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Hold on your memories before you drown

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In Greek mythology Lethe, the stream of oblivion, was one of the rivers of the underworld and its goddess, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness . Some ancient Greeks believed that souls were made to drink from the river before being reincarnated, so they would not remember their past lives.

 

I think that memory is fascinating. It's powerful and imperfect at the same time. It can be extremly selective, but sometimes it seems almost a necessity. We remember the good experiences and forget or alterate the bad ones.

 

Inspired on all the beautiful floating/water shots on Flickr and especially on Brooke Shaden. Living ten minutes from the beach, I couldn't resist to take mine too.

The penguin was a gift for my mum from my brother and me, many years ago. It has even lost a little its form because of all the squizing: it's the perfect antistress toy.

 

PS: I have more photos I'd like to edit from this shoot. After all, I spent more than an hour in the water!

PPS: For those who are wondering, it took me a lot of time to finish this. Basically, it's like painting but with Photoshop.

PPPS: As a curious fact, Romans considered that there was really a river with this propieties between Northern Portugal and Galicia, Spain.

  

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Taken on August 21, 2010