A Thousand Roads (First Step)

Creative Intention

A Thousand Roads is a series of difficult photographs for me. It is the juxtaposition of potential life and potential death, and it does not aim to hide the true pain weaved within.

To say that life can be difficult is an understatement, but it can also be beautifully poetic as well.
It is true that when a door closes another opens, but that does not guarantee that the path ahead will be any easier, or any better; but by the same token it may mean just the opposite.
A Thousand Roads aim’s to capture the difficult moment where the most critical decision has to be made, and no matter how you feel, you cannot stay here much longer.
It is said that when someone passes away we do not mourn their passing alone, but we also mourn for the great potential things they could have done. It is never a question of life and death, but it is a question of which roads you will walk before you can experience either. Life can be found along any road, love can be lost on a side street, and hope can be found at the bottom of it all; but it is often your choice alone that dictates your own destiny.
Our lives are impossible gifts.
We suffer in so many ways, and equally we experience both redemption and healing.
Time The Thief is forever stealing our moments and offering up even more temporary ones, all while we try to let go of the past that was stolen, force our eyes closed to an unknown future, and somehow embrace an all too often, far too real present tense.
This is what it means to be alive.
To dance among the company of our own demons.
To learn to pick ourselves up after every fall.
To believe that we can reclaim what Time The Thief has stolen, and to somehow accept that this is an impossible task to achieve.
We have within each and every one of us, a story that meanders along a potential thousand unknown roads, and we all have the same decision to make; do we continue walking further, or is this as far as our own hope will take us?

Author Note: I am a true believer in this gift, no matter how difficult and impossible it can feel at times, and I truly hope that you choose to continue walking through this life, and continue to discover more great things to live for. Your light is unique, let it shine as long as you can.

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Written by Ryan Donnelly
I have been stopping time for over eight years now, while placing my thoughts upon the blank page for even longer. For me, art is about the story, the message, and although the tales I tell are sometimes in complete juxtaposition with one another, they are all a part of the novel that is "I".