Images, like symbols, are mighty powerful things. They have the ability to evoke emotional responses right across the entire spectrum of human feeling.
Bombarded as we are on a daily basis by the multitude of images we see in the blogging world we are exposed to regular delights of beauty.
But I wonder if this over exposure to beauty can make us inured and immune to the beauty in the array of imagery we are presented with each day and in life itself or whether it heightens our sensitivities. I for one don't ever want to become blase about beauty.
I know I grapple with words as I attempt to express my wonder at the essence captured by these talented photographer bloggers and I feel that my hackneyed phrases and terms of appreciation have been dulled and sullied by overuse. But I persist in trying...
I also feel rushed when I open my blog and see, on my Blogs I Follow column, the goodies in store for me to read and view and know that in my eagerness to sample a bit of everything I am not doing each posting justice.
The new tick the box response reaction offered by Mr Blogger is a further means of diminishing our reactions to wonder and our ability to express those feelings in writing.
James Hillman said:
"The images are where the psyche is..
The gift of an image is that it affords a place to watch your soul."
If we want to get to know ourselves that little bit better, to plumb our depths, to wonder, to muse, and to enjoy these images - they deserve more than a cursory glance. They require more than an instant of our time.
I suggest that we allow ourselves a few more moments to savour the images, to let them talk to our feeling system, and to feel the throb of resonance, and to get in touch with our souls.
As Joseph Campbell said:
"The world is full of people that have stopped listening to themselves."
I don't want to be one of those people.
I want to be one of these:
"Images foster people of wonder rather than conclusions and make for people of wisdom rather than opinion"
The buoy image is by Paul Signac, a French expressionist painter.