This exercise is is inspired by Photography and the Optical Unconscious, Dadaist poetry, and theories of the collective unconscious. What we do here is take photos on a theme without coordinating, overlay the photos, and examine what happens at the chaotic intersection.
Here is the recipe:
1 - Select three topics that are both deep, and can be interpreted in a variety of ways.
2 - For each topic, both of you go out and take a photo on that theme. Do not control yourself. Let your unconscious determine how you interpret the theme, and let the spur of the moment decide what the content of each photo is.
3 - Text / email the photos to each other and laugh/ wonder.
4 - One of you takes the initiative to use Photoshop or an open-source analogue to superimpose the images. That is, make each image 50% opaque, and then overlay each image on top of the other.
5 - (Optional) include a third image (perhaps a drawing) to be superimposed at a 33/33/33 opacity ratio.
6 - Examine each photo for the the themes that arise from the new image at the intersection of the twain by writing a short interpretative psychodynamic analysis. Each of you could write something. Share these projective interpretations with each other along with the photos and themes.
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Loneliness and Community
The America That Could Have Been
Ashes and Rebirth