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Friday, April 29, 2005


Balloons 3

I often wonder why I'm fascinated by certain things; why certain forms, structures inhabit my thoughts for months, years. Take balloons for example, I've made over a dozen posts in half as many months, motivated by their plump presence.

Is it because they're empty?
Is it because they're hollow?
Is it because they're full?
Is it because they're contents are invisible?
Is it because they float?
Is it because they float away?
Is it because they come clustered?
Is it because they're essentially shells?
Is it because they gain life from human breath?
Is it because they don't gain freedom until untethered?
Is it because they're only controllable when tethered?
Is it because they're lighter than air?
Is it because they create the illusion of volume?
Is it because they're subject to the whims of the wind?
Is it because they're a nearly pure form?
Is it because they're taken for granted?
Is it because they catch light like gems or stained glass?
Is it because they have a finite life-span?
Is it because they die?
Is it because they seem anxious to be lost?
Is it because they're born to collapse?
Is it because they pop, loudly?
Is it because they become invisible as they rise?
Is it because they're purchased for potential rather than value?
Is it because they're containers?
Is it because they're colors denote occasion?
Is it because they're colors connote emotion?
Is it because they can be killed with a touch?
Is it because they get caught?
Is it because they fascinated Warhol as well?
Is it because they're multiples, part of an infinite edition?
Is it because they model larger systems?
Is it because they're disposable?
Is it because they're a true commodity?
Is it because they're available to nearly everyone, nearly everywhere?
Is it because they're proxies for lungs?
Is it because they're mass-produced orbs?
Is it because they're only content is spirit?

Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

Is it because you let go of one as a small child and cried while watching it disappear (until we learned the value of tying it to your little wrist)?

April 29, 2005 at 11:17 AM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous devin thought:

you remind me of thoreau

April 29, 2005 at 8:39 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Chris thought:

Perhaps it's because they make visible the frontier on which contrary forces are in perfect balance -- a membrane between air under pressure trying to get out, and an atmosphere trying to keep it in. I feel the same way about soap bubbles.

May 5, 2005 at 7:29 AM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Anonymous thought:

you inspired me to take more pictures
i notice things like this
and wonder things like that
but i forget my camera all the time
and i am too lazy to type it all out sometimes
i will try harder
edna million

May 6, 2005 at 3:55 PM - Comment Permalink  

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