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The Invisible Collage

Remember to say a prayer for the invisible ones. The unacknowledged. The transparent. The ones who hide in plain sight. The ones who wait to be noticed. All those who beg the favor of existence, which is conferred by a glance. All those who are grateful for the mere act of searching, the glance that seeks but may not find them.

Seeing is praying.

Prayer for the Invisible Ones — for C.R. (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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  • posh-with linky May 1, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I am really enjoying the juxtaposition of the colors.

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:34 am

      Thanks very much! I’m happy that you enjoy the collage.

  • Before & After w/LINKY May 1, 2012, 3:27 pm

    So nice!! Happy WW :)

    Brandi

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:33 am

      Thanks Brandi! Hope you had a great WW.

  • project alicia *linky* May 1, 2012, 3:36 pm

    What a powerful message!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:31 am

      Thank you very much, Alicia! I’m glad it resonated with you.

  • Theresa May 1, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Another great WW post! Happy WW!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:30 am

      Thank you so much, Theresa! I appreciate your visit and your kind words.

  • Create With Joy May 1, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Your work is so cool – thanks for hosting!

    Here’s my link in case it doesn’t show up in the linky box:

    http://www.create-with-joy.com/2012/05/wordless-wednesday-my-sweet-kitty.html

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:29 am

      Thanks for your kind comment! It’s our pleasure to host you.

  • bethere2day **LINKY** May 1, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Beautiful :-)

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:27 am

      Thanks very much, Steve!

  • Caite May 1, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Love the effect

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:27 am

      Thanks for your visit and your kind comment!

  • alissa apel May 1, 2012, 4:02 pm

    I love the gigantic face mixed in with all the small ones.

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:25 am

      Thanks, Alissa. I used the different sizes of the same face to suggest that in some sense, we all have unseen and unacknowledged sides of ourselves. Getting to recognize the unseen with us can lead us to feel greater compassion for others who are entirely invisible.

  • Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook May 1, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Great post! Wonderful collage!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:18 am

      Thanks very much, Carol! I appreciate your kind words.

  • Pooh on Grass, w/Linky! May 1, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Who is That??

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:17 am

      His name was W.A. Daily, and he was billed as a “life-saver” from California. He lived in the 1880s. I take it that Mr. Daily was a life-guard or another kind of professional rescuer.

  • Tina´s WW w linky May 1, 2012, 5:13 pm

    happy ww :)

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:13 am

      Happy WW, Tina!

  • MD Style LINKY May 1, 2012, 5:17 pm

    thanks for the linky

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:10 am

      You’re welcome. Thanks for visiting us.

  • Wordless ( linky) May 1, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Happy WW!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:09 am

      Have a Happy WW!

  • momto8blog May 1, 2012, 7:07 pm

    yes..thank you for this reminder…

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:08 am

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and visit.

  • Monica May 1, 2012, 7:10 pm

    That is very beautiful and truly touched my heart!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:07 am

      Thank you very much, Monica. Your comment means a lot, and it was kind of you to leave it.

  • David May 1, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Thanks for hosting this!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:05 am

      Thanks for your visit!

  • EdT. May 1, 2012, 8:37 pm

    I see.

    Happy WW!
    ~EdT.

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:05 am

      I believe you do. Thanks!

  • The BOAT w/LINKY May 1, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Thanks for linking up w/The BOAT!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:04 am

      Thank you!

  • Catch My Words May 1, 2012, 8:52 pm

    I like the color contrast.

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:04 am

      Thanks! I was working to achieve color contrast, and I’m happy that it pleased you.

  • jessica @peekababy May 1, 2012, 10:36 pm

    nobody should ever be invisible!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:02 am

      I agree with you, Jessica: nobody should ever be invisible. But sad to say, many people are still invisible: unnoticed and uncared-for. Thanks for your comment and visit.

  • Danielle @ Royalegacy May 2, 2012, 1:04 am

    Always know that when I stop by on Wednesday, that I will get presented with another very interesting art work. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 6:00 am

      Thank you, Danielle! I appreciate your kind words very much.

  • BruNo (C.A.T.) May 2, 2012, 1:33 am

    I don’t know if this is relevant to what you said in your post, but I always think that even seeing is an art. You need to learn, to master it. The better you are at seeing, the more you will see.

    It’s been a while since the last time I enjoyed your collages here and you have another great one this week.
    Cheers and happy WW!

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 5:56 am

      Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment. I do agree that seeing is an art that should be practiced and mastered. In connection with this post, seeing is a recognition of those who normally go unrecognized and unseen, and to master this kind of seeing is to deepen one’s compassion for one’s fellows.

      Thanks very much for your kind words about the collage and for visiting our site; welcome back!

  • Dominique's Desk May 2, 2012, 2:57 am

    That’s a really interesting collage. Happy WW

    • Eric Edelman May 5, 2012, 5:59 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words and your visit, Dominique!

  • Claudia May 2, 2012, 3:09 am

    Thoughtful collage.

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 10:32 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment, Claudia!

  • Lisa @ My Thoughts w/Linky May 2, 2012, 6:29 am

    Happy WW!

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 9:55 pm

      Happy WW!

  • Rebecca S May 2, 2012, 7:39 am

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 7:14 pm

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Meghan @JaMonkey May 2, 2012, 8:12 am

    Great one

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 7:13 pm

      Thanks very much, Meghan!

  • Random Bits {morning drive} May 2, 2012, 9:05 am

    I just love the old fashioned pen and ink look of this one. Such pride in that face.

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 7:12 pm

      Thanks! Yes, that’s the wonder of wood engravings like this one, which were intended to simulate the look of pen-&-ink crosshatching. I do most of my artwork by digitally compositing scanned images from wood engravings. You can see more examples of this at: http://eric-edelman.artistwebsites.com/art/all/all/all

  • Michelle May 2, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Interesting… very thought provoking.

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 6:57 pm

      Thanks, Michelle.

  • Melissa Say What? May 2, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Awesome post! It’s really got me thinking!

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 6:55 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment and your visit, Melissa!

  • Lenasledgeblog May 2, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Very interesting photo. I like the idea of praying for the invisible.

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 6:52 pm

      Thanks very much! Actually the picture is a digital collage; the original inspiration for it was the plight of abuse victims (“Los Invisibles”: the Invisible Ones).

  • Sukhmandir Kaur May 2, 2012, 8:28 pm

    Thoughts are invisible unless they become deeds.

    • Eric Edelman May 4, 2012, 6:44 pm

      True. And yet, according to W.B.Yeats, “In dreams begins responsibility.” And the Hopi believe that things come into existence upon being first thought of. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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