The past is strapped to our backs. We do not have to see it; we can always feel it. -Mignon McLaughlin
I took this week’s photo challenge by guest host Gary Ng Gnostec Photography in a bit of a different direction. The challenge stated “Sometimes, you have to appreciate that the world will collide around you and present you with said collision, wrapped up in a plastic album sleeve, for sale in a local used record store.” My world sometimes collides when I think about the past and try placing it in the present.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. -Lesley Hartley
I am constantly reminded of how things were when I was a child and how they are now. The merging of the past with the present is always around you whether you are talking about rules, regulations and standards of living or just how different things look or are perceived in this era
The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. -Anonymous.
There is a saying about how you can’t escape your past and another saying about how you can never go home. This to me is an awesome juxtaposition where two random always connected but distinctly different objects are always present and always moving in a parallel motion. Who you are and who were and who you are now along with what you can and cannot change determining who you will become.
My photos represent the past merging with the present. How some things change and some stay the same. Enjoy.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts
More about the challenge:
Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art.
For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment. As for me, I love merging the arts, especially two distinctly different types of art. On one side, there is the performing arts—a ballerina, for instance—and on the other side, there is architecture.
”Merge” is the weekly photo challenge from WordPress this week, and you can see all the entries here.
Gary Ng is an architect and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the founder of Gary Ng © Gnostec Photography and author of his photo blog. Subscribe to his updates via his website, blog, or Facebook page.
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