Purchased tonight on Amazon.com.
As my followers may know, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Miami for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I got to see my family, my friends, and remember the city I’d known all my life. It was wonderful, and I am so grateful for every moment I spent there (even the ones that were not so pleasant).
I titled this “Familiar Spaces” because that’s precisely what it is. I took this self-portrait inside the small room outside my parents’ house, where they have the washer & dryer. I’d used this small room for quite a few photography projects over the years. Being able to stand inside it again was very sentimental for me.
Of all the shots I took, this one was my favorite.
I am extremely flattered that a fan of my work, the lovely Suzanne, sent me a photo of her daughter in her Halloween costume for 2012 inspired by one of my photos! This is the second costume she has made for her daughter based off my work. I asked if I could post the image on my blog, and she happily said yes. :D
(from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness) a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind (i.e. sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism). This kind of world view was widespread among several romantic authors such as Lord Byron, Giacomo Leopardi, François-René de Chateaubriand, Alfred de Musset, Nikolaus Lenau, Hermann Hesse, and Heinrich Heine. It is also used to denote the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world.
The modern meaning of Weltschmerz in the German language is the psychological pain caused by sadness that can occur when realising that someone’s own weaknesses are caused by the inappropriateness and cruelty of the world and (physical and social) circumstances. Weltschmerz in this meaning can cause depression, resignation and escapism, and can become a mental problem (compare to Hikikomori). The modern meaning should also be compared with the concept of anomie, or a kind of alienation, that Émile Durkheim wrote about in his sociological treatise Suicide.