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photoblog image Vikipedia: The Treason of Dead Flowers.

Vikipedia: The Treason of Dead Flowers.

Part One: Massive Attack

Part Three is HERE 

 

 

A few reflections on the gone-by year

 

2010 was the year of contrasts for me. It was the year of big disappointments: the US economy kept falling down (as a result, Natalya lost her job, still unemployed); Obama and the democrats did not deliver what they promised to deliver; my favorite place for our annual recharge, the Gulf of Mexico was poisoned beyond belief… On other hand, the year was full of delightful moments: I met remarkable people; visited wonderful exhibitions; discovered fantastic pieces of music and literature; no one in our family got seriously ill (this would be catastrophic under the current US healthcare system); our house didn’t burn… So, things are kept in balance, sort of. :-)

 

I want to thank all folks who purchased my photographs in 2010. It warms my heart to know that you liked my work so much that you were willing to part with your hard earned dollars, Euros, pesos…  It not only makes me happy, but also keeps this blog rolling. :-)

 

To all who kept in touch, shared your thoughts on Nostalgia, publicly or privately, thank you. To those of you who wanted to share, but didn't, maybe you will overcome your fear or laziness in teh upcoming year. To those who fell off the Nostalgia track for whatever reason, peace be with you.

 

A word of gratitude to “My Friend’s Place”, who hosted my photographs on the walls during the whole year. Sometimes customers tell the owner how much they like the pictures and Terry or Laszlo point their fingers at me, sitting in teh corner: “Here’s the author”.  Folks come by to my table and I have to stop chewing my sandwich to shake folks’ hands and talk to them. I feel a bit awkward, but happy at the same time. :-)

 

A special thanks to the Lumiere gallery, for such a wonderful work they did at the gallery during 2010: exhibitions, lectures, movies, meetings and Q&A sessions with master photographers… And what a cozy atmosphere they created at the gallery. Every time I get there, I just don’t want to leave. Often I’d grab a book from their extensive library on photography and drown myself into a soft leather sofa with a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. :-)

Vikipedia: The Treason of Dead Flowers.

Part One: Massive Attack

Part Three is HERE 

 

 

A few reflections on the gone-by year

 

2010 was the year of contrasts for me. It was the year of big disappointments: the US economy kept falling down (as a result, Natalya lost her job, still unemployed); Obama and the democrats did not deliver what they promised to deliver; my favorite place for our annual recharge, the Gulf of Mexico was poisoned beyond belief… On other hand, the year was full of delightful moments: I met remarkable people; visited wonderful exhibitions; discovered fantastic pieces of music and literature; no one in our family got seriously ill (this would be catastrophic under the current US healthcare system); our house didn’t burn… So, things are kept in balance, sort of. :-)

 

I want to thank all folks who purchased my photographs in 2010. It warms my heart to know that you liked my work so much that you were willing to part with your hard earned dollars, Euros, pesos…  It not only makes me happy, but also keeps this blog rolling. :-)

 

To all who kept in touch, shared your thoughts on Nostalgia, publicly or privately, thank you. To those of you who wanted to share, but didn't, maybe you will overcome your fear or laziness in teh upcoming year. To those who fell off the Nostalgia track for whatever reason, peace be with you.

 

A word of gratitude to “My Friend’s Place”, who hosted my photographs on the walls during the whole year. Sometimes customers tell the owner how much they like the pictures and Terry or Laszlo point their fingers at me, sitting in teh corner: “Here’s the author”.  Folks come by to my table and I have to stop chewing my sandwich to shake folks’ hands and talk to them. I feel a bit awkward, but happy at the same time. :-)

 

A special thanks to the Lumiere gallery, for such a wonderful work they did at the gallery during 2010: exhibitions, lectures, movies, meetings and Q&A sessions with master photographers… And what a cozy atmosphere they created at the gallery. Every time I get there, I just don’t want to leave. Often I’d grab a book from their extensive library on photography and drown myself into a soft leather sofa with a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. :-)

comments (22)

And thanks to you Viktor, for sharing superb images, often coupled with some truly thought-provoking text.

