Repeating shapes / Formas que se repiten

“Man, what the fuck do the Greeks have to do with anything?” Rusty James to his Dad (from Coppola’s “Rumble Fish” movie based on S.E. Hinton’s book)

23rd Street Bridge over the Arkansas River, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

23rd Street Bridge over the Arkansas River, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2012)

Un gran alivio para todos: el mundo es menos caótico de lo que parece! La razón?  Las formas se repiten, de la misma manera como se repiten las historias y de la misma manera como se repite la Historia. Un ejemplo de formas que se repiten: los arquetipos, sean estos arquetipos griegos o de donde sea. Los arquetipos son patrones de conducta y pensamiento que tienen una cualidad universal y atemporal, de manera que estos patrones se perpetúan ad infinitum. A cada dios o diosa griega se le atribuye un arquetipo de personalidad. Y los seres humanos estamos destinados a repetir estos patrones de personalidad en la infinitud del tiempo. Los patrones que se repiten nos permiten ordenar a un universo que de otra manera es ingobernable y desordenado. En una entrada anterior (mírese aquí) hablamos de gestos arquetípicos. La foto de arriba tomada en el 2012 fué inspirada por una escena de la película “Rumble Fish” del año 1983 dirigida por Francis Coppola (mirar la foto de abajo). Como se verá, efectivamente, las formas se repiten ! *


The original “Rumble Fish” scene underneath 23rd St. Bridge in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.

A piece of good news: the world is much less chaotic than it may seem. Here is why: shapes repeat themselves, the same way stories repeat themselves and the way History repeats itself. For example:  archetypes -Greek archetypes or otherwise. Archetypes are patterns of behavior or thought that have a universal and timeless quality, so these patterns go on and on, ad infinitum. Almost every Greek god and goddess embodies an archetype. And we humans are destined to repeat these personality traits forever and ever. In an older post (see here) we discussed archetypal gestures. Patterns are there to be discovered and that helps us explain an otherwise disorderly entourage. My 2012 featured photo above was actually prompted by a scene of the 1983 “Rumble Fish” movie by Ford Coppola (photo below). See?  Shapes do indeed repeat themselves! *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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