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photoblog image Tales from My Garden: The Art of Dying II

Tales from My Garden: The Art of Dying II

Tales from My Garden: The Art of Dying II

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  • Gavin.
  • Scotland
  • 4 Aug 2009, 01:15
Filigree and Shadow.
vz-nostalgia: I see you a fan of "This Mortal Coil", Gavin. smile Or maybe the whole 4AD label catalogue? Or maybe the whole Goth movement? If so, check Lisa's site, while it's still avalable. I think she left shutter before you joined.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Aug 2009, 02:07
Sublimely beautiful image, VZ.

[Dying, however, is artless is a biological inevitability...there are two ways to die:
#1 gracefully...blahhh!

#2 dis- ... this is memorable!]
vz-nostalgia: A dialog between two Ray's.
Ray #1 (looking at an image of a dead leaf): "Dying... is artless".
Ray #2 (looking at the same image of a dead leaf): "Sublimely beautiful image".

Hahaha. I will leave you two to argue with each other, just don't get physical. smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2009, 02:14
Very nice detail and lighting captured, Viktor. Well done!
vz-nostalgia: Sure. Detail and lighting. I captured them and held them prisoners until they both confessed. Please note, no waterboarding had been used. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 4 Aug 2009, 03:22
let me help you Ken..

as time passes by, this leaf (which is female in my mother tongue language), looks more beautiful thus sophisticated...maybe it is something we human being acquire with and throughout time: charming attraction smilewhich is derived from experience and self-confidence..when young we can be quite shy so we miss all the fun wink

i'm looking forward to see part III of this anthology...
vz-nostalgia: Apparently, we live in parallel universes, Ms. K.A. smile In the universe where I live, aging is almost a sin and youthfulness is glorified beyond any measure. That's why plastic surgeons are in such demand here. smile
Regarding young ones being shy, apparently you've never watched MTV, Ms. K.A. smile

Part III... This was supposed to be a diptych, Ms. K.A., but I'll think about your suggestion.
vz-nostalgia: "I remember these dead leaves
Not dead, but sad
These differ from the black and white ones. These look happy, therefore they are still alive.
Beautiful is the naked structure of the leaves".

Well, you are right, Ms. Selena. Black and white conversion often brings a patina of sadness or melancholy to a photograph, and I frequently put it in use on Nostalgia. smile
vz-nostalgia: smile not if, but when smile
Interesting how different a reaction on a thought of death in different cultures is. In one case, it puts folks in a state of panic, while others get a peace of mind. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Aug 2009, 08:34
You might be obsessed by this Nature 'Art of Dying'- morbid colours and beautiful lace-like textures. Ray is right "Dying... is artless"- but the sensitive photographer or poet can 'artify' (sorry, my word) or esthetisize all phenomena!
I like K.A.'s comment!
vz-nostalgia: smile I'm not obsessed by the art of dying, Ms. Philine. smile I'm just fascinated and surprised how often a dead plant looks much more attractive than when it was alive. smile
Oh... one more thing, don't believe in everything Ray says, Ms. Philine. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Aug 2009, 09:58
Unfortunately, we humans do not die artfully like this leaf - our dying is not a pretty sight. Very beautiful image Viktor, though at a pinch I think I prefer the black and white (going through my black and white phase at the moment as I'm back in the darkroom and loving it!)
vz-nostalgia: Back in the darkroom?! Oh wow. Blessed be those who can afford it. smile Can't wait to see what you come out with from the darkroom, Ms. Ingrid.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 4 Aug 2009, 10:13
vz-nostalgia: It's all in our perception of things, Terry.
I remember listening to the show about gardening on the radio the other day. The host advised to put some hair clippings to the garden soil, as human hair is rich with microelements, which will slowly be released into the soil. A lady called the show and expressed her disgust with such an advice.
"How do you amend your soil, miss?" asked her the host.
"I add some cow manure", she said.
"What do you think the cow manure is made of?" asked the host.
There was a long pause... and the lady hung up the phone. smile
Wonderful detail..I hope I will look as pretty!!!
vz-nostalgia: If you want to look as pretty, you have to start prepairing yourself for this right now, Ron. smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Aug 2009, 11:00
Very Poignant Image VZ smile
vz-nostalgia: not much different from the most of the stuff on Nostalgia, SAVO. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 4 Aug 2009, 11:22
I strongly agree that we can find art everywhere, specially in it depends a lot on the self-conception of art that we have and how opened we are to admire we want art always to be something we feel comfortable at?, well, sometimes art can scare, or can provoke thoughts we are trying to avoid...
good that mr VZ has the ability to strike our minds enough to confront some hidden thoughts with his 'nostalgias' and 'art' or may i say...'his ability to find and transmit art'...(sorry if i'm breaking any 'nostalgia's rule' here) all my thumbs up for this series of pictures and the comments it has smile

let me re-write my comment on the art of dying part I: (citing myself and Mr VZ's answer)
"i wish my life could look like this ...

'the art of dying
and giving all
without regreting
on what I've done...
the art of living
step by step
the art of dying
big, sound and fresh' (K.A.)

VZ: Ms. K.A. Do you want your life to look like a rotten leaf? "

K.A. if i can look like this beautiful rotten leaf..yesss!!!

