“In real-world circumstances, chromatic aberration results in permanent loss of some image detail,” I was told. Could “chromatic aberration” describe how we see the world? The world where details get lost and the big picture is distorted and bent at will?
Few weeks ago, fake Russian propa-journos, disguised as LGBT activists, entered to Tallinn University to shoot for their documentary. Their particular interest was in the course which deals with LGBT histories. Result that was shown on a Russian TV channel, included typical references to the moral decline of the West and Tallinn being the gay epicenter of Scandinavia (!). The cherry on the cake was “Tallinn University now teaches theoretical and practical aspects of gay sex”.
My immidiate reaction was laughter – what else can you do when confronted with such absurdities? That was until the seriousness of the post-truth society kicked in again. The society where everyone’s attention span seems to decrease at an alarming rate and the details of the big picture’s jigsaw puzzle do not seem to fit.
It is in these moments, where new and interesting encounters balance (to certain extent) the chromatic aberrations. Like the one I had in Vilnius: The Crypt Keeper.
We met on a Friday night, some time in September. He, together with my Marxist-vampirologist friend, have a special place in my heart. I call him the crypt keeper, as his work circles around dead people, mummies and crypts. Fascinating.
Next day he invited me for a walk. We spent a lovely afternoon in Bernardinu burial grounds in Vilnius. This graveyard is truly one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in Vilnius. We talked about dead people in Vilnius, Babadook and Tartu. Later I took him to the cinema, to watch Stepehn King’s It.
Chromatic aberration was gone.