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Americana: When The Word Is Not Enough


What if I enter on a horse?

Americana: When The Word Is Not Enough


What if I enter on a horse?

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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 May 2009, 01:29
...or skateboard...or roller skates...or krunk-car...?

Potent image, VZ...finds its way into "theatre of the ridiculous" due to the nature of the "crime".

Right up there with "Keep of the grass...penalty for non-compliance...summary execution by firing squad".
vz-nostalgia: Life is like walking on a blade, Ray, one wrong move and you're out. smile
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 21 May 2009, 06:58
this picture makes me shudder - it's my every nightmare when i'm running down a dark alley, escaping some terror or another, and suddenly there's a dead end!! it's a very striking image, but i'm not going to look at it anymore smile
vz-nostalgia: I will check one of the volumes of Carl Jung's "Analytical Psychology", regarding your nightmares with the dead ends, Ms. Eliza. If the positive approach doesn't help, I will have to retreat back to Freud. smile
Land of the free eh?
vz-nostalgia: As we've already established a bit earlier in my May 5, 2009 post, freedom is a loose concept, Bill. smile
A clever one VZ...I like it!
vz-nostalgia: Congratulations, you have good taste, Ron. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 21 May 2009, 11:18
I like the focus on the fence.
vz-nostalgia: the focus on the fence... hmmm... I think I need to check with Freud for this one too, Ms. Aussie. smile
vz-nostalgia: You broke my heart, Ms. Shirin, by willing to serve the sentence with me. smile But you better learn how to swim, otherwise, when we jump off the cliff, it would be a hard task for me get you to the shore. smile
Papillion... ah, what a fine movie. It was one of the finest Dustin Hoffman's roles in his cinematographic life.
  • Steve
  • Perkins+Will
  • 21 May 2009, 13:58
This is surreal, unreal, virtual. Would be a great intro scene to a video game. The effect on the fence is 'off the chain'. Nice work.
vz-nostalgia: Maybe we ARE in a video game, Steve? Remember the concept of the first movie Matrix? It blew me away. smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 21 May 2009, 13:58
Violators will be arrested, tried, found they were on probation for the 6th time even while the crime was being committed, they have a grocery list of priors and will still be given a slap on the wrist and set free. At least that's how they do it in Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta!
vz-nostalgia: The jails in this country are already overcrowded, Beth. The US has the highest prison population in the world- 714 per 100,000 of the national population (compare to Britain- 114). Even though we are a country of law (when it's convenient to us), do you really think jailing folks left and right will solve the problem?
  • Sam Finken
  • United States
  • 21 May 2009, 14:04
American traffic signs drive me nuts like this one. First we have "Slow children at play." OK, we get it, dumb kids. "Slow construction ahead" - Is it ever fast, and this sign "No pedestrian entry violators will be arrested." Why not? If you're not going to arrest them, why spend the time telling them? Or are sign makers charged excessively more for a damn period?
vz-nostalgia: Bite me Sam, but I'm as puzzled about this sign as you are. smile
  • Ti
  • 21 May 2009, 14:34
Is this the last sign from Guantanamo Bay? Or US/Mexico border? Or your backyard? smile
vz-nostalgia: You're so naive, Ti. The signs at Guantanamo read " NO UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY VIOLATORS WILL BE SHOT DEAD ON A SPOT". smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 21 May 2009, 17:53
Verrboden ist verbonden und das ist verbonden!
vz-nostalgia: Now you got me all confused with your linguistic excercise, Ms. Kathryn. Last time I've spoken German was 10 years ago and my whole speech contained four words- Verzeihen Sie mir bitte. smile
great image Victor, very thought provoking stuff.
vz-nostalgia: that's why I'm here, Tim. smile
  • Chris
  • United States
  • 21 May 2009, 18:18
That is a powerful image! But maybe I didn't want to go in there anyway. Prohibiting something is the surest way to create a desire for it.
vz-nostalgia: smile
"..forbiden thoughts are like verboten berries, the more unreachable they are, the sweeter is their taste..."
I wonder who said this. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2009, 18:37
Don't think I would want to be arguing over semantics with the makers of the rusty red sign. Looks like they might lack a sense of humour ;o)
vz-nostalgia: The voice of reason do I hear, Mike? smile
Great contrast between the back ground and the shiny chain link fencing. Basically don't mess ...