(big, sound and fresh: that makes the difference as this is something we can handle: maybe we can do nothing about dying or the way of dying indeed, but we can about the way of 'printing' a nice image on people's mind and lives image that can perdure as this great onewink

and again..i'm 'dying' to see part III of this anthology... smile
vz-nostalgia: Speaking of comfort in in art... When the French Academy of Fine Arts banned the paintings of the impressionists from the Academy annual exhibition, the impressionists organized their own salon, only to be laughed at by the general public. Some folks even spit on the canvases. We all know how it all ended. So much for the comfort in art. smile

You got very close to braking the First Law of Nostalgia, Ms. K.A. Be careful next time. smile
this is so cool
vz-nostalgia: some would say it's hot, Allan. smile
There's a real sense of wonder here...
vz-nostalgia: as in many things in nature, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Aug 2009, 17:28
vz-nostalgia: If there was any confusion, you cleared it up, Ray. smile
For us, Westerners, the concept of death is truly a fearful one, especially for non-religeous folks. The rest of the world accepts it exactly as you say: an organic inevitability... for the body, and then, a start of the next journey... for the soul.
i love Rays commentsgrin as for this its sublime Victor as for the art of dying i feel we are all like Antony Gromleys statues waiting for the inevitable incoming tide to envelope them smile
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. Gromley's... The difference is, Tim, for Gromley's statues the tide will always recede, allowing them to take another breath. smile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2009, 19:51
Wonderful lighting, Viktor. Its like a beautiful death.
vz-nostalgia: It's not "like", it IS, Ms. Mia. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Aug 2009, 22:16
vz-nostalgia: Thanks for the link, Ms. Philine. I've never heard about this book. How fascinating.
I would agree with you, with such a rapid pace of modern life, no one would be interested to read it. This book would never cut the top 100 of the New York Times bestsellers list. smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 5 Aug 2009, 01:34
stunning work Vik
vz-nostalgia: Don't break the First Law of Nostalgia, doc. smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 5 Aug 2009, 02:49
Surreal and beautiful. It is like from a fantasy. For some reason I thought of the movie Dr. Zhivago and the house at Verichino with the ice on the windows.
vz-nostalgia: Oh, my thick Russian accent must be all over this photograph, if you thought about Doctor Zhivago, Ms. Laura. smile What an interesting association. All it needs is a glowing candle. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Aug 2009, 06:56
Don't hint at physicality with Ray - you never know how he will interpret that grin

This picture of Dead Art is sure stirring up a storm.
vz-nostalgia: Dead Art? You definitely got confused, Louis. Paraphrasing Samuel Langhorne Clemens "The rumors of art death have been greatly exaggerated". smile It's the art of dying that we talk about here. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2009, 23:37
Like I indicated - ya are creating a storm in death of a leaf.

Live art - stage play, musical performance, painting a picture

Dead art - the painted picture, a sculpture, etc

The art of dying is what the actor does in the cowboy movie smile He grab his heart, pull an ugly face, performs a pirouette and falls on his side (never on his face) with dust flying around him. So the art of dying will be the last scene in the act of being alive.

The leaf is dead, it is now decaying. So it is exhibiting the art of decaying. And it is doing so in a beautiful way.

Now look what you have done - got me all phylosophical again tongue
vz-nostalgia: Oh, I've never heard those live art/ dead art definitions, Louis. You opened my eyes. smile I always thought that the expression "dead art" is referred to all those pieces of art that gather dust on the walls of the empty museums. smile
  • Richard
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2009, 22:16
Painful, yet beautiful. One can be struck by it's inevitability...Death...or one can regard it peacefully as looking at this picture attests
vz-nostalgia: Yep. Different approaches to the inevitable in different cultures, Richard.
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 12 Aug 2009, 11:49
Wonderful details and tones for these lacy leaves ! Like it a lot !
vz-nostalgia: Good details and tones are two most important parts of macro photography, Ms. Aurore. smile Good composition would be a third one. smile
As I haven't been here for a while I went through all your photos of this year, and this is one of the best: it's beautiful, fragile, cold colors, ... really very nice. But all the rest are beautiful as well. I'm glad to be back!!!
vz-nostalgia: Good to have you back on Nostalgia, Ms. Berta. smile Don't disappear without a trace next time, please. smile
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 14 Aug 2009, 15:14
vz-nostalgia: Should I add a good title as a fourth component of a great photograph, Ms. Aurore? smile
Hey, it's easy to talk about how wonderful old faces are, when you are a 31-year old beautiful lady. smile Let's see what you say 30 years down the road. smile
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 14 Aug 2009, 15:48
I do agree with everything, thank u VZ smile smile
vz-nostalgia: don't give up so easily, Ms. Aurore. smile
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 14 Aug 2009, 16:50
i'll be right back wink
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 02:03
I love this smile
vz-nostalgia: you call this LOVE too? smile
  • Tracy
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2009, 04:11
Your work is absolutely stunning!
This one really moves me, though...So fragile,
vz-nostalgia: smile So fragile, I tried not to breath, when I was taking the picture, Ms Tracy. smile
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