The shadow—literally, the absence of light— represents something that is beyond the object yet inseparable from it.
In many of the works included in Phantasmagoria , shadows are used to allude to death, the obscure, and the unnamable, and to construct allegories of loss and disappearance. Mist, breath, and fog are often associated with mystery; in their double status as perceptible yet almost nonexistent phenomena, they suggest evanescence or absence.
Mexican artist Teresa Margolles alludes to the dead in much of her art, in this case using vapor to stand in as a metaphor for the absent body, literally incorporating minuscule traces of material washed from corpses in a morgue. A Brocken spectre German : Brockengespenst , also called Brocken bow or mountain spectre , is the magnified and apparently enormous shadow of an observer cast upon clouds opposite of the Sun's direction.
The figure's head is often surrounded by the halo -like rings of coloured light forming a glory , which appears opposite of the Sun's direction when uniformly-sized water droplets in clouds refract and backscatter sunlight. The phenomenon can appear on any misty mountainside or cloud bank, even when seen from an aeroplane, but the frequent fogs and low-altitude accessibility of the Brocken , a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany , have created a local legend from which the phenomenon draws its name.
The Brocken spectre was observed and described by Johann Silberschlag in , and has since been recorded often in literature about the region.
The "spectre" appears when the sun shines from behind the observer, who is looking down from a ridge or peak into mist or fog. The light projects their shadow through the mist, often in a triangular shape due to perspective.
The shadow also falls on water droplets of varying distances from the eye, confusing depth perception. The ghost can appear to move sometimes suddenly because of the movement of the cloud layer and variations in density within the cloud. And art thou nothing? Such thou art, as when The woodman winding westward up the glen At wintry dawn, where o'er the sheep-track's maze The viewless snow-mist weaves a glist'ning haze, Sees full before him, gliding without tread, An image with a glory round its head; The enamoured rustic worships its fair hues, Nor knows he makes the shadow he pursues!
Lewis Carroll's " Phantasmagoria " includes a line about a Spectre who " He had been chasing himself. Not a common phenomenon, but known even on Earth.
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The Brocken Specter in the Alps, for example. A scene of significance in his book The Investigation depicts a detective who, within the confines of a snowy, dead-end ally, confronts a man who turns out to be the detective's own reflection, "The stranger He was standing in front of a huge mirrored wall marking the end of the arcade.
The Brocken spectre is a key trope in Paul Beatty 's The White Boy Shuffle , in which a character, Nicholas Scoby, declares that his dream he specifically calls it a "Dream and a half, really" is to see his glory through a Brocken spectre Carl Jung in Memories, Dreams, Reflections wrote:. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.
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