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A child is passing between transparent panels at the “Malecon”, the promenade along the Guayas river in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
It seems to be another “Decisive Moment”, as the child in movement was captured when he was exactly at the center between the panes, giving a nice symmetry to the image. The first thought is that a few seconds sooner or later, the child would not be there.
But from a wider angle of thought, I can’t avoid seeing in this child the symbol of our Humanity. Something which – hopefully – will stand for many centuries and millennium.
The panes, on the other hand, are here just to show the names of the political and financial powers who have taken part in the renovation of the “Malecon”. And these powers are all temporary, they will obviously vanish long before Humanity.
A photograph may reveal more than what is seen at a first glance. It can be read as a symbol, in different ways, because it contains various layers. As the French writer and adventurer, Antoine de St Exupery wrote in “The Little Prince”, the essential is invisible to the eyes.
In a photograph, the Artistic and Philosophical presence never lies in the visible layer. We need to go deeper, to dare enter the invisible, in order to reach it. There, at the heart of the image one will find a different meaning. But to perceive it, one must conquest the center of his own Labyrinth and fill it with light. We must walk in the steps of Theseus, whose Axe becomes a Torch after he had killed the Minotaur, in the Minoan Myth.
The Minotaur is this part of ourself which does not allow us to open our wings and act as real human beings.
Killing it allows us to bring light into the darkness, thus to see the Invisible, to be free from the illusions of the cave, the illusions of the impermanence. At this moment the “Green Panes” become transparent and all that remains is the child, the future of our humanity.Back to Gallery