There Are No Fixed Stars – Day Thirteen – Defiance

At the root of any perceived act of defiance lies a set of values. That there can be a diversion from these, implies the existence of a norm; to partake in which, is to conform. Out of the resulting compliance, then, comes presumption; not merely of what you are considered capable, but of what you are permitted to do.
To defy is to resist; to posit oneself in opposition to something. At defiance’s core, therefore, is duality; both in how it is perceived, and in its meaning. To confront is to provoke; to challenge is to frustrate; to ignore is to show contempt.
This is why, to those who cannot endure the discomfort of change – the necessary risk – defiance can never be seen as positive. That which is achieved as a result is considered luck, not success, and failure’s only use for those so reliant on order, is as a cautionary tale with which to uphold it.
But if a stem decides, when the earth is cold, and all around it is decay, to try new growth, whether it succeeds or not, something has altered.
And should a blossom result from this brave act, let it be enjoyed without pretension or sanctimony; for the authentic self is no place for either.

By Emma Hynes

This image and story are part of a project I have devised called There Are No Fixed Starsmy creative response to living with COVID-19 restrictions. On 22 October 2020, Ireland’s highest level of protective measures was invoked nationwide for a period of six weeks. Starting on that date, and continuing for the duration, I plan to capture a new image each day, and write a piece inspired by it. The only restrictions are that I take the photograph and write the text within this timeframe. To receive these daily posts to your inbox, you can subscribe by hitting the follow button to the right, and entering your email address. They will also be posted to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles; I may even read a selection on my YouTube channel. You can follow or subscribe to any of those at the links below. In a time when variety, freedom, stimulation and spontaneity are necessarily inhibited, my hope is to experience these each day through the creation of something new, and that the resulting pieces might do the same for anyone who chooses to view or read them.

Emma Hynes
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There Are No Fixed Stars
Day One – A Creative Response to Now
Day Two – Suspension
Day Three – From the Perspective of the Dahlia
Day Four – The Writer at Dawn
Day Five – Beneath the Viaduct
Day Six – Nature’s Book
Day Seven – The Lighthouse
Day Eight – Formations
Day Nine – Rebirth
Day Ten – Light Source
Day Eleven –Takeaway
Day Twelve – Vigilance


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