Thursday, November 08, 2012

found: Private Moon

How romantic would it be to have your very own private moon?

The "Private Moon" project was started by Russian artist Leonid Tishkov and has since travelled all over the world - Paris, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, and more. But what's more than that is the story that goes along with it.

"Writer Chesterton once said that there couldn’t be a personal faith as there couldn’t be a personal sun or a personal moon. In Russia everything is the other way round: we are faced with life one to one, and we are completely lonely in the face of the problem of time, that is, the problem of life and death, the problem of losses and gains, the moon, the sun, and everything in this life. We could, conceivably, turn to someone for support. But we are still lonely… However, that shouldn’t make us grieve or suffer. Loneliness of this sort means that we exist, we are here, we are at the center of the universe and we are comparable to the Moon, to the other celestial bodies.

“Private Moon” is a visual poem telling the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life. In the upper world, in fact in the attic of his own house, he saw the Moon falling off from the sky. Once she was hiding from the Sun in a dark and damp tunnel. But the passing trains frightened her. Now she came to this man’s house. Having wrapped the Moon with warm blankets he treated her with autumn apples, gave her a cup of tea, and when she got well he took her in his boat across the dark river to the high bank overgrown with moon pine-trees. He descended into the lower world dressed in the clothes of his deceased father and then returned from there lighting up his path with his personal Moon. Crossing the borderline between the two worlds across a narrow bridge, immersed in a dream and taking care of this heavenly creature, the man became a mythological being living in a real world as in a fairytale. Each photograph is a poetic tale, a little poem in its own right.

So it turns out that the Moon overcomes our loneliness in the universe uniting many of us around it."

Beautiful. I think this private moon has now stolen my heart.


  1. That's hauntingly beautiful.. Love it!

  2. This is the most romantic story I've ever heard. You know, in that non-standard romantic way. Gabriella is right- it's hauntingly beautiful. I'm sharing it with my followers on Facebook. Hope you don't mind! ;)

  3. Oooh! What a beautiful exhibition!

  4. Woah, I love the symbolism behind the moon. Sounds like an incredible project, haha I want one too!!

  5. This is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. love it. Newest follower.