To ramble is to wander from here to there, removing the focus of where one’s body is present.
Rambling is also the action of a mind that goes astray and wanders at the whim of its reverie.
This collection of black and white photographs symbolizes what it means to ramble. Most of us search in our dreams for answers to some of the fundamental questions that have been driving humanity for thousands of years. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Does life have a purpose?
Modern technology gives us answers to certain questions or at least allows us to approach possible solutions. This is particularly true for issues regarding aging, time passing, or social behavior. But nevertheless, the essential questions of life continue to remain unanswered for us.
Today, the development of transportation allows us to quickly and safely interact with other cultures. We can look elsewhere for answers to life’s deepest questions. We still hope that the distance will give us solutions to our ethical and moral problems, but unfortunately, we often return empty handed. We begin to wander again. Our mind meanders our memories, our lost illusions, and our dreams of success.
When our mind wanders, it is because we seek out the abstraction of our unconscious responses to our anxieties.
The realization of our desires to travel often motivates us to search beyond the boundaries of our garden. It is when we return to our roots that we become aware that the answers to our questions were merely beneath the tree we had been leaning against for years without noticing what we were doing.
We are satisfied for a few days or even for a few weeks. Then the time to work returns. We forget. Then we ask ourselves the same questions. We wander again on the sinuous roads of our thoughts. This is an eternal recommencement.
Ultimately, the ravings of our mind provide us with a way to live in harmony with others. They allow us to escape whenever we want. They allow us to dream about another place that may be superior and different than our current situation. But all this exists only in our imagination.
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