Archive for June 15th, 2010
I was able to take a few photos yesterday, almost none that would be of interest or use here. However, I did get this one, a detain of a larger photo containing an image of the sum. It did take a bit of work to bring out a hidden image. When I stopped to take a picture of a wrought iron sign, I didn’t see the sun above and behind the sign. I did know that it was there as I wanted the sign to have a strong back light. What I didn’t think of was that the sun would show up in the photo. It was just one of those things that happened.
In the original photo, a photo that has colour distortion and other “light” flaws, the sun is off near the edges, a place that invites a peak into hidden spaces and places. In photo when one looks objectively at it, the sun is simply what it appears to be, the sun. My thinking brain tells me that it is the sun and nothing but the sun. But, in letting my eyes move slightly away, I catch a glimpse of something more, something behind the fact of the sun.
“. . . an archetypal image has nothing but it’s naked fullness, which seems inapprehensible by the intellect. Concepts are coined and negotiable values; images are life.” (Jung, CW Volume 7, par 226)
I dared to try and isolate the “life” that became visible at the edges in order to see behind the objective reality of the sun. What I found really can’t be explained with words, it can only be truly experienced. It isn’t much different than trying to substitute the experience of living with a collection of books talking about living.
Can you see behind the world that is in front of you? Can you see what is hidden in plain sight?