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Image above is a crop, for the full scale, 8 x 10 image as you will receive it, please click on the second image to the right!

"Sink or Swim" is an original photographic construction created by Nicolas Hall. We are offering a gorgeous 8.5 x 11 fine art reproduction. This is print number 10 of 100

The image is reproduced using archival-quality pigment ink and is printed on a matte, acid free, 100% cotton rag paper coated with a protective spray that increases resistance to water, scratches and ultra-violet light.

The print is signed, dated and numbered on the back. It will be shipped to you in a resealable cellophane sleeve that you can use to store the image safely until you are ready to frame it.

Free First-Class shipping in the US.


About This Image:

This one is personal. As a result, it has been through many incarnations. Always at the heart of it is the boy

Facing the deep. The vast. The unknown

At the core of my beliefs is the idea that we are never closer to our true nature and ourselves then when we are children. So much of what leads us astray is the constant programming of the adult world. The rush to be in it.

This is not to say that we should not "grow up", but that term is all to often nothing more than an excuse for what amounts to screwing up. Losing ourselves. Betraying our own heart far deeper than anyone else ever can or will.

As children, we took risks without fear of recovery.
We cultivated our world through strong imagination.
We held so few things in or against
We dreamed big and unabashedly

When we are taught how to be adults, we forget that these things are all still a part of us.
A large part of us.

We lose the way because we are so busy trying to fit in.
To make good on our future.
To be something.

The something though is exactly what we already are.

In this sense, the choice is ours. To give our attention to that true self.
To swim deep and free or to sink from the stones, from the unbearable weight, that we often carry within our hearts.


"Sink or Swim"

What resides
inside vast spaces
where all our emptiness
could drown an ocean
are little, synchronized schools of sorrow
swimming down through darkness
looking for bottom to settle under them
And inviting us to follow

Some of us will go
and some of us will, instead,
follow a solitary, warm blooded hope further out to sea
struggling with possessive tides and storms
we’ll battle as body and mind collide
overwhelmed with the charge

We’ll tread water,
listening for distant bellows
and buoys that mark us
somewhere deep inside
a signal telling us
we are near

nicolas hall 2010

for more musings:

Sink or Swim - 8 x 10 Little Boy Ocean Landscape Limited Edition Print by My Antarctica


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: archival pigment ink, matte acid free cotton rag paper, protective spray, cellophane sleeve, recycled acid free backing board, reusable mailer, a bit of imagination
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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