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Shut your eyes and think of somewhere
Somewhere cold and caked in snow
By the fire we break the quiet
Learn to wear each other well

And when the worrying starts to hurt
and the world feels like graves of dirt
Just close your eyes until
you can imagine this place, you're our secret space at will

Shut your eyes, I spin the big chair
And you'll feel dizzy, light, and free
And falling gently on the cushion
You can come and sing to me

~ Snow Patrol ~

" My body is withering. My memory is fading.
Weary I am, shutting my eyes... but not my heart. "

Thanks to all for your concern and patience.
Hope everything is well. Will catch up soon!

(Part of my new gallery: exposed...)

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MarcViskens23-Jul-2015 19:53
very very pretty work
settler03-Jul-2010 09:00
Just super!..V!
Oscar Reina18-May-2008 20:57
glad to be 'back' browsing your galleries. this is outstanding.
Edith Champagne07-May-2008 15:58
Beautiful! You have a gift! BV
Marcos García11-Apr-2008 12:29
Perfect!!Beautifully done!
Guest 03-Apr-2008 23:34
This is brilliant!! Great work!
Malin 23-Oct-2007 16:49
Very beautiful.
Yiannis Pavlis21-Nov-2006 02:06
beautifull work.
sebas veldhuisen19-Nov-2006 08:12
Such a fantastic new interpretation to this picture of the tree how it here becomes part of your body. Your arms make a perfect line dividing the two worlds. Vote
TimA16-Oct-2006 09:20
All the beauty shut within, along with the memories of the good times. Spring will come again, and the beauty and good times will become reality once more :-)
Roe..14-Oct-2006 19:46
you complete the tree..or maybe the tree shows how wide spead your talents are..whatever it may be..I can never place one adjective to your images..most of the time I'm at a loss for words..v
Ray :)11-Oct-2006 15:06
My screen must have frizzled with shock when you first posted this. I'm so glad I've seen it now. Your sense of emotion never disappoints.
Sue Robertson17-Sep-2006 22:59
Wonderful image. Inspiring work. v
jude17-Sep-2006 15:16
I like that your face is darkened, yet the framed image you present to us is light and beautiful (like your hands and arms).
Maybe what's hidden in the dark is shown in the light?
This gallery is exquisite.
Niall O'Shea17-Sep-2006 00:18
Like another commentator, I'm at a bit of a loss to make an interpretive comment, perhaps because interpreation is so open but I too am compelled. A beautiful mystery of a photo.
Guest 16-Sep-2006 22:41
Oh, I absolutely adore this image. A very strong image and I like how a big part of your face is kept black, excellent work, a big vote!
david procter16-Sep-2006 16:50
Branches will spread from the bough grow up and around your willowy limbs, through your fingers and carry you onwards and upwards with them as this winter finds spring. I'm intriqued what will follow this.
Wonderful work Missy
Doug Kessler16-Sep-2006 14:15
Glad you have returned. Excellent shot!
Ed Goodnight15-Sep-2006 12:41
intriguing image indeed
I have looked at it several times without commenting
It keeps pulling me back to enjoy it's simplicity/complexity
Sheila15-Sep-2006 04:02
Welcome back, Ai Li.
Superb image.
Cindi Smith15-Sep-2006 01:50
Very well done! Welcome back and your work is as strong and beautifully emotional as ever! My Vote!
Guest 15-Sep-2006 01:48
Welcome bacl Ai Li. Stunning image! as usual...
Adrian Reilly15-Sep-2006 00:47
Came back because your images are unique, never to be forgotten
JD14-Sep-2006 22:58
Welcome back! What a start! The choice of focus is unusual - or the treatment more likely. The high contrast is simply perfect. I can imagine the life in you, and that tells me that I am looking at a spring view, not an autumn one. Voted.
Phil Douglis14-Sep-2006 22:53
This portrait is as much as X-ray as a photograph, Ai Li. We can see into you and through you, an incongruous rendering of your vital organs changed into a barren tree awaiting rebirth. I sense this image is more than a cry for help. It is a metaphor for a clean slate, a new beginning. The tree is not dead -- in fact, it has yet to flower. A powerfully abstract vision, this image is rich in incongruity and graphically provocative. It asks us to consider such human values as potential, promise, and purpose. You may have stripped yourself down to the minimum here, but this barren tree offers a sturdy framework upon which to build your art and your life. You have given our imaginations much to play with here, Ai Li. It is a worthy addition to collection of thought provoking images.
Ann LT14-Sep-2006 22:45
So glad you're back,Ai Li!!
Another great addition to this gallery.
Deborah Lewis14-Sep-2006 21:42
Awesome and welcome back! GMV
Rob Rosetti14-Sep-2006 18:26
Superb self portrait Ai LI! The composition and the use of light are perfect! Brava!
Galina Stepanova14-Sep-2006 17:12
Wonderful, Ai Li, deep and thoughtful.
Visual thinking in beautiful B&W.
Guest 14-Sep-2006 16:21
There are photographers (me) and there are artists (you). This shows the difference very clearly.
Bob B.14-Sep-2006 15:12
Great composition and wonderful B&W v!
Dan Chusid14-Sep-2006 14:34
Always nice to see an image within an image.
Zara Altair14-Sep-2006 14:31
Strong image, full of power.
Kathy Pedersen14-Sep-2006 14:23
A powerful image I close my eyes and repeat these words, I interpret many things, one of which saddens me~ The bare branches suggest a cry for help or an ending of something wonderul you may have dreamed of~ You have moved me to silence and deep thought, Ai li.

petem14-Sep-2006 14:19
She's back! Brilliant!
Bill Harris14-Sep-2006 13:28
Superb, just wonderful. V
Kal Khogali14-Sep-2006 12:50
Something repressive in those hands, like they are forcing the tree down. Roots? growth? Just don't know, but I do know this is fantastic stuff. K
Clarke & Emi14-Sep-2006 12:33
This image free our minds. V
Melissa Howard14-Sep-2006 11:49
branching out within the confines of our own framework and relationships...
Vincent Ethier14-Sep-2006 11:43
Azlin Ahmad14-Sep-2006 11:07
Welcome back! A powerful and disturbing image, the silhouette of the stark trees being positioned where the torso (and indeed the centre of the living being) should be, great contrast. One can interpret this for hours! Voted.
fred_il14-Sep-2006 10:59
Welcome back!
You didn't lose anything of your talent! :-)
Craig Persel14-Sep-2006 10:34
Brilliant shot. Welcome back! :-)
Adrian Reilly14-Sep-2006 10:21
Wonderfully creative yet again. Inspiring as usual. vote

and thanks:-))
Guenter Eh14-Sep-2006 10:21
What a celebration of your come back Ai Li! I`m mesmerized again! Song in context with your picture are incredible! The show can go on, we are so ready for the next...! My admiration!
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