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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Opened Lock 022

This lock has been around for a long time and I'm not sure where the key for it is.
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It is still in the opened position which I suppose is a problem if anything is ever locked with it.
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As a symbol, an opened lock is interesting. Originally I thought of it in terms of a lock that had been closed and is now opened. But I suppose that is more about the key.
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I hadn't considered the latent potential to lock up something that had otherwise been free and open.
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Now I am seeing it as a lock without a key, a trap, menacing.
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As is true with other symbols and the meanings we find in objects, our state of mind is the filter, the projector, and the screen on which the story plays out.
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1 comment:

SirEdofK said...

It is interesting I think to apply human concepts to inanimate objects. The fact that the lock is menacing conjures all sorts of thoughts. I think a person with the lock could have sinister intent but the lock itself is only representative of human thoughts. What if a good person got hold of it and locked it with the intention of not having someone else be trapped by it. Is it still then menacing? I will have to give this more thought. I do like the drawing though.

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