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Zyrynology: Forgotten Arts of Woodcraft


A friend of mine has recently mentioned that I started repeating myself in photography. I wonder what that means: the beginning of the end of my creativity or the birth of my own style? :-) 

Zyrynology: Forgotten Arts of Woodcraft


A friend of mine has recently mentioned that I started repeating myself in photography. I wonder what that means: the beginning of the end of my creativity or the birth of my own style? :-) 

comments (20)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2008, 11:00
vz-nostalgia: smile You are right, Ms. Philine. It's a rusty thing (well, mostly dusty, as this is wood smile), glowing artificially (I used a muted flash).
A thought? Well, for some it's deep, for others, I see, there is no thought at all. smile I'm fine with that.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Dec 2008, 19:35
The red is fascinating- I have no word, self in my motherlanguage, to describe this intense, glowing, burning RED!
vz-nostalgia: As I said, I used a muted flash light, which gave it this red glow, and that is exactly what I wanted. smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 19 Dec 2008, 00:10
Ah, a wonderful old box plane. I doubt they make them like that any more
vz-nostalgia: They don't, Ms. Ellie, everything is electric nowadays. Though, I must say I saw Japanese woodworking hand tools not long ago. Each was a piece of art by itself.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Dec 2008, 06:31
Interesting comment by the friend. Maybe (s)he sees other pics I don't see, since I can only see what you have on SC. I don't see repetition - I do see that you have preferred subjects (garden discoveries, architectural objects/themes, and like this time around something of an artifact). A style may be developing, but apart from peference to b&w and the inclination to do interpretative photography, there is no specific style - yet.

Maybe this one could have been cropped closer if the noise factor could stand the crop. The highlight to the left at least could be removed. I do like the idea of the low light shot.
vz-nostalgia: She referred to my posts on Nostagia, Louis.
Noise... Noise is not a factor here, Louis. It is all covered in a thick layer of dust, which, I guess, appears like a noise. On my home screen the highlight is visibly a part of a wooden plank, which gives a nice balance to the plane. I checked the post on my office monitor, which is calibrated for drawing CAD, today, and the photograph does appear much darker. Maybe this darkness got you confused a bit.
vz-nostalgia: I would kindly disagree, Ms. Stef. To have a style means, if I look at your image, without knowing that it is yours, and I say "That photograph is taken by Stefania". smile
A very old plane and some wonderful subtle lighting. I tried it on a white background and found it worked better for me.

I would say to your friend that something good is worth repeating
vz-nostalgia: I tried it on the white background and I liked it too, Bill. Works both ways, such a rare thing. smile
"....something good is worth repeating". I would agree with that, but (there is always a "but" smile) there is a fine line here, which if you cross, you step into a self-referencing pattern, which I can't stand not only in visual arts, but in music and in literature as well.
  • Edward Douglas Rogers
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2008, 13:20
The meaning that you assign to yourself is the answer to your own question.

You could also be on the edge of a breakthru.
vz-nostalgia: "The meaning that you assign to yourself is the answer to your own question". Now that too damn deep for my tired mind, Doug. You got to explain this to me over lunch one day. smile And while we are at this, you can enlighten me on the "edge of the breakthrough" as well. Deal? smile
  • Allen
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2008, 14:05
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's use of light comes to mind here.
vz-nostalgia: Well, you are right on point here, Allen. I (much like Maestro Rembrandt) love to use a technique called chiaroscuro, which is a play of light and a deep shadow.
Lol, this feels like deja vu!

Like a master craftsman, you must have a deep understanding of your art form. It shows in your blog. There's taking photographs and making photographs...
vz-nostalgia: Deja vu! hahaha Maybe my friend was referring to that feeling as well, when she said I'm repeating myself? smile
"There's taking photographs and making photographs..." I couldn't say it better, Ms. Pixie. That was a bull's-eye on your part. smile
I think your friend has some more explaining to do....

I go for own style wink
vz-nostalgia: "I go for own style." Things are not that simple, Aksel. Very few of us have style, but so many of us got stuck self-referencing ourselves, thinking we have a style. smile
  • Chris
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2008, 15:53
vz-nostalgia: Underwater? Well, you might say so. smile I took it in the North Georgia Mountains in an old mill. They had all kinds of old tools and small machinery out there. All covered in a thick layer of dust and probably, age-old flour. smile

Since when you started speaking in tongues, Mr. Chris? smile Thanks. You too.
  • blackdog
  • The White Room
  • 19 Dec 2008, 17:02
A strange coincidence...

... I discovered today that long ago, our university used to teach making musical instruments. They are moving the woodwork shop to a new location and all the old tools had come out of storage. Would have made a great still life I thought, but they weren't going to lend them to me ;o(

PS I like the image as it is ;o)
vz-nostalgia: Well, I'm sure you can make an arrangement with them, Mike. Set up still life at the workshop. This one wasn't a set up, though. Saw it in the old, but still functioning mill up in the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Kelly Henry
  • United States
  • 19 Dec 2008, 19:54
Something eerie about it. But I really like how pieces seem to fade in and out of the light.
vz-nostalgia: Apparently, you have a well calibrated screen, Kelly. Folks complain it's too dark. smile
Repeating yourself means only that after the time has passed you're still happy seeing things in a similar way. That is called being CONSISTENT. Good shot.
vz-nostalgia: Repeating yourself might also mean to let yourself to fall into a path of cliches, Albert. We have to walk a fine line here. smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 22 Dec 2008, 01:19
Repeating yourself? Maybe, but I have never seen a photo like this before.
vz-nostalgia: smile That's because I haven't done anything like that before, Larry. smile
Well it's been forgotten in my life Vik. My mother's family were all carpenters going back generations. I can't even hammer a nail in straight
vz-nostalgia: Shame on you, Chris. Every man should know how to keep his nail straight. smile
Very good. It has an old master look about it.
vz-nostalgia: smile The picture has that look, because it's done by an old master, Ian. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jan 2009, 15:33
At school I was taught to shave wood with a plane like this....genuine nostalgia here, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: My teacher in the art of carpentry was my father, a very fine carpenter. All furniture in the house I grew up in was made by him.
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2009, 18:33
vz-nostalgia: Did you say you found me in the darkness, Ms. Penny? smile
Apparently your bodger-lover got scared of something. Have you ever asked yourself a question, what was it in you that made him running back into the woods? smile
Suggestion: You do not pay attention to your friend! grin LOL
vz-nostalgia: I welcome all opinions, Jose. That's why we post our pictures, don't we? smile
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