So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.
Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return.
“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”
British, born Germany, 1904-1983
Gelatin silver print
9 x 7⅝ in. (22.8 x 19.4 cm)
Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York, USA
© 2014 Estate of Bill Brandt
Open Shutter Project Michael Wesely
- Images 1-3: Museum of Modern Art in New York
- Images 4-5: Potsdamer Platz in Berlin
- Image 6: Leipziger Platz in Berlin
- Image 7: Allianz Arena Football Stadium in Munich
"Since the early 1990s, German photographer Michael Wesely has been inventing and refining techniques for using extremely long camera exposures to take uniquely compelling photographs. Through the use of filters and a very small aperture, yet one that is standard in a professional camera lens, he is able to diminish the amount of light hitting the negative to the point where he can extend the exposure many thousands of times longer than we would ordinarily expect." [via]