|Big Horn Rhino: Chauvet Cave
The outline of a pregnant mare
Photo: Heinrich Wendel (© The Wendel Collection, Neanderthal Museum)
|Curled up Buffalo
Lewis-Williams, The Mind in the Cave (Kindle 2032-2034)
|Mammoth sculpted in bas-relief in the Grotte de Mammouth near Domme, Dordogne.
Lewis-Williams points out a fallacy common to archeologists and, for that matter, most westerners today, who explain everything human in terms of evolving intelligence and rationality or, as he says “becoming brighter and smarter:”
As these archeologists see it, “early people were becoming more and more like Western scientists. This is what we may call ‘consciousness of rationality’… The problem here is that the emphasis on intelligence has marginalized the importance of the full range of human consciousness in human behaviour. Art and the ability to comprehend it are more dependent on kinds of mental imagery and the ability to manipulate mental images than on intelligence.3
Neither my photographic images nor the Paleolithic cave artists’ paintings were created out of a void. We didn't create something from nothing. There is always a interaction between the image maker, artist materials, and the surrounding world.
Could this interaction be what the Buddhists call dependent arising: that nothing exists in and of is elf but arises out of multiple causes?