In one of the infinite possible universes is one in which people model their relationships on their choice of clothing fasteners. People who yearn for relationships that progress in discrete, predictable steps wear buttons and snaps. People who are possessive or desire to be encompassed by others wear belts and sashes. And those who shun predictability and embrace whatever life puts in their path wear robes with no fasteners at all.
During a summer night in 1906, a Swiss civil engineer named Albert de Mestral and his wife Marthe removed their literal buttons, intertwined themselves within the unifying connection above all others, and began a fastening of cells that emerged as a son they named George the following year.
The methodical buttons of George's parents left him uncomfortable and untrue to himself. He yearned for something more tenacious in its joining, and more violent in its separation. He would come to have three wives before becoming permanently unfastened himself from the living magic of rising and falling, and buttons didn't suit his theme of recurring love and loss. So George crafted a two-part fastener of crochet hooks to express his grasping soul, and velvet to express the souls he alternately pulled towards and ripped from his orbit. George created velcro, a new fastener that gave voice to those who want companionship and don't care much about who it's with, and their soft and passive counterparts who yearn to be possessed...velvety people who are the half that are damaged and diminished most with each tear of life's ebbs and flows.
Velcro does not suit these two women. Nor do buttons or snaps, sashes or eye-hooks. Theirs is a relationship of balance and trust, of sharing and equality. Sometimes they are inseparable, other times they peacefully release in tandem and roam freely. Occasionally they have misunderstandings, and become paralyzed with claustrophobic frustrations that violently escalate in hopeless paroxysms of dread at the thought of their lives bound to and constrained by the other. But these moments pass quickly and they return to held hands and exchanged gazes, to shared laughs and united dreams. Theirs are lives of zippers.
Some say the rainy days are the moodiest of them all what do you think? .... Also, check out the last slide for a before and after of my preset used in this series of shots. Leave a like and some love down below! 👍🏻