Saturday, August 30, 2008

Coffee with a side of archetypal psychological analysis



Jung said that confronting a person with his shadow was to show him his own light. “Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites,” he said, “one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”

So, would you believe that’s exactly what happened to me here? Or, maybe it was just a cool shot I noticed by looking down late afternoon outside of Starbucks.


19 comments:

Julie said...

Maybe Jung had imbibed too much caffeine ...

Virginia said...

I'm sure Jung understood what he was talking about. I , on the other hand, have had no coffee yet and it didn't make a lick of sense. Your shadow is great however. Very cool.

Jutilda said...

I'm a total sucker for a silhouette and a shadow so you combined two of my favorite things. The hint of blue really adds to it. The mix of straight lines and circles really makes for interesting composition, not to mention the deeper symbolism that lies within. :~) Happy Saturday.

Double "D" said...

Beautiful combinations of organic
and geometric shapes. The transitions
and blending of colors within the shapes
adds great interest to the shapes, moving
the eye around. A truly interesting
photo. Good eye Laurie.
About Jung, I have no clue.

Mister Earl said...

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

"The Hollow Men"
T.S. Eliot

Sharon said...

And on a less profound note, "the shadow knows".
I would say you were inspired.

Knoxville Girl said...

Also, "he who sees his shadow is walking in the sun". Not Jungian, but cockeyed optimist.
You cast a long shadow, ma'am. Nice shot.

Wayne said...

Laurie, try switching to decaf and see if that helps.
Thanks for the comment yesterday. I need all the encouragement I can get.

Dixie Jane said...

"From Natchez to Mobile, From Memphis to St. Jo, wherever the four winds blow......." (I hear music in everything.) Your readership amazes me. "The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." Carl Jung. Laurie, you did a good job with your creative mind, light and shadows.

Sumi Ko said...

Wow! This image made my heart stop, and I saw a masculine shadow... yin-yang, masculine-female of Jung? You always achieve a pretty good balance in your work, look forward to the thoughtful, stimulating journey you share daily.

I liked mister earl's comment.

Julie said...

Yep, me too: Mister Earl done good!

I am off to bone up on Eliot.

Yak Pate said...

If I could enlarge and frame this gorgeous shot, I would display it wherever I wanted to be inspired.

It is the first line of a poem... "Blue thinker in the drowsy sun..."

Petrea said...

I love the blue, and the sharpness of the shadow. I was thinking along the same lines as Sharon, "The Shadow knows." (I love old radio plays.) And everyone else added so much (including a good laugh from Wayne). A blog like this is sure a collaborative effort, is it not? You and your reader/commenters are a wonderful group.

Isadora said...

Oh Laurie - this was quite a catch in itself. Lovely, and I bet the coffee tasted better with the discovery.

You know what I've envisioned? Take this photo and 'dress it up' - literally, either with photoshop or cut-out, paste-on and you can frame it. I might try it. :)

USelaine said...

Laurie, you are made in the shade, and always bring us such interesting paths to follow.

Cafe Observer said...

L, I woulda said, "that's me you shot!", xcept it's at $tarbigbuck$.
I try to stick with my indie coffeehouses.

Once again: in the right place at the right time. I'm glad you're out there takin your walk-by & drive-by shots.

Laurie said...

Hey kids,

You guys are so smart and clever. I love all the shadow references -- but I have to especially thank Mister Earl for including an Eliot poem. Big props for that! And Knox, I'm going to quote you on the walking in the sun line. That's really great.

Thank you for the incredibly nice words, everyone. I agree with Petrea -- this is a truly collaborative effort and I think I have the best, smartest, most creative blog comments in all of cyberspace. (Take that, Huffington Post!)

Quite simply: you guys rock. And I thank you.

ken mac said...

almost like a reverse negative, it's so stark in that ...light!

babooshka said...

I am really late to the party on this one. Reading the running commentry has been so interesting in reation to the image. Rene Mackintosh image wise came straight to mind. Shadows are deceptive, a false image of one self, but artsitcally they can be so truthful.