Good luck to Natalya, it isn't easy to find work once you're over, ermm, 31-and-a-bit
vz-nostalgia: smile 31-and-a bit is about right, Ms. Ellie. I always knew you are a diplomat. smile
yes, i feel the tension of the soft and hard here and the depth from the strong vertical line
vz-nostalgia: You are a lucky one, Ms. Jada, if you feel it. Most folks feel nothing, flipping through. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jan 2011, 08:37
I like this composition Vik: music may indeed overcome grief, perhaps death
vz-nostalgia: The history of music proves you right, Chris. smile J.S. Bach was in oblivion for almost a hundred years, until young Felix Mendelsson reintroduced his genius to teh mankind. smile Still, I wonder how many geniuses have not had the second chance. smile
Fine shot Viktor. Obama is starting to look like a one term President.

2011 doesn't look like being an easy year but I hope it is a good one for you and yours.

Oh, and keep the pictures coming
vz-nostalgia: :
Bill: Obama is starting to look like a one term President.
VZ: The Machine had him for lunch, Bill. Money rule big politics. He should've known better.
2011 will be a good year, Bill... for Goldman Sachs. smile
  • iris
  • hamburg
  • 7 Jan 2011, 11:43
And a special thank you to YOU, for sharing with us the wonderful world of Nostalgia, for your "poetography", for showing us something that might have escaped our eyes otherwise.
vz-nostalgia: None of this is in my job description, Ms. Iris, but still, you're welcome. smile
  • mscherrylane
  • Australia
  • 7 Jan 2011, 12:40
are they zucchini flowers??? if so YUM! i am feeling peckish!!!
vz-nostalgia: Oh, you like zucchini too, Ms. Cherrylane? Oh my... How do you prefer them, may I ask? smile
Regarding teh flowers, not even warm, Ms. Lane. smile
  • Li Sun
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2011, 14:09
Viktor, I am so grateful that I got the chance to meet you. Hope everything get even better in 2011!
vz-nostalgia: Hope is all we have, Ms. Sun (I like to pronounce your name in English smile), but with the recent events in Arizona, even that comes in short supply.
Happy New Year to you Viktor!
Your images and thought provoking remarks have become part of my Friday morning ritual. Thank you as well for your kind words about the gallery and sharing a link to Lumiere with your "worldwide" audience. I am always glad to see you at our events, and you are welcome to pick-up a book and enjoy the gallery whenever you can spare the time. I as well, am glad to be done with 2010 (and the whole decade) Here is to a better 2011!
vz-nostalgia: Ah, good to see you on Nostalgia, Tony. The hominess of Lumiere gallery is what sets it apart from all other galleries I visit in Atlanta and beyond. In all other galleries, you walk in, walk through, and walk out. Done. In Lumiere the atmosphere whispers: "Stay". And I often do, when time allows. Having a little chat with you or Bob is an extra pleasure. I feel at home. smile
Hope 2011 will be as busy in teh gallery as 2010 was.
They are going to play sweet music for the ears of those who thought it was treason.
Happy New Year VZ, I hope Natalya
is successful in finding a new job. smile
vz-nostalgia: :
Linda: They are going to play sweet music for the ears of those who thought it was treason.
VZ: You are an incurable optimist, Ms. Linda. smile Happy New Year to you as well.
A seriously fine photograph, Viktor. Thought provoking and sensuous. I will add to your list of thoughts my own on Nostalgia. Irreverent, wise, intelligent, funny. You are an inspiration. smile
vz-nostalgia: You're walking a fine blade, Ms. Suzanne. Be careful now, one wrong step and you are on teh wrong side of teh Law of Nostalgia. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jan 2011, 20:20
This beautiful picture looks paintinglike and a bit au gout, reminding me of some Victorian decadent paintings - I remember to have met previously the dead flowers in their eternal-permanent beauty. I could imagine the music they might ellicit while touching the strings of this instrument - a gentle, melancholic, and luxurious music, maybe, a bit a la Gustav Mahler?
Thanks for your reflections on the gone-by year- you are the only person on SC -as far as I know- who did that- your blog is a special one indeed, more demanding than other ones, more artistical, and more critical, full of remarkable, experienced thoughts, reflected emotions, and detailed replies, sometimes containing some provocation for me - so that occasionally I'm undecided if I should follow you or not.
My best wishes for you and your family, esp. your wife - keep being healthy, creative, and reflective as we know and appreciate you!
A happy Christmas, too, on these days!
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: This beautiful picture looks paintinglike...
VZ: Hope you didn't mean this as a compliment, Ms. Philine. smile The times when photography looked up to painting are long-long gone, at least since Alfred Stieglitz's first exhibitions of photography as an art form back in teh beginning of 20th century in New York. smile

