The rose is turning away from the light, relinquishing its fascination with its very potent companion. While the daylight draws the feeblest outdoors with far from inscrutable magnetism, while plants live on its rays – their fragile stems and leaves displayed quivering and outstretched under its power, as if praying; the rose, strong and healthy shields itself from it. Its head, a majestic red crown adorned with the fascination of the light’s elusivity, droops, relentlessly defying such inescapable ambiguity, and longing to escape its evasive quality. Instead it turns with the profound apprehension to the uncertain darkness. Yet one leaf turns back, hesitating, as if it desires one glance at the previous world, one glance at the certain. This leaf protrudes itself from the rest of the flower, like a child that is being carried, screaming away from its parents that is turning back with longing eyes for that last awkward glance. Or perhaps it is the soldier leaving his comrades; as he turns with apparent confidence, one hand betrays his inclination, signifying a hint of hesitation, with one motion of the hand his body has easily rid itself of determination. The rose reflects the same unconscious disposition, the curve of its body seems unwilling, and while its head is bowed towards the dark, it is still struck by a glimmer of light.
The rose is turning away from an era, as I turn away from mine. It is uncertain about the possibility, it is uncertain about the darkness, and the knowledge of the daylight seems unquestionably comfortable. It doesn’t know what awaits in the future of the darkness beyond. It doesn’t know whether the darkness is but a small fluctuation in some prevalent light.
The rose was given to me by a child from Class 1 at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School. The rose signifies not only the transience of our lives but also an indication of optimistic simplicity.
Upcoming posts in connection with The End of an Era:
A Decade in Images will include the most fascinating, and poignant images that define the decade. Both personal images and potraits and a series of landscapes will be inlcuded.
Class 12 trip to Russia & Ukraine
In July 2010 my Class from the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School travelled on a leaving trip to Russia & Ukraine – here is a selection of images from the adventure.
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I call it the flipside: How I created this image – my process and vision (currently in development WATCH THIS SPACE)
The flipside refers to a blog post that has another side with a different interpretation or elaboration on the latest entry, it was introduced on my Turning 18 entry.
(Ideally I would like the page to flip round to the other side, though this would involve Flash, which I can’t get my head around, instead the flip can be imagined – it’s probably more exciting that way!)