Monday, September 07, 2009

The Ladder

The darkness fell upon the church; like a ritual. Each evening the shadows woke up from their slumber. It was their world at night. Free to move around, they ruled the church. But there was an area that had no bonds with the darkness. Deep within, lay a room with a ladder; surrounded by blackness. There was something special about this ladder, it was lit up by a mysterious source; a sign of hope, a choice.

The steps ascended towards the light, each level represented a new degree of spiritual awareness. But, I say again, the ladder was a choice. You decide how far you want to climb.



Serg

22 comments:

super_nanny_kel said...

Wow, what a cool concept with the ladder. I agree that spirituality is a choice that only you can make. It is a personal decision, and no one should push you to climb that ladder if you fear it or don't understand it. The world is full of darkness, but in the midst of these dark corners there are opportunities of light and spiritual renewal, whether you are religious or not. You can find enlightment in all places of the world. Climbing that ladder isn't always easy, but at least you are guided by a hope, and a light for direction. Very creative Serg and thanks for making me think so early on this morning haha, gonna catch my plane in a few hours, back to Wisconsin. NYC was an amazing experience, I can't wait to be back!

superrawgirl said...

I am thinking you were an old buddhist monk in a former life. Very cool picture and very thought provoking. Whoever said life was easy? The further you journey up the ladder the more confident and accomplished one will feel, and nobody can take that away.

Angela said...

Great picture! Love your use of light.

Megs said...

Excellent use of light and darkness and a brilliant writing as well. Great job!

AaronM said...

Very inspiring and insightful Serge.

Kris said...

I've been admiring that photo on your flickr sense I first saw it, and now, with the little connection you made to it, I love it even more. You're photography never fails to amaze me, Serg!

Anonymous said...

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WatchingStars said...

Sergey,
There is a new photo up on my JPG.com account that I think you might like. I shot it during my flight home from JFK. Considering you are an advocate for peace, you might find it beautiful. :)

Why Mom Drinks Rum said...

Très cool. I love limited light shots.

Alyssia Garber said...

Just a small comment this time. Again, your stuff is amazing! :) The ladder concept is great.

-Ally

Jessica said...

Hey Serg! I came across something this week and I think you might find it interesting. It's called Stumble. I'm not sure if you have heard of it but if you go to stumbleupon.com and download the toolbar you will me amazed! You just pick what your interested in and click stumble and it will bring up a website in the areas your interested in! It just seemed like something you would like :) much love my dear!

ncchapman said...

This was really inspiring and just what I needed to read/see. Today is my fourth day after I quit smoking.. pfffft.. It's fucking hard and it is not fun. I had no idea how much I thought about smoking, how many places I smoked, how many people I smoked with. It's weird that cigarettes could have that much control over my life, they aren't mind altering or fun, they're just like.. chewing a piece of gum or drinking a cup of coffee. It's almost as if I've spent 5 years smoking and I don't even notice I do it.
Anyways, my main drive to quit smoking was because I started really working out. Still being young I didn't really think about becoming terminally ill with a disease, it just don't faze me, even though I watched a friend die from cancer when I was 14, which is weird that it didn't affect me to not smoke although it had a great impact on my life. However, it was scary not to be able to breathe. Breathing is something you just do, until you can't and you're gasping for air.. literally like a fish out of water. I thought I was going to die.
So to continue with my story, while I was talking my dog for a walk I saw a husband and wife sitting on their porch having a conversation with their daughter who was probably about 5 or 6. She was holding her underpants in her hand and her parents were trying to explain to her why she needed to wear underpants. I don't really know what their reasons were (personally, I agree with their daughter) but they were laughing about it and sharing what I thought is a genuine moment that they can bring up when their child is older, and make fun of them for. I want to have those moments. I want to make fun of my kids. I've really been thinking about it a lot lately, that there is so many other reasons than just me to be healthy. Like what I put into my body now will go into my child's body later.. It's freaky! I want to live to be 1,000 years and feel healthy everyday.
Anyways, thanks for sharing this. This is what your picture said to me.

squidshark said...

So I'm pretty late on seeing this blog, but the photo is great. Your unique usage of lighting has inspired me to work on some more low-key photography for my next upcoming show. Thanks!

Morgaine said...

Favorite post.
Beautiful words,
very powerful.

Be Sweet,
Morgaine.

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