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Above it all
awaken2sun
Submitted by: awaken2sun | 12:50pm, Sep 03
Culver City CA United States
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My Vision of Peace
I took this on my 3rd day in Duoyishu village among the Yuanyang rice terraces of southern China. Sunrise. I had been trapped in fog and in a chaotic lost state, pretty unsure of why I had taken a random bus there, and where I was to go afterwards. I had thought of leaving several times already.
As I awoke, I noticed the fog had finally cleared, and so I stepped out into the crisp air and hurried down into the midst of the terraces, over 2000 years old. What before seemed to me as a cold, muddy and hostile landscape, was anything but that. There I stood, in the most peaceful setting imaginable, alone, silent, with the pink dawn softly making its way across what appeared to be an ocean of fog.
It seemed to me that all the turmoils of the world, all that was turbulent outside me and even within me seemed lost beneath that fog in a slumber. Above it all, everything was so clear, but within it was total blindness. And in this I can say that the way to peace is a matter of looking about oneself with fresh eyes, detached, as a new Other; our personal lives are surrounded by personal troubles that culminate into worldly troubles, a mist that blinds our way, but what is found is that above it all, is a shining clarity that is wonderful. It needn't be built or found, it isn't a burdensome task to obtain, but rather something that is there throughout it all, it just needs a new awareness to unveil it. "A mist makes things wonderful," said Oscar Wilde, and this quote kept ringing in my ears as a continued along the narrow terrace walls.


Medium
This is shot on medium format, 120mm black & white film, Ilford ISO 100, with a 1951 Rolleiflex AutomatIV

The image was printed though this is a direct negative scan done at school.

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fibergurl     2:15pm, Sep 03

fibergurl

Wonderful!


matej     3:57pm, Sep 03

matej

peace at last


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