Taking the carpet for a test drive

Taking the carpet for a test drive

20110103 Chandelier 300x225 Taking the carpet for a test driveI was at my friend’s house on New Year’s Eve and as bedtime approached (and passed) I started feeling a little tired.  Since it was a sleepover, I decided to try out the living room carpet for comfort – like a test drive.  As I lay there I noticed how the chandelier cast a shadow on the ceiling.  It looked a bit like an evil overlord.  What it reminded me of was a series of Photoshopped self-perception/self-image pictures I once found on the internet.  I can’t find the link but this is the kind of thing I’m talking about.  If you Google it, there are some really profound images around.  A particular favourite of mine was an image of a small bird looking at its own reflection in the water and seeing an eagle.

Back to the chandelier, there is this delightful contrast between the light and dark – chandelier and shadow – and the evil face in the shadow seems fitting with the image associated with darkness in our culture.  The question then: Is the chandelier’s shadow betraying its true nature?  Or is it the opposite?  Or maybe it’s just a luminaire.  I decided I didn’t like the carpet and slept somewhere else…

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