There is no cry of pain without an echo of joy at its end.
Ramón de Campoamor
It is one of my favourite quotes because of its universality. If I would consider another tattoo this line would be a strong contender.
A good spanking makes Princess whimper but at the end she often enjoys an intense climax.
Let’s think out of the box for a moment.
I experienced joy when the large prints of my landscape photographs came out my printer. It was the sum of enjoying the solitude on the beaches of the Opal Coast, creativity and lots of work in my digital darkroom.
All of this culminated into the immense pleasure of having several solo art exhibitions, being interviewed and what not.
But where was the pain?
It was in the loneliness, the longing for someone special that made me cry, gave me pain yet fueled my creativity.
Countless were the moments during my visits at the Opal Coast when I felt so sad, so lonely.
Countless were the evenings when those beautiful sunsets were blurred by tears.
I wanted to share my emotions with that special person whom I doubted existed but in my dreams and fantasies. Finally I found her, that special one, my Grail, and she stood at my side during my very last exhibition.
My pain was loneliness and solitude.
Princess took it away and replaced it with another one… the pleasurable pain of intense, true and deep love.
This Saturday Princess will be gone for a whole week. She will be driving to the South of France with her kids except for Stella and baby Star. It is their first holiday together in ages and I am very happy for Princess that she is able to do this.
It will do them good. They need the reassurance that their small family is still safe.
I know I am going to miss my dear Princess big time. We’ve already set up our tablets so we can Skype but even then it won’t be the same.
So there you have it, once again a cry of pain and the joy, at its end, The Project.
I started thinking about the concept of The Project about two months ago. Material was gathered or bought and slowly The Project took form.
One question remained though. Should The Project be experienced randomly or in a predefined form?
This weekend I started assembling everything and yesterday a naughty idea popped up in my head making The Project definitively a random experience.
I worked on it way past midnight and I am sure Princess will enjoy The Project very much.
What is it about, this The Project thing?
Let me put it this way.
If I tell you, dear Reader, Princess will know too.
But let me lift a very small part of the veil.
The Project is a surprise for Princess.
More on The Project next week.