The development of the project has been similar to the act of exploring an onion. I believe that creativity does not obey preconceived ideas, but rather leads us to what is necessary to re-know.
I confess that I never intuited the direction in which it would take me, nor the steps I would have to take to be consistent with my inquiry. From the beginning it was clear to me the importance of remaining flexible, allowing me to go where my intuition led me, which, I confess, has been much more difficult than expected. The complexity that        I stumbled into has led me to accept my vulnerability more than once.
At first I wrote to understand my internal process, eventually I realized that words were essential to bring this project to fruition.
The project description and second report reflect this labyrinth, and my findings point to a disconcerting possibility: the importance of our thoughts in our daily dialogue with 'life'.

I felt that I had to stop myself before something of such magnitude, I had to do it.
¿Can this be shown photographically? ¿How to make it obvious? ¿How to show that my thoughts can affect others?
 ¿To animals or plants?
These questions still haunt me, and what I describe below   is part of the answer.

Masaru Emoto and Veda Austin are two researchers who have independently explored the effect of thought formsand images on water samples. Incredible as it
may seem, they have managed to capture 'energy impressions' in frozen water.

These 'aquagraphs' show with great beauty something that goes beyond what is comprehensible.
Both worked by influencing the water through intention, either through various stimuli, thought, emotion, sound, or an image (see methodology below).
It became clear to me that there was something to explore in relation to my project.
Are we imprinting an energetic 'form' on our lives, in the same way that researchers imprint a thought form      on water?
In other words, if I expect a reaction from a person,    am I projecting this 'image' onto them? Influencing your answer a priori?

It is worth mentioning that human beings are made    up of a high percentage of water.

It was inevitable for me to do my own exploration based on these techniques, integrating it into Transmigration of Ruin. Why?
Because it clearly points to a phenomenon that deserves to be examined: that thoughts can have tangible effects on a physical level, both on others,      as well as on ourselves, on our health. To put it in context… the mental maps revealed, for me, conflicts and inconsistencies that inhabited my mind, which,        I believe, exert a strong influence on my life experience. Values integrated and socially accepted without being questioned, whose effects at a social and personal level deserve careful scrutiny.
That is, the discrepancy between what is said and what is done.

In the same way that 'the beauty is in the eye of the beholder', the experience of ruin or well being, points towards what inhabits our mind...
As I became aware of these values, as I dissected and observed them, which took years of work in which I did not feel secure of my direction, the control they had on me seemed to start weaning. I am convinced that thought, and consciousness, can become a powerful tool for transformation, if change is what is sought.
If I could create images that help the viewer to reconsider the colossal power of the mind, and the word, I would feel immensely satisfied.
So I took on the task of photographing water samples, and, inspired by these two extraordinary individuals, I have started exploring a vast language of deep beauty, which undoubtedly exists.

An oracle mirror.

It will take time for me to continue this series moving forward on the road. In other words, it was not the beginning, nor will it be the end, but rather it is linked to
my previous work, and to the one that comes after, be it photographic or not.
As for the viewer, the ramifications or effects that the information can generate will depend on their interest and ability to assimilate it.

The 'Transmigration of the Ruin', or reincarnation of ruin, consist of this change of vision, the 'ruin' ceases to be a historical vestige, an imposed, unavoidable, and rigid inheritance, to become something malleable and alive; with the help of consciousness, our intention projects what we want to see, leaving behind, dissolving, what is obsolete.
As 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', ruin or well-being, point to what occupies our mind, whether conscious, subconscious or unconscious; this is precisely the transmigration or rebirth.

Germán-Francisco: Herrera
October 2022
Transmigration of Ruin was developed with the generous help of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), an organism for the promotion of culture of the Government of Mexico.
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