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Holly and Ice by MichaelPotts Holly and Ice :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 0 0 Flaming Up by MichaelPotts Flaming Up :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 3 2 Day before the World's End by MichaelPotts Day before the World's End :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 4 0 Purple Wings by MichaelPotts Purple Wings :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 4 0 Strange but Familiar by MichaelPotts Strange but Familiar :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 1 0 Go Into the Light by MichaelPotts Go Into the Light :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 0 0 Pseudo-Sunspots by MichaelPotts Pseudo-Sunspots :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 1 0 Red Pseudo-Asteroid by MichaelPotts Red Pseudo-Asteroid :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 0 0 Dark Patches by MichaelPotts Dark Patches :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 2 1 Abundance by MichaelPotts Abundance :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 2 0 Looking Toward the Goal by MichaelPotts Looking Toward the Goal :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 0 3 Feeding on Beauty by MichaelPotts Feeding on Beauty :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 4 0 Sunset Near Coats, North Carolina by MichaelPotts Sunset Near Coats, North Carolina :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 4 0 Yellow Mushroom in Woods by MichaelPotts Yellow Mushroom in Woods :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 0 0 Signs of Life by MichaelPotts Signs of Life :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 4 1 Unveiling by MichaelPotts Unveiling :iconmichaelpotts:MichaelPotts 2 0


4th Of July by SweetteeStanley18 4th Of July :iconsweetteestanley18:SweetteeStanley18 9 0 Autumn Leaves by SweetteeStanley18 Autumn Leaves :iconsweetteestanley18:SweetteeStanley18 14 2 Winter of my Soul by PlacidAnemia Winter of my Soul :iconplacidanemia:PlacidAnemia 29 22 Never Coming Back by Elchanan Never Coming Back :iconelchanan:Elchanan 24 12 Last Symphonia by PlacidAnemia Last Symphonia :iconplacidanemia:PlacidAnemia 56 29 Witch VI - Stock by gilraen-stock Witch VI - Stock :icongilraen-stock:gilraen-stock 25 4 Witch I - Stock by gilraen-stock Witch I - Stock :icongilraen-stock:gilraen-stock 36 3 The Return Of The Prodigal by Lora-Vysotskaya The Return Of The Prodigal :iconlora-vysotskaya:Lora-Vysotskaya 284 282 Hazy Days by cloverholly Hazy Days :iconcloverholly:cloverholly 4 0 Moment Up by cloverholly Moment Up :iconcloverholly:cloverholly 2 0 Rue d'Auseil, The Music of Erich Zann by mcrassusart Rue d'Auseil, The Music of Erich Zann :iconmcrassusart:mcrassusart 43 2 Cthulhu Project - Dagon by Serathus Cthulhu Project - Dagon :iconserathus:Serathus 101 3 His Bleeding Heart by ChanelAllure His Bleeding Heart :iconchanelallure:ChanelAllure 4 5 Untitled by ChanelAllure Untitled :iconchanelallure:ChanelAllure 3 0 Elegia by Saidge42 Elegia :iconsaidge42:Saidge42 53 23 9907 by o-Opium 9907 :icono-opium:o-Opium 61 3



Metaphor involves "seeing-as," seeing one kind of object as another thing. When I entitled my photo of the moth by the wildflower, "Hope," that was meant to be a metaphor--one is invited to "see the moth as hope." Moths and butterflies are closely related; a butterfly is a traditional symbol of the resurrection after death. I was thinking of the moth as a symbol of resurrection, and it is that hope to which I referred. The reader may interpret the title differently, and given the open-endedness of metaphor, that is fine.

My photo, "A Journey into Darkness," is an illusion to the darkness of death--that unknown that each of us must pass through to the realm "behind the dim unknown." Although I have my religious faith, to me that darkness has always been terrifying--what if my faith is false and behind that darkness is sheer nothingness, total annihilation. It is that grim possibility I invite the viewer to contemplate when observing that painting.

Metaphor takes account of both similarities and differences between the terms of the metaphor to create new meaning that would not otherwise be discovered. My photo titles are mostly designed to set of a metaphor to invite the viewer to think of the photograph in terms of the suggested metaphor.


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Michael Potts
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. He is interested in both creative writing and photography; his photo, "R'lyeh," won a section at the Cape Fear Music Festival in April, 2014 in Fayetteville, NC.


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