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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Under Pressure - A Cognito Studios Creative Project May 2014

Today's post introduces a series of creative projects I have been working on which aim to delve into the world of artistic expression using the medium of photography, creative writing, creative lighting and graphical effects.

This one is called UNDER PRESSURE.

It portrays the inner struggles we all go through when under pressure; pressure to succeed, to win, to save face, to make sense of a tragic event or unfortunate circumstance. The photos in this project were taken in an enclosed space to symbolize the fact that though we may all look happy and complete on the outside, behind the smile, behind closed doors we face our dragons and fight for our lives and our sanity.

The facial expressions and the writings in each photo attempt to take us through the range of emotions and mental battles we experience while facing those problems that stress us out.

Through it all, we bear up under pressure. Each time we wake up in the morning and give life another go, refusing to quit, we get stronger. Suddenly we realize we can make it through. That sudden realization is what gives us the victory.

Enjoy these photos.

First the realization- reality hits you
Then like a heavy storm heralded by the gathering  of dark clouds
The pressure hits you
The thing you feared most is fast approaching
And that which is fast approaching

Is the thing you feared most

Your head is banging
World War 3 is raging within the walls of your cranium
Nuclear bombs go off like fireworks on New Years day
You stumble like a battered soldier
Ear drums pierced deaf by the maddening blast

Of pressure

It is wet and dark on Pressure Street
It's hard to light the fire of hope and faith
Is there a way out?
Because this pressure is unbearable
It attacks from every angle
It pulls your minds in different directions

Falling down, down, down
The thought of quitting  is both bitter and sweet
Sweet because you need a break
Bitter because somewhere within is a survivor
You kick back like a fighter who knows his worth
The battle continues once more

Hey look, pressure just bought a pressure cooker!
Just when you thought you had broken through
Something tells you this is life or death
You dig in and push back
You search around in your mind for inspiration

This war is mind, body and soul

Think it through
Weren't you made for more than this?
Your eye has seen beauty and hope
Your ears have heard the sweet sound of music

You have tasted the vision - Fight for it!

Where is your respite?
Where is your salvation?
Where is your joy? Where is your tomorrow?
Blinded by the pressure
You wipe away the sweat

Somehow you keep up under pressure

Stay up under pressure
Even if you fall, get back up!

This fight won't last forever!

Like a ray of sunlight streaking through clouds
Your creative spark lights up the darkness
The way out finally shows up
The sign says: fight the pressure
Don't give in, don't give out

You will prevail

Finally peace floods your soul
The war is not over
But the battle is won - Victory!
It has always been there inside you
Pressure was sent to bring it out

You were made to shine - Under Pressure!

Photos, edits and lyrics by Shawn Asala
A Cognito Studios Expression 2014 (c) All Rights Reserved

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