vz-nostalgia: a sound advice, Richard. smile
  • Allen Post
  • United States
  • 21 May 2009, 19:38
This image strikes a chord in so many ways. It is striking in color, contrast, focus, depth, angle, and message. Way to go! The only thing I question is your choice of caption.
vz-nostalgia: As Americans, we were afraid for way too long to look in the mirror, don't you agree, Alan? And now the Democrats start fogging up the mirror (dragging their feet with Guantanamo, allowing guns in the National Parks...)
So I think there is nothing wrong with my title, as long as we are brave enough to face the truth looking in the mirror.
  • claude
  • France
  • 21 May 2009, 20:39
Great atmosphere in this picture, I like it a lot!
vz-nostalgia: Hi Claude.
You probably don't know that "atmosphere" is one of the two banned words on Nostalgia. The second one is "mood". These two are so overused, they mean nothing anymore.
Now you have to rephrase it. smile
Strong image. I like a lot.
vz-nostalgia: As strong as the message, Barack? smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 22 May 2009, 02:06
With that red it looks like the gates of Hell...
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. I'm afraid the gates of Hell are wide open, Larry. Everyone is welcome, on their feet or on a horse. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 May 2009, 06:46
A valid question I believe, but we all know that the upholders of law have no humour, therefore I wouldn't advise the equestrian aproach.

Excellent picture, I like how the wire came out in this picture as aided and abetted by the background.
vz-nostalgia: You're right, Louis, a pedestrian entry or an equestrian one, those who are without humor wouldn't care. The result will be the same- ship him back to Siberia. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 May 2009, 12:13
vz-nostalgia: I like your description "almost beautiful", Ms. Philine. smile
You wouldn't like this place, as it is all nonsensical: there is no pedestrian path to the sign, there is a huge drop with a 45 degree slope behind it and there is a mighty fence right in front of it as long as you can see. It is really an absurd situation, almost Kafkaesque.
you're funny...a horse?technically you're not a pedestrian then.but i have a feeling you'll still be arrested
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Toun. Good to see you. It's been a while since I saw you on Nostalgia.
I'm with you. I better keep my horses in the stables. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 22 May 2009, 17:00
This is intense, Viktor.. a visceral punch in the gut for me.
vz-nostalgia: Always a treat to have you on Nostalgia, Ms. Suzanne.
Sorry 'bout the punch. smile
This is a great image, love your choice of focus!
vz-nostalgia: I'm afraid my real choice of focus is all screwed up, Ms. Clare. smile
Echoes of authority's reach on us all...silent, ancient, powerful and oh so secret.
vz-nostalgia: oh, tell me about it, Ms. Jamoula! It was, it is, and it will be as long as the authority exists.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 May 2009, 08:38
vz-nostalgia: one may say "frighteningly real or surreal" about many of my photographs, Ms. Philine. smile
I don't love to be mysterious, I just am. smile
You can try on foot too ! I guess the result will be the same ! ;-)
vz-nostalgia: I don't like breaking laws, Ms. Florence, so I better pass. smile
Sometimes getting close enough to read the sign puts you in Violation. Love how the wire stands out.
vz-nostalgia: I love your thought, Martin. smile "NO READING THIS SIGN. VIOLATORS WILL BE ARRESTED" hahahaha Now this is Theater of Absurd in its finest. smile
  • clo
  • France
  • 24 May 2009, 20:25
hello..!thanks for your visit...enjoy to read you..!! smilei visit your blog... your photographys are so have done great emotion...good..
vz-nostalgia: welcome to Nostalgia, Ms. Clo. I'm so glad that you sensed emotions in my works. This side of the art of photography (or any art for that matter) is very important to me.
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2009, 00:55
haha, smart ass.

