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  • A photograph from a project series of mine, "fences":

    Every fence I have ever encountered has a gate, somewhere on it's perimeter. I can't imagine the possibility of a fence with no gate at all. I wouldn't even know what to call such an edifice. I mean, even a prison has a gate. Is there such a place that nothing can enter or leave? What would it hold secure? What purpose would such a place serve?

    Gates on fences are intended for both entry, and exit, and only then to secure an area by closure, so this such a place probably does not exist. Fences and gates though, most certainly do.

    The only fences I've even heard of before encountering this one, with a gate that serves as an entry only, is called by astrophysicists a black hole. The gate for it is called the event horizon, and once this gate is breached, there is no escape, no returning.

    This fence, and it's gate are surrounding a graveyard from the 1800's in Hillsboro Oregon. It would be my guess, that it at least symbolically represents the same type of event horizon as those found on the periphery of a black hole.

    We can avoid black holes easily enough, but this is one gate that we all will pass through eventually, to never return.

    I would feel blessed if the final gate I encounter seems as warm, and friendly as the one surrounding this old site.
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