Title: “Small Milk Pots and 3 Hands”. This Edition: Copyright 2021 Nawfal Johnson All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia —————
About this Photograph: Three hands guide and attach small metal milk pots to the back of a Hindu devotee. The milk pots have fish hook-like needles that are pierced into the skin so that the pots can hang from the devotee’s skin — each one an added weight to their physical pain of burden. This exercise of faith is considered a sort of physical trial in the pursuit of atonement. This ritual is performed during the Hindu celebration of Thaipusam. —————
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Creation Date: 28 January 2021. “Fire Portraits” Series. Series Years: 2016 – 2021 (On-Going). Influence: “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust. Art Photographs: Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust. ———————
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Note 1: After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”
Note 2: One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels. On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity, and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”. Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles is an archangel, not of the devils or demons, but he is Fallen.
Note 3: My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire. Angels, “fallen” or not, made of fire, I think is a contradiction.
Note 4: Sammael is a fallen archangel, and the Lord of Destruction. Some think this was Lucifer’s original name. The Jews think he is the archangel of the AMALEKITES (Gentiles) — Fine. Bring IT!
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MENTAL NOTE #125: FREEDOM — “Every thought should be uttered freely, fearlessly…”
I have been very troubled with the current and horrendous change in my country’s political environment, where a complete silence of Free Speech is in the process — that is — Free Speech will be silenced for ALL PEOPLE who oppose tyranny, and oppose the destruction of their country, to a new leader who loves his ‘Great New Reset’. T r u m p did nothing to stop this from happening; but under a Beiijing-Biiden admin, it is going to be worse, and you will see that unfold for yourself, very, very, soon.
Once again, I must turn our attention to the Sage, and the Great Master Painter, Robert Henri:
“It is better that every thought should be uttered freely, fearlessly, than that any great thought should be denied utterance for fear of evil. It is only through complete independence that all goodness can be spoken, that all purity can be found. Even indecency is bred of restriction not of freedom, for how can the spirit which controls the ethical side of life be trusted except through the poise that is gained by exercise? When we think honestly, we never desire individuals bound hand and foot, and the ethical side of man’s nature we cannot picture as overwhelmed and smothered with regulations if we are to have a permanent human goodness; for restrictions hide vice, and freedom alone bears morality.”
Henri, R., & Ryerson, M. (1958). The art spirit, by Robert Henri: notes, articles, fragments of letters and talks to students, bearing on the concept and technique of picture making, the study of art generally, and on appreciation, compiled by Margery Ryerson. J.B. Lippincott.
MENTAL NOTE #114: ACCORDING to ARTHUR C. CLARKE, HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY, and I think it is a relatively good comparative definition between the two genres:
“Much blood has also been spilled on the carpet in attempts to distinguish between science fiction and fantasy. Somewhere in the literary landscape, science fiction merges into fantasy, but the frontier between the two is as fuzzy as the boundary of fractal images like the famous Mandelbrot Set. I have therefore suggested an operational definition: science fiction is something that could happen—but usually you wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen—though often you wish it would.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke ~
Source: Westfahl, Gary. Science Fiction Quotations from the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits. Yale University Press, 2005.
ALTHOUGH, I often wish I was living in some futuristic science fiction world, but rarely wish I lived in some fantasy world.
So what if you had to make an urgent phone call, you dial the operator, give the number you need to reach, and the operator comes back and says: “Sorry, you must have the wrong dimension.”
I think, personally, I would really start to wonder where I’m at, what planet I was secretly transported to, and yes, what Dimension I was in. Bad Luck, I suppose you would never get through to the person you needed to urgently talk to. That’s just what happens in a Multiverse when you can’t remember what Dimension you are trying to call …. That’s Bad Luck.