“The change of character brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing. A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast. One is always inclined to lay the blame on external circumstances, but nothing could explode in us if it had not been there. As a matter of fact, we are constantly living on the edge of a volcano, and there is, so far as we know, no way of protecting ourselves from a possible outburst that will destroy everybody within reach. It is certainly a good thing to preach reason and common sense, but what if you have a lunatic asylum for an audience or a crowd in a collective frenzy? There is not much difference between them because the madman and the mob are both moved by impersonal, overwhelming forces.”
— C. G. Jung, Psychology and Religion
“Shadow Man”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 400, f/10 at 1/400th sec., 38.9 mm
“Abstract art is a fundamental distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the eyes.”
— Robert Brault
They are removing the paint from the recreational station at the nearby park. They coated the equipment with a paint stripping fluid and left it to peel away. I happened to arrive after the peel had completed, which I found had some abstract appeal of its own. The early evening light was doing its part to contribute to the image, when I suddenly heard the peal of a nearby church bell. Noting that Carl Jung himself would have been impressed by all this synchronicity, I took my cue and brought the camera to my eye. Enjoy.
“Texture and A Peel”, Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/5.3 at 1/320sec., 92mm
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
– Carl Jung, Aion (Collected Works Vol. 9), 1951
Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/320 sec at f/11, 60 mm
This photo is available here as a ready-to-frame print.