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photoblog image The Other Side of Ansley Park: A Revelation

The Other Side of Ansley Park: A Revelation

 

My brisk morning walk to the office from the Ansley Park neighborhood, where I usually street park my car, was interrupted by a sudden splash of sunlight, which burst through the trees like a revelation. The plant at the fence, to which I never paid attention to passing it by, suddenly came alive, showing off all the structural beauty of its leaves.  I put down my briefcase and got on my knees, turning the camera on. The magic light could disappear any minute. I tried different angles, different patterns, different leaves… After I finished shooting, I noticed an old gentleman, both hands on a walking cane, looking at me with a conspicuous interest.

 

"I'm watching you for quite a while now", he smiled, "What have you found in my flower?"  I explained that the soaked with the sunlight leaves so delightfully exposed their gorgeous structure. But moreover, the interplay between the brutal graphics of the fence shadow and the soft organic lines of the plant created an interesting, very tense relationship between the two.

 

"Thank you, my friend", the old gentleman nodded his head, "I learned something new today", and he slowly walked away.

 

"I learned something new today myself", I said quietly to myself and rushed to the office.

 

 

The Other Side of Ansley Park: A Revelation

 

My brisk morning walk to the office from the Ansley Park neighborhood, where I usually street park my car, was interrupted by a sudden splash of sunlight, which burst through the trees like a revelation. The plant at the fence, to which I never paid attention to passing it by, suddenly came alive, showing off all the structural beauty of its leaves.  I put down my briefcase and got on my knees, turning the camera on. The magic light could disappear any minute. I tried different angles, different patterns, different leaves… After I finished shooting, I noticed an old gentleman, both hands on a walking cane, looking at me with a conspicuous interest.

 

"I'm watching you for quite a while now", he smiled, "What have you found in my flower?"  I explained that the soaked with the sunlight leaves so delightfully exposed their gorgeous structure. But moreover, the interplay between the brutal graphics of the fence shadow and the soft organic lines of the plant created an interesting, very tense relationship between the two.

 

"Thank you, my friend", the old gentleman nodded his head, "I learned something new today", and he slowly walked away.

 

"I learned something new today myself", I said quietly to myself and rushed to the office.

 

 

comments (15)

  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 25 Mar 2008, 00:34
This is a good find, open to various interpretations and nicely executed.
vz-nostalgia: various interpretations? like what, Martin?
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2008, 01:27
Love the bit where VZ "...got on my knees...], as I was expecting the revelation to be something like "..an apparition of Mary reached out and touched me lightly on the forehead, while a choir of Angels crooned uplifting chords...".

