Archive for June 29th, 2010
Another photo of the sun, this time, the sun was caught resting on the surface of this puddle. As I work more with the gathered images for the SoFoBoMo project, I am more and more surprised at what I find hiding in the images. The content stays the same, but as I play with “light” I move from ordinary to a different place. That both ordinary and extra-ordinary co-exist within the same space is an eye-opening discovery.
This image, a puddle, is all about the dark and moist world, an unconscious world. One often thinks of oneself as drowning in depression, as suffocating with the realisation that a life lived in the first half has lost meaning in the second half of life. Midlife crisis tumbles one into a panic and darkness where one begins a journey to find the light of meaning. Most tend to look outside of the darkness, outside of self, for the escape hatch. Reinvestment in religion, reinvestment in tried and tested activity, grasping at drugs and alcohol, or getting lost in sex – all these and more are simply acts of denial, acts of a person who is terrified of the dark stuff that is threatening to spill out into one’s outer life.
But, as I found out in playing with light, by sticking with the image, there is gold to be found in the darkness. That is what alchemists of old believed as they searched through working with the darkness, the shadows and the shit floating in the unconscious waters. If one could only dare to hold with the darkness long enough, acknowledge the truth of all life being light and darkness, evil and good – polarities – then something new appears, something golden, a deepening consciousness and peace with “self.”