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Refractions of Desire
Desire and Obstacles

A heavy life crushes. A light life is unbearable.

This body of work reflects the dark side of desire in relation to the search for lightness. Without desire and overcoming obstacles, life becomes meaningless. Ultimately resulting in my interpretation of 'The unbearable lightness of being', the title of a book by Milan Kundera which stuck to me.

How you view the world around you influences your choices. Temptations and threats follow each other up. What you seek is camouflaged in what you fear. The dual emotional quality of fear and attraction interests me. I choose not to limit myself in life by fear. It stands in the way of feeling free which is the ultimate goal.

Quoting Kundera from the book:
“The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?

© 2023 Photography by Renée Lawant

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