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(September 19-29, 2013)

Rolf Ris


Iñaki Rezola

Stairway to Heaven

Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

2013 Sept. 27, 09:33 local time

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In many religions and myths mortality is often the price humankind has to pay because someone -a female in most of the cases- made once a wrong decision: Eve in the Bible, Pandora in the Greek's myths. The most remarkable thing in all these stories -and they may be found throughout the world- is their believing that Humankind was inmortal in itself... showing a profound resistence in us to accept our mortal being.

There is another interesting feature in this lost of inmortality: the gift was taken back from us by the gods when we tried to be like them (the biblical story of the serpent tempting Eve: we would be like God by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Science. And in Greek myths both Icarus and Belerophon are punished with dead for trying to reach the realms of the gods).

Which leads us to the quest for inmortality. Some people find in memory, fame and glory its only possible form, accepting death as the end of individual life. But most people long for real inmortality, and alleviate the pain caused by the departure of the dear ones by thinking that they're gone somewhere else, where they're awaiting for the rest of us all to reach them there someday.

Cypresses in cemeteries symbolize both mourning and inmortality, the passage from one form of existence to another one.
Handheld shot, Nikon D300,Nikkor 10,5, Capture NX, PTGui, PS, Superrune filters, Nik filters, Pano2VRPro

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