Pulling through the pain

“Death is a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh.”

– Marcus Aurelius

The following image is one of a series of photos sent in by IAM: Bruisepresser


As near as I can tell, this pull, and the rest of the images come from some performance or photoshoot that was done.

What strikes me most about this image is the raw emotions that were captured.  You have this moment where the pressure of the pull is being felt, and the hands are back holding on for support, either physical or emotional.  The moment where all the sensations are becoming overwhelming and her face is showing the emotional, physical, and spiritual feelings that are passing through her body.  While she is in costume, and has a mask of paint on, you can see beyond all that.  Beyond the physical action of the pulling.  Beyond the costuming and makeup.  You are able to see right into her being.

This is why we do the things we do.  To reach a point in ourselves when we can truly see and feel what it is to be our ideal.  Whatever mods you have, or activities you participate in, they’re all building to moments such as this one.  When we can strip away all the trappings of the outside world, and bare our souls to ourselves.  See what we really are, and what we want to become.

So thank you Bruisepresser, for sharing this moment with us.

6 thoughts on “Pulling through the pain

  1. Keep posting Rob. Your posts are deep and make me think and look into the picture for more than what the picture is in it’s physical form. Are all Canadians as deep as you?

  2. This is what I love about photography. Capturing that moment in time. It’s why I like candid shots 10 times more than posed ones. It rips away everything and shows what’s really there. :)

  3. @freehat: Oh if only that were the case. Alas we have our share of shallow people as well as the thoughtful ones. I just do what I can to deliver to the ModBlog readers what I’d hope they’d enjoy.

  4. Thank you for your beautiful words. When the photographer posted these on his site, I was a little taken aback and unsure if I wanted to have been captured in a moment of such obvious vulnerability; now I’m glad to have had the opportunity to share that with our community. The end of that particular pull was the most transcendent experience I’ve had.

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