Light Figures

Light Figures

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CROSSOVER

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I WANT
It demands
Leaping up inside
Hello
Looking through
My eyes.

Colour changes
Many have said it
Heard it
Never seen it
No to seeing it
Dismissed it.

It moves inside
It never leaves
No need to see
Within blue seas
Eye colour shifts
For confirmations.
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SITTING IN SHADOWS

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What lies within the shadows? I’ve heard several people talk of love and light for at least a few years. I’ve wondered what this means. Does the behaviour match the slipstream speak spun out? Along with this talk, there appears to be a negation of the coin flip side, the one comprised of darkness, where all those shadow parts reside.

When I hear someone tell me repeatedly that they are a good person, I question it. When anyone tells me I’m a good person, I question it. It’s not that I don’t believe someone when they make that statement in relation to themselves or me. I believe that this is what they see. At the same time, I know that’s only one side of the coin.
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ELECTRIC BLUE HEART

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Am I a good person? Am I? People often tell me I am. I know that I like people and enjoy them quite a bit. I know that I am, for the most part, well behaved. I train myself. It’s a daily practice. I know I try very hard to be kind, to be helpful, and to meet people where they are. Perhaps those are some reasons that result in people telling me, “You’re a good person”.

Do I tell others they are a good person? Occasionally I do. Although, I find I usually say that when a person is looking for the response that they are a good person. I know it’s not me they are trying to convince. They are trying to convince themselves and there’s something unresolved within them. I know that no matter how much I reassure another that they are good, they won’t ever really believe me. I’ve traveled that repeat road tripping experience enough to know.
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RED LEER

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Why do we need someone outside of ourselves to tell us that we are a good person?

I don’t think I’m either a good person, or a bad person. I know I am both and everything in between those two polar opposites. I know myself intimately. So, when someone tells me I’m a good person, I wonder what their perceptions of the world are.
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HOOK LIGHT

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The Duality Game

Good___________________________< | >___________________________Bad

Ever heard the expression, “black and white thinking”? Supposedly, this is an unhealthy way of seeing the world, or so I’ve been taught and read. Quite apparently, good and bad are opposites. I’ve had a close look at myself and my way of thinking for years now. I’ve put it under a microscope and watched my thought processes daily. One thing I saw was this “black and white” thinking, programmed in there like cement. This need to categorize and apply the label of good or bad.
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ELECTRIC SNAKES

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Is it unhealthy? I came to the conclusion it was, after I saw all the issues and unnecessary suffering this way of seeing brought into my life. It took a long time to deprogram myself from that. I still watch for those thoughts daily. This kind of thinking sneaks into the mind if one is not paying attention.

Shifting away from “black and white” thinking into a more balanced way of seeing the world taught me something I wasn’t expecting. I realized that society is constructed in terms of black and white, the ‘Duality Game’, as I call it. Most people perceive the world this way. Pick a side. You absolutely must align with a side, someone’s side, wherever you are, at all times.
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ELECTRIC WAVE MUSHROOM

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Ever stand in the middle ground holding both opposite sides in your vision at once?

It’s a whole different viewpoint. It’s one most are not comfortable with. It’s one I was extremely uncomfortable with years ago. For several years, I’ve focused on seeing the world from this perspective, without aligning to one side or the other. This has made many people rather unhappy with me when I won’t pick their side, or align to a ‘side’. There have been attempts to coerce me in one direction or the other. I’ve been yelled at, verbally threatened, and it’s come close to a physical assault, as recently as last year.
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WHITE LIGHT SIGNATURE

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I consider viewing others from a perspective of good or bad to be a trap. It’s polarizing to one side or the other of that coin. It causes both inner and outer conflict. It blinds a person to seeing beyond a single-sided perspective. It can be quite hazardous to view people and the world from this perspective. It can be downright dangerous, as I’ve directly experienced on several occasions.

Do you see yourself as a good person or a bad person?

Do you see only one side of the coin, or do you acknowledge the whole coin, standing balanced on the edge so that you see both sides?

More importantly, do you see the range between the two extremes of good and bad?
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GOLDEN SIGNATURE

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All photos taken by Nine with a Pentax digital 35mm camera.
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...and one more exceptional post, my eyes keep 'twitching' non-stop (not in a bad way) every time I look at “ELECTRIC WAVE MUSHROOM”, and that means I love it, I think! — !discovery 30

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Thank you, with your eye-twitching glitching, maybe better I don't glitch that one to make it more twitchy, lol. 💖

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How did you do those pictures??? They seem closely related to fractals?

This has made many people rather unhappy with me when I won’t pick their side, or align to a ‘side’.

Yeah, some people are fine with that. Others can't stand it and will stop at nothing to change your mind...

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🤣🤣🤣

Okay, this is how I did the photos and since I'm not a fan of editing, I shoot so I have to do minimal editing. I took these in the dark from my balcony with my digital camera, set on manual so I could hold the shutter open for whatever amount of time I wanted to. I look through the lens to decide where I want to point, what direction I want to move the camera in, and to focus on the lights I'm trying to capture. Next I stop looking through the camera, push the button to hold the shutter open, then move the camera in the directions I've decided beforehand, without seeing what I'm doing through the camera eye, so working by estimation and intuition and when done release the button.

I've practiced a bit to get certain types of images, in terms of how I move the camera. These shots are taken with fast movement, so that I get those light trail patterns that you see in these. If you try it out, keep in mind that whatever direction you move the camera, move in the opposite direction since the camera lens acts the same way as a human eye. Play around, experiment, and have fun. That's how I end up creating these things.

Yeah, some people are fine with that. Others can't stand it and will stop at nothing to change your mind...

You're right. Those that won't stop pushing, they are politely escorted to the door sooner rather than later. I try to avoid people like that for the most part, or if they are like that, I refrain from discussion that will open any direction to cause that response and limit contact with the person.

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Thanks :) And so sorry for the late reply, a set of comments got left open🤯

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You're welcome! I have had the same thing happen to me, so no worries on late replies 😊

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These are really nice shots! I wish we could go together to do some lightpaingintg, I used to make it often before but not so much now, I really appreciate this style. Loved the mushroom! it's so cute haha

I agree with you that viewing others from a perspective of good or bad is like a trap. Some time ago I started asking myself the same questions, and when I think too much of it I end up feeling weird, I don't consider people good or bad like few years back, they just #people now hahah, I just try to stay in the middle ground (which tbh can be very enjoyable n chill) and this is why I often find myself considering being a "relativist" is ok, to a certain point of course, this is when it gets tricky and even a trap too hahahhah but well here we are, trying to not lose ourselves into that thinking right? :D

Awesome post! gotta catch up with the rest of urs!

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Thank you @ailindigo! Love, love, love seeing you back. 💙💙💙

Oh yes, we'd have some fun. How I wish. Hahaha, that's what I thought, the mushroom is cute.😂 Don't ask me how I managed that shape, I don't remember how I moved the camera. All of them were shot from my balcony. This year has been all about working with light in the shadows and in the dark. 😉 Middle ground and out of the mind is where it's at. 😉

I'd love to hear your comments on my other posts you haven't seen when you have time to catch up. I've gone into some interesting directions with writing, although, I really have no idea what I'm doing. 🤣

Yes, #people

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Can my phone do that stuff? What you're about to read is a lie - The blue heart one's my favorite. Soon as I scrolled through these images I felt even worse for you than when I saw the cover.

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I don't think your phone can do that stuff. If I were you though, I'd try it out just to see. You need to be able to hold the shutter open while doing this in manual mode. I'm not sure if your phone will do that. Mine won't.

Why is the blue heart one your favourite? I have no idea what my favourite is, lol.

Yeah, I missed it with not having the cover image and that disappointment registered. It's a done deal though and I need to alter my approach.

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Once I heard or read that we are the bad guy in someone's story. It is an interesting debate. I've know dual thinkers a whole lot of my life and flirted a lot with the ideas. Polarizing is never good. I like to understand what's going on with someone's life to get my idea of how good or bad this person is. However, I know they always fit into grey areas because circumstances such as values and life matter a lot in their perception and mine.

What you did here is a nice invitation to step out of the idea of black and white and trying to go beyond concepts so rigid as good and evil.

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Once I heard or read that we are the bad guy in someone's story.

This is so true. An email I received told me that I'm the bad guy in the life of a person I've never known personally, a complete stranger. It's brought consequences with it. Good morning to me. LOL. So yes, very much true what you say. Maybe I'll write a post about that, LOL.

Each person needs to be seen as an individual, without apply labels (not easy to do) and take the time to get to know them. Humans are complicated and change is constant. Grey wasn't a comfortable place for me for a very long time. I find for a while now, I am rather uncomfortable with black and white thinking. When I encounter this in another, I have the experience of running into a barrier, thus creating a limit on the type and extent of a relationship that I can possibly have with another.

What you did here is a nice invitation to step out of the idea of black and white and trying to go beyond concepts so rigid as good and evil.

Thank you so much @bertrayo. You've grasped the whole point of this post so well. 💖

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This is so true. An email I received told me that I'm the bad guy in the life of a person I've never known personally, a complete stranger. It's brought consequences with it. Good morning to me. LOL. So yes, very much true what you say. Maybe I'll write a post about that, LOL.

My, my... Starting a day strong, ain't it? That demands for some rum in my coffee. I've gotten some hate, but never to that level. And only one death threat in my entire life (short as it is).

Each person needs to be seen as an individual, without apply labels (not easy to do) and take the time to get to know them. Humans are complicated and change is constant. Grey wasn't a comfortable place for me for a very long time. I find for a while now, I am rather uncomfortable with black and white thinking. When I encounter this in another, I have the experience of running into a barrier, thus creating a limit on the type and extent of a relationship that I can possibly have with another.

Definitely, people with this kind of radical thinking tend to get frustrated easily when shown there's more than two possibilities around them. And well, one can try to help with this, but people only change if they want to do it. I have experienced it too. And I've found that these people are better left alone to their own devices.

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It is what it is. Sometimes that's how people are. I just let it go and move on.

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I just let it go and move on.

It is usually the best course of action.

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I have learned to accept myself for who I am...

Why did it take 50+ years dammit.

I would say I have a Love/Hate relationship with myself.

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It takes the time it takes because it's a journey custom made for each person.

I can see by your meter that you have a grasp on each.

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