When a Story Exists

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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“When a story exists only in oral tradition, it is largely the teller’s unconscious that determines what story he relates, and what of it he remembers. In doing so, he is motivated not only by his conscious and unconscious feelings for the story, but also by the nature of his emotional involvement with the child to whom he tells it. In many such oral repetitions of a story, over many years, by various persons to different listeners, a version is finally reached which is so convincing to the conscious and unconscious of many people that no further change seems appropriate. With this, the story has attained its classic form.”

As is the case with Goldilocks, or Silver hair, the story has seem many changes throughout time in characters as well as motives, yet the moral remains basically the same.
A stranger who invades privacy and takes property changes into one who endangers the family’s emotional well-being and security

The main image is one of a Vintage poster titled “Silver Hair”, created from the original story of “Goldilocks” as we now know the tale. Image has been composed in Photoshop using layers, framing with use of Vintage floral advertising, effects, and finally a "Folded Paper’ effect to create the appearance of a page folded in a book long ago.

Main image is a purchased vintage poster, adjusted accordingly, frame was also a purchased vintage image.
Textures courtesy of Shadowhouse and
Lenabem-Anna

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