i wonder what the appeal of fences is - i have loads of these pics: "the view through the fence" mybe it's the lure of the forbidden, violating rules, or the presumption that the grass is always greener on the other side...
vz-nostalgia: Do you refer to me as a "smart ass" or to the one who came up with such a sign, Ms. zhen?
Regarding the lure of the forbidden, as we've already discussed with you on my previous post
when things are no longer forbidden, the lure is gone. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2009, 06:25
Arrested eh! Then what will they do with you?
vz-nostalgia: I don't want to find out, Chris. smile
A very good question. A composition with a high message!
I recommend listening to this song for my niece about this item!
"No hay perdón" ->
vz-nostalgia: Is that the same niece who won a national competition last year with a rap song, Jose? I remember I had a long discussion with you on that topic. smile
I like the contrast of the almost graphical clean looking fence to the rusty old sign.
vz-nostalgia: I see you are drawn to the pure aesthetics of the image, Nig. smile It's minimal as usual, nothing to add and nothing to subtract. smile
It does make it quite clear Vik. Wonderful colour and the light on the foreground wire is superb.
vz-nostalgia: Well, apparently your mind is very sharp, Chad. It's not the case with me, that's why I asked: "What if I enter on a horse?". smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 28 May 2009, 01:22 never know in this country. Someone would probably sue based on the sign not being specific enough.

Very dramatic image. Cool shot.
vz-nostalgia: LOL. You're not too far from the truth. The amount of lawyers and their sky-high salaries was one of the shocking discoveries I made upon arriving to this country, Ms. Laurie. smile
The fear rises in me when view this frame. Excellent and highly emotive shot! Your images are superb!
vz-nostalgia: Fear mongering definitely wasn't on my mind, when I posted this, Ms. Chameleon. smile
Super capture
vz-nostalgia: What exactly did you find so "super" here, Ade?
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2009, 01:03
Very powerful image. Quite chilling.
vz-nostalgia: no kidding, Ms. Beth. It sent shivers down my spine, when I finished working on it. smile
Awesome awesome work here
vz-nostalgia: Both of you are not surprised by that, aren't you SuSi? smile
Well seen Viktor - doesn't look as if anyone could get in anyway!!
vz-nostalgia: well seen? If only my normal vision was as good as my photographic one. smile
Having spent time in your fabled Nation & as someone who doesn't drive( yes, I know it's hard to imagine!), I find this pretty much par for the course!

I think the only people I saw on foot, other than me, were the disenfranchised & the poor. It's clearly not a nation that welcomes walkers!!

You miss so much while driving...
vz-nostalgia: What shore did the river of life land you on, Dave? The West Coast or the East Coast? There are places in the US, mostly big cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, where there is no need in an automobile. The rest of the country is unfortunately out of luck. There are a lot of mid-size and small towns that have no public transportation at all. We have to thank for that our three auto giants: Chrysler, General Motors and Ford who back in teh days bought most of the public transportation in the cities and ran it down to the ground to get rid of teh competition. Now, we bail them out. How ironic. smile
  • Regis
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jul 2009, 18:42
vz-nostalgia: I'll enter on a white horse, like Arnold Schwarzenegger on Annie Leibovitz' picture. smile
J'aime beaucoup cette photo
vz-nostalgia: pourquoi?
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2009, 23:12
I don't know any pedestrian's, I think the car ran them all over!

strong punchy image with several interpretations. mal
vz-nostalgia: if you ever visit real America (not New York and such), you'll be surprised by the lack of pedestrians. No one walks, period. There is just nowhere to walk. Everything is miles away. smile
I'd like to hear all your interpretations, Mal. smile
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