The Spider

“The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.”

Louise Bourgeois


Iryna Harpy said...

This is the window to my dreams. My mother still weaves webs there to protect me from the world. In death, she still doesn't want to comprehend that I eat entire universes.

How could we not love the matriarchal arachnid?

Love the use of the slow shutter speed, R. The spider looms solid above the passing fantasies below.

jbkrost said...

great shot!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Truly, very rich.

Ruela said...

Their eyes are like camera eyes, but they do not focus as well as modern cameras.... but they have creative control, Spiders are creative creatures, they spin webs that can be very intricate and beautiful if you stop to look at them. I love them ;)

Thanks Iryna, jbkrost and A.Decker.

Iryna Harpy said...

I have to agree with you, R. Everything about spiders is amazing.

When I was a child I used to catch flies in a jar and let them out into the spider webs around the house. I was always worried that they weren't getting enough to eat.

I know most of the spiders in my home. No one is to harm them in any way. If they try, they have to deal with me and, when it comes to spiders, you don't want to get me angry!

CHM said...

I think they are marvelous and very evolve creatures but I like to look at them from behind a window.
Great shot Ruela

Ruela said...

Iryna Harpy

you are my hero ;)

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Iryna Harpy said...

Funny, R, that's what the spiders tell me, too!

I actually have a 'pet' spider who likes to sleep on the wall just above my pillow. We always say goodnight and, in the morning he/she has gone back to their usual home in the house. It's always nice to see its well fed black torso just before I turn off the light. Spiders are fabulous friends. I'm sure they understand who loves them... and they love you back: a little lift of a leg when I look at them; being followed to the computer and being watched for hours while you work.

If they're not scared of a human they love to observe us weaving our own strange webs.

I'll have to take a photo of him/her walking around on my hand for you to see. It's just such a comfortable relationship.

PS Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that I pick them up in my hands to move them out of the way of danger. There's no need to frighten them with bits of paper or jars or any other way of avoiding touching them. They're much more comfortable with being led to your hand and then walking around your arm until you get them to where they need to go!

Ruela said...

Great ;)

Love to see your spider.

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