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Echoes I: Roots Grow Together

By Hart Ginsburg


After completing the Urban Pace trilogy, we have commenced on a new series entitled Echoes. The name was chosen with the thought that each life, consciously or unconsciously, echoes infinitely like a dancing shadow as Carl Sandburg’s poetry does for many. Echoes intends to present an enriching perspective on the seemingly ordinary aspects of life. We also hope this will provide a platform for other urban artists and healers to learn how they find balance and meaning in their everyday lives.

In this edition, we have chosen to highlight relationships thematically through a photographic narrative entitled Roots Grow Together, a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Dustin Yu, and an interview with couples and individual therapist Corina Mattson.

Echoes II: Hearts Opens With Light

By Hart Ginsburg

For this photographic montage, we have chosen the title “Hearts Open with Light.” The title reflects my belief that by opening our hearts in times of difficulty to the different emanations of light in our lives – friendships, nature, or other wholesome connections – we can then navigate ourselves towards a safer direction. In the following montage, we have portrayed swimmers traversing the wavy waters of Lake Michigan as a metaphor of resilience and determination to meet and incorporate and thus flow with life’s uncertainties.

This book can roughly be divided into two sections: First, a montage narrative of urban photographs taken while I explored the meaning of light in contemporary society. Second, reflections by psychotherapist Misty Major on ways we can overcome the inner loops we might face. These two sections when placed together are complementary and work together much like the fine ingredients of a New York pastrami sandwich. However, we cannot guarantee the flavor is as tasty or as kosher.

Echoes III: Yellow Balloon

By Hart Ginsburg


Welcome aboard the Yellow Balloon I hope you have been enjoying 21st-century life,
assuming we have not yet evaporated or transported to a nearby galaxy. The title for this
book can be traced to a photograph, Mayuko Sato, our creative editor, took of a yellow
balloon on a city street in Chicago. Upon seeing this captivating photograph, the title for the
book percolated through the sleepy hemispheres of my mind. Subsequently, watching The
Red Balloon, a beautiful French film, further solidified that the photograph of the yellow
balloon was not a mere coincidence, rather a continuation of artistic exploration or discourse
over time.

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