Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Being watched?

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?
Like the eyes of strange things are upon you?
~ Bugs Bunny

I'm not sure if the above quote actually makes much sense, since Bugs said it to Dracula himself. Be that as it may, I think he's probably referring to being in a cartoon, that is, being recorded by someone else (breaking the third wall, but then, he did that quite often - probably every episode). All stories are like this, after all, since there's someone doing the telling - and few real stories are told in the first person. Ergo, most characters in stories are being watched (or rather, were watched at the time the story took place).
Now that I think about it, this feeling that one is being watched is probably incredibly common. Sure, you sometimes actively think that someone is watching you (I'm trying really really hard not to mention the song - damn, just did), but since most stories we're told (and movies we watch) take place in the third person, perhaps this feeling is more normal than we give it credit for. We probably just suppress it like crazy - and so it comes forth only at certain places and times. Yes, at three in the morning in the middle of the woods. The dark, scary, creepy woods. When you think to yourself "Jinkies!" and get the hell out of there.
Anyhow, I found this photograph lurking around on an external hard drive. It's interesting how some photographs stick in one's memory - even if you just file them away somewhere, you still sort of keep them in your head, knowing you'll use them somewhere. Most of the pictures we post on this blog are like that - we take a shot and it stays with you, even if you don't see it again for quite a while. But then there are photos such as the one above. Photos which you've completely forgotten because you never noticed them in the first place. But sometimes, at silly times in the night, when you feel like maybe someone really is watching, you browse your old photos (wondering how the hell you managed to mess so many of them up) and find something like this.
If there's anything in this post that confuses you, that's cool. Feel free to ask. Preferably over coffee.

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