Rocksurfaces at the entrance of the Rouffignac cave
Looking at the surfaces while waiting for the entrance hour. Imagining how this particular rock structures and surfaces might inspire.
The cave is huge and you have to go far inside to find the drawings, that is why they organised a little tourist train. Feeling like a child to sit in that little train, but the guide was good. and the drawings were absolutely worth it.
Some things which struck me: the pictures are often not that big, just the size which allow for easy drawing, but sometimes they are really big.
And it is fascinating to see how they combine different animals, using the same line for the back of one as for the belly of another or a head in a neck and also simply overlapping, presented in all directions not bothering about background representation. And they crawled in places with very low ceilings and covered the ceiling with many drawings and engravings while lying down on their back without being able to see the whole figure. No visual control of the image but it still looks very fluent and natural with speaking details.
So liberating to let go of the time/ space axis of letting go of anchoring them on the earth which I my psychology training was regarded as so important for mental health. Actually it is quite logic when you are in the darkness of a cave with a little oil lamp that your perception of above, under right or left is altered, everything is there from all sides. And so amazing how they went down into deep dark and steep abysses to make drawings there as well. Some rare human faces there drawn in a very expressive way. I have only seen them on pictures we were not allowed to go down.
I can still handle the constraint of being limited into the tourist mode because I am so enchanted by the grace and beauty of what I see. But looking forward to find a cave where I ca nenter myself and stay and come back and experience the darkness and silence of being in the earth.