you tiger girl !!!

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  20. Caio you are so good to me! Thank you for the links, and the kind words, you are a great friend and supporter! It makes me very happy that you love these images.

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  21. Wonderful assoications you've made here. It all certainly is a balancing act. I don't know if we're ever in perfect balance, I think if we do it close to right, that our scales would tip back and forth continously. My problem is sometimes I let too much go! :)

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  22. Hey TB - thanks for stopping by and your kind words. It means a lot to me. I think you're right about the scales tipping endlessly! Maybe true balance is about not worrying so much about getting balance right!

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  23. Wonderful post Gabriella, not that I not like your words but your photos say enough on its own, beautiful!!
    Lots of things happening in the world and the media bringing it all into our houses and minds.Not that this is a completely bad thing ofcourse but I always try to keep in mind that in the midst of chaos and misery there are always good things happening too. Acts of friendship and love, of sharing, comforting and bravery, of people helping people.
    This side, rarely shown by the media helps me to let go and hanging on, X
    I especially like, 'Cracks hold us together'.

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  24. Superb. You bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "Land Art".

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  25. Greetings Renilde! It is true, even if you try to remain detached and optimistic the media fills your mind with these images of disaster - but like you I try to focus on the rare positive images too, the simple acts of generosity that disasters bring out of people in crisis. Thank you for your comment, my dear!

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  26. Welcome, Dave! I've been silently following your blog recently and you are an excellent writer, so my being able to appeal to your aesthetic sense means a lot to me! Enjoy what remains of the week, and have a great weekend!

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