There are many reasons, personal and cultural, why Janet Fogg’s book evokes shadow for me. It’s set in World War II, one of the most horrific displays of dark shadow projection the world has ever seen. And yet the book itself, and Matt Faichnie’s gorgeous trailer for it, evoke bright shadow projections as I admire [...]
"Shadow" by Kiyomisa
Kiyomisa, a.k.a. Zhenille, is a dabbler in art and writing. She at one time considered pursing either as a career, but decided she liked both too much to subject them to being a “job”. You can find more of her work at her Deviant Art site.
Today I’d like to tell you a story. I learned it from Jeremy Taylor, my dream work mentor, colleague, and beloved friend. The first time I heard him tell it, I had a huge “aha” experience, which has deepened as I’ve heard him tell it again. At first I thought I’d include his telling of [...]
I first heard Jim Salestrom sing “Bristlecone Pine” by Hugh Prestwood when he appeared in concernt with Acoustic Eidolon. I loved it, and bought the recording so I could listen again and again. Eventually, the images that arose for me became the seeds of a novel. I love the imagery in this video, too, of [...]
By Shirley Wilsey
You will wander for a time In this dark wood But one day, looking up Through looming branches You’ll catch a glimpse of sky And your whole being will know What your heart knows now The sunrays brightly patterning The forest floor you tread Are symbols of your mother’s love
From the point of view of physics, all of us are rebels because we spend our lives actively subverting the forces of gravity and entropy, two of the fundamental laws to which all earthly matter must ultimately answer. But the tree is the greatest living symbol of this twofold defiance. Trees are simultaneously photo- and [...]
Talking about trees as a symbol is like talking about birds, in that there are some archetypal associations that every tree shares–The Tree of Life, staying rooted while reaching up, family trees. From trees we learn metaphorical lessons, like the idea that if we stay flexible, we’re more likely to bend than break when life’s [...]
This is a lovely explanation of the science behind what many of us have long sensed about forests and trees, though the parenting metaphor doesn’t depend on gender. These could as easily be Father Trees.
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Striding Tree by Kevin Raeder
Kevin Raeder resisted his mother’s heartfelt suggestions that he become a professional photographer, in favor of keeping photography safely disconnected from his paycheck. His paycheck comes from supporting data assimilation research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Data assimilation is essentially creating the best picture we [...]
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of working a dream with Billie Ortiz, my dream sister and the founder of “Dream Camp,” where I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting my dream family. One of the symbols in my dream was a refrigerator, and Billie offered the projection that refrigerators are metaphors for memory, because [...]