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The Other Side of Ansley Park: Goldfish or A Southern Fauve

 

Henri Matisse had a passion for jazz, and so do I. That's about all we have in common. That was up until the day I saw the play of the goldfish in the pond. "That's pure Matisse", I whispered in excitement and reached for the camera. "Do you feel that fauvistic vibe coming from within?" I turned around to share my thrill with anyone who'd listen, but no one stood behind me. The Theater of Fauve was performing its act for a one man audience. A few minutes passed. I quietly clapped my hands for not to scare the actors and walked away. The lunch time was almost over.

The darn title is too long to fit

The Other Side of Ansley Park: Goldfish or A Southern Fauve

 

Henri Matisse had a passion for jazz, and so do I. That's about all we have in common. That was up until the day I saw the play of the goldfish in the pond. "That's pure Matisse", I whispered in excitement and reached for the camera. "Do you feel that fauvistic vibe coming from within?" I turned around to share my thrill with anyone who'd listen, but no one stood behind me. The Theater of Fauve was performing its act for a one man audience. A few minutes passed. I quietly clapped my hands for not to scare the actors and walked away. The lunch time was almost over.

comments (20)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Nov 2007, 02:38
If you can get some communication going between Monsieur Matisse and yourself, VZ, perhaps you can pop one of the world's great remaining mysteries to him in the form of a simple question:
"Henri, old chap, can you tell me why it is that decorative fish carry the epithet "Goldfish", even when they are black?"

A lovely, relaxing sense of languid lunchtime rhythyms at play in this saturated image, VZ. Young folks need more of this in their shock, shlock lives...but, old farts like me could use a bit more of your hot, passionate jazz!
vz-nostalgia: In my next visit to the mediums/psychic I'll convey your question to Monsieur Matisse, Ray.
I guess we need to keep things in balance. There is a time for the transcendetal Indian ragas of Ravi Shankar, and there is a time for the wild energy of Charles Mingus. That's our job to keep it all in equilibrium.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 06:11
Nice. The color contrast looks great but I like the lineation effect made by fish as contrast to concentric circles of the ripple above them.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you noticed that effect, Ms. Richa.
Nicely done, the color management is great !!
vz-nostalgia: I hope your wound from my previous post is healed now, Zeb. smile
The fish may be trying to get a little scratching from the floating oak leaf. Beautiful, colourful shot!
vz-nostalgia: Well could be, Ms. Mary. I guess fishes are in need of back scratching as much as we do. smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 27 Nov 2007, 11:38
I declare! You and Ray would make a great team for some fabulous enterprise, Viktor. smile
vz-nostalgia: Hmmmm...wonder, what kind of enterprise you have in mind.
I suppose we can open a novelty store in Atlanta called, let say, "Bat Butterflies and Other Ugly Animals, as seen on the Ray Storey's Website". I'm not sure, if we'll make any money, though. smile
poetic, very poetic, I definitley can feel it, this is therefore a LIKEY
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you feel the vibe, Patrick. I guess we are tuned to the same wave length. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 27 Nov 2007, 13:32
outstanding shot, VZ. not sure if it would be, among just yours smile
vz-nostalgia: You mean among my shots you'd judge it so-so? smile
Oh my this fills the eye! I see exactly where you are coming from with this, and I love it! (:o)
vz-nostalgia: Glad you enjoyed looking at it, Ms. Roz. There is much more where this has come from. smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Nov 2007, 20:34
Viktor, this realy nice, the colouring is great, love it.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ms. Astrid. I spent lots of time coloring this picture. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 28 Nov 2007, 21:15
VZ, I've been looking at your photograph a couple of times a day since you posted it, mulling it over, and thinking about Moreau, Matisse, Derain, etc.

The saturated colors and seemingly bold strokes created by the blurring of the fish and the variances in green are indeed reminiscent of fauve paintings, but i think the leaf on the water (and even possibly those delightful circular ripples) work against you because they give too much depth.

