The other day I met an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in quiet some time. We decided to have a drink together and catch up. It was nice, really. We had so much to say to each other. The funny thing is that our relationship started very differently. He first was just a colleague that I had not much of a relation with. Then I became his boss and eventually we became friends. Meeting him again made me think about other friends that I haven’t seen for long and how me met.
It is interesting to take a trip down to memory lane and observe how friendships have come and gone. You make friends at school or in adolescence and if you are lucky one or two of them will stay with you for a long time. In my case I lost them all due to the fact I moved to different cities and eventually abroad. Still some of those old friendships turn out stronger than you first thought. These days, thanks to social media, it is easy and fun to find back people you thought were lost to you. And sometimes it can bring you happy surprises. A friend that drifted away due to misunderstandings can just knock on your digital wall and you start chatting like nothing ever happened. That old boyfriend from who you separated in a bitter way all of a sudden becomes the friend he used to be so long ago and you find out the new interests and – yes – relationships that keeps him busy.
Asides from the friendships we made in our earlier years, we also met a lot of interesting people with our work on BeautifulMag. And some of them have become friends. Since we are working on such a global scale, many of them live very far away, and the friendship is pure digital. But some actually became more personal friends. Our digital time that includes social networks and email has given friendship a new meaning. No longer do we need to hang out with people on a regular base. No matter where we are, a friend is now only a click away. And sometimes, even if you haven’t spoken for months or even years, you can pick it up where you left up as easy as that. This edition we reintroduce you to the wonderful artist Damian Siqueiros. We met Damian when he lived in Paris but since then he moved to Canada and we more or less lost contact. But recently we reestablished that and I couldn’t be more happier, as Damian is not only a great photographer and visionary, he is also a kind and generous man who never ceases to surprise. He created for us his vision of Dante’s Division of Hell and Limbo, the imaginary journey of Dante through the 7 circles of hell towards Paradise. And that made me think. We all take this trip one way or the other, and more often than not we take it alone. But when we come out of it, we look around and see friends are waiting for us and some of them have been with us even though we couldn’t see it at that time. I think that is paradise. –BM-
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