Inspiration~Mystic or Psychotic?
Who hasn’t found inspiration in the writings of Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist or Carl Jung, the wise and worldly psychiatrist? Certainly I’ve spent a lifetime pondering their thoughts. Both Campbell and Jung have written about possible connections between psychosis/schizophrenia and mysticism. And so, I found that suddenly this train of thought popped up in […]
DEATH IN VENICE
#ThomasMann #DeathinVenice #literature #mythicthemes #art #JosephCampbellFoundation Do you know the great novella by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice? If you haven’t read it, you may well have seen the movie. When I was in Venice almost fifteen years ago, I was haunted by that story as I wandered through the narrow, twisting calles. I spent […]
Chagall ~ Art as a Joyous Fantasy
Chagall ~ Gallery Hopping Off to see the paintings of MARC CHAGALL. His life seems a joyous fantasy expressed in his paintings and stained glass. Chagall said—that he lived and created with one foot dipped in the waters of the subconscious and the other on terra firma in this reality. With such talk […]
When Street Photographers Get Lucky!
You’re a photographer standing on the sidewalk. Your camera is focused. The light is perfect. Shadows make sharp angles and dramatic contrasts in the street. That moment of stillness has arrived where you can capture exactly what you want—your perception of reality and maybe even art. There is a beggar. His black arm is outstretched […]
Persona Unmasked by Karsh
Yusef Karsh was a famous Canadian portrait photographer whose clientele encompassed the great and mighty from the world of the arts, science and politics. As I look at his work, the question arises: did he slip past the persona of his subjects and capture their essence, the real person, and if so–how? Carl Jung frequently […]