Thanks so much for a great year!

It’s unbelievable how fast the year has flown by! So much has transpired and despite Chûndra’s brief takeover, it’s been an absolute pleasure creating these daily images and documenting their story. The 4bearance and I would sincerely like to give each and everyone of you a special thanks for all of your support. Now that we’ve entered the final phase of our year long tale the 4th Element will have an opportunity to dictate how this story will continue. By liking, sharing and commenting, yes you: The Observers, have played a unique role. A Special thanks to all of you as our story continues… Resist & Remember.
Best,
Leah Smithson

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A Twinkle After the Dark Sleep

•Ishan Project: 157/208•

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A PROFILE OF ANALI Q

“It felt like it was the worst fire in history,” Anali Q tells me.  “It started in East Sumatra and encompassed over 14,000 sq. miles. I’ll never forget that year…1982”

I notice her expression change as if her mind began to drift off.  Maybe she was reflecting on this tragedy.

“Leah, it was so devastating. You couldn’t imagine the screams echoing from my people.” I notice a tear roll down the corner of her eye. “Even though most of us were still buried underground and in a coma-like state, we could still feel the pain of the earth.”

“But this tragedy only made us stronger. What we didn’t realize is that the build-up of vegetation had actually prevented our seeds from germinating and stopped the growth of new trees. The result of the fire was that our species began to rejuvenate rather quickly. New flowers that hadn’t been polluted by Chûdra’s Sufna formula sprung up, and an entirely new pollination began. We survived, but also through this tragedy we learned a vital lesson.”

She turns to me now, dry eyed and firmly focused. “But I’m tired of telling stories today, Leah,” she says “now is a time for action.”

A PROFILE OF ANALI Q / Gouache, Graphite, Chalk / 5.5″ x 8.5″