"The Blind Ones" by Jerad Marantz
Jerad Marantz’s The Blind Ones was this week’s top image on my Facebook page, and quite possibly the best received image to date. It got 337 Likes on the page and another 60 on Shares.
The craziest thing about the post was, as much as I liked the image, I thought it might be too creepy for some, and never expected it would come close to being the top image. But, in retrospect, I think that despite their leathery skin, black garb, and being shrouded in mist, Jerad Marantz manages to give these beings an air of majesty. Their stance, the flowing tails of their garments, the lighting, and their perceived height all work to overpower the underlying creepiness and peaks your curiosity, instead.
A few questions that popped into my mind were:
Friend or foe?
How do you they see?
Given the decorative nature of their clothes and the structure in the background, I think it’s safe to assume they have other perceptual ways of navigating their environment.
Are they leaders, or do they all appear and dress this way?
They remind me of the Heirarchs from the Halo Universe. I can easily imagine them as a leadership caste/group.
Is that a female on the left?
I’m assuming there’s a reason why that one has four arms and a slightly different head dress.
And that’s just the immediate questions. It’s amazing how a single image can set your mind running. What do you think when you look at The Blind Ones? What would you like to know?
"Holy shi* I want one as a friend." ~ Callum Hoof
"Woah dude, would not want to see them behind the helm of any starship!" ~ Jeffrey Linn
"Something tells me that even without eyes, they "see" just fine..." ~ Evan Hourihan
"Not something too stare at too long before bedtime." ~ Jim Mason
"Run.....run away now!" ~ Matthew Allen