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Viktionary: This Mortal Coil

It's not the coil the Prince of Denmark had in mind in his "To be or not to be" (...when we haue shuffel'd off this mortall coile...), of course, but try slowly to follow with your eyes the spiral rope from the inside out (that's not an easy task, I have to warn, not all of you will make it to the end), and you might notice that the troubles of your daily life (a mortal coil, as Shakespeare called it) will slowly unwind as well, dissolving as you go.

Viktionary: This Mortal Coil

It's not the coil the Prince of Denmark had in mind in his "To be or not to be" (...when we haue shuffel'd off this mortall coile...), of course, but try slowly to follow with your eyes the spiral rope from the inside out (that's not an easy task, I have to warn, not all of you will make it to the end), and you might notice that the troubles of your daily life (a mortal coil, as Shakespeare called it) will slowly unwind as well, dissolving as you go.

comments (18)

  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 2 Sep 2008, 05:41
Oh whatever!!!! I couldn't even go past the second coil, I felt dizzy and my eyes began to water. Then again, I am hungry. So might be due to lack of food. Lovely words to go with the image VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Okay, Ms. A. Go ahead and have your soup, but then come back and try again, and let me know how you performed this time around. smile
If I'm successful I will fall off the page, so I wont be tryingwink Nice shapes though.
vz-nostalgia: hahaha. In this case you got to learn how to deal with troubles of your life some other way, Nig. smile
Yes, I gave up too. No staying power - that's always been my trouble. Beautifully coiled Viktor. Are you a sailor as well as an architect?
vz-nostalgia: smile I'm more of a landlocked captain, Ian. Natalya and I had dinner at a tiny restaurant on the water. This board walk was right behind the restaurant and the charter boats started arriving from the fishing trips. Apparently, such neatness is quite common among captains, because I noticed a few more of these coils along the boardwalk.
Nice shot Viktor, and I love the colors here. Once more: straight lines against curve ones. Why do I like lines so much? Is it because they hypnotise me...?
vz-nostalgia: Late evening rays of dying sun brought here the light and color.
If you like lines so much, there must be a hidden gene of an architect somewhere in you, Ms. Berta. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 2 Sep 2008, 09:40
felt like walking a tightrope. ironic.

the insight gained, being - we're programmed to look for patterns and jump to conclusions without appreciating precision. moreover, our idea of precision is marred by a dependence on contrast.

thanks for the exercise, Vik smile
vz-nostalgia: requires quite a concentration, doesn't it, Terry?
Looking for patterns is good, helps to speed things up. smile
Jumping to conclusions is bad, coming to conclusions as a result of looking for patterns is good. In the field of logic it's called a method of deduction smile
I lost you on precision, though. smile
You're welcome for the excercise, Terry. Hope your eyes are back to normal now. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 11:15
I have to confess: I gave up, too, it is more difficult to follow this spiral rope than a labyrinth which that rope reminds me of! Such a thoughtful introduction, Viktor - matchless indeed!- and a wonderful visualization of a deep understanding of life! I like the graining of the wood and the structure of the 'coil' and the lighting in general! I'll think further over your last sentence after having tried once more to follow the line! I'm often deeply touched by Shakespeare's words- some days ago I saw a famous production of the "King Lear" and I was so impressed by the permanent actuality and wisdom of his thoughts- really a great one!
vz-nostalgia: "Et tu, Brute?" smile With your determination, I was sure you'd make it, Ms. Philine. smile
I noticed the coil during dinner, looking at the returning fishing boats from the restaurant terrace. I couldn't wait to take a shot. We finished with dinner just in time, as the sun was getting very low and I had just a few minutes left at my disposal.
I think Shakespeare is still relevant not only because of his great poetry aesthetics and bizarre plots, but because he covers themes that never fade as long as human beings are alive- jealousy, hate, revenge, love, intrigue...
It is not easy at all to fllow the coil, Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: It sure isn't. But so is life. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 12:59
Oh to have such a neatly spiraled precision mortal coil! It has the imprint of an organized and orderly world stamped all over it. It makes me believe this mortal coil is that of a physics guy, living in middle America.

