Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hallucinatory Landscapes

“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one's own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self. The sun would rise from the eastern horizon, and cut it's way across the empty sky, and sink below the western horizon ... And in the movement of the sun, I felt something I hardly know how to name: some huge, cosmic love.” 

1 comment:

Jim Swift said...

Many thanks, indeed for this series and this quote from Murakami. They resonate with an experience I had at the end of last year during a 10 day meditation retreat. Some of the visual effects were similar to these images. I would have liked to be able to recreate them after I got home, but that skill is elusive.

I look forward to seeing many more.