The mirror is a potent contemporary metaphor representing introspection, self-awareness, and identity vis a vis all the filters of society. And yet it also represents vanity, hubris and ego. What a perfect dichotomy! It is the truth we want to see, it is the truth we wish not so see. Syliva Plath wrote:
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
It’s a perfect metaphor for the album Limitations. In a climate of increasing fascism, irreversible climate change, unhinged global inequality, and shifting consciousness; how can a band of 5 cis-het white males even contemplate making a difference? It is swallowed immediately. I am not cruel, only truthful.
Tarkovsky’s Mirror, with its oneiric images and elegiac dulcet tones is the penultimate testament to this metaphor (the ultimate perhaps being the Golden Rule).,
I remember being so excited about an album of the same name by The Rapture, I still am. My brother asked if I’d seen the movie. How could I have?
I still haven’t.