"The Fragments Attributed to Heraclitus"
"The Fragments Attributed to Heraclitus"
"The Fragments Attributed to Heraclitus"
Heraclitus is the most prominent figure of the pre-Socratic philosophy who claimed that fire is the primordial material cause of the universe. Ironically, the only book known to be written by him — the treatise ‘On Nature’ — was burnt in the Herostratian fire together with one of the Seven Wonders of the World — the Temple of Artemis. Since then only a small number of fragments of his ideology have survived. One day I was sitting in front of a fireplace when I noticed that fire did not destroy information completely: on the surface of the utterly fragile ash that was literally collapsing under its own weight I saw a legible text. And the only way of how to save that disappearing information was to photograph it. Having found my home library a book with the fragments attributed to Heraclitus, I page by page reunited his words with their prime element… and, to my surprise, became an initiator and an eyewitness of the creation of new landscapes with outlines of lakes and seas, with river beds, hills, and ravins.