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I find some of the most interesting material to photograph in ordinary things that I strive to make extraordinary. Abstracts present ambiguous imagery that provoke the viewer’s imagination to project whatever he or she sees. I am always interested to know what you see in my abstract photographs. Using a Macro lens, I took several shots of the inside of a frond that fell from a Palm tree. I imagined the seeds were a city of people and associated the dark shadow “people” with C.G. Jung’s concept of the shadow that describes the dark side of human nature in individual psyches as well as groups and nations that have a collective shadow which leads to dangerous actions, such as racism, scapegoating, enemy-making and the most destructive of all, war. By accepting the dark side of ourselves we can achieve a more genuine and complete self-acceptance, defuse negative emotions that erupt in daily life, release the guilt and shame associated with negativity, recognize the projections that color our opinions about others and heal our relationships through a deeper and more intimate understanding of others and ourselves. Writing, art and dreams are catalysts to reclaim the disowned parts of ourselves. Although many think of the shadow as containing only darkness, as Jung stated, “its essence is pure gold.” He believed there could be no birth of consciousness without pain. Jung wisely stated, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”
Nikon DSRL D80
Macro Lens


  • Arthur Chambers
    Arthur Chambersabout 7 years ago


  • lidiasimeonova
    lidiasimeonovaabout 7 years ago

    I love this piece – it is like a painting. Its gorgeous! Lidia

  • Anne2
    Anne2about 7 years ago

    Beautiful abstract, great textures!

  • clau
    clauabout 7 years ago

    Hi Julie,splendid abstract!
    Love this!:)

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 7 years ago

    Stunning photography, you have a great eye for design and texture. Thanks for your great comments too, much appreciated!

  • JanKolling
    JanKollingabout 7 years ago

    fantastic work of art, great!

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormalmost 6 years ago

    Juile so love your words friend! And yes all images hold many secrets of beauty and magick! I see in this image matter and dark matter! We Mankind and all around us that is seen is but matter. But the shadows to me represent the creatures made up of dark matter, the UN-SEEN! The balance of life, the dance of the universe! Thank you for the mind lesson friend!!!…)o(

  • Naomi Duff
    Naomi Duffalmost 6 years ago

    what Isee is a crocodile. in the dark shadow area at the top.sliding on to a sandy beach . I really like macro.

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitalmost 6 years ago

    Very interesting. My first impression, before I though about it or read your words, was a moutain range.

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeabout 5 years ago

    Don’t forget to add it to the January Avatar Challenge!

    When it opens.

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