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photoblog image The Well Of Past: Portraits and Things

The Well Of Past: Portraits and Things

 

…portraits in dreams

dreams in deep shadows

shadows in silence

silence in mind

silence in mind

like a pause between notes...

 

 

The Well Of Past: Portraits and Things

 

…portraits in dreams

dreams in deep shadows

shadows in silence

silence in mind

silence in mind

like a pause between notes...

 

 

comments (28)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 5 Jun 2009, 03:23
Ah... in addition to your usual fine tones, we get a well done sketch. Are you Mr. R? smile
vz-nostalgia: a little bonus this time, Larry. smile
Let's keep the identity of Mr. R in the shadows of silence. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Jun 2009, 06:56
I think a wash of peach watercolour is in order...
vz-nostalgia: smile why peach and not, say, pomegranate, Ray? smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Jun 2009, 07:24
The shoes you wore when you went courting ... After making a portrait of you, mr R hung his accoutrements up in the shoes.

The conversion and title goes 'well' together.
vz-nostalgia: Nothing can be hidden from your sharp eye, Louis. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Jun 2009, 07:58
This is very reflective Vik
vz-nostalgia: even though there is no mirror in sight, Chris. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jun 2009, 13:03
A fine sensitive drawing and a good photograph. Very curious as to why the artist stores the tools of the trade in moccasins! Perhaps all the jam jars were recycled ;o)
vz-nostalgia: :
blackdog: Very curious as to why the artist stores the tools of the trade in moccasins!
VZ: Who knows, Mike. Maybe, in hope that brushes will soak up the spirit of old craftsmanship. smile These bast sandals are more than 100 years old. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jun 2009, 13:38
An expressive drawing of a man whose eyes seem to look at his inner "Herzkammern"/heartrooms- your words are the appropriate music to his thoughts and dreams... I very like the setting around- the shoes to store the painting tools- some things have their own history only we know -the whole finely lit b&w pic radiates an atmosphere of silence and fulfilness- you could also say: happiness!
vz-nostalgia: smile my words are his thoughts, Ms. Philine. smile and well maybe his dreams smile
I'm not sure about happiness, but one thing I feel for sure- it radiates nostalgia. smile
Interesting subject..I bet it could tell some stories. Nice one VZ
vz-nostalgia: it could? It does tell a story, Ron, for those who listens. smile
I just like this Viktor. Have a good weekend
vz-nostalgia: smile plain and simple. smile
  • clo
  • France
  • 5 Jun 2009, 16:20
i love this composition...beautiful black and white...maybe a little bit of sadness somewhere...bye bye...have a great week end...
vz-nostalgia: "...maybe a little bit of sadness somewhere..."
Maybe, Ms. Clo. Maybe in those closed eyes. Maybe on a tip of a brush. Maybe it's weaven into those bast shoes. smile You have a sensible soul, Ms. Clo.
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 5 Jun 2009, 18:40
I recognize that nose anywhere!

A stinky old man's portrait hanging along side the stinky shoes.....you've made your point, Viktor. smile
vz-nostalgia: smile I think it's you who made the point, Ti, so keep your authorship. I will simply smile. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jun 2009, 06:22
VZ, I had used the subjunctive mood: If it were so like you have shown/depictured, it were or it w a s happiness (that was originally my thought)!
vz-nostalgia: I always have trouble in defining the word happiness, Ms. Philine. Even the dictionary definition doesn't satisfy me:

hap·py (h²p“¶wink adj. hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est. 1. Characterized by good luck; fortunate. 2. Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. 3. Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase. 4. Cheerful; willing: happy to help. 5.a. Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive inclination to use something. Often used in combination: trigger-happy. b. Enthusiastic about or involved with to a disproportionate degree. Often used in combination: money-happy; clothes-happy. [Middle English, from hap, luck. See HAP.] --hap“pi·ly adv. --hap“pi·ness n.

I think that happiness somehow more than all of the above in the dictionary description. smile
But I can tell you that despite all the difficulties, the time was interesting. maybe because we were young.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jun 2009, 15:13
"I think that happiness somehow more than all of the above in the dictionary description." Yes, you are right- a problem is the inflationary, ubiquitous use of this word 'happy', what may have devaluated its originally 'elevated' meaning - for me is 'happy' almost identical with 'blissful' or as we say in German 'glückselig', quite rarerly experienced than 'lucky'- you know the story of a Jew who afterhaving been forced to emigrate from Germany was once asked by a German tourist "How are you?"- His answer: "Oh, I'm well, I'm lucky, pretty lucky, but not happy (=glücklich)!"?
vz-nostalgia: I have not heard this story about a Jew. I think it's a made up one. smile Why would a German tourist (?) asked him such a question?
I explored a little bit the phenomena of overused word in one of my posts. Let me see... Yeah, this one:
http://nostalgia.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Viktionary%3A_I_must_from_hence_%28Shakespeare%29_/
Great still life and nice drawing ! Yours ?
vz-nostalgia: Not mine, Ms. Flo, but I treasure it all the same. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jun 2009, 15:21
"I think it's a made up one." Yes, you must be right, I heard the story (I assume a Jewish one) from a friend after having returned from St. Francisco where he met a Jewish collegue, and I read the same story somewhere, but it could be a true story of an emigrant -in a deeper sense.

