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photoblog image Viktionary: Equilibrium

Viktionary: Equilibrium

 

e·qui·lib·ri·um  n., pl. e·qui·lib·ri·ums or e·qui·lib·ri·a .

1. A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system.

2. Mental or emotional balance; poise.

 

The opposite of the equilibrium, may I add, is Koyaanisqatsi, which is a Hopi Indian word, meaning "life without balance". It's also a title of the first of the Qatsi trilogy by a young filmmaker (at the time, 1983) Godfrey Reggio. Watch it, it may change the way you view your life. The film has no actors, no script, no dialogues, just images and a brilliant score by Philip Glass.

Viktionary: Equilibrium

 

e·qui·lib·ri·um  n., pl. e·qui·lib·ri·ums or e·qui·lib·ri·a .

1. A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system.

2. Mental or emotional balance; poise.

 

The opposite of the equilibrium, may I add, is Koyaanisqatsi, which is a Hopi Indian word, meaning "life without balance". It's also a title of the first of the Qatsi trilogy by a young filmmaker (at the time, 1983) Godfrey Reggio. Watch it, it may change the way you view your life. The film has no actors, no script, no dialogues, just images and a brilliant score by Philip Glass.

comments (13)

  • Ada
  • Candy hills and strawberry fields
  • 18 Nov 2008, 02:48
Now that's some amazing composition Vik...
vz-nostalgia: Hope you keep your balance, Ms. Ada. A hard thing to do on the top of a candy hill, I'd imagine. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Nov 2008, 08:54
Excellent image, VZ.

You have referenced one of my favourite movies, too.
vz-nostalgia: At least this we have in common, Ray. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Nov 2008, 10:38
vz-nostalgia: The world maybe in a state of a constant flux, Ms. Ingrid, but some things have never changed: the ocean tides, the sunrises and sunsets, the flow of clouds...
Please rent the movie from Netflix (or whatever the movie rental you have in England). I'm sure you'll like it. It's not an easy watch, but it's very enjoyable for those who prefer thinking to light entertainment.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 18 Nov 2008, 17:17
nice write up.
i'll find time to watch the video
vz-nostalgia: Please do, doc. Don't forget to let me know what you think about it.
I have been off googling this and have found a few excerpts. The music of Philip Glass is something that I have only recently started listening to. His ability to produce a score that so perfectly matches, the admittedly short extract of the film is just superb. I think I might just get hold of a copy of this and have a watch and listen.
vz-nostalgia: Glass' music is about creating a maximum impact by minimum of means. That is exactly what I'm trying to achieve in photography (I know, I have a long way to go smile).
Yes, Glass wrote a few scores. I really like what he did for Martin Scorsese's film "Kundun" and he wrote new music for a classic "Dracula" (Kronos Quartet performs).
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Nov 2008, 20:47
vz-nostalgia: You are the first person I know who enjoys getting old, Ms. Philine. smile
You are most definitely right, art does bring a sense of balance into our life (not all art, though), if only for a moment while we are engaged in it.
Please do watch the movie, of all the people you might enjoy it the most. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 19 Nov 2008, 11:25
visionario, equilibrio, balance: three words that are close in spelling in my mother tongue language...wink but which are very far from my actual state, Mr. VZ, I'm still in the search of this 'balance' and I wish I could recognize it when it comes as you did while shooting this image, which I find outstanding, btw smile
vz-nostalgia: The state of balance is so fragile, Ms. K.A., and it's so difficult to maintain once you achieved it. A few careless words, and everything you built is back in ruins. I wish you luck.
S.A. Is it South Africa? Sociedad Anonima? Saudy Arabia? South America? Saskatchewan? South Asia? Substance Abuse? Salvation Army? Sexual Assault? Security Administration? Social Anxiety? Swiss Army? Smart Ass? Secret Admirer? Space Academy? or Something Alse? smile
I will watch the movie.
Your photo and words are simple and puzzling for me simultaneously.
vz-nostalgia: Let me know what you think, Gabor.
"Simple" being a key word here. I'm a man of few words. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 19 Nov 2008, 19:27
...(or Searching Aquilibrium)... hahaha .... winkI enjoyed reading your ample lexical interpretation for S.A.

Thanks for your wishes of luck, as I said once...(and now twice): "do you think I'll need gl?" ...It was great to receive your response...and encouraging words...Mr. VZ smile
vz-nostalgia: I see you like abbreviations, Ms.K.A. Do I think you need GL? a Guiding Light? a Green Light? to be Good Looking or a Group Leader? or is it a Good Life you are in need? Of course, Good Luck has never crossed my mind. smile
  • K.A.
  • still S.A.
  • 19 Nov 2008, 20:02
hahaha , that was a good one, Mr. VZ (ViKtionary- stand for dictionary, maybe???)
TY (thank you) but maybe I do need AA (All Above)...
Your words put a smile on my S.A.'s face...
vz-nostalgia: Glad to be of service, Ms. K.A.
Viktionary does stand for dictionary, the one that was put through the grind of Viktor's mind. smile
A beautifully `balanced` image to illustrate that most desired of states. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: We do as much as we can to disbalance ourselves, as soon as we reach this so desired state of a relative balance. What's wrong with us, Ms. Roz?
  • Lee
  • United States
  • 21 Nov 2008, 13:55
I applaud your effort to capture a moment of equilibrium in the natural world using the medium of photography. Anyone who has tried knows how difficult this is to do. That is why the 2/3 - 1/3 rule of composition is taught in classes, it is so much easier to celebrate and communicate the imbalances, inequalities, and eccentric subjects of the world we live in.

I like this photo because I have to look for the balance (equilibrium) and see past the individual espressions of the twigs for the broader pattern. I think these two trees are looking at the moon and saying:

"Yes We Can!"
vz-nostalgia: Well, a perfect symmetry is quite rare in nature, Lee, mostly it's a man-made thing and it's not that much exciting. On other hand, I love balanced imperfections (the other word for a "well-built composition" smile)

LOL at what trees whisper to the moon. smile
  • OGBIZI
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Feb 2012, 19:08
I find I love photographing the small moon. Nice shot!
vz-nostalgia: Glad you stopped by, ogbizi.
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