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photoblog image The Piedmont Park Stories: El último tango de verano

The Piedmont Park Stories: El último tango de verano

The last tango of summer we have never danced

The Piedmont Park Stories: El último tango de verano

The last tango of summer we have never danced

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Beautiful lyrical lines! best...jerry
vz-nostalgia: Are you talking about the lines in the image or under the image, Jerry? smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Dec 2009, 00:19
The light on this boardwalk is luminous Vik - lovely!
vz-nostalgia: I see you are, like a night moth, attracted to its inner light, Chris. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Dec 2009, 02:31
yer gotta learnta live in the moment, VZ...

A summer without a dance is summer wasted.

A night without love is a night wasted.

There might still be a small window of opportunity...move aside the furniture...grab your partner...hit "play"...there [Mmmmmmm...feels so goooooood....]
vz-nostalgia: the words of wisdom from a wise man. smile I think you are ready to open your own school in Bangkok, sage Ray, to share your vast knowledge with the young ones. smile
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 18 Dec 2009, 03:04
but there will always be another summer although these things can be fleeting can't they (and can they ever be recaptured?) - best done 'in the moment' as ray says smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Eliza: but there will always be another summer...
VZ: Sure there will be, until time comes, when only winters are left to choose from. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Dec 2009, 04:51
Well, if you have danced the first tango of the summer, then you have maybe danced the last dance, even without intent. It is written that the first will become last.
If you danced no tango during the summer at all, then you neither had first nor last. A wasted summer.
But then I heard that a tangle - sorry, I mean tango - on the bear rug in front of a fire in winter is not that bad at all. Carpe diem - as some greedy person once said.
Since it is a photoblog: great composition and conversion.
vz-nostalgia: You are a man of logic, Louis, and that is what I like the most about you. smile
But giving me a compliment about a good composition is like admiring that i'm able to breathe. That is what I do for a living, Louis. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 18 Dec 2009, 06:58
then perhaps there will be el primero abrazo de primavera...keep your dancing shoes, Mr. Tango Dancer.
vz-nostalgia: The dancing shoes are boxed, dust-free and on teh shelf, Ms. Suzanne. You shall receive an invitation for a dance. Check your mailbox next spring. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Dec 2009, 08:21
vz-nostalgia: Tango Argentino... That's right, Ms. Philine. I think I've listened to too much of Astor Piazzolla lately.
And please be careful on the curves: female hips become fragile at certain age. smile
good B&W choice here
vz-nostalgia: a nod of approval from Chantal! Yaaay. smile
I like, and very much!
Wonderfully evokes the tragedy of a tango and the end of something that was important.
Good composition too.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Armando: Wonderfully evokes the tragedy of a tango and the end of something that was important.
VZ: I think you are onto something here, Armando. smile
  • Patrick
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2009, 13:34
Never miss a tango, stretch summer, dance on ice... but never miss a tango.
Thank you for brightening this snowy winter day
vz-nostalgia: Too late, Patrick. Where you've been? smile Look what happened now: the summer is gone and the tango is missed. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2009, 20:43
"What's tango, grandpa?"

"Well, Viktor my boy, it's a movement form. When two people tangle hard it's like kung-Fu, but when they doing it softly it's like Tai-Chi."

"I'll go play tango with Johnny next door this afternoon!"

"Hold on, boy. Tango requires a man and a woman to play and with music playing at the same time..."

"Damn! I don't want to play with a girl with sissy music running."

How long do you think tango will still around and knows by generations to come?.... smile
vz-nostalgia: smile I think tango will stick for a while, Grandpa Ti, at least until guys like Astor Piazzolla and Gotan Project are still around. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 18 Dec 2009, 22:10
smile really nostalgic
tango, jazz, swing, name it...all of them are nostalgic when they are the last one...never danced..

nice weekend for you all
vz-nostalgia: As much as I would like to disagree with you, Ms. KA, I can't. You nailed it. smile The dance that's never danced will always stay nostalgic. smile
  • Carraol
  • Mexico City
  • 20 Dec 2009, 06:13
The roundness of the forms, the detail in Nature and the B&W makes a great composition!
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, Carraol. smile
Great angle and perspective!
vz-nostalgia: smile I see nothing of a kind here, Reflecteur, neither an angle nor perspective. Apparently, a visit to my eye doctor is way overdue. smile
I was just listening Argentinian tango music when I came across this photograph. O, those bygone summers and tangos that never danced!...
Terrific photography, btw; it's just invites you in.
vz-nostalgia: I was listening to a whole bunch of Astor Piazzolla's albums for the past couple of months, Ms. Natalia. I'm sure, it had an effect on the photograph and the title. smile
regrets can trap one and it gets harder to see beyond their entanglement
vz-nostalgia: Regrets can certainly do so, Ms. Dorina. On other hand, who can say, they lived their life without regrets? They are as much a part of our life as joys and containments. smile
vz-nostalgia: As much as I like boardwalks, your view is very idealistic to say the least, Ms. Seraphine. If the world was crisscrossed with boardwalks, the walking real estate would be reduced greatly, which would definitely lead local authorities to install toll boardwalks to reduce the traffic for the rich. The free boardwalks that are left, will be overcrowded with ordinary folks and soon you'll see the tension rising, you'll hear the gunshots at night... Next thing you know, mafia takes control over the construction of new boardwalks...
See where you get me with your innocent pacifistic thought, Ms. Seraphine? smile
This B&W is very graphic. I like this shot a lot
vz-nostalgia: It is a very graphic photograph, Calusarus. That's exactly the reason why it is in b&w. smile
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 25 Dec 2009, 08:20
Hi, Viktor ! Long as I do not see you past ...
I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas to you and your family!
vz-nostalgia: Merci, Fabrice. Hope you are having a good holiday time, my friend.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Dec 2009, 10:19
vz-nostalgia: I don't think it was exactly Aesop's intent to create a sympathy for the cricket, Ms. Philine. smile I think he would be disappointed with you. smile
I wonder why you decided that Aesop's ant is a female. I think females' job within the ant colony is to eat and to reproduce. All other functions (hunting, nest building, colony defending...) are on males. smile
Besides, I'm sure Aesop had bad grades on zoology back in school. Every kid knows, ants don't eat or gather grains. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Dec 2009, 07:08
"I'm sure Aesop had bad grades on zoology back in school"- , you are right, of course! But sorry, Little Viktor, you might have