Your Victionary-series is wonderful and you should continue it- 'unbedingt'! I read blackdog's comment, oh, Most='must' is also a German word (apple-most/äppelwoi...)- in a good sense, but 'müssen'/'must' is/was also used in a very bad sense ...! In this way we might return to to the story of a Jew...!
vz-nostalgia: können, müssen, dürfen, mögen, wollen, sollen... Oh gosh, I remember I had nightmares about those modal verbs at the time when I studied German. smile
vz-nostalgia: Oh, I do like your take on this, Ms. Jamoula. Especially a Christ-like comparison. smile
Who are you to interpret this? That's a rhetorical question, and you know this better than me. The interpretation of art is not a prerogative of art critics only (even though you are one of them smile).
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 8 Jun 2009, 09:46
a really nostalgic shot, mr VZ... let me share with you a meaning of 'happiness' that I think you might feel comfy with...

happiness: when you know it is time to hang up your brushes and you are able to say..'yeah, it is done!'...just the same way an artist steps back and sees his/her work and..smiles... smileeven if the others don't like it (because this smile comes from within...)

'silence in mind
like a pause between notes'...
what true words...we wouldn't be able to appreciate good music if those 'pauses' didn't exist, did we?
vz-nostalgia: well, that is one of the definitions of happiness, and the one I happen to like. smile The only thing is it doesn't last long. The minute you finish your piece and give it a smile, your mind is already on the future piece. smile
"...what true words..." Didn't you know, Ms. K.A., I always tell the truth. That's why I always get in trouble. smile
A stunning composition and use of depth of field. My compliments.
vz-nostalgia: the compliments are accepted with gratitude, Ms. Chameleon, but just this one time, because you didn't know- Nostalgia has been declared by me a praise-free zone. smile
  • Nastia
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 15:36
I find the contrast between rather Asian features of the man and traditional slavic shoes rather startling. However, the way the man is groomed (long hair and free growing, it seems, facial hair) makes the portrait timeless, i.e. not belonging to any specific point in time. It can be as ancient as these shoes. And unlike the shoes, timeless. Could be a representation of Christ, for all I know :0) Christ walking the earth v laptyakh?
The signature is rather prominent and incongruous with the themes that other elements evoke. "Mr." whether it is an abbreviation of a name or of "mister" reads as the latter and therefore is culturally marked, anglisized. Don't know what to make of it.
vz-nostalgia: Asian features? Did you forget, Ms. Anastasia, that Russia was under the Tatar-Mongolian Yoke for 300 years. We all have some Asian blood in us. smile
I thought the christ allusion would provoke a smile.
vz-nostalgia: and it certainly did. smile
  • Lyris
  • Brazil
  • 9 Jun 2009, 04:26
Self-invited solitude.
Reflection.

And for some reason... a samurai.
vz-nostalgia: Self-inflicted solitude
Expatriation

More like a liberation of Genghis Khan, than... a harakiri.
If the shoes are so old, can I assume you are in a musuem or similar? I like the thoughts you have provokedsmile
vz-nostalgia: Nig: ...I assume you are in a musuem...
VZ: Sort of. A museum of me. smile
Nig: I like the thoughts you have provoked.
VZ: That's my favorite part, Mr. Nig. smile
  • Lyris
  • Brazil
  • 10 Jun 2009, 06:02
VZ: More like a liberation of Genghis Khan, than... a harakiri.

I didn't think of harakiri. In fact, I felt this image in a completely opposite way of death... more like self reflection leading to a big change or rebirth. Maybe his past's harakiri?

I like the allusion to Genghis Kan. But I don't think he exactly fits the positive feelings this image inspires on me. He does with your way more dramatic ones though smile

VZ: Sort of. A museum of me.
Lyris: Ok... I guess suddenly I don't like the Genghis Kan idea that much anymore wink
vz-nostalgia: smile That's just a proof that no author can control viewer's emotions, Ms. Lyris (though, God is a witness that at least I try to channel them smile). As soon as I hit the "post" button, it all is beyond my control and you are on your own to figure it all out. smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 14:56
There is something humble about this composition. The rustic textures and the shoes combined with the downcast gaze of the subject in the drawing make this seem humble.
vz-nostalgia: Humble... hmmmm... this word hasn't even crossed my mind, Ms. Laurie. You well maybe onto something here. Good for you. smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2009, 03:16
great composition and mood
vz-nostalgia: and what kind of mood is that, doc? smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2009, 04:11
quiet, dark, lonely even
vz-nostalgia: quiet, dark and lonely... looks like a good place to listen to Arvo Part's music, doc.
(Femi Kuti would be out of place here. smile Saw him and King Sunny Ade a couple of days ago. An avalanche of raw power, I must say)
  • Philine Kleinknecht
  • Germany
  • 11 Jun 2009, 17:44
Oh, I am sorry that you did once very suffer from the German, it is such a wonderful and differenciated but,maybe, one of the most difficult languages like Russian, Chinese... , a language qualified for philosophy and poetry, but also for regelements and legal or juridical rules...; the modal verbs in English are for me very difficult, too!

Apropos 'must': a fine thought from Lessing's Nathan:
HAFI.
May-be 'tis true that I'm no thorough dervis;
But by the prophet, when we must -

NATHAN.
Must, Hafi?
Needs must--belongs to no man: and a dervis -

HAFI.
When he is much besought, and thinks it right,
A dervis must.

NATHAN.
Well spoken, by our God!
vz-nostalgia: I must admit, Ms. Philine, that German language is not the only one I had problems with. smile So the root of the problem is not in the language per se, but in my mind. smile

LOL I see the word "must" still bothers you. Apparently, I touched the string. smile Once again, you demonstrated a deep knowledge of the Enlightnment Era literature, quoting Gotthold Lessing. This must be (no pun intended) your specialty. smile
  • Vadim
  • Germany
  • 9 Aug 2009, 19:50
Is it Russian Lapot?
vz-nostalgia: they sure are. 19th century, from a remote village in Udmurtia smile
mmm.. i like.
vz-nostalgia: You do? smile I guess we should do something about it, Mr. Mikie. smile
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