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Viquarium: Il Volo Interrotto - An Interrupted Flight

My friend Pat Carroll once said:
has always seemed
particularly dangerous
however it is the sudden stop
The world on the other side of glass looks always so appealing. If only someone could teach us how to distinguish Real from Fake. If only we could learn to turn around before we hit the glass.


Viquarium: Il Volo Interrotto - An Interrupted Flight

My friend Pat Carroll once said:
has always seemed
particularly dangerous
however it is the sudden stop
The world on the other side of glass looks always so appealing. If only someone could teach us how to distinguish Real from Fake. If only we could learn to turn around before we hit the glass.


comments (33)

  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 4 Dec 2009, 01:05
...or if we only listened when we are told to turn...but sometimes we are so stubborn...
or maybe...the magical feeling of 'flying' deserves the 'hit' smile
nice colors in your picture, nicer words,
sad ending for this bird but i'm sure he/she enjoyed his/her flight...
vz-nostalgia: :
KA: if we only listened when we are told to turn...
VZ: No one likes accepting orders, Ms. KA. We have to listen to our inner voice. smile
KA: ...the magical feeling of 'flying' deserves the 'hit'...
VZ: Flying for birds is a way of life. Would you deserve the hit for the way you live, Ms.KA?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2009, 02:42
Its a terrible sound...that THUD that so often terminates the life of a confused bird.

Pushing the envelope is fine, so long as we can cope with the discovery that the envelope skin is sometimes less flexible than we would desire.
vz-nostalgia: Oftentimes, by the time we discover that the envelope skin is not as flexible as we thought it is, it's too late, Ray.
Heartbreaking. I once saw a baby bird hit a window. It fell to the ground, lifeless. It's mother flew by it's side, gave it gentle nudges again and again.. after a while, with obvious understanding and surrender, she flew away.
vz-nostalgia: Looks like an episode from the Animal Channel, Ms. Suzanne.
Tragicamente bella, excelente tu intervención coloreando en naranja sobre el blanco y negro, y preservando la hoja con sus colores auténticos, que es la única referencia al mundo real.
vz-nostalgia: Life is not always fair, Armando, and beauty can be found in death as well. Baudelaire proved it many times.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 4 Dec 2009, 06:36
In the climbers world we call this terminal deceleration, but we have only ourselves to blame
vz-nostalgia: Got to agree with teh second half of your comment, zed. The difference between the birds and the climbers is, the climbers do it by choice. smile
Or in one word I could say just: fatality.
"If only we could learn to turn before we hit the glass"
That's what reveals the lack of control over our lives, the weaknesses, the temptantions or the blindness of our mind. We only have ourselves to blame.
vz-nostalgia: :
Delia: We only have ourselves to blame.
VZ: You and your youthful maximalism, Ms. Delia. smile Not everything is black and white in this world. Sometimes, we are to blame. Othertimes, the blame is shared between a few or many. While oftentimes, there is no one to blame at all. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2009, 09:08
Poor thing: that colour is so incongruous
vz-nostalgia: Incogruous? Damn. I bet Mr. Cardinal failed to think about harmony of colors, while falling down on a dirty road. smile He should've chosen a green patch with a handful of yellow flowers as a congruous background. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2009, 11:43
The colours are amazing- what for a beautiful, warm red so livingly lit-up- such a beauty in the death!- but I'm not sure of this bird is really dead, for I experienced a similar situation as teacher together with my pupils, a bird had hit the glass and fell down- lifeless, we deliberated what we should do- but then after some time, oh wonder, the bird got slowly recovering and flew away- it was a lovely experience!
Oh yes, "to distingush Real from Fake"- this is often so difficult, a life problem for everybody I would say! Photography is a special field of lies I'm learning much about, and this may explain my discrepant relationship to this kind of art...
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: ...I'm not sure of this bird is really dead...
VZ: Well, I am. It was lying bt the side of a curb, when i walked to work the morning I took the picture. It was still there at noon, when I went to lunch. It was there late in the evening, when I left the office, though it was flattened by a parked car. It wasn't there the next morning, but I doubt it flew away. smile It was just washed away into a storm drain by a heavy rain that fell on Atlanta that night.

Philine: Photography is a special field of lies...
VZ: Could you clarify what you mean by that, Ms. Philine, please? What is it exactly you disagree with in the art of photography? And how is it different from any other art?
Dramatic shot!
Nice colours!
vz-nostalgia: well, I have to agree with you on both points, Reflecteur. smile
  • Tony
  • United States
  • 4 Dec 2009, 12:53
What is it with you and dead birds?!
vz-nostalgia: I guess it's the same thing that forces you to comment on dead birds, Tony. smile I remember your first ever comment on Nostalgia was on a dead robin too. And like today, it wasn't a happy comment either. smile
Mr. Praline: Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the
first place was that it had been NAILED there.


