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Amongst The Rubble

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo:

“Standing (or sitting) amongst the chaos. Be the red chair.

There is an old deserted church in our neighborhood, Pleasant Grove Baptist. It has a castle-like, crumbling exterior. I had been building the nerve to take a peak inside. 

Amidst the rubble, trash, and decay, sat this beautiful red chair where the altar had once been. I listened to hear the stories it could bear witness to, but all I heard was the need to be like the red chair. To sit amongst the rubble. To stand firm and retain your form even when it all seems to be falling apart.”

More from Jim at his website.

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23 comments on “Amongst The Rubble

  1. hank shaw
    September 3, 2014

    this is a remarkable photo

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  2. chrisrenney
    September 3, 2014

    I hope you learn to live with the chaos and take control of it. This is still a room to be lived in. A wonderful, evocative image which to me holds hope within it.

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  3. Developing A New Image
    September 3, 2014

    Chris……I am trying to dwell amongst my own chaos. Some days I succeed, others I just get by……en theos…jim

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  4. sixdegreesphotography
    September 3, 2014

    Love the juxtaposition between the old, crumbling once orderly church and the realities of everyday living.. There is always a red chair somewhere.. great photo indeed!

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  5. esse636
    September 3, 2014

    a brilliant photo

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  6. thepersistentplatypus
    September 3, 2014

    Wow. This is beautiful.

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    • Developing A New Image
      September 5, 2014

      Ms Platypus….it was fun to write that name….thank for a lift with your words…en theos.j

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      • thepersistentplatypus
        September 5, 2014

        LOL! I enjoy being called Ms Platypus! 🙂 I’m glad to give encouraging word! I was scrolling through WordPress and I saw your picture and just had to stop and look at it. It really is breathtaking 🙂

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  7. Cara Lockhart Smith
    September 4, 2014

    Yes, this is a wonderful photograph….

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    • Developing A New Image
      September 5, 2014

      Cara……thanx for the encouragement. Some days we all need just a few kind words to carry us through the day….en theos…j

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  8. BookOfPain
    September 4, 2014

    Stunning artistry!

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    • Developing A New Image
      September 5, 2014

      BoP…….it is so nice to be called an artist. I can never seem to call myself that except in jest. But I wear it proudly when someone else proclaims it….thanx..j

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  9. premojas
    September 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Dear Beloveds.

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  10. bigbird34
    September 4, 2014

    What a beautiful photo!

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  11. Developing A New Image
    September 6, 2014

    To all…….I walked by this same church early yesterday morning and it was nothing but a pile of rubble. Three workers and two big bulldozers leaned on pick-ups discussing how easy it came down. I so wanted to ask, but what about the red chair, but I didn’t want to ask such a strange question, or didn’t have the nerve to.
    It was an eerie feeling and a couple more lessons in life:
    1. Never, ever walk by an opportunity and not stop to take advantage of it. NEVER
    2. Always know how quickly it can all come tumbling down.

    en theos….jim

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  12. bluebrightly
    September 7, 2014

    Brilliant, Jim – the words and the image! Just great.

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  13. bluebrightly
    September 7, 2014

    Just saw your comment above – you’re so right – even the light changes as I walk through the forest, and I think to myself that if I see an image I want to record, now’s the time! There may not be a later, and if there is, it WILL be different…

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