About this Film:
During the 2010-2011 Winter season, a great mystery unfolded for me which confirmed my suspicion that Mother Earth and the human psyche share an amazing (albeit inscrutable) energetic relationship and bond. Prior to the official onset of that Winter season, I had a strange, enigmatic imageless dream that consisted of a repeating mantra (in voice-over form) of three words: "Aphrodite's Winter Mirror." Over and over the words repeated until I was finally roused to wake. A serious student of dreams, I journaled the event and then set about attempting to analyze and ritualize the significance of its arrival.
These efforts led me into a depthful study of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite and the poet Hesiod's cosmological myth Theogony – that blueprints the genealogy of the ancient Greek pantheon, including the birth of Aphrodite. By the end of Winter in March 2011, I had completed a wonder-filled, highly colorful, self-guided review of the Archetypes and had learned at least a thing or two about what symbolic/metaphoric relationship might exist between the Winter season and the goddess of love and beauty. My findings and the photographic imagery that flowed during my exploration have taken form in a book entitled "Aphrodite's Winter Mirror," which is in the final stages of review and that I plan to self-publish in 2013.
Among the many amazing images that flowed through my lens that numinous Winter season, a group of strange ice formations captured at a neighbor's pond and also directly downhill from it at the runoff stream next to my home stand apart as bizarre symbolic fractals of fish and aquatic creatures. Especially haunting is a barely believable phantom-like figure with a "Casper-the-friendly-ghost" body and a distinct "fish tail." This formation and others that appeared in close succession to it left me quite unsettled and with the feeling that I had unwittingly tapped into a strange if not forbidden symbolic reservoir of archetypal energies. My discomfort was somewhat assuaged by the reminder that artists from the beginning of time have attempted to communicate their direct experiences, intuitions, and musings regarding such animated and spirit-based exchanges with Gaia – our planet's cosmic spirit body.
I'll say no more than that. "Song of the Crystal Mermaid" is my contribution to this mysterious body of symbolic lore, echoed in the shapeshifting countenance of water in its three dynamic states (liquid, solid, gas) during the Winter season.