"But there is more than landscape in the shamanic camera's play with the beyond. One of the most fertile inventions of our imagination is the figure we give to the cosmos, even though it loses its human substance to become a celestial form at one with the universe. How many simpler cases do we not find in nature? Faces appear in the clouds, the stars, the stones, sometimes in chemical reactions, in damp patches on walls. Wherever we turn, a human figure is composing or decomposing (as Blake says, 'All landscapes are a man seen from a distance.') Adam Protoplast, the cabalist Isaac Luriah calls him. The universal mind takes human shape; but it also contains all souls, all species, all psyches, all spirits. Coleridge remarks in his Journal, after a conversation with Wordsworth, that they have discovered a poetic process which is almost childlike: writing poems in which humans behave like plants, and plants like humans."
-- Raul Ruiz, Poetics of Cinema, "For a Shamanic Cinema"
Photo credit: May bluebells, courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden