Bits of Coloured Glass

 Posted by on August 26, 2016  Add comments
Aug 262016
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This is another image I’ve just finished that is part of a series that I want to do and it revisits the delightful wisdoms contained in the book “Mister God This Is Anna”. Again, if you haven’t read it you should.
I made this image from these words quoted from the book – ” Each individual is issued at birth with various bits of glass labelled “Good” “Bad” “Nasty” etc. People get into the habit of slipping these bits of glass over their inward eye and seeing things according to the colour and label of the glass. This is done to justify our inner convictions.
This is what we are being asked to do, to throw away our pieces of coloured glass and see clearly. The fact that old Nick is busy turning them out by the million makes things difficult.

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  4 Responses to “Bits of Coloured Glass”

  1. Im interested that the coloured glass that you chose to use in the image is religious in nature.

    For me churches, and other places of worship, are universally nice places to be in – but “religion” can easily be dominated by the nastier side of humanity.

    Too much coloured glass

  2. I find this a very creative depiction of what you talk about. But I am not at all sure about the concept that we are issued with these at birth.

  3. I think sometimes it can take a long time to get rid of coloured or cloudy glass

  4. Pauline, your image resonates with me so strongly. I am not sure if you are a Star Wars fan but the following is another metaphot for stained glas.

    Remember this scene from the movie “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”?

    Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is about to fly into an asteroid field to evade capture by Darth Vader and company.

    “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field,” warns the fretting android, C3P0, “is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

    “Never tell me the odds,” replies Han Solo.

    After surviving the asteroid field Han Solo points his little spaceship in the direction of Darth Vader’s really, really big spaceship.

    “The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer are approximately…” ventures C3P0 until Princess Lea tells him to shut up.

    Finally, CP30 pleads: “I really don’t see how that is going to help! Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances!” At which point Lea shuts the robot off.

    We are all born with a C3P0 of an Inner Critic babbling away in our head — constantly telling us how the odds are against us and we should just give up.

    In order to get anything done you need to bind and gag your Inner Critic. Once it’s out of the way you can start the journey – whether it’s one of self-discovery, of changing old habits, or making real photographs.

    Attributed to Chris Cade

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