A Love that is Intertwined

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A pair of long-lost lovers individually enter a room. No distractions of the outside world are present. No problems or anxieties are near. There is no one else but them. They walk up to one another slowly until they are face to face. As their eyes meet, a breathtaking sense of warmth and remembrance courses through them. Love is awakened once more. A hand tenderly grasps a waist. A hand tenderly grasps a shoulder. And a pair of hands unite. 

Woodwinds, horns, and stringed instruments begin to sound. The waltz of the lovers commences. They glide, they twirl, they are connected with a poignant touch. 

Camille Claudel’s sculpture, “The Waltz,” inspires me to imagine the story behind the two carved figures and their dance with one another. There is such beauty in the admirable artwork, as it conveys an eternal embracement of form and spirit . The smoothly sculpted arms embrace. The hands grasp onto one another in loving harmony. The heads lightly rest in the crevice of the other’s neck…

And a gown lightly blows in the motion of the waltz, slowly disintegrating, as the curving forms of movement merge as one.

As the waltz comes to an end, the lovers gaze into the eyes of the other once more and smile.

Image Credits: Musée Rodin

Another Time, Another World

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When I look at Edward Steichen’s photograph, entitled “The Pond–Moonrise,” I am looking at nature in all its glory, in all its magical splendor. The wooded scene is aglow with a sparkling enchantment, as the parts of nature gather together in harmony and joy. Through this photographic rendering, nature’s ability to make you dream, imagine, and wonder is beautifully apparent.

It is as if you are alone in this forested realm, with no human presence near, with no signs of human life or interference–there is a purity to the scene, a shimmering tranquility. It is as if you are present in another time, another world, another dimension, in a painting or in a mythological work; all revealing the exquisiteness of nature.

The shining moon in a colored sky blossoms over the scene, exuding a bright radiance which brings light to the environment’s spirit of growth. The hazily defined pond of elongated reflection declares that what grows above in such magnificence, grows below just the same–the trees, the life of land above…the plants, the life of water below.

The fascinating photograph reveals that life is everywhere and that it is full of such enchanting beauty.

Image Credits: Metropolitan Museum of Art