Symbolism Through Animals

Karen Knorr’s ‘Indian Song’ is a series of images in elegant Indian buildings, almost empty apart from a, different, single animal in each image.


In the animal kingdom each animal symbolises different things, for example lions are represented as proud and majestic, according to Buddhism.

Using objects instead of people may be a route to explore more in my project exploring occupying spaces, as people represent inhabitation, and some images may be more powerful without humans and single objects. These objects, holding certain connotations, will trigger different things with my audience rather than filling the frame with a person.

Although, Bruce Lee once said “The usefulness of the cup is its emptiness”. so maybe if I fill my frame with people and/or objects it’s wasted, but I leave it empty it leaves the audiences imagination to run free from my guidance and restrictions.


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