The Hanged Man

 

“I am in this position because I wish to be. It is I who cut off the branches. I have freed my hands of the desire to seize, to own, to cling. Without abandoning the world, I have retired from it. With me you can find the will to enter the state where the will no longer exists, where words, emotions, relations, desires, needs no longer bind you.” Arcanum XII, the hanged man speaking from The way of Tarot of
 Alejandro Jodorowsky

This set of photos, shot in the course of the years 2017-2018 in the region of Ruschegg (Switzerland) tries to express a certain feeling, a human feeling, maybe the actual state of mind of humanity.

Between dreams and reality, between desires and material constraints, our aspirations to elevate ourselves from the mud to higher horizons and goals clash against gravity or wear away slowly with the friction of time. The impenetrable stillness of our world like an immense wall in front of us.

And then what do we do ? We do nothing. We sacrifice, we hang voluntarily our wishes to dry and we just keep going. Maybe that is actually the only way to go, to a higher state of consciousness, accept and let it be, like in the 56th poem of the Tao Te Ching:

 

Those who know do not talk.

Those who talk do not know.

Keep your mouth closed.

Guard your senses.

Temper your sharpness.

Simplify your problems.

Mask your brightness.

Be at one with the dust of the earth.

 

 

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