Shadow and Darkness (symbols)

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Julie H, Jul 8, 2017.

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  2. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    Julie has been watching too much tv*. Try and make time for Philosophy.

    * Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (TV Movie 1995) - IMDb
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  3. Your pictures are shadow used to make form. Can you not understand the difference between shadow as form and shadow as used to make form?
    [On the other hand, the "darkness" in your last two, does fit well into this thread, IMO.]

    Ralph Gibson? Did somebody say Ralph Gibson?

    As a young boy I would sometimes visit my father at work. He was an assistant to Alfred Hitchcock at Warner Brothers studio in Burbank. I vividly recall the high contrast lighting used to expose the ortho-chromatic films then in use. — Ralph Gibson

    It has often been remarked that the photographs that most readily capture our imagination conceal almost as much as they reveal and mystify perhaps more than they explicate. As early a practitioner as William Henry Fox Talbot recognized this when he announced his discovery and described photography as "the art of fixing a shadow," for he knew that he had invented a process that recorded not the thing itself, but its reflection, its fleeting and ever-changing shadow. From the very beginning of his career, shadows and mystery have been the subjects of Gibson's art. While he frequently photographs in brilliant light, recording, for example, the way sunlight illuminates an ancient stone, it is often the shadow, with its dense blackness that only grudgingly admits details of texture, time, and place, that most intrigues him. — Sarah Greenough

    I once told Dorothea [Lange] that I thought I wanted to be a surrealist photographer. She said, "You can only be yourself, Raphel (her nickname for me), the rest is just a name." — Ralph Gibson

    Neither straight nor romantic, not simulated nor journalistic, neither conceptualistic nor luminist, he has successfully evaded classification, settling somewhere between abstraction and realism and, within that band he works his craft, assembling the pieces of visual mosaic often with recurring optical tropes — the gesturing hand, the shadow, the singular eye, geometric configures — and allows us to view them on our own. — Ray Merritt

    I don't want to make abstract photographs, but I do want to perceive the abstract in things. I find a great deal of mystery in being alive. — Ralph Gibson

    Locus is the surface of the print, the city of origin or a place in the mind. — Ralph Gibson

    A phenomenology making darkness visible. The presence of absence. — Ralph Gibson
  4. I may be the only one reading this thread who doesn't have TV. Really. None. Zip. I do have a DVD player on which I watch used documentary DVDs.
  5. And how do you watch DVDs without a TV ... You meant, you don't have antenna or cable?

  6. You hit the nutshell on the head.
  7. Well, we will disagree Julie, What maybe you are not seeing is that, the shadows in the photos create, imply and amplify form, but are also a form in themselves.
  8. Feeling so proud of it. :p
  9. Thanks for the example, Phil. I like how the directionality of the spirals is broken by the hair and the long shadow, something thats missing in my photo. I love the hair. Someday, we need to have a thread on hair.
  10. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

  11. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    Prince of

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  13. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    i love the"eyes" in your photo.
  14. I made it specially for Julie, to cure her of her love of darkness. ;)
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  15. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    your picture is full of hope.
  16. Supriyo, that picture is ...

    Just. Perfect.

    ... for the "darkness" part of this thread. Again, you've hit the nutshell on the head!! Twice in one day! You are a nutshell warrior! Or is it worrier?
  17. It was meant to be funny. On the other hand, I think removing the eyes could genuinely scare Julie. Anyways, here is the version without the eyes.

  18. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    eh? there's nothing "dark" about Supriyo's original pic. or is "dark" different from "darkness"?

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