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A fugitive slave, says I.
Olympic contestant, says my love.
But we both know, as soon as we have said it, that neither is right.
We have reduced, I admit, this Photo of the Week edition to a guessing game.
Not intentionally though. The image, the statue, raises the questions, and our attempts at answering them lead us to guessing what this is.

See how the face may be male as well as female, while the arm suggests male, unless we are dealing with a sportswoman. The arms are too high up for running, maybe wielding a sword – no, the other arm would not be posed like that – javelin maybe? Might explain why that arm is so out of balance related to the head. Leaning towards the Olympics probability. But sports, really? Look at the face. It’s so serene it’s almost asleep. It also seems haughty, or noble, or both. And scarred, but that might just be the material, but not really, when you look closely at the nose-mouth-chin area. Suddenly it hits me and we agree: probably an Amazon, or a warrior if you go with the male, throwing a spear, but not for sports. Red adornments symbolize bloodshed. This may be it. If it weren’t for the serenity of the facial expression.

He is at that moment, says my love, you know, that split second of stillness before the explosion of energy. I do know. It’s why I love archery, where you can find hold and cherish this particular moment especially conscious right before you let go of the arrow. I am in awe that the sculptor would take that magnificent moment of silence for a pose. I don’t even care if it’s true, if we’re right. Don’t care he or she and what is doing, not important anymore. Look! It is that moment.
Suddenly I see nothing but beauty.
Silence is so sexy.
Shame really, it’s hardly ever there.


Texto por: Peter-Jan Vermeij


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