bildungsromanprojectI am pleased to announce our grand prize winner: @littlecoal's "Letting Go." Jessica C. has an original take on it. She writes, "This picture embodies the essence of the bildungsroman. At some point one must come to terms with one's purpose in life. One must let go of all negativity and uncertainty, which is shown by the release of the balloons into the sunset. One must then prepare for a future of purpose, which is symbolized by the day that lies ahead." || I love how both Eric's image and Jessica's interpretation of it add nuance to the symbolism of balloons. We think of them as playful markers of joy, but of course they are also disposable and full of hot or thin air. Childhood's end does not have to signify a sad loss; rather, it can mark the choice to let go of things that, if carried past their time, can be as useless as deflated balloons. || Congratulations, Eric. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. || Thanks to all for reading and submitting. I'll post the runners up soon. In the mean time, don't forget to tag photos that exemplify growing up to #bildungsromanproject -- our next chance to win a $20 iTunes card will wrap up at noon NYC time
on April 17.
- littlecoalThank you so much for selecting this photo of my oldest daughter! Jessica C., your interpretation of the image is wonderful. 🙏🙏
- ruminativetraveler@littlecoal Congratulations, Eric! A beautiful picture, as always. I'm glad to see it chosen.
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