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City Contrasts: Strength vs. Power

City Contrasts: Strength vs. Power

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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jul 2009, 02:07
I see strength, innovatively displayed in that multi-ribbed condom..."enhanced strength and sensitivity" perhaps?

Where is VZ hiding the "power"? Maybe the condom is a little fuzzy 'cos it is thrusting powerfully...

[And...what's that goddam rusty chain doing...imposing itself so rudely...]
vz-nostalgia: smile I don't see the world through the prism of condoms, Ray. Speaking of condoms, I often wonder why you are always in a good mood. I think now I know why. smile
VZ, you've captured it nicely here.
Love the contrasts.

P.S. I don't see condoms.. smile

vz-nostalgia: :
RB: I don't see condoms...
VZ: What happened, Rob? Have you misplaced your glasses? smile
or perhaps the illusion of power Viktor?
vz-nostalgia: Perhaps, Bill. In some cases it's the delusion of power. smile I like the topic. I might explore it a bit deeper in my photography.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jul 2009, 06:59
Great tension Vik
vz-nostalgia: Great tension usually happens, when we see the difference between what we are and what we want to be, Chris. smile (if you want to be philosophical, of course smile)
Condom or biberon or termometro....
vz-nostalgia: What choice is closer to your heart, Ms. Stef? smile
a true photographer...
vz-nostalgia: you must be thinking aloud, Ms. Tony smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 2 Jul 2009, 13:32
i like the pic, despite i don't see the contrasta between strength and power....they are complements rather than contrasting values....

a contrast could be simplicity vs esthetic ....but both powerful and strong...(that's my humble opinion, i'm a teacher and you're an architect...(and that's a contrast) wink
vz-nostalgia: The world is much more complex than our conventional thinking of it, Ms. K.A. Strength and power could be a complimentary pair, or they could stand on the opposite sides of a barricade, as it has happened in our country for the last 8 years, or as it’s happening now in Iran.
I can’t believe I teach a teacher about the semantics. smile
  • Erika Morgan
  • United States
  • 2 Jul 2009, 13:54
My first impression is one of panic and claustrophobia. I guess that's the girls take vs. the boys. smile
vz-nostalgia: You don't have to panic, Erika. Don't be fooled by the phallic symbolism that some boys see in here. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 2 Jul 2009, 14:15
What an erection wrapped with a Guinness world record condom! I see both power and strength in it to look down upon that little guy next to it!

The chain? It's a constrain to me and can easily be removed and disappears without a trace...but try that on a fully erected building like this?.... smile
vz-nostalgia: It's easy to follow the beaten path, Ti. If I were you, I would apologize to Ray. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 2 Jul 2009, 16:44
vz-nostalgia: There was no insult in your reply, Ti. The condom path was too easy one to take and was already explored by Ray. smile
Can't guarantee you a sheephead, but I'm sure I'll catch plenty of sea trout and maybe, if I'm lucky, a redfish.
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 2 Jul 2009, 16:44
and i can't believe i can learn something from an architect, Mr. VZ hahaha wink just kidding you know...

well, remember that the 'semantic' of words is closely related to the context of the 'reader'....i wonder when you said in 'our country' did u mean USA or Russia???

and again 'i loved the picture' and my reading from it...
vz-nostalgia: :
KA: i wonder when you said in 'our country' did u mean USA or Russia???
VZ: Of course, I meant the United States. I'm a US citizen and this is my country now with all its pains and glories. At the same time, nothing can squeeze the russianness out of me. Seems, I'll take it with me to hell, when time comes. smile
superb dof/comp Victor, what is Ray like lol. I think the two in hand are about to deliver a hammer blow in some hills far far awaysmile
vz-nostalgia: more often than not the two work against each other, Tim.
Ray... he worries me at times smile
Thank you Viktor for bringing the issue of Iran.

I'm so proud to be an Iranian. And I want the world to know this. I'm proud of the strenght of Iranians. There's almost no way we can stand against their bullets and so called power. But we are creative. We are strong. We are the beating heart of the society.
They managed to get away this time (apparantly),but they can't go on like this forever. It has been very costly for them, and will continue to be.

Masses of people in unity can strongly win the power struggle.
There's no going back.