Owner: Well, o'course it was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that bird down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and
VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

Mr. Praline: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this bird wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!

Owner: No no! 'E's pining!

Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e
rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the
bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
vz-nostalgia: I remember Mike "The Blackdog" Newton introduced me to this fine example of British humour a while ago. smile
Sorry that nothing else came to your mind, Bill. smile
Us humans can't tell real from fake in lots of cases either ... but we usually get nobbled and feel gutted in other ways for our mistakes.

The strong almost vermillion red really works well with the grey.

vz-nostalgia: :
Richard: Us humans can't tell real from fake in lots of cases either ...
VZ: Well, of course, I wasn't talking about birds here, Richard. smile
  • Erika Morgan
  • United States
  • 4 Dec 2009, 20:33
so true. so true.
vz-nostalgia: I would never lie to you, Ms. Erika. You know that. smile
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2009, 00:04
Your beautiful portrayal makes it somehow palatable.
vz-nostalgia: Very few people consider nowadays "Les Fleurs Du Mal" depressing either, Ms. Pixie. But that's exactly how it was perceived at the image of mystery...excellent work...
vz-nostalgia: a portrait of death itself as I saw it, Larry. smile
  • Marlowe
  • Le Havre - France
  • 6 Dec 2009, 12:29
Le voyage flamboyant s'arrête là. Mais tu passais justement par là pour donner un petit goût d'éternité à l'oiseau mort.
vz-nostalgia: Yes, the flamboyant life journey for this cardinal is over. But his journey as an art subject has just began. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Dec 2009, 17:04
Only some words about a very "wide field": Yes, you are right: "Poets" and painters "are lying",too, as already Plato said (but also the composers?), but when I read a novel, I know from the first page onthat I'm entering a fictive empire although referring to real experiences and situations...., but I never feel fooled or duped by the author.
Photography is a craft and an art which has in its beginning and mostly the character of a document of reality and evidence although we know that it cannot proclaim to take the reality authentically, but in the most cases it wants to give us the image and illusion to be authentic and to freeze really happened moments, impressions... But you know how many historical photos have been altered/changed and are falsifications or modifications of real situations/ persons...- The modern digital photography now enhances and intensifies these possibilities of changing/altering..., e.g. an old lady can become a middle aged attractive lady, a dull day gets some sunny-bright flair, a boring or normal sky gets some exciting clouds, a grey-blue sea is deeply blue like in advertisings of Italy or a nice building becomes ugly and rotten...- it is mostly fun, playing, esthetical desire or mentality or whatever to change the pics by refined processing skills /Photoshop. Surely, we can say: Why not? Let's do what we are able to do! -
I personally want to capture the reality by photographing as authentic as possible, no painting by processing, as minimalistic as possible, yes, a photo is for me- sorry, that is my secret wish- an attempt to fix the transient reality, to preserve some lovely memories and feelings or to take the beauty of little things which are often neglected - only fragments of my perception for sure as I know. -
Please, understand me well: I often very like your photos which might be a bit man-made/processed, too, but in a fine, more silent, sensitive way, often in b&w! I think it is okay if the fictive character of a photo is visible and there is not any pretension to show the reality! But I personally prefer the captures of our reality as far as we can recognize and experience it- also good literature might capture the problems of our existence and the specials of our reality we live in - even in a fictional way!
vz-nostalgia: I guess what confused me is your use of the word “lie”, Ms. Philine. A fiction and a lie are two different things. A lie is a conscious attempt to deceive. I doubt any artist strives to achieve that (well, maybe with small exceptions).
Regarding the photography as being of a mostly documentary nature… Gosh, I thought discussions about this ceased to exist in the beginning of 20th century, when Alfred Stieglitz opened his first fine art photography gallery in New York. Yes, when Eastman Kodak introduced a cheap roll-film camera back in late 19th century, photography dropped to its lowest level: a snapshot of a place or a person. Documentary style photography absolutely has its place in this world, especially in a historical/ scientific contest of things, but if you pay attention, the most interesting photographs are those that are slightly altered either by using an unusual composition, or by using unusual light, or by using something else… If you look at earlier works of Edward Weston (1930s), you’ll see what I’m talking about. His works transport simple vegetables (bell peppers, cabbage leaves….) into a mystical and abstract reality.
I see now that you prefer snapshot style photography, and that is perfectly fine with me. I have no intentions to proselyte you here. There is plenty of stuff like this on shutter and beyond. But what I want to say is, if I altered a photograph by increasing a contrast, by boosting color saturation, or by reframing the image to achieve a better composition… I doubt all this makes me a liar. smile
  • Adela Fonts Arts
  • Spain
  • 6 Dec 2009, 20:49
A wonderful scene with an excellent frame. The feathers are very realistic! Perfect Image-Greetings Adela
vz-nostalgia: you forgot to provide a link to your website, Ms. Adela. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2009, 01:28
vz-nostalgia: Weird thoughts start coming to your mind, when you stay too late in teh office, Mr. Ti. smile
The glass doesn't serve as a mirror in an aquarium. For any glass to look like a mirror it should meet certain requirements, like light in front of the glass, lack of one beyond the glass, angle... (I bet you skipped quite a few science classes back in high school smile)
But I like your version of the last cardinal's thought! smile
sad but true.
words and image go together well
vz-nostalgia: :
rob: words and image go together well
vz: sure they are, because they are made for each other, Rob. smile
This looks too sad for me
vz-nostalgia: what is joy without sadness, Ms. Chantal? smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2009, 18:43
We have a driving safety slogan here that says "Speed kills" and my son as a true engineer will then remark "it is not the speed that kills, it is the impact". See what all the maths do to he and Pat smile
I have these dogs that patrol the windows of my house ... dietary supplement, sort of.
vz-nostalgia: Your son is not only a true engineer, but a philosopher as well, Louis. A rare thing nowadays. smile
The beautiful plumage somehow makes it all the more poignant.
vz-nostalgia: Male cardinals have this strikingly beautiful red outfit, Ian. Females are just opposite, boringly uninventive in the way they look. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2009, 06:48
Many thanks for your detailed- finely balanced response! Generally I completely agree with your words- you are absolutely right! The provoking word 'lie' only recalled the Plato-phrase "The poets are lying"! 'Fiction' is the better word for good photography, indeed!
I personally prefer reality orientated /natural style photography (not or less Photoshop) filled with a human touch, that is important, not a simple- banal 08/15 shot , always the same motif or cliché; perhaps I should say I particularly like photography which is discovering and unmasking our reality/realities while touching my soul and my mind. And that I can often say about your photography esp. when completed by human and poetic words, too!
vz-nostalgia: If I am absolutely right, then you agree with me absolutely, not generally, Ms. Philine. smile
What is a "banal 08/15 shot"? I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that.

