Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo Exploration # 20: Platonic Reality



I said, whatevery moves me.

Like a hammer striking hard at the senses, the scene moved me. I tried to capture it from different angles but, to my frustration, none seemed to work out. Such is the elusive power of photographic reality. Light was fast fading - and so was this fleeting drama of the shadow.

Platonic Reality, the title of this post, is inspired by the Cave Allegory or Cave Metaphor that Plato used in The Republic (Book 7, 514a - 520a), in which he narrated a fictional conversation between Socrates (his teacher) and his brother Glaucon. In the dialogue, Socrates introduced the idea that what many people take to be reality could in fact be just an illusion.

Confined from birth in a cave and forced to face the wall where shadows of the "real" things are projected, the prisoners who inhabit the cave (that's us?) have only seen shadows all their lives and hence they have come to belive that the shadows are real and that they are reality.

7 comments:

Carrie Hayes said...

I do like your abstract photography! Great shot

Rambling Woods said...

You are so creative Eki..I bet you share that creativity with your students...

marie6 said...

Great shot, must be difficult to capture shadows!

Anonymous said...

ahh ... suka banget sama shadownya kang Eki .... btw ada 2 foto lg hasil jalan2 kita yg dah upload fn Kang, thanks -rahmat mulyono-

platitudinal said...

Halo mas Eki,

I’ve enjoyed my visit on your Bandung photography documentary blog and this one. Thank you for sharing your talent and work with all of us.

tetsu said...

Interesting shadow play! :-)

Olhar Lunar said...

Congratulations. This is a great photo.

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