Originally posted by Kingalbrect79
Isn't an avatar just interpretation?
I'd say quite a lot of interpretation on both ends . . . in the creating, choosing, posting and in the viewing.
Much like a painting, or the worshack test, interpretation gives it meaning and power, not the other way around.
Hmmmmm Wellll, the Rorschach ink-blot test is REALLY JUST INK BLOTS. Any resemblence to anything is coincidental and therefore SUPPOSEDLY ALL the
comments about it come from within the person.
The avatars are not at all that neutral.
All kinds of elements, factors exist--often enough even in the simple avatars. Certainly in a complex avatar, all manner of stuff can be related,
involved, tweaked, being communicated.
And those choices are not made out of a neutral clean slate state sort of place.
We choose dark vs light or vice versa for REASONS. And those reasons are a huge part of my current curiosity.
And that's ONLY from the standpoint of the creator/chooser of the avatar. Doesn't even yet start to get into the viewer's internal stuff.
If a schitzo saw a picture of a puppy sitting on a black couch, could that mean that he would see a black hole sucking in this said puppy?
Or he could just see a puppy sitting on a couch and it is us who will see a dark foreboding background.
Certainly either COULD be the case. If the puppy was on a black cushion with big 12" spikes sticking through it surrounding the puppy . . . what
would your response be? What would you conjecture about the creator or chooser of such an avatar?
And if the puppy was skewered on several of the spikes, would that change your conjectures about the creator or chooser of such an avatar?--regardless
of whether you'd had a bad day/month/year at all?
Horrible example I know, but interpretation is up to each person. What one person see's as dark and scary might be beauitful or enlightening to
Wellllllll, certainly my darkest times have enlightened me the most. But they also durn near killed me. NOT FUN!
I think OUR RESPONSES to darkness and light are probably more important than the stimulus.
let me reflect on your avatar . . .
The figure strikes me as a kind of triumphant kingly personage.
The colors are fairly bright.
The sword implies serious business but likely business already accomplished.
The regalia implies honors etc.
The hood/helmet seems to mostly hide the eyes. Not sure what that's about.
The red fosters a sense of energy, power. The blue a sense of calmness, perhaps royalty. The white perhaps some dashes of purity.
Not sure what the feathers imply--flight?
I rather like the avatar. A bit complex in ways that aren't likely communicating clearly but it's interesting.
And, of course, I'd prefer to be able to see the eyes! LOL.
Thanks much for your find post and very interesting avatar.
My avatar is just my favorite character from an old White Wolf card game I used to play, it doesn't mean I want to cut your head off with a big sword
because I have a black background. I just wanted blue lettering, and black makes it show up better.