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The Elephant in the Dark

The Elephant in the Dark

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Loxodonta Africana- Serengeti, Tanazania

Inspired by the poem by Mevlana Celaladdin Rumi ( the Sufi mystic and poet)-

Several men are tasked with identifying an animal with their hands in a darkened room to feel, rather than seeing the animal as a whole. Each identifies a piece of the elephant accurately from their perspective, but all fail to recognize the whole. The elephant, (I believe) symbolizes God in the story, and each person their own religious viewpoint. It is a story of religious tolerance and that all perspectives have significance and are part of recognizing the whole, but yet we are all in need of a candle to show the full picture 

Captured on analog 120mm "medium format" film negative providing this image with the exceptional clarity and quality suitable for large scale prints


The Elephant in the Dark- Mevlana Celaladdin RUMI
Some Hindus have an elephant to show.
No one here has ever seen an elephant.
They bring it at night to a dark room.

One by one, we go in the dark and come out
saying how we experience the animal.
One of us happens to touch the trunk.
A water-pipe kind of creature.

Another, the ear. A very strong, always moving
back and forth, fan-animal. Another, the leg.
I find it still, like a column on a temple.

Another touches the curved back.
A leathery throne. Another the cleverest,
feels the tusk. A rounded sword made of porcelain.
He is proud of his description.

Each of us touches one place
and understands the whole that way.
The palm and the fingers feeling in the dark
are how the senses explore the reality of the elephant.

If each of us held a candle there,
and if we went in together, we could see it.


Acrylic Print:1/8 (3mm) thick Digital grade Acrylic with back floating Frame of 1 inch thick. Ready to hang
HD Sublimation Metal Print:High Gloss Sublimation on Chromalux Panel with back floating Frame of 1 inch thick. Ready to hang
Giclée Fine Art Matte Paper Print:Giclee print on Fine Art Matte Paper
Framed Print:Mounted with Plexiglass and Frame. Ready to hang.

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