The Dalai Lama warns that living in time skews our perception of time and the value that time has in our lives. We have all the time in the world, in lifetimes which disappear in a blink. The Internet further confuses temporal priorities. It is a time-sucking black hole. Virtual reality has made killing time and squandering countless hours a way of life. Web surfing presumes that time is a cheap, a boundless commodity.
Because plugged-in society is wasting so much time, we never have time to spare, especially at work. Work-time also accelerates due to mechanized standards of production. We are expected to achieve ever-expanded goals within shorter and shorter time frames. This is time's Millennial paradox: it is the most abused and most precious aspect of our lives.
We are on what Troy Blackford calls, 'a journey to death at lifespeed.' Every Web procrastinator will want years of wasted time back. Every workaholic with no time needs to procrastinate and explore time in a creative way, without obvious material outcomes.
Below, see a series of photographs by Adam Raasalhague (aka Adam Hassnal Sulaiman) which address the Dalai Lama's words. The Flickr blog reports that Raasalhague became a photographer after he struggled in a company job in London:
"[I]n 2007, I started taking photographs to find a way to express myself and escape the constant negative pressure at my job. I was frequently threatened with being let go. This was when I realized no amount of money is ever worth such treatment.” Adam spent the next few years in a holding pattern – unsure of his next move. Despite feeling like his career path was crumbling around him, Adam slowly discovered his new passion and freedom as a photographer. He poured his heart and soul into his photography and it allowed him to find a bit of peace and solace.
“By 2012, I was incredibly unhappy,” Adam recalls. “But I made the most personal photo I ever had to date called The Sextuple Theory.”
All image copyrights belong to Adam Raasalhague and are reproduced here non-commercially under Fair Use.
The Sextuple Theory. Image Source: Adam Raasalhague.
Tragic Gravity VII. Image Source: Adam Raasalhague.