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.
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“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.