Beyond that, I quite like it..the colors are brilliant as is the line made by the fish in contrast to the circle.
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Kathryn,
You took it quite seriously, didn't you? Probably even image-googled the fauvism. smile Good for you. The thing is, I was loosely referring to fauves, more on an emotional level rather then in technical. That's why the leaf and the circles don't bother me much. Quite opposite, I think they add to the picture on a second (subconscious at first) level.
Good to hear from you as always.

PS. I'm suprised, no one picked up a heavy jazzy feel to the image. Maybe it's just personal, as I was listening to Charles Mingus while working on the picture.
  • Lesley
  • Montreal, Canada
  • 28 Nov 2007, 21:46
I love how you've captured the movement of the water and the fish here. Great contrasting colors and lines.
vz-nostalgia: smile, Les.
Very poetic intro VZ, I just wish I had been there to watch the performance, yours not the fish, I agree with your sentiment, a "Fauvist Moment" and not a bad photograph either, full of rhythm and movement.
vz-nostalgia: smile Alistar. Glad you enjoyed it.
I always like to view your image alone first, and then read your prose after while viewing the image. I'm more familiar with matisse's cutting stage, I thought of van gogh first. After reading that you were listing to Mingus while working on this...it added thoughts to my initial reaction to this image. What a wonderful blending.
vz-nostalgia: Welcome back, Ms. Julie. You're right, Matisse's paper cutouts (especially his limited edition book "Jazz"wink are widely recognazable, more than his paintings, I guess. At the time his health failed him to a degree that he couldn't hold a brush or a pencil anymore. Mingus, of course, wasn't a choice of music for Matisse, as Mingus was just a kid in early 1940s. What I meant was the spirit of jazz. You know, in the occupied France jazz was prohibited by Germans, as a low-race music, and it quickly became a music of Resistance, a music of choice for the underground radio stations. Funny, but something similar was happening in the Soviet Union, where jazz was considered a music of the bourgeoisie and became a music of choice and love for many dissidents. smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Nov 2007, 16:20
I see you've had the title crop again VZ! lol

there is an abstract serenity to the image, I could look at this one for a while and perhaps I will. mal
vz-nostalgia: I left John anohter post on the site developement forum regarding the length of the titles. Hope he will listen this time.
You're welcome to look at the photograph as much as you like, my friend, and the best part of it is, I won't charge you a dime smile One hint, though, put on a good jazz record on your turntable. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Nov 2007, 20:02
I remember this thing that Matisse had about a leaf that should swim with the fish. This is pure Matisse, yesss.

This picture could have lead to your photographic immortality if it wasn't for the 2 fishes swimming the wrong way. You should train them better. But since they are wild beasts I do think fauvism can apply to the scene.

Excellent study of movement and flow with vivid colours. Thanks for sharing your one audience show.
vz-nostalgia: Your fantasy is a wild one, Louis. smile I wish Matisse mentioned somewhere about fish flirting with a leaf. smile
Damn, I'd love to be photographically immortal. Next time I go to the park, I'll take my fishing pole with me to punish those two wild ones that stood on my way to immortality. smile
Ditto Richa and the colour combo is nice and strong.
vz-nostalgia: In this case I ditto my reply to Richa, Nig. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 29 Nov 2007, 21:53
Orange notes "jazzing" around on a liquid pentagram...wild, vibrant and powerful...It's all there -the painting, the music and you.
vz-nostalgia: You always surprise me with your unexpected allegories, Ms. Reis. It is pleasure to hear from you every time.
Light, color, movement, reflection... precious composition!
vz-nostalgia: So glad you like it all, Jose Angel. smile
I'm standing in front of my computer and wish I had something smart or funny to write....sorry, the only thing I come up with is that I love this pic....lines, circles, movement, colours a lot of elements that all come together in a beautiful whole....I guess that is some kind of excellent jazz....
vz-nostalgia: Hi Aksel. I find it kind of strange, but when I like someone's image, the words are flowing freely, as if God speaks through me. smile
What are you doing browsing through my old post so late at night? smile
Its the leaf floating on top that makes this special- one off. Lovely.
vz-nostalgia: Everyone has their own trigger, MS. Jamoula. For some it's the leaf, for others it's the color, and for someone else it's the movement of the little fishes. It doesn't really matter for me what triggers folks' emotions, I just like that it does. smile
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