Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Head in the Window

This shop window in Rome had interesting reflections and the head in the centre front made an interesting combination. I remember lining it up so my refection wasn't there. But I think I became part of the nose!  I already referred to the head as a symbol and not wishing to go over old ground, looked for others. In symbolism, things are never definite. Reflection makes a window into a mirror. Taken tgether with the head, the mirror reflects a divine instrument of enlightenment. It also denotes the creative mind. All in all, I'm pleased to be part of it then! As far as I recall, this is a lighting shop, so there's even more mileage in this photograph if I consider the importance of the mirror in film theory. This rests on Lacan's psychoanalytic development of Freud's substantial work on children. The very young child misrecognises his reflection in the mirror, but through regarding these fragments as unity, comes to builds the ego. The cinema viewer and indeed the viewer of the photograph similarly assume an omnipotence over the observed, famously referred to in the 1980s as "dominant specularity." But I am reminded of the notion that primordial light creates space. "Let there be light." In other words, light makes order from chaos. But mirror, light and head together - that's a heavy symbolic loading. If you dream of your reflection, which part of the body can you see? What nature of separation lies between you, the dreaming subject, and the mirror? The mirror is never a perfect reflection of any subject, so what's your feeling about what you see in the mirror?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chains. Holding, bonding and integration

It's been a while since I posted and here we are with another bike. I did say that there's always another picture, but when you've lived in the 'hood as long as I have, it sometimes feels like I've photographed every last brick. But what do you know? I noticed this bike in the same position for a while - which is kind of odd, isn't it? A photo was in order but it was only in the execution that I became aware of the chain. Of course, it's wise to lock up your property. Few in their right mind would leave their front door open. But I suddenly imagined a small child bustling from the house, unlocking the bike and heading to the shops and smiled. Today's symbol is not the bike but the chain. A chain connotes binding. "Take these chains from my heart and set me free," demonstrates the perceived hold over oneself by another. But holding also implies a collective virtue of solidarity that is willingly accepted - the bond. The collective bond is extremely important in political and religious spheres. But the betrayal of such a bond incurs some kind of punishment - perhaps exclusion from the Kingdom of Heaven or some Promised Land of the future. So dreaming of chains might refer to a failure to accept integration on the individual or collective level. The dreamer of chains may consider the following. What are the chains made of - precious or base metal? Is the chain broken? What is the chain attached to? Chains are also ceremonial so maybe you want to be Mayor? Or perhaps you'd like to be in charge of some public organisation. In Irish mythology, Morran the Judge had a chain necklace which tightened if he made a wrong judgement. Now that chain is a compelling chain and perhaps the one to consider.