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photoblog image Zyryality: In The Waters Of Life And Death

Zyryality: In The Waters Of Life And Death the realm of Kronos

suspended in between Love and Hate

waiting for the end in silence...

Zyryality: In The Waters Of Life And Death the realm of Kronos

suspended in between Love and Hate

waiting for the end in silence...

comments (30)

Great picture, good composition and I really like the toning.
vz-nostalgia: Ooops. I haven't noticed that my fitness toning excercises got spilled over into my photography. smile If they work wonders on my abdominals, they might create a little wonder here as well. smile
Cracking shot Viktor, love it.
vz-nostalgia: Yep. I noticed a few cracks here and there, Michael. smile
I didn't notice the beetles at first. This looks like an illustration from an old book on natural history. Lovely image Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: More like an illustration from an old book on unnatural history, Bill. smile
  • makoto
  • Japan
  • 26 Sep 2008, 08:28
I like the feeling that the colors be lost in this image. Square format is also effective. Excellent work!!
vz-nostalgia: While I was working on the picture, I was losing colors one by one, until I got to a bare minimum, Makoto. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2008, 08:41
Quite Goyaesque Viktor - I like it a lot. A still life that isn't so still at all. A good metaphor for all that squirms around that we don't chose to look at.

I think you have turned the image upside down which is adding to the surreal quality by having perspective going counter intuitively.
vz-nostalgia: You know, back in the days, our professor always turned our paintings upside down during the review. His idea was, the composition should work any way you look at the painting. Lesson learned, I guess. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Sep 2008, 09:32
Long may the waters flow...
vz-nostalgia: Some waters don't flow at all, Ray... That's why they stink. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2008, 09:38
A very dark and dreamlike image Viktor. The light on the wings contrasting with the dark shadowy areas is very striking. I like it a lot.
vz-nostalgia: Welcome to my dreams, Ms. Ingrid. smile
Those wings will fly no more.
In between those two extremes-- love and hate-- there is such a rich vibrate pallet of emotions.

Just like in between the extremes of noise and silenceĀ—there is a broad range of ways to listen, to communicate, and to be quiet.

Maybe we need those extremes to make us appreciate the other end of the spectrum and everything in between ( )

What a beautifully emotional...photograph.
vz-nostalgia: At times, there is not much space in between the extremes, Ms. Kathryn. The pressure from both sides is so high that there is practically no space. One can't even breathe, less to appreciate the other ends of the spectrum. smile
This would make a great illustration to a fantasy story book, Vik. Wonderful.
vz-nostalgia: Oftentimes, Chad, a real story is much more complex, dramatic and inspirational than a made-up fantasy tale. smile
  • la luz
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 13:15
wow....what a lovely photograph
vz-nostalgia: Lovely? I thought it was quite intense. smile
  • Leisa Johnston
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 14:09
This photo is simply beautiful. A nice feeling of peace and calm swept over me when I first saw it.
vz-nostalgia: What about the second time, Ms. Leisa? What did you feel when you came back to look at it again? smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:07
its a beautiful piece of still life art Z. Life is always in a state of suspension, waiting for something to start or end. mal
vz-nostalgia: By definition, we all are suspended in between birth and death, Mal. In cosmic sense of time, 70 years is not a movement, it's a blink of an eye. smile
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:09
And death I think
is sepia tones
vz-nostalgia: :
...for many the end of life is painted
in a malignant black
for some red color is a hue of death
and for the chosen a curling tone of sepia
presents the final breath...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:18
This pic reminds me of a Dutch stilleven (still life) with its symbolic (carpe diem/joy of life, memento mori/vanity), and I knew that you may be the personaltity who likes to give/to add to the little things and details a deeper meaning! It is a really beautiful, refined, almost styled photo, a joy for the eyes, and we could forget to be enclosed and dominated by Time, "panta rhei" indeed, never never ending! I'm still to young in order to "wait for the end in silence", but also to old in order to be in suspense between the extremes "Love and Hate" (I always prefer the sentence of Antigone: "We are born to love,not to hate."),there are today so many mixtured feelings and modest and silent feelings and so many in a between that it is unpoosible to count them all..., but considering your pic there is only one feeling: pleasure pure!
vz-nostalgia: There is a term in painting called "chiaroscuro" (Dutch painters were the masters of using it in their works), which later moved into the world of photography. In a nutshell, it means gaining a dramatic effect through the use of light and shadow as main components of a painting. I often use it not only as a means of art, but philosophically. In this case, life and death, love and hate... could well be a chiaroscuro of being.
Does it make any sense to you, Ms. Philine?
  • matt
  • the cubicle next to yours
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:21
Beautiful colors! I love the depth and dialogue you show here, so amazing! I wonder what the beatles are thinking...
vz-nostalgia: I'm afraid the dialogue is silent here, Matt, and it well could be a monologue.
Regarding "what the beatles are thinking", smile Well, looking at this picture they may be singing this:

