Irene Tondelli Studio

rocks talk

Stac Polly,
Cul Beag, Cul Mor, Suilven,
Canisp –
a frieze and
a litany.
Who owns this landscape?
Has owning anything to do with love?

A Man In Assynt byNorman MacCaig


Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.

Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, hidden messages in recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans.

In anthropology, this phenomenon is considered a characteristic trait of archaic metaphysics that seek a ‘sympathetic’ balance between man and nature.

Rocks, mountains, hills and stones have always fascinated the humankind, they are ancien witnesses on Earth. Sometimes we see faces carved on them, but also nightmares in their silhouettes. Giant companions, observers from the beginning of the world, rocks welcomed me into their womb during my campout trip in the Scottish Highlands. I saw legends, faces, knights in their shapes. I wouldn’t define Rocks Talk a Landscape serie but a Portrait one. I am sure that rocks have a soul, sometimes I could nearly hear them talk.