Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 12 February 2016 — Kaplankaya, Turkey ::
I became a little obsessed with this one. . . one of those “fuck yes” scenarios.. unpredictable weather but dynamic late day light.
The colors and shapes here make this an instant dr suess style balance (a favorite). would have lasted through sunset but was actually destroyed by the tiny shockwave from a small blast at a distant construction site….just enough to overcome the minimal friction and steep angle of the top contact.. but not to worry, it was quite the exciting moment! :)
as usual, all the photos are in chronological order..
favorite moments of light and angles throughout an hour or so photo shoot. lotsa clicks. shooting stone balance in dynamic weather is a high adrenaline artform sometimes.. this was one of those times. but in a good way..
A good reminder:
“I, too, shall say what it is that I wish for myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year — what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth. I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
oare…pot …sa gasesc echilibrul,,,,,,si linistea……si pe mine…….
I, too, shall wish for myself today…every day walk in Beauty & walk my talk & talk my walk Stay True <3 LOL
These are awesome pics -i want to see them real life!
¿Todos son reales o es trucado ?
As a rock changes the course of the water, so,too,does the water change the shape of the rock. <3 (08
This beauty is amazing. I feel it’s almost embryonic; celebrating the sacredness of new life just coming into formation; delicate yet incredibly strong.
I spent 3 months in Turkey many moons ago. It is the most extraordinary country on so many levels. The rocks are spectacular, I climbed, clambered, hauled and skipped over thousands of them. I also managed to pick up and bring home a crazy quantity of them from my favorite place, Kalkan. It was before they were so strict about luggage and weight restrictions….
Current Turkish collection :P tho I will only carry 1 or 2 and Mail the rest home to add to my grand international collection haha.
Gravity Glue I love collecting rocks too. Never met a rock I didn’t like!
It’s a baby!
That’s amazing it seems so impossible! I would love to feel what you must feel after creating this!
Willer Cha Brian Chan Kevin Dang imagine playing jenga with this guy
Still wreck u
The stones are amazing !
Thanks for the beautiful quote and for your sobering work, that is surely not well honored by videos that show the construction all speeded up. It would be great instead to give us real time — draw viewers into your intense slowness as your hands feel out each stone’s pull.
Another beauty, 2nd and 4th stone from the top look familiar :)
precisely! 2nd is from all 3 relatives… 4th appears with the birds only :))
Too easy to overlook the difficulty in this, proper job! :-)
This is so different from the fantastic creations. I like the lines, it looks so rugged and rough around the edges!!! Love this one on my wall!!!
<3 the heart stone <3
Nietzsche must have understood and experienced the freedom and creativity of playing in the morphogenic field. Surprise!
love the close up details
IMO, of all your work that I’ve see here, this one incorporates the base as part of the whole more than any other. Totally unified and special.
C’EST une crotte d’extraterrestre?
This is glue stone talent
Evolution is a clever aspect of the universe. Give it a try sometime. ;)
This is amazing! !!
you are absolutely insane. we will run into one another sometime in this crazy life. until then… keep on stacking those rocks. you are incredible
You have exsposed the life pulsing energy of Rocks! Much appreciation! :)
I think because it’s in black and whie it looks particularly sculptural like a Barbara Epstein or Henry Moore piece. Love it.
Hello Dear Ashley Anne. I am officially fed up with man’s inhumanity to all things. This includes man, all flora, fauna and the earth. I don’t know enough people who truly come frome spirit, love and respect. I am so pleased to have met you, to be able to share these thoughts. I get so much pleasure from nature, my spiritual work and simple things. The loss of the black rhinos is heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine how many creatures become extinct daily that we never hear about. All First Nation tribes offer us the glimpse into our past, present and future. They teach us about nature, spirit, land, respect, love, survival and so much more. Michael is an old soul who is able to share such wisdom, beauty and inspiration. Thanks so much for answering me.
aw love that! did you read what it is said?
I did! Isn’t it wonderful? That’s the main reason I tagged you!
La foto in bianco e nero è molto incisiva.
E’ veramente fantastica! Ma queste sculture poi cadono,? quindi rimangono solo le foto a testimoniare il tuo lavoro e la tua arte ?
Hi Ashley Anne, I loved reading your words. The more people that are on the same wavelength the better our lives and world will be. As an Australian I second your request for a tour Down Under. I can imagine all of the remarkable places he would be inspired by.
Maricor Arrowmint Buenviaje
That is soooo beautiful and soooo amazing! ! ! ! !
This piece is beyond comprehension. I need it on a t-shirt please. A constant reminder of what is possible when we are free of limitations. :-)
Turkey’s been good to you!
Seems impossible, unbelievable, yet we are all gazing at it … Beautiful! M.
That looks just impossible! Amazing!!!
Shealynn Evenson Jennifer Robinson Jennifer Campain Terrie Owens Arleen Stone
The big rock on the top looks like the human embryo into the matrix !! Great composition. Congratulations.
Very nice, Michael!
Thank you Greg!
Your drive, beauty, spirit, devotion, heart, love and mind all blow me away. Bless you for who you are and what you do…
Every time I go to click ‘like’, I hesitate…and then realize that it won’t knock it down by doing so. lol.
Terrific work, by the way.
wonderful! also great protography Thank you for sharing these
how can i learn to do like this ?
You’re killing me! Each one is more unbelievable!
I love your conviction to the seemingly impossible.
Wow, my favorite so far