While hiking around these boulders known as Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick Canada I spotted this rocky outcrop and it wasn’t hard to imagine it having a face. Weathered and worn, erosion sculpted the boulder with features resembling an eye, nose and mouth. Even the trees resembled hair.
This is a common occurrence for us humans, as we are wired to recognize facial features. Through evolution that helped us to determine friend or foe, fight or flee. Psychology gave it the name Pareidolia.
Perhaps Mother Nature could be considered the first artist. Long before our Neanderthal ancestors came upon the scene, nature had for millennia been carving these faces in trees and rock long before man’s face was ever present on earth.
When first viewed by men, were they frightened, did they ascribe some religious meaning to them, did they inspire primitive cave drawings.
June 24th, 2020
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