We, Iranian children of the 80s grew up whem nobody didn't even notice. And we shall overcome someday. There's no stopping us.

vz-nostalgia: There is no going back, Shirin. You're absolutely right. The Supreme Leader crossed the line by casting his support for Ahmadinejad. Moreover, the whole experience turned Mousavi from a moderate reformer who wanted to work within the system into a real leader who want to blow up the whole system.
The entire world supports you and your generation, Shirin. I want you to feel it. But I want you to know as well, that there is no place for depression. The fight has just started, and a long way ahead of you. Mousavi, or whoever is the next leader for reforms will need all you can offer.
"No pasaran", said Dollores Ibarruri back in 1936 Spain. "They shall not pass", people of Iran can repeat today.
  • Kathryn
  • California
  • 3 Jul 2009, 04:49
Power is a delusion. I find more strength in fragility than might or force. My take on it all for what it is worth.
vz-nostalgia: Throughout the history of mankind women have always found strength in their weakness and fragility (with rare exceptions) and used them wisely. Sri Chinmoi once said "...a woman’s strength is in the beauty of her tears..." I could not agree with him more, Dr. DiPietro. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jul 2009, 09:22
Strength vs. Power well interpreted. (Huh, my spelling is now corrected - must be the reason why I had difficulty with SC the last couple of days).

When I opened the pic I first thought the city is held captive in some ideological sense.

Dunno why you ever wondered about Ray smile His comment about the wrapped dildo really got a lot of reaction.
vz-nostalgia: :
Louis: ... I first thought the city is held captive...
VZ: A captive city... That's a hell of a concept, Louis.
Louis: His comment about the wrapped dildo really got a lot of reaction.
VZ: Sex sells. And Ray knows it. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Jul 2009, 12:04
vz-nostalgia: You often quote Brecht, Ms. Philine, even though you can't stand his Marxist views. smile
I like your thought that in order for a chain to work, many chain links need to put their hands together.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Jul 2009, 12:09
The comment of Shirin Moosavi is very moving- with my admiration, my compassion, and my best wishes for these "Iranian children..! Brecht's song could just have been written for them!
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Shirin is a darling. I admire her bravery as well.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Jul 2009, 12:15
vz-nostalgia: That is what Nostalgia is all about, Ms. Philine, to provoke people's thoughts, to shift them off their comfort zone, to shake their brain cells. Otherwise, what's the point? One more shot of a flower, of a building, of a pretty lady, of a bug?... We've seen this millions of times already. smile
  • Tati
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 4 Jul 2009, 05:24
thanks for passing by and the advice, hopefully i'll learn more from the masters! you have great images here! amazing!
vz-nostalgia: welcome to Nostalgia, Tati. smile
  • clo
  • France
  • 4 Jul 2009, 14:35
hello Mr Victor...
a very good shot..i love these contrasts...
beautiful your blog like that..
good idea... great
vz-nostalgia: hello Ms. Clo.
Big cities are full of contrasts. I'm sure small ones are full of them too, one just has to look a bit deeper. smile
  • Kathryn
  • California
  • 5 Jul 2009, 06:15
the shedding of genuine tears takes a special element of trust
vz-nostalgia: Really? I always thought it takes an element of hurt to shed a tear (unless it is a tear of joy, of course). smile
Very symbolic, great DOF, i like this pic !
vz-nostalgia: Symbolic of what, Ms. Aurore? Some here expressed a thought that it's a phallic symbol. smile
vz-nostalgia: And so I did. smile
But my gosh, Ms. Shirin, you got to drop this Kit Kat thing and switch to real dark chocolate. smile Hope it's available in Iran.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 7 Jul 2009, 00:15
Really excellent composition. WEll done.
vz-nostalgia: I build compositions as I breath air, Ms. Laurie, I don't think about it. It's my second nature. smile
A brilliant composition Viktor
vz-nostalgia: You have brutally violated The First Law of Nostalgia, Ms. Pamela. smile
  • kimera
  • Spain
  • 17 Jul 2009, 09:57
nice use of focusing... like a dreamy tower
vz-nostalgia: nice use of focusing? what does it mean, kimera? If anything is easy in photography, it is focusing. smile
  • Regis
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jul 2009, 18:35
This is very interesting, almost Orwellian in my opinion. But that might be because of the title and my obsession with dystopia's tongue
vz-nostalgia: Why would you be obsessed with a dystopia, Regis? Don't you dream about a perfect society? Most young people do. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:35
An exceptional composition. I like that you chose the chain as your focal point and the greyscale really leaves the eye to explore the details.
vz-nostalgia: you dissected my photograph like a real art ctitic, Ms. Sherri. smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2009, 23:03
you often find little juxtapositions in your work, very good eye. That chain will still be linked long after that building has fallen. mal
vz-nostalgia: those juxtapositions are all around us, Mal. smile I see you pick strength over power. smile
  • pjer
  • Slovenia
  • 1 Aug 2009, 10:51
Love the composition & the title
vz-nostalgia: These are two out of three very important ingredients. In this case, I think I did pretty good in your book, Pjer. smile
you got some pretty amazing pictures buddy
vz-nostalgia: Glad you enjoyed flipping through Nostalgia, Robert. smile
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