"...And though the news was rather sad
Well, i just had to laugh
I saw the photograph..."
  • Katie
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:45
I love this image - so beautiful and so haunting at the same time. I love the shadowy quality of the light without sacrificing texture. Very elegant.
vz-nostalgia: hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunting... like memories of faded dreams, or the evasive music of Arvo Part...
  • Kelly Henry
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 15:46
Beautiful, the center of the flowers look like eyes searching out what hovers above them.
vz-nostalgia: To find and care for the one who hovers, they need to wear trifocals, and even then I'm not sure they will. smile
  • tim
  • some were in Armley, Leeds:)
  • 26 Sep 2008, 16:59
stunning image Victorsmile
vz-nostalgia: hope you survived the emotional shock all right, tim. smile
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 27 Sep 2008, 02:01
oh wow...
vz-nostalgia: I must assume you were in a big hurry, Ms. Ada. You had just enough time to type five characters. smile
Lovely sombre image - it looks like some mediaeval painting done to remind us of our mortality.
vz-nostalgia: It's a bit unusual to see the words lovely and mortality in the same sentence, don't you think Ian? smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 29 Sep 2008, 00:05
Not sure where you are, but it is supremely beautiful. Likeyed.
vz-nostalgia: I'm not sure myself where I am, Larry. smile
The color and texture of this is great. I just love it. You are such an artist.
vz-nostalgia: I hoped to squeeze a bit more from it, than just the color and texture, Ms. Gail. I guess I failed. smile
Wow where did you take this shot from. I like the composition, and the colours. Remember what I said about nature?
vz-nostalgia: You said, you can't really go wrong with nature. And I replied, you sure can, and your picture is a good example, Tunde. smile
hello my dear frind . nice job . this is a good picture but it is not a camera photo but its beautiful .
vz-nostalgia: I'm sure the language of art transcends the language of the barriers artificially raised between our countries, Arta.
  • jamoula McKean
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2008, 08:14
Classic! This is a fabulous picture.
vz-nostalgia: Classic might be a bit strong word, Ms. Jamoula, but I am surely glad to hear from you. smile
  • Jincong
  • China
  • 1 Oct 2008, 22:07
The composition is so perfect that it looks more like a classical painting that was drawn by imagination but not a picture from reality.
The other feeling from me is, instead of silence you all are talking about, I just feel crowded around the beatles. But those two small lives are really calm in this environment.
vz-nostalgia: Well, what if I tell you it's an imaginative reality, Jin?
I`m trying to catch up on what I have missed, VZ, and I can`t seem to stop looking at this one!

My initial reaction was to the sheer beauty of this image, and the exquisite lighting. It is how I imagine Caravaggio would paint a `still life`. Creating a work of art which would be anything BUT `still` because of the emotions it generates in the viewer.

Then I saw your title, and it is very apt because is talks of extremes. Life and death - yes. Love and Hate - yes. Can I add Joy and Despair? Or Agony and Ecstacy?

You have been very clever with this, VZ. Whilst I was being drawn into this image by the sheer beauty of it, I found those sinister black beetles, and was suddenly, rather repulsed by them. It was a bit like a slap on the face, or a `reality check`. So clever.

A masterpiece of emotions. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: Caravaggio was a big master of applying principles of chiaroscuro in his pantings (including very few still life ones). That is exactly what I used here to convey the Hegelian law of "unity and struggle of opposites", the extremes that cannot exist without each other (Joy and Despair, Agony and Ecstasy...). I'll keep exploring this approach as it seems resonates with you all quite a bit. smile
  • jamoula McKean
  • Australia
  • 31 Dec 2008, 06:51
I return to add that this is classic in the true sense- it has the established balance, the moderation of hue and the history- chiaroscuro and all. ps. i like Arvo part. pps. your prof. was rather didactic/pedantic?
vz-nostalgia: Glad you keep coming back to this picture, Ms. Jamoula. I think this is one of the most "philosophical" of my photographs to date.
What is your favorite from Arvo Part?
I had so many professors, smart ones and dull ones, bohemian ones and rednecks... which one are you talking about? smile
This is arresting in its precision. A confident picture and a pleasure to enjoy.
vz-nostalgia: Happy you like it that much, Darren. smile
  • Carraol
  • Mexico
  • 22 Jul 2009, 07:26
Incredible image, its like painting an aesthetic fantasy full of memories and definitions!
vz-nostalgia: painting with memories... I like that, Carraol. You explored it deeper than the rest of us. smile
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