This photograph has been taken last spring of 2017 and has already been posted on this blog entitled: The White Roses in the Early Days of Spring 2017. This week’s photo challenge has weaved an opportunity for this photograph be exhibited again.
This photograph depicts how binary structures, such as life and death, old and new, arrival and departure are deconstructed. Life and death are not just two ends of a spectrum, but rather intertwined. Birth and death are brought together by growth.
This picture has been taken before I go to work early today. As the sun gradually ascend, it is also setting the tone of the day ahead: although cold, it will be a sunny vibrant day! Of course, the ascension of the sun is just an illusion. The sun does not ascend nor descend. It is static.
Serenity, that profound sense of peace and tranquility from within our souls, has nothing to do with the place we physically find ourselves. Instead, it is a state of mind we can conjure regardless of where we are or what we do. We could be sitting under that familiar tree close to where we live or we could be mobile doing something we incredibly love such as running through parks after parks. In both scenarios, we can certainly be Serene. We are most serene when we allow that inner carefree child to come to the fore and play from time to time.
This presumably homonormative pedestrian lane is catering to pedestrians in Utrecht, The Netherlands who are presumably heteronormative subjects. Painting pedestrian lanes in rainbow colours in order to campaign for a more diverse and inclusive society (or to portray oneself as diverse and inclusive) is a project anything but pedestrian.
It is quite unfortunate that I do not name the name of this tree in front of my window when I admire its beauty so much. This tree is never static. It constantly changes its appearance throughout the year as if it is following a strict protocol. Today, it stems are thick with white small flowers. Soon, the flowers will be all blown by the wind and will be replaced green leaves. It will be dense in leaves as it is dense in flowers today. The photograph below is a photograph of the same tree taken very recently, 30 days ago to be exact. Look how it changed and transformed in just a short period of time.
Taking this week’s theme for photo challenge quite too literally, I present the view from my attic window. This is as high as I could get. After all, we do not need to be too much elevated to consider ourselves to be on the top.