I saw this picture and immediately feel in love with it–it is so simple, yet so brilliant.
Like the 6 days of creation and then G-d rested, this picture illuminates in 6 panes of shades of black and white, the cycle of life of man and woman, and then stops (rests).
From carefree children to growing young adults, love and marriage, old age together, loss and loneliness, and finally together again–returned to the earth and I believe in the after-world.
The tree on the left overhangs and follows the path of the couple; it grows, matures, and seems to whither along with them–this is mother earth clearly sheltering and closely intertwined with its children.
The connection between people and earth, between one person and another, and between this world and the next…the whole of life’s existence and purpose seems to be expressed here.
The meaning and purpose is inherent in the cycle itself–throughout our growth, we experience trials and tribulation–and our mettle is tested and proven until it ends or perhaps begins again.
The overall story is of time marching on, and we but mortals experiencing so much–growth and decline, connection and separation, pleasure and pain–yet never escaping time’s grasp.
This is the cycle of life and G-d is ever at the helm.
To me, this picture brings perspective, understanding, fear, and peace all at the same time.
(Source Photo: here)