Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day with or without Flare

This photograph was caught in the Pembroke Road and with a lot of unwanted flare in the lens. I used a filter that "contrasted it out" as they used to say in the printing trade. It was like a wire mesh fence and you can still see a bit of it. Not everyone likes Valentine's Day, I can assure you so perhaps the unwanted flare represents the things we don't like about the day. These are usually concerns about commercialism but also about duty, where expectation can easily transform pleasure into exasperation. You may hear people say "I have to do this"and "I have to do that". It seems a long way from love. Love is something psychoanalysts, particularly Jungians, don't like to talk about. Maria von Franz in particular just wouldn't discuss it at all.