My mortal coil is more like a mess of tangled knotted ropes that are tied together in some places and twisted in others. Try slowly living that from the inside out. Now there is something that is not an easy task, VZ.

Wanna trade your neat and organized mortal coil for my twisted knotted one?
vz-nostalgia: Apparently, in fishing matters, if you don't neatly spiral all your ropes, you will end up untangling them for hours, while other guys are catching fish. It's just a practical logic of things, not a product of a mind of a physicist.
Your mortal coil is not a coil. Instead, you have a mortal mess, Ms. K. I can help you to untangle a nut or two, but it's up to you to deal with this ball of mess, which took you a lifetime to create. No barter here. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 13:36
I suppose that the metaphor in "Hamlet": "this mortal coil" refers to the myth of the three Parcae/Moirae Klotho, Lachesis and Atropos, who our thread of life are spinning and holding and cutting...
(see: Your pic could 'depicture' such a thread of life, but I suggest by experience that it might look a bit more chaotic, more like a ball of wool!
vz-nostalgia: Could well be, Philine, but being a man of a precision, why would Shakespeare called a mortal ball a mortal coil? The same Wiki has a different take on it.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 13:51
The lines, angles, colors and curves of this image are exceptional, Viktor. One of your best for me. I suddenly thought of the Chartres Labyrinth which I had the privilege to walk a few years back...
vz-nostalgia: smile "The lines, angles, colors and curves..." You forgot to include the light and the textures into the list, Ginnie. Hahahaha.
I've never walked the Chartres Labyrinth, I hope I will one day, when dollar gains some strength. smile
Very good Viktor. Please look at my picture and tell me if it is Victorian Italianate or something elsesmile
vz-nostalgia: smile I know nothing about Victorian Italianate buildings, Bill. It well maybe I skipped the lecture on this topic. I bet, I had more important things to do: the girls, the music and the beer. smile
Nice contrast in the colours.
vz-nostalgia: is that all you see here, Sesan? I wonder what will be left, if I convert it into b&w. smile
Lovely textures & colours here Viktor - great stuff!
vz-nostalgia: Ha. Don't tell me you didn't try to unwind the coil, Chris. How was it? Did you succeed?
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 3 Sep 2008, 03:30
i still couldn't do it Vik...I tried a number of times. I think this exercise opened up a new world for me. I know what the problem is. I do not have the patience. I must look deeply into this.
vz-nostalgia: smile Ok. I'll tell you the secret. You got to do it v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. Apparently, you're an extrovert by nature (or have ADD smile), Ms. Ada.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2008, 14:50
I seem to have found a way to reverse the unravelling process, mortal coil has certainly tightened up in the past couple of years...maybe I should bottle the elixir and sell it a weekend markets...
vz-nostalgia: You are a true capitalist, Ray. You can't pass a slightest opportunity to make a buck. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2008, 10:09
Well I have read all the comments ranging from possible associations with the three fates to feelings of vertigo. However, I should admit that despite seeing Hamlet twice, "mortal coil" always reminded of Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch...

'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!

'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig!
'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!

Just in case you are unfamiliar with this classic piece of English humour, the full text can be found here...

Even more surreal than I remember ;o)
vz-nostalgia: Very unexpected take on this mortal coil, Mike. smile
I read the whole joke. It's hilarious. Is all British humor this absurdly funny? If so, I much prefer this to the typical butt kicking and farting of local comedies.
You have very great photos here! I really liked them all! Happy week end
vz-nostalgia: To like them all would be on a verge of impossible, Operator, as so many of these images are on the opposite sides of the spectrum in terms of aesthetics or philosophy. smile
But I am glad you took the time to journey through Nostalgia.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 24 Feb 2009, 18:57
Are you trying to get on my nerves with this kind of coincidences smile
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vz-nostalgia: oh, I'm so sorry that I got on your nerves, Ms. Reis. smile Besides, I don't believe in coincidences. smile
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