Philine: ...reminding me of some Victorian decadent paintings...
VZ: smile You bet, Ms. Philine. The aesthetics of Victorian decadence were soaked in sensuality and nature, which is plenty here. smile No peacock feathers though. smile

Philine: I could imagine the music they might ellicit while touching the strings of this instrument - a gentle, melancholic, and luxurious music, maybe, a bit a la Gustav Mahler?
VZ: Melancholic and luxurious? Nah... That is a vicious massive attack of the dead flowers on music, Ms. Philine. smile Maybe more in the wake of teh agression of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. smile

Hope the year started well for you, Ms. Philine, and will keep rolling in this direction.
Regarding provocations... Didn't you know I'm l'agent provocateur smile (as well as l'enfant terrible) of SC? smile
  • eva
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2011, 11:26
..and I am also very pleased to have met you and your photography this year, blog buddy! smile smile
vz-nostalgia: smile hope meeting me and my photography was not the only good deed you did last year, Ms. Eva. smile Tell me more. smile
This time the word wasn't "poem". It was "clever".
vz-nostalgia: It's funny, Pekka, but there was a time (a pre-Nostalgia time), when I asked my friends to comment with just one word, the first word that comes to their mind after looking at picture. That is exactly what you do, the only difference is, you do it volunterily. smile
  • k@
  • France
  • 10 Jan 2011, 12:40
Like a vegetal cello back from a very old past... The low light & tones are so moody. Dreamy tribute to Music gods...
vz-nostalgia: cello... or it's smaller cousin, enigmatic viola d'gamba. smile Find whatever Marin Marais wrote for viola d'gamba, if you're not familiar with this instrument, Ms. K@. Or, for a starter, find an old movie " Tous Les Matins Du Monde". smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjWdJFwgVCk&feature=related
Though, I agree, there are no more a beautiful musical instrument than a full bodied cello. smile
Muy conseguida.
vz-nostalgia: very accomplished? smile No-no-no, maqroll, when I'm accomplished, I'm finished. While I move forward, I'm alive. smile
So 2010 was not so bad after all... disappointments in big people and places but joy in small and meaningful things.
vz-nostalgia: I'd prefer the other way around, Ms. Delia. smile
  • Codrin
  • Romania
  • 11 Jan 2011, 21:00
Viktor, all my best wishes to you and your family and may all your dreams come true!
vz-nostalgia: You must be kidding, Codrin. smile If all my dreams come true, my wife will file for divorce. smile

All the best to you as well, my friend.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 12 Jan 2011, 04:51
This is an excellent photo Victor.....the strings and dead flowers are very symbolic ....music can sooth the beast....i hope that 2011 turns out much better....petersmile

This is my first visit and i will be back.
vz-nostalgia: :
Peter: ....music can sooth the beast...
VZ: Yep. Though, it can wake up teh beast in us as well. smile
We too have had a year of some life-changing bad, with some extremely good to counter-balance that.
I get the musical instrument, but I fail to see flowers behind it. My first thought was dried tobacco leaves, then I changed it to old warped wood, now I'm back to the tobacco leaves.
I hope 2011 will be a good year for you or yours. I'm determined ours will be, despite the possible problems.
vz-nostalgia: Dried tobacco leaves, with their intricate texture and graphics, would be a very interesting subject to photograph. Next time I venture into the country here in Georgia or drive through South Carolina, I'll give it a shot. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Jan 2011, 03:06
The damned things pout and flirt, but all the while they are merely self-serving...

Hang on a minute...hardly Treason...more like a pantomime of the behaviour of all things living...

Even music...[well...perhaps, another time...]
vz-nostalgia: As an old poet once said, the world is a stage and we all are the actors. smile
Viktor, how much do you sell your prints for? Not asking because I'm curious for my own...just wondering if I can afford one smile
vz-nostalgia: The prices vary depending on the size and the type of the print paper, Ms. Julie. I'll let you know. Drop me a line, when you settle in your new place in Italy.
  • k.a
  • s.a
  • 22 Jan 2011, 03:49
and thanks to you for being so unique and bringing us back to your nostalgias and make our nostalgias come back to us.
smile

yes, it was not a bad year after all, if we put everything in the balance we always have things to be thankful..specially when the things that we value the most are the worthiest to be valued...
vz-nostalgia: The art of keeping balance in our lives is not the easiest of arts, Ms. KA. smile
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