Through the Glass Clearly

Photo by Cgs.

I love the anthropomorphism in this photograph.

What is this jar thinking?

Ahead of it lies a dimly lit sidewalk, a few splashes of green hunkering down on either side of the path.

In the summer this would be a cool, delicious walk on a humid day. In the winter, though, the icy shadows and curled tendrils of dead or sleeping plants would make the same journey feel far more isolating.

Now this is where things get interesting: the jar isn’t looking at the path ahead. It cannot see what’s down there without hopping past the mirror.

What the jar can see is itself dappled with sunlight. It can see another section of the path and  behind it the beginning of what looks to be a gorgeous little garden. It’s no more or less shaded than the rest of the path but somehow having several plants huddled together makes it feel sunnier.

Which direction does the jar prefer?

I don’t know.

But I’m having a wonderful time climbing into its (imaginary) mind to find out.


What do you think?

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0 Responses to Through the Glass Clearly

  1. Zoe

    Maybe its happy just being where it is?

  2. Twyseschoch

    Maybe the mirror is anthropomophed and is using reflective listening skills.

  3. Very interesting insights, I must say. To me, when I see the jar reflected in the mirror, I think the mirror is other people’s opinion’s of me. Such an image is on my way to a better future for myself. So, I would have to crush the mirror and go forward. Because often, other people have no clue, so I have to ignore them. 

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