I had a brief online conversation with David Dipré last night, about 'stepping into the void' - that wonderful, invigorating, scary and absolutely essential move outside of the box. I can recall at least two real instances of that in my life, where I literally did not know if there would be solid ground or not beneath my feet when I stepped forward. Walking in total blackness. Exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, wanting to stop, wanting to go on, all at the same time. The metaphorical void is likely to be an infinitely greater space, for the terms of reference are as abstract as the stepping-off point.

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