Mandala in Digital Integration Unconsciousness
In a “Short History of Photography(1931)”, Benjamin firstly coined the term ‘ Optical unconsciousness’ ,
“Another nature … speaks to the camera rather than the eye: in a sense that the space informed by human eye consciousness gives way to a space informed by the unconsciousness through mechanical camera eye .
While it is commonplace that we have some idea about what is involved in the act of walking , we have no idea at all about what happens during the fraction of a second when a person actually takes a step.
Photography, with it’s devices of slow motion and enlargement, reveals the secret.
It is through photography that we first discover the existence of this optical unconsciousness, just as we discover the instinctual unconscious through psychoanalysis.”
In the digital age of the 21st century, nearly 100 years after Benjamin's book was published, photography and editing techniques was dramatically changed and developed . Digital post workflow process with digital editing software can provide you ability to freely enhance, integrate, and manipulate photography images
I am confident that you can encounter much more fantastic unconscious world (so called digital integration unconsciousness) than the Benjamin ‘s optical .
My ‘Digital Integration Unconsciousness’ project was embodied with a hint of decalcomania technic which one of the ways past surrealist painters used to express their unconsciousness
After capturing momentary water droplet movement through camera super high-speed shooting,
digital decalcomania shape (very similar to Mandala) was finally came into realization , followed by the post photo integration process.
For me it was a wonderful moment to watch what decalcomania form to be created .
In fact , this is not a ‘optical unconsciousness’ but a second wave of unconsciousness to be found in the process.
In addition it was very lucky moment for me, a Buddhist or photographer, to discover the Mandala figure through the project.