Went for a walk in the center of Arles. Saw all the figures of animals and started to take pictures.
Look trough them and reflect about what you see and feel. Do that before you read my comments. This is important! You can only see them with your eyes before you get my view. Don’t miss your own perspective!
What are we really relating to?
To the animals or our images of the animals?
How many layers of symbols and interpretation are there?
Can you see the layer I put there as a photographer?
And the layer I put there as a writer, by asking those questions?
Trough witch pictures do you connect with the animals as animals and in which pictures are the animals mainly a symbol of an aspects of the human nature or culture?
And how does this extensive use of animals as symbols influence our way of relating to the real animals? Can we see a wild bear without also see a teddy bear?
Can we see without interpretation? Or is it true what Krishnamurti said:
— The day you teach a child that a bird is named ‘bird,’ the child will never see the bird again.
I’m really curious to hear what you see and think about this and I would love to read your comment on it!