The longer I do this, the more I realize that less is often times more. You cannot force the image, nor its effect. It must be conveyed gradually. I'll take a nuanced message over spoon fed instruction any day!!!
Orion was a hunter, a warrior, transcendent between his world and the heavens above. In the same vein, the astronaut serves as a conduit between our world below and those beyond.
Side Note: If you look closely at the butterflies in this image, you'll see that they form the outline of the constellation Orion.
Star Lite Star Brite
From the Ashes
At some point in everyone's life, a challenge will present itself, an obstacle will arise. These may seem, and indeed may be, insurmountable, but must be faced none the less.
Notice the body language in our protagonist. The slumped shoulders indicate a "weight of the world" weariness, but there is no retreat. He has committed himself to the fight, and where there is a will to survive, there is hope (blue skies).
The package at his feet is meant to represent everyone's individual talent, skill, aptitude. How we use these talents, often dictate how we respond to and deal with adversity.
Fall from Space
War & Peace
Becoming the Hunted
A Most Curious Catastrophe
The One That Got Away
Farm to Table
One Small Step
What a Wonderful World
Man versus Nature is a recurring theme in a number of my images. How this whole game plays out is anyone's guess, with both sides capable of producing such wondrous beauty and catastrophic destruction.
How Wonderful is the World we are leaving behind and at what expense?