Friday, August 31, 2012

Water Perspectives

I always return to the canals and to this spot in particular because there's something different all the time. So on my approach i looked for that different thing and held the camera out, pointed it down and used a fill flash to freeze the water a little. In film studies there's a theory that people want the same kind of cinema product - but different. I might want a different kind of Western, but I want a Western all the same. So perhaps I’m no different from the rest of the movie going audiences. If it's familiar, I recognise it and then it becomes reassuring and less threatening. The turbulent water in the picture and the downwards perspective of the photo might be threatening for some. A person falling into this churning would have to struggle against the violence of natural forces and that is something like being in psychotherapy. A person faces a problem and swims against the stream or faces head down into the wind. Struggling against the water is like acknowledging and overcoming a psychological complex.  And it’s always ambivalent because there is both joy and sorrow - there is joy in the personal triumph over adversity and inevitably sorrow  for something familiar that is lost. So the dynamism of fighting against violent water and undertaking psychotherapy is fundamentally about courage. As Victor Hugo rightly says, the water is full of claws and in the same way, so is psychotherapy and the struggle for individuation. Yet we cannot conquer turbulent water by throwing a stone at it!