Friday, March 6, 2009

Still waters run deep

"Big Drop on a Cactus," November 2, 2007. Nikon D80, Nikkor 60mm Macro lens, f/3.5, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100. Suwon, Gyeongido, South Korea.

This is so artistic I could just DIE. Do you get it?! I mean the contrast between the water drop, resting in the prickly cactus? The juxtaposition?!?! It's a metaphor for the delicate ephemeral quality of happiness contrasted with the piercing spikes of sorrow... The interaction of impermanence with superfluity, both destined to perish, but the idea lives on; it's remarkably similar to theories about collective pressure on the individual in a society, if you really think about it. Not to mention the parallels that can be drawn to early iconography (by which of course I mean its significance in religion). One must ask oneself, how do the objects relate to each other, and what does that tell one about one's present and future? Is it avant-garde? Post-modern? Can we even label it? & even if we could, does it matter? To me, it says that we need to embrace the revolutionary while not necessarily rejecting the contemporary. Dude. It is so incredibly deep, on so many different levels. My mind boggles.

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