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Journey Towards Meaning

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This is Dòu Dòu at one week of age in ChangZhou, China

This is Dòu Dòu (nickname) who was born a week ago to a colleague of mine.  On Saturday, I visited the mother who was my co-teacher for two years, her husband and their new baby boy and was received as the honorary Canadian grandfather.  I don’t usually make people in my life subjects in the photos I present here because of the “contamination” of proximity which perhaps interferes with the numinous nature of the image.  The image isn’t about the little baby boy, it is about something deeper.

The world has shifted during the past week.  An earthquake, a tsunami, deaths in Libya, Egypt and too many places and a polarizing of attitudes that paint ugly pictures of humans.  Out of all of the stories coming out of North Africa and Japan, one story stood out, that of a birth amid the wreckage left in the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.  One birth and likely more that 10,000 deaths.

As I look at Dòu Dòu’s eyes, I see so much, almost all of which is all projection.  But, that is what a photo needs to be able to accomplish, not just the recording of a singular fact.  The ability to evoke more is what makes an image “numinous.”  Here, Dòu Dòu has a few traces of milk on his lips, open eyes and a look of sadness as though his spirit knows what has been happening to the world in his first few days of life.

What has been happening?  Death and destruction, a story as old as the story of mankind.  But lost in the death and destruction is another story, that of rebirth, new life, new hope, new journeys.  No one says it is simple or that it will be a journey without pain.  Somehow, each life journey will need to navigate through the death and destruction of change and carve an individual path of meaning.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

March 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

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  1. that was lovely; thank you for it.


    March 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  2. Much love. You are precious, because you choose to be.


    March 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

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