Saturday, August 20, 2005

Illustration Friday - Reflection.

The Illustration Friday topic this week is Reflection. It seemed very similar to last weeks one of Wisdom, if taken as something involving careful consideration.

Anyway, i decided not to go for this meaning and I wasn't wanting to do a a straight mathematical or symmetrical image.

I was a bit stuck until i thought about the esoteric concept of "as above so below". That concept made me think of Nietzsche's famous quote "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you"
I think this fits with the reflection theme as we often display the things we most fear, despite of best efforts becuase its the things we focus our attention on.

It reminds me of the quote by Ghandi that "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." this reminds us not to focus on our shortcomings or stare too long into the abyss but change ourselves for the better and eventually our changes will make a difference to the very abyss we feared. That's the theory anyway.






9 comments:

Sybille said...

I like this because it works for the two ways reflection can be seen - literally, e.g. in a mirror, but also for inner reflection because you see yourself.

Works for me.

Sybille

carla said...

You wrote a very eloquent and thoughful explanation of your take on this week's topic. I love your illustration...it's very mystical and shows the ideas you described. Very nice!

Rowantree said...

Strong color on your illo and interesting quote !

isay said...

nice quote and illustration-actually i feel weird and dizzy for some seconds but later on i was more relaxed-don't know for how long i looked at it.

Laura said...

Frightening and exciting at once. That black void is hard to look away from.

elaine said...

Powerful and simple - excellent illu and as always, great backstory.

E

Anonymous said...

Spooky which is good :)

Lora said...

Very artisitic... the red gives the mysterious sense.. :)

Sarah said...

I love the movement in this and the color. Very nice! Thanks for your comment on my site! *nice to see another Pagan!*