SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
Signs, signals, trademarks are essential codes from the development of our civilization, they are the synthesis of verbal language; they regulate and facilitate social communication. A wind-blown tree with dark clouds in the sky is a sign of an impending storm. In front of a sign indicating to turn right we do not feel the need for further explanations and it has the same meaning for everyone. The symbol, on the other hand, is something very different: it is that visible part of something or someone that connects us with an invisible content (for example the crucifix or a person): it connects us with a dimension that we feel the need to know. Symbols are useful for our personal and spiritual growth. Symbols are all those things or living beings or facts about which we ask ourselves "why is it so?", "Why does it attract me?", "What does it mean?" and we are not satisfied with simple explanations. If we stop asking "why?" of every thing, person, or situation we live by what others think, say and do. Growth and evolution are blocked. In each symbol there is a "Beyond" the known boundaries of the ego, something you feel the need for because it is part of you and is just waiting to exist, to be brought out: for example an innate talent or an aspect of personality, a scientific intuition. Very often it happens to feel attracted to beauty or an irrepressible emotion but there are no words to indicate them. Words, for us, are things and things are the words that indicate them: we perceive and desire only what they indicate while we do not notice many things, forms of life or desires to which our language has not yet found. a word. What does it all mean? Of reality we "see" only what we have learned, what we have been taught or something "distorted" by a trauma. This means that we only desire and see what is codified and consistent with the other members of the group we live in or, in the case of a trauma, we see things that we cannot make them understandable. The aesthetic aspect of a symbol is understandable to us, it has a shape, we can see it, touch, hear, describe it but not so the symbolic aspect for the reason that this content is of the same substance as something inside us: the narrator (not the social ego the character we play every day). “What a symbol contains is that something or someone who knows everything in us and sees if it is not ignored”. The task of photography and art in general is to make what it sees exist, giving shape to the new, to the future. Something or Someone in us who? it is a dimension beyond the limits of our daily self, a still little known part of our psyche. Some great philosophers have indicated it as a "Nous", someone else "spirit", an energy, a psychic connection that uses creation, to give shape to ideas, dreams, intuitions (as in heaven, so on earth).