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Balance

Photo taken by contributor Riccardo Bevilacqua, a 39-year-old nuclear physicist currently living between Sweden and Belgium. Riccardo loves to travel, and take photos of local people wherever he goes. He worked for many years in his local community with people affected by physical and mental impairments, and he understands and is sensitive to the challenges that the families have to face, often alone. The apartment where he is living now is actually part of an old psychiatric hospital. The municipality decided to refurbish a wing of the building as a residential area, whereas the rest of the former hospital is now adapted as a museum. Geel, the town in which he lives in Belgium, is known for the practice of deinstitutionalization in psychiatric care, and this dates back since the 13th century! Still now-a-days 500 families in Geel alone, host a psychiatric patient in their house, where they live as members of the family itself.

About this photo: “I have created this photo in collaboration with my wife Niroch — who is a much more talented photographer than I am — and Lisa, a beautiful model and ballerina. When I saw the result, I thought: this image is perfect for the Broken Light project.

The state of equilibrium reached by this ballerina is the most unstable, fragile and unexpected you could think. She is holding her weight over her arms, showing her strength but at the same time her inability to move forward. The energy is channelled in a direction which offers no solutions. The horizon is open, but empty. This image makes me think about depression. About the inability to move, despite any effort of our mind. And still the result is harmonious and beautiful. A “normal” image of someone standing on her feet, would have not told us anything. Often, unexpected equilibria are the most beautiful — if we know how to look at them.”

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17 comments on “Balance

  1. Linn Birkeland Photography
    August 29, 2013

    Beautiful and symbolic. Nice work Riccardo!

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    • Shinji
      September 3, 2013

      Thank you, Linn. Happy you like my photo!

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  2. Craig Miller
    August 29, 2013

    Beautiful photograph, beautifully expressed.

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  3. Reblogged this on My Choice.

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  4. samanthapugsley
    August 30, 2013

    This is so many kinds of awesome. Love the symbolism, great choice to go black and white – really great all around

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    • Shinji
      September 3, 2013

      I loved to create this image, and I love to read your nice comment, Samantha. Thank you!

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  5. thehappyhugger
    August 30, 2013

    Love this picture!

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  6. Judy
    September 1, 2013

    Wow!!

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  7. spritesquadron
    September 1, 2013
  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 2, 2013

    fascinating photo!

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