by Dragana Brown
Our minds love images! And so, many of us live lives according to our images - - unreal lives.
We take images outside ourselves as a marker of what and how it should be, without allowing the world within ourselves to guide us. Our actions and behaviours are often the result of our own beliefs we hold around images, like films we turn into ‘art' only after editing, instead of simply representing reality as it is, we juxtapose images of it.
And then there’s the deceptive, polished media images of faces, bodies, lifestyles, all contributing to us detesting ourselves in parts or completely, so we will go and buy a solution to ‘love’ ourselves once again.
We live our lives through screens and images in this way, and we don't seem to distinguish what is real or fake anymore. It doesn't even seem to matter to us. This creation of images can affect life even more powerfully and stealthily than enunciation, or even enactment. The imagined pictures can lodge way too deeply in the private sphere, especially when the public sphere is already so fragile, dislodging much else.