I knew when I saw these “candles” (made by Energizer) at Target that I had to have them and that they could provide an interesting photo opportunity. Frankly, this shot isn’t what I had envisioned when I was walking out of the store. But it’s what I ended up with in an impromptu photo session last night.
So what are we to make of this tableau? It could be that, to paraphrase Macbeth, it “[signifies] nothing.” And it’s no accident that I mention Macbeth, since in the speech where that phrase is borrowed, he also talks about a candle. Though his candle is “brief”; these Energizer candles are supposed to last 90 hours.
Maybe its about loneliness, alienation and the meaninglessness of life. Yes, Macbeth talks about that too. (“[Life] is a tale told by an idiot signifying nothing.”)
And maybe I’m asking you to think too much. (At the end of the play, Macbeth probably thought too much; he should have put more thought in to his scheme to become king at the beginning of the play.)
Maybe this photo tells the story of a photographer who should have been doing something more serious than playing with Energizer candles and his prized Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens.