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photoblog image The Well Of Past: In The Forest Of  My Memories

The Well Of Past: In The Forest Of My Memories

The Well Of Past: In The Forest Of My Memories

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  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2009, 12:26
Your title mentions two different images- they could be connected- not only in a fairy tale! I like the soft light-and-shadow-play in the forest, the through-looks between the tress and particularly the timeless pic of mummy (a beautiful mummy!) and child (little Viktor or the little son of...?)- yes, for children the game of hide-and-seek is/was wonderful! I myself too can associate some pretty and wonderfully spine-chilling ("schaurig-schöne") memories with forest games and forest walks at different times!
vz-nostalgia: My title mentions one image, Philine. "The Well of Past" has morphed into a category from the time I posted a photograph with this title. Since then, there was another picture in this category, if you remember
These posts will be rare, as they are mostly very personal.
  • Lee
  • Atlanta
  • 23 Jan 2009, 12:58
Nice photograph but unusually structured for you Vik. The girl has concerns about the viewer but the younger child is oblivious. She knows something he doesn't and that adds to the image. Thanks for sharing!
vz-nostalgia: I will not rest until I find out what she knows that he doesn't, Lee. smile
Viktor! Finally I get a chance to catch up on your images. (:o)

Like Lee, I am disturbed by the contrasting expressions. It seems to increase the innocence and vulnerability of the child. I just can`t make my mind up about the forest. I doesn`t seem dark enough to be really threatening, in fact, the young woman seems to be keeping the tree between herself and the viewer. Is it a deliberate `barrier`.

As ever, there is always such depth to your images, and so compelling that they invariably challenge the viewer to look deeper. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: smile Good to have you back, Roz.
This forest does not look threatening enough for you? Are you a forest creature? Did you grow up in the countryside? I'm sure, for someone who spent years in the jungles of a big city, these trees look dangerously uncomfotable. smile We all have so different perceptions of the same things (death, love, trees....). smile
Nice ! And the title is so poetic !
vz-nostalgia: smile, Zeb. We all are poets deep inside. smile
Why does this picture make me feel a little sad even though one child is smiling?
vz-nostalgia: YOU tell me, Bill, why it makes you a little sad. Maybe, it reminds you of the time in Vienna in 1942? "He fled to the west and she to the east". smile
Like the others, I immediately noticed the dichotomy in the expressions. Given your title and the setting, the little one's happy smile seems a bit out of place, or perhaps just illustrates how smaller children can be oblivious to threats older kids may be aware of.

I like the shot. I'd also like to see it on a less sunny day in deeper shadow.
vz-nostalgia: smile Next time I go back to the forest of my memories, I'll wait for a darker weather to take a shot, dawn. smile
I have no problem with the difference in expressions. We are adults and have lost the personal thinking and interpretation that children have ... although we know that it is there.
The few years difference in age of the two children and their emotional expressions are exactly as to be expected. The younger full of innocence and excitement at all that is going on. The older more accepting of the of the adults requirements and wanting to relate to unconcious demands of the photographer.

Delightful image and just as it should be I feel Victor.

vz-nostalgia: it's extremely interesting to hear so many different interpretations of the same image, Richard. I enjoyed listening to yours.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jan 2009, 01:02
Tree hugging and petting can be pleasurable activities...if the ants are agreeable.

Heavy black tree trunks are a source of comfort...
vz-nostalgia: I found, you can always negotiate with ants, Ray. It's much harder to do with people.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2009, 22:25
Aha, a young teenager trying to look grown up and sophisticated and a little man who's just having fun wink
vz-nostalgia: smile if that is your take on this, Ellie, I'm fine with that. smile
I've looked at this pic a few times, and seeing Ellies comment summed it up nicely for me, as I couldn't come up with anything originalwink
vz-nostalgia: You don't have to come up with anything, Nig. If teh picture strums the strings of your soul, the words just flow freely. smile
  • jamoula McKean
  • Australia
  • 26 Jan 2009, 04:19
This is very 'Eastern Europe' in my imagination. I can see Ivan the scout creeping along trying to find the enemy troops.
vz-nostalgia: your imagination is very intuitive, Jamoula. This Ivan the scout maybe creeps from Tarkovsky's "My Name is Ivan" (Ivan's Childhood, as it's known in Russia) movie. smile
I like this very much Vik: a lovely evocation of childhood in a snapshot
vz-nostalgia: a lovely evocation of the time, when we all were young and handsome smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Feb 2009, 06:37
Yes, the pic has the flair of an older film in the beginning of the 20th century- a kind of melancholy and some strangely confusing- despite the smiling child!

It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely --and why?

We're still reminded--: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Edward Snow
vz-nostalgia: A Melancholy of a Russian Forest could be another title for this photograph, Philine. smile
Oh, Rilke is so right on point here. Those lost childhood afternoons (and mornings, and even, maybe, evenings...)... Occasionally, they flood our memory, triggered by the sound of rain, or by the rays of sunlight through the autumn leaves, or by the fragment of a melody that we used to falling asleep to growing up... But soon, the wave is over, and we are back into the real world.
Una escena muy interesante, con una gran luz y un gran contraste entre los dos personajes. Muy buena.
vz-nostalgia: that is the stuff you get, when you start digging deeper into your memory, Eric. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Feb 2009, 21:02
Thanks for your thoughtful reply! In my home town there is held a series of theatre-talks about famous female literature figures like "Anna, Effi, Jane, Nora and others" - the inviting poster shows a wonderful melancholic painting of "The unknown", painted by Iwan Kramskoi, 1883, Tretjakow Galerie, Moskwa- her face expression reminds me of the female person on your pic, but muff and furs are missing...!
vz-nostalgia: Kramskoy was a very interesting painter/portraitist. A first revolutionary in the Russian academic art, I might say (eventually, he was expelled from the Academy). This portrait of "the unknown woman" is arguably the most famous painting by Kramskoy, Philine. The Tretyakov Gallery was one of my favorite places to hang out in Moscow, when I was a student, as well as in later years. Unfortunately, at the time most of the Russian "avant-garde" paintings of the 1910s-1920s (Natan Altman, Vassily Kandinsky, David Burluk, Natalya Goncharova, L. Lisitsky and many others) were hidden in the basements of the museum as the anti-socialist art.
Regarding the woman's expression... I guess there is something in Russian women that makes men turn their heads. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 3 Feb 2009, 18:57
What a nice picture from your `nostalgic`soul. mr VZ...let me share what kind of nostalgies I found in here...

(her thoughts)
'even by the nature
surrounding me so nicely
if i didn`t know
if i knew it less
I could keep that smile
I would keep this life
how to catch this hope
when you walk alone
how to catch a dream
knowing it can't be'

(his thoughts)
'i prefer to ignore
what i should have known
knowing is so unuseful
when the only thing i want
is to enjoy my life
i will keep my smile
embracing it with both hands
if you want to tell
I promise i won't hear
leave me in my clouds
while you die in your hell' (K.A.)

from a nostalgic forest of life...
vz-nostalgia: (photographer's thoughts)
"one day, many years from now
many thousands miles away
you will look at this forest
you will look at yourself behind the tree
you will look at your smiling son
and you'll feel that nostalgia
like a soft puffy cloud
fills the air around you"
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2009, 14:06
I love these shots Viktor...I know you say you don't shoot people much and these personal shots are rare but I like them because they clearly are a part of you and your own character.
vz-nostalgia: they are? Do you feel some russianness in them as well?
I see you do like these pictures, because you always comment on them, Beth. smile
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