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Keep - Release

I once heard something

about Rust Belt Bohemians.

How they notice the passage of time

by virtue of their reinventions.

Chief among them -

the reinvention of themselves.

This process is not about being a locomotive.

It’s about observing the track.

I wonder what the breath between

this place and that time

keeps and releases.

What delicate tensions

suspend the object in motion?

Keep - Release.

Keep - Release.

Walk - Stand.

Shift - Stay.

Keep - Release.

Change - change again.

There is no magnum opus.

Just another step.

Keep - Release.

Move on.


By Lindsay Surmacz. Photos by Charissa Sedor (@pic.char).

Female wirewalker balancing on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker balancing on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker balancing on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker laying on a tightwire over an abandoned railroad track on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker balancing on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker kneeling on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker smiling on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker balancing on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Female wirewalker posing in the metalwork of an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Black and white photo of a female wirewalker posing in the metalwork of an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Black and white photo of a female wirewalker posing in the metalwork of an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.

Black and white photo of a female wirewalker leaning on a tightwire beneath an abandoned railroad bridge on a sunny day.