Coinneach Shanks: A Psychotherapist in Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Narrow Sky and Heaven.
It was just chance that made me look up and notice the geometry of the buildings and the sky. This kind of shot doesn't always work and so I was pleased. It didn't need adjusting and when I tried to improve the contrast, the photograph lost its charm. This is a very small back street in Rome, near a restaurant district. It can be quite a pain getting along this type of road because there are always people that insist on driving cars there, and it's hardly worthwhile in such a narrow space. But the buildings give a nice sense of enclosure that makes the sky look like a floating pond. In symbolism, skies are invariably about the heavens. I like to think of heaven as being the upper bit and we are down here in the lower bit. There was supposed to be a link between the two, but mostly that is symbolically broken. Some cultures have many heavens - as many as nine - and heroes could fly between them like eagles. but there's something by Blake that keeps coming into my head. A Heaven could be built on earth that would destroy the "dark Satanic Mills". Generally, heaven is felt to act upon the earth, but this entails the formation of a new heaven and a new earth, a concept that derives from the Book of Revelations. You can't change one without the other.