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Joe mentions in the request video the importance of having a balance of darkness and light in film (I suppose this can be taken literally, too, if we consider the importance of having a nice range of tones in black and white film/photography). This idea is something that I was sort of obsessed with in high school/the first couple years of college-- not just in regard to art but to life in general. 

Death, the biggest dark thing we all know we will one day have to face, is largely disregarded in American culture and seems to create a serious imbalance when it comes to people's relationships to themselves as well as their relationships with other people. How does a person's views on death affect the way they live their life? How do do different views on death affect a culture as a whole?

Something I've been thinking a lot about lately is how people react to a person who has just experienced the loss of someone close to them. There seems to be a lot of tip-toeing around, at least here in America, since we are not often taught to view death as an integral part of life. It is a subject that is extremley awkward and uncomfortable for many people to approach, which often leaves a grieving person feeling alone and without support during a time they most need support.

How does one achieve the proper balance between acknowledging death and actually living life? Should we see these things as being separate in the first place?


Created: Apr 17, 2014

Tags: death, balance, darkness

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