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photoblog image Zyryality: When Life Knocks  You Down

Zyryality: When Life Knocks You Down

Zyryality: When Life Knocks You Down

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  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 00:35
I like the gentle tones and the fact that the mushroom appears to have survived the fall completely unscathed.
vz-nostalgia: The key word here is "appears", Martin. smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2008, 00:49
there is always a wonderful life message in your imagery Z and none more than this. It's a beautifully composed abstract tangle of life's mayhem with a focused/important/sharp but fallen self, struggling to survive.

I supose that's a long winded way of saying a likey! lol

vz-nostalgia: If you get such a comment from the Master, you know you did well. smile And if there are more then two words in the Master's comment, you know you hit the bull's eye. smile
Wow. I like everything about it.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you do. Larry. Would like to share the first five things you like about it...maybe? smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 04:17
Lovely. I like that the stalk is coming up out of the photo and the details are crisp, but the overall feel is soft.
vz-nostalgia: Glad to know you like "that the stalk is coming out of the photo", Ms. Jewlya. smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 04:23
I totally agree with what Mal has written, Viktor. You have a life experience that enables you to present these images to us with such finesse. Look at the detail of the "underside" of being knocked down. Who knew there could be so much beauty in such a state! A lesson learned, indeed.
vz-nostalgia: I'm not sure we think much about our inner (underside) beauty, when life hits us hard, Ms. Ginnie. smile
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 07:11
Nice tonal variations...Love the criss-cross patterns of the grass..
vz-nostalgia: Yep. The criss-cross is alright here, Ms. Richa. smile
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 1 Feb 2008, 13:06
Only the stronger one will survive, if life is knocking down, I will fight it...this beautiful capture of the delicate mushroom, not harmed, show that the smaller ones don't have to be the weaker ones.......
vz-nostalgia: "Only the stronger one will survive". That sounds like the Law of the Jungle, Ms. Astrid. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Feb 2008, 14:23
Ha Ha! Reminds of the "Black Knight" scene from Monty Python's In Search of the Holy Grail... presenting a positive approach to life ven though suffering several mortal wounds.
Good lesson...Jeez!...even though we are dying there is no reason why we can't still be having a good time!
...eeerr? there?
vz-nostalgia: Well, perhaps, that's precisely the reason for having good time, Ray, as we all will die, sooner or later. smile
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 16:16
not busy being dying
midst green razor shards
tis life
vz-nostalgia: yep. tis life, Pat. "midst green razor shards" through life we go. No one comes out unhurt at the end of the journey.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Feb 2008, 20:26
Knocked down, but now the mushroom is revealing its whole beauty which formerly wasn't known or hidden: its wonderful fine lamellas -and unhurt! I often wonder how beautiful plants (for example roses) or other nature phenomena are when they are dying or are still dead. Never I heard told this about our- human-species. Why have you chosen a B&W-pic, the lamellas often have such a wonderful smooth, gentle colour like creme. The mushroom falling down returns to the ground where it has grown up- a kind of eternal succession. Somehow comforting.
vz-nostalgia: "Knocked down, but now the mushroom is revealing its whole beauty..." The beauty was there the whole time, Ms. Philine. Do we have to die in order for people to finally notice this? Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
I chose b&w for the aesthetic reasons and because b&w better conveys my thought.
You're right about the beauty in death in nature. Please see my post from August 19 and my argument with Tony.
  • mariam
  • georgia
  • 2 Feb 2008, 03:38
it is really nice shut, first i thought it was a strangest flower, but then i realized it =grin
i wish i can take that beautiful pictures. i love your photos and how you see everything smile
vz-nostalgia: "a strangest flower"!? That was unexpected even for me, Ms, Mariam. smile
The way we see things is called a vision. Everyone can develop one's own vision, Ms. Mariam. One just has to work on it. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Feb 2008, 14:56
When life knocks you down and turns you upside down, it's time to discover a new pattern (I believe there's always a new "pattern" to follow...if only we could have enough strenght to keep on the surface of all the pain)
...and this is the part of the tail where the mushroom becames a flower...
The b&w really worked(and don't tell me:of corse it worked my dear! grin) because of that soft colour called grey.
vz-nostalgia: "When life knocks you down... it's time to discover a new pattern..." Hey, that sounds like a good plan. If only we know the design of a pattern. If we choose the wrong pattern, instead of a flower we might turn into an ugly thorny weed. smile
I'm glad you're with me on the b&w issue here, Ms. Reis. The color just doesn't convey the message: the image becomes too cheerful.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Feb 2008, 00:14
Cleverly taken, well composed too.
vz-nostalgia: It's like saying I have a head and two hands. Of course it composed well, as I don't know any other way of doing it. smile To say VZ and clever in the same sentence is pure tautology, Ms. Ellie. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2008, 13:30
"Please see my post from August 19 and my argument with Tony." I suspected that you would be fascinated by Baudelaire and his aesthetics ( for example Ophelia-motive)! I like the comment of mariam: The mushroom could be metamorphosed into a flowerlike plant surrounded by some leaves and grasses. Isn't photography often a kind (art) of metamorphosis (I'm sure: never only mimesis of reality although it seems to be often near to the reality or better the way how we take reality in)?
vz-nostalgia: As I said in my response to L. Reis, we're at the fork at this point. We can either metamprphose into a beautiful flower, or into an ugly thorny weed. It all depends on many factors, an aid of a helping hand, for example.
Honestly, Ms. Philine, I don't care if photography reflects reality or not. My definition of photography as art is, if it touches your heart (as with any arts), it's a real thing then. But bear in mind, it's all subjective.
  • Chris Phillips
  • 4 Feb 2008, 20:51
A fascinating geometry to this: very interesting
vz-nostalgia: A fascinating geometry... That sounds like an oxymoron to me, Chris, as since the high school days I always thought that geometry is the most boring subject in the world. smile
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