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    According to Carl Jung, the collective unconscious is a source of wisdom and illumination - the "God within."

    CountryDreaming, torontofotobug, dee_r, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. trykemom 110 months ago | reply

      I like the people being in the same place on two levels. Asending, desending? (huge Escher fan here) Going around again on a different level. Your photos are often ink blots. I didn't know though that one descended into the light.

    2. Totte. 110 months ago | reply

      Walking down into The Light. That's a very powerful symbol. The stairs is your intellect, able to connect with your uncounscious (did I spell it right this time) - the glow coming from the basement...

      Like your treatment of it too.

    3. TheLizardQueen 110 months ago | reply

      The bright unknown! An uplifting shot, although I can't quite put my finger on why? Great work again JS and love the framing and effects ;0)

    4. EtterVor 110 months ago | reply

      CountryDreaming--Foucault's Pendelum?

    5. Gwynedd 110 months ago | reply

      I know where you are! Franklin Institute, yes? I love that staircase!

    6. frogmuseum2 110 months ago | reply

      I like this reversal of the "usual" archetype, John. Either way, it still leads to the unknown, and this perspective reminds us of the "eye of the beholder" principle. Bravo!

    7. John Suler's PhotoPsychology 110 months ago | reply

      Such great comments, my friends! Thank you!

      @Helen: I like that "dizzy" aspect of it too!

      @CountryDreaming and Gwyneed: You're right on the money! It is a Foucault's pendelum stairway, at the Franklin Institute as Gwyneed astutely noted. We went there a few weeks ago to see the Body Worlds exhibit.

      I decided to clone out the pendelum (a typical shot, no doubt) and create something a bit more archetypic and surreal.

      @trykemom, totte and frog: It is a bit paradoxical to be descending into a bright place. I tried making it a "dark" place but didn't like the effect. I also thought the counter-intuitive idea of descending into light was more interesting, in a Jungian sort of way. The "light within" or the "illuminated collective unconscious"... as totte accurately interpreted it!

      @trykemom: I love inkblot-type images! Leaves lots of room for interpretation :-)

    8. dee_r 110 months ago | reply

      this is so good...I love the grainy texture to it...adds an artistic quality...the subject matter is kewl.
      instant fave.

      up or down, does it matter in the long run? ;-)

    9. Peter you've lost the news 110 months ago | reply

      Great composition. I like all the different tones, light, levels, repetition, slight vertigo feeling...

    10. John Suler's PhotoPsychology 110 months ago | reply

      Thanks dee and Peter!... Right dee, up, down, it's all relative anyway! :-)

    11. trykemom 110 months ago | reply

      One could say that one desends into ones own depths and finds light.

    12. John Suler's PhotoPsychology 110 months ago | reply

      I like to think of it that way!

    13. S. McKay [deleted] 110 months ago | reply

      Nice unique point of view. The postioning of the people on both levels adds a lot of depth.

    14. Barca_Branca [deleted] 110 months ago | reply

      Beautiful and cool image.

    15. Ewa's Oceans 110 months ago | reply

      This is great photo, John !
      I like the way how the light is changing, it seems, everybody are following the light. What is in the end ? :-)

    16. John Suler's PhotoPsychology 110 months ago | reply

      Thanks ewa! What's in the end? I sure hope it's light! :-)

    17. shegnil [deleted] 110 months ago | reply

      Brilliant visualisation.

      We descend the horizontal, but what’s around the bend?
      Is it terrorist annihilation, or the radiance of a friend?

      Amended 28 March 06

    18. .krissy. [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

      Hidden inside there is more mystery hidden inside! We must descend deeper and beyond the surface [perhaps a glitch with todays generation....I have every right to say that, by the way.].

      Very intruiging! Provokes a lot of thought! Wonderful! :-D

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