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Archetypes

November 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I've been quite remiss in my blogging the past few months. But summer is over and I'm ready to make a renewed vow of dedication to this blog. Which I no doubt will break and remake moving forward. But I will do my best. And so it goes. *

But I do have a new project I'd like to share.

Carl Jung spoke of the collective unconscious, those innate but nebulous experiences which are the soul of humanity at large. The collective unconscious contains what Jung called "primordial images" or "archetypes". These archetypes, in and of themselves, are not tangible. They only take form and enter consciousness in concert with an individual’s life experience. But, according to Jung, these archetypes form a common foundation for all humanity upon which each individual builds their own self, shaped by culture and experience. Thus, while archetypes themselves may be conceived as a relatively few innate nebulous forms, they give rise to many images and words and symbols which have meaning that spans beyond an individual human lifetime.

This may explain why certain words and images have such a powerfully profound impact on people. We may not understand why, or for that matter even what, they so deeply elicit.  We just know that these archetypes do.

And so it goes.

Archetype.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography Archetype.

Religion.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography Religion.

Heritage.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Heritage.

Stiletto.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography Stiletto.

Messiah.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography Messiah.

Youth.(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography Youth.

 


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