Reality 2.0

Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our external senses don’t tell us everything, just enough to function in the world around us, to pretend it’s orderly and makes sense. In a way it does–in a way. But meanwhile, there’s a whole other world inside of us, in our thoughts, our dreams, our imaginations. And in many ways it’s every bit as real as the external world our limited senses perceive. These manipulated images (or in some cases accidentally captured) playfully, darkly and thoughtfully reflect that inner world.

(Click on any image to enlarge it, or to start slide show)

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein*

“Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” ~Anaïs Nin

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ~John Lennon

“Reality is frequently inaccurate.” ~Douglas Adams

“Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” ~Albert Einstein

*Likely a paraphrase of his friend Swiss-Italian engineer Michelle Besso’s words.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to Reality 2.0

  1. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Wow–the creativity and skill exhibited by some of these photos is astounding! I like that John Lennon quote about reality leaving a lot to the imagination. Thousands of years of human history, and we haven’t come to the end of what men and women can imagine and accomplish. I’m so glad God gave us such abilities!

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  2. Great pictures, but shoes shouldn’t be allowed to smoke – aren’t the smelly enough already?

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  3. rugby843 says:

    My favorite is the boot with glasses😉

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  4. On “Death can’t touch her”. If I remember correctly there’s a version of the Grim Reaper who is always accompanied by the soul of a little girl who leads his horse so that she didn’t have to ride with corpses in a wagon. This version of the reaper is a lot gentler than we’re used to and actually loves to gamble. The little girl won the right to lead the horse because she won a bet. In some versions of the tale, the Grim Reaper is replaced by the last person to die on new years eve and the girl has to teach the New reaper how to go about his job.

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  5. So many beautiful pictures. So much creativity. The surprise and joy I felt as I was scrolling through each photo. I laughed out loud at the “ pocket giraffe”, maybe it’s my favorite. Thank you.

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  6. The reality that seems to be the imagination has no chance with the imagery with that which seems real. Or, is it the other way around? “Hail” Sir John.

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  7. Ann Coleman says:

    Those are amazing photos!!

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  8. The virtuosity and humor in the photo manipulations are astonishing, and *Under the Rug1* also has a biting moral.  Here is yet another quote:
            “Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.” ~Robin Williams

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  9. Dot says:

    Reality will only be what you believe it to be, so eventually we learn to believe only what we want to believe, which are things that render us mostly peace and just a pinch of darkness to make it more entertaining … I enjoy your playful and thoughtful posts!

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  10. Corkywk says:

    I’m with Dot. Reality is in the eyes of the beholder. We all live inside our own heads, in our minds eye both unique and individualized. Our perception of the outside world merely a result of our brain’s biased interpretations using personal memories, experiences and emotional tags. This from a brain with no-direct outside access other than chemical and electrical impulses sent from our senses. While functioning in total darkness inside the hollow of our skull our brain fabricates reality so as we can understand it.

    Yikes! A Pretty dark and gloomy comment I admit. Sorry about that, but that is how I interpret reality. At least, that’s what my totally in control brain tells me how to interpret it! Reality, is what your brain tells you is reality. Nothing more, nothing less

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  11. nitinsingh says:

    Interesting post thnx to share

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