Inner Silence

“The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body.”
(Jean Baudrillard)

I admit it: I have not read Jean Baudrillard. According to Wikipedia, he wrote about “hyperreality” – the inability to distinguish between virtual and actual reality because they are seamlessly connected through technology. With that background, I found his words about the desert as a natural extension of the inner silence of our bodies all the more interesting.

The desert is probably one place where we can experience reality in its purest form. People say “there’s nothing out there” and that’s not true of course – it is rich in shapes, forms, and life, if you just open yourself up to it. The desert’s hostility to us humans, as an environment to live in, is what kept it so real and so pure. Perhaps that is another reason why we seek out this place – to find something there that we didn’t know we were looking for, and re-connect to our inner silence.

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5 thoughts on “Inner Silence”

  1. I absolutely hate when I see people refer to deserts as “wasteland.” It’s another environment no different than a savanna or rainforest.

  2. I love the quote, and I haven’t read him either. For me, the silence is a bodily sensation that seems to unite my body with a special kind of vastness that I’ve only experienced in the desert, and it comes via that silence. This photo seems like a departure, with such simplified shapes and colors – it’s beautiful – very painterly.

    • I agree that it is a departure – very few of my photos only have so very few simple elements in them, but with the special light and the painterly look that you see in it too, I guess nature provided these shapes and forms just right. :)


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