On October 25th 2017 I woke up with a question.
John asked: “What is a shadow?”
Starting to feel unconfortable I wrote: “A dark area produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.”
His next question was: “What is abstract?”
Starting to get angry I wrote: “Something existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.”
After a minute of silence he had another question: “What about a house? Is it abstract for you?”
And getting myself out of the bed I said: “Yes.”
“Why is that?”
“Because when you say a house, I will have a picture in my head and I will know what you mean even when there is no house around. But as I don’t know which particular house you mean until you show me a picture of a concrete house or until we speak about one very precise house we both know, ‘a house’ will be abstract for me.”
And because I probably started to exasperate John he did post me the definition of abstract in German and asked: “Do you understand that?”.
And because I was annoyed I said: “Yes I do.”
“And why is a house abstract then?”
And because the cats were hungry and I do need a coffee before I pass an exam I said: “Did never say that a house is abstract. And that was not your initial question.”
In the evening I did discover that I was now member of the group “Pareidolia Photography”. And as I had taken a picture of a stone eating monster on that day, I posted it there and elsewhere.
365 days later I ask myself if the monster is still there or if it did eat itself.