Photographer's Note

This is the last of this short series of images - there are many many more but this is the end of what I really want to share here and now.

Jerzy (Bantonbuju) has described the spirituality of our visit - just the two of us in this vast snow covered area with so many symbols and references - the temperature in the minuses and everything so still, no wind, no sound, no birds or animals, no other human beings. Perhaps this is why the small references to other people's visits here had such impact.

In all that space and amongst the thousands of stones remembering lost communities I found this one little tiny plant struggling through to survive - pushing through, vulnerable but with great strength, asserting its right to survive yet harming no-one.

The impact of this one tiny image (near the end of our visit) was so powerful in the context of what had gone before - I found myself looking at everything differently after this - my eyes and mind and heart open in a different way of those profound unexpected moments.

Like a haiku there are so many thoughts, feelings and stories in this image. A book.

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Additional Photos by Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
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