Love this image, VZ. The chain fence thing doesn't work for me, but the extraordinary lines formed by the leaf, and revealed by the lovely light are a thing of great beauty.
vz-nostalgia: One has to have certain qualifications to be touched by Mary, Ray. I lack all of them. smile
Regarding the chain fence... Too bad, I think it's essential here. Without the shadow it would just be a cheesy picture of a leaf. smile
I see ray's point the leaf would have been a good pic on it's own, but I like the contrast of man made and nature as well.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you do, Nig. I'm with you on this one.
  • jamoula McKean
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 06:54
I think what is most apparent is that chance/happenstance/the unexpected can make the difference between a good shot and a particularly good one. Art versus design I'd call it, although that's not an exclusive definition.
vz-nostalgia: Art versus design... hmmm, I always thought it's the same thing. Or at least design being a part of art as a whole. I don't think you can put one against another. I guess it is not an exclusive definition after all. smile
  • Astrid
  • SNOW in the Netherlands
  • 25 Mar 2008, 07:23
Viktor, I read your stories with great interest, sometimes more than ones, the way you discribe your 'seeing things' I have sometimes the same, suddenly it comes and it dissapears, you taught me,
never wait until later, grab the moment.....this picture to me says more than a thousand words, thank you Viktor, I would love to hear you talk...I think that heavy Russian accent will be as good as my Dutch accent....have a great day at the office grin, I will be out, 'playing'in the snow....
vz-nostalgia: I'm happy you still read my mumbling, Ms. Astrid. Many don't. smile
One day you'll hear my Russian accent. One day, when dollar gets out of the drain hole it is right now. To travel to Europe nowadays is an act of a financial suicide for us Americans. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Mar 2008, 08:46
You and Astrid could have a nice competition, Viktor, with your accents, now that I have heard both. smile I feel very lucky. Interestingly, I first saw a tennis net and NOT a chain-linked fence. Talk about the juxtapositioning of you and Astrid's accents!
vz-nostalgia: Oh I get enough accent competition, when I'm on the phone with Dell customer support. smile They have a hard time understanding my questions, and I'm totally clueless what they are talking about. Talk about juxtapositions... smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2008, 12:21
You have told us a wonderful little morning scene, and we now admire the result of your "revelation" and your efforts! "But before virtue the immortal gods have put the sweat of man's brow"(another wisdom which can be learned). Yes, the structural beauty and the intense sunlight (in German 'sonnendurchflutet'winkgreen of the leaf can be inspected, self the chain fence has got a lovely structure and lost its brutal character -both- chain and plant have been transformed into art objects and are matching with each other. Photography is quite more than imitation of reality indeed, it creates a new grade and look of reality like your pic! Chapeau!
vz-nostalgia: That is exactly what i tried to explain to Ray. The leaf structure and the fence shadow work with each other, supplement each other.
Chapeau to you, Ms. Philine, for great reflection on my picture.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 12:41
Personally I like the contrast between the harsh fence and the organic lines of the leaf - man v nature. These fleeting moments must be grabbed - I am often to be found in a similar situation, the object of some passer's by puzzled scrutiny!
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: "I am often... the object of some passer's by puzzled scrutiny!" Oh, my! Are you sure it's you the object and not your red shoes, Ms. Ingrid? Or maybe the passerby is puzzled by your one red and one blue shoes? smile
I'm glad we're on the same page regarding the fence.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 19:36
Great encounter. Love the photograph - the back lit leaf is beautiful, and I love the harsher lines of the chain link fence. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: I think Ray feels kind of lonely on the fence shadow haters' side. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Florida
  • 25 Mar 2008, 20:35
Reading your story and looking at your photograph reminds me to pay attention to the magic found in the everyday simple encounters--with plants, people, and interplays.
vz-nostalgia: Yep. The magic is everywhere, but mostly in our heads, Ms. Kathryn.
  • mal
  • 26 Mar 2008, 10:54
caged nature or is nature enveloping the cage, I very much like the image. mal
vz-nostalgia: "caged nature vs. natured cage" is like "glass is half full or glass is half empty". It's all in the eye of the beholder, Mal. smile
Sunlight through an imprisoned leaf - brilliant VZ: wonderfful lighting & textures here
vz-nostalgia: Even imprisoned, the leaves still keep their inner beauty, Chris. smile
  • Andrew
  • Australia
  • 27 Mar 2008, 23:54
I like it. It has a great depth and I like the contrast with the chain fence. I feel like I am looking out over a street scape surrounded by futuristic architecture.
vz-nostalgia: It would never occur to me to look at this as a streetscape of a futuristic architecture, even with my professional eye. smile You have quite an imagination, Andrew. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 1 May 2008, 15:09
Well...I can't talk about what I like in your picture, because you've said it all to the old man...but your story provides another image...and as I'm thinking in portuguese I whispered : "Que ternura!" Now...how can I explain it to you...I suppose I can translate it with the word "tenderness"...because that's what learning and teaching is all about...sharing the world as we see it!
vz-nostalgia: "Sharing the world as we see it". I like what you just said, Ms. Lina. Sometimes our sharing gets into a fertile soil and starts germinating, othertimes it gets onto a cold stone and dies malnourished. smile
This I really like! I can imagine a whole collection of backlit leaves and shadows - with barbed wire, hands, etc. I've seen many with insects, which look to the harmony of nature, but this sets nature in contrast to man.
Works really well with my environmental sensibilities, and my scepticism for humanitys relationship with nature.
vz-nostalgia: I do have a whole collection of backlit leaves with all kinds of shadows. They wait in line for a chance to be seen. smile
Well, I don't blame you. It's hard not to be a skeptic, one just have to look around.
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