I just want to add that reality oftentimes is much stranger than fiction, Ms. Philine, we just have to look beyond the obvious. smile
mr cardinal looks cautious, has his back against a wall now smile
vz-nostalgia: I'm afraid it's too late for him to protect his back, Ms. Dorina. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2009, 16:27
a German/ Swiss phrase for something very boring, usual, common, ordinary, banal; the origin of this phrase is not sure, perhaps a gun 08/15 used in WWI by soldiers who found the training very boring..., for example the 1000th pic of the Rialto bridge in Venice or so...
vz-nostalgia: I would never guess the meaning of it, Ms. Philine. smile
I put the silhouette of a predator to avoid crashes on my glass.
vz-nostalgia: With your cats, which always hang out on the sills of your windows, you don't have to worry about any silhouettes, Ms. Mela. smile
  • Monique
  • Thailand
  • 18 Dec 2009, 03:55
I hate that sound they make when they hit a window. Luckily we don't have any. Poor little bird, so colorful and now his life has ended. Anyway ... it's a beautiful photo and I like that fall leave next to it.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Monique: Luckily we don't have any.
VZ: You don't have any birds where you live or you don't have any windows in your house, Ms. Monique? Both cases look highly improbable to me. smile
Unfortunately, I hear that sound from time to time. Check this photograph and a story I posted while back
  • Carraol
  • Mexico City
  • 20 Dec 2009, 06:08
Beautiful with all its drama, atmosphere and colors, a powerful image!
vz-nostalgia: Yep. Lots of drama here for sure, Carraol. smile
  • Monique
  • Thailand
  • 26 Dec 2009, 02:36
@We have no windows wink Only mosquito netting in the window opening and shutters wink But we are moving next week to a house that has windows!
vz-nostalgia: In this case, I truly hope your house will have a central air conditioning unit, Ms. Monique. I've heard it's quite hot at times in Thailand smile (like 365 days a year smile).
  • k@
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2010, 16:55
Why the Death of beauty seems almost more terrible ? Colors pop here, vividly...
vz-nostalgia: ...seems almost more terrible than what, Ms. K@?
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2010, 14:18
Love this one. If I ever get to pick another "free Viktor photo" this might have to be it.
vz-nostalgia: I'll keep this in mind, Ms. Beth. smile
  • Beans
  • United States
  • 26 Feb 2010, 14:14
Reminds me of another famous quote:

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."

— Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930's.

Compelling composition, my friend.
vz-nostalgia: I guess many pilots could confirm what Captain Lamplugh said here, Mr. Beans, including Senator McCain. smile
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