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Collage in Photoshop from stock photography and locally photographed digital images. This piece deals with uncertainties and the inevitable, and how our thoughts, emotions, joys, and fears shape our perceptions of life and where it is taking us.

This particular abstract symbolizes the motorcycle rider’s dilemma as it depicts a blended map and road. The heavens above are home to many a fallen rider and as we look just below the heavenly fortress, we see a speedometer that is also a stop watch, ticking off minutes of a lifetime. We are surrounded by data, telling us how to be safe on the one hand, and reminding us of the fleeting nature of life, especially with this dangerous activity, on the other hand. Just to the right of the motorcycle is a fallen leaf. This golden symbol of the fall season also symbolizes the end of a riding season, and often, of making it through another season. You see, riders can be conflicted. There is a natural fear for one’s life because riders are so unprotected, and they are out there on the road with metal machinery weighing in at a ton each, controlled by people who often are not even paying attention, or at the very least are incredibly distracted. Yet, the motorcycle rider is also compelled. Riding gets into their blood and becomes an obsession. There is remorse and sadness at seeing another season come to a close, even though riding a motorcycle could end that rider’s very life. This design attempts to convey the true paradox that is riding. Fear and inevitability of death juxtaposed by a passion so strong that so saddens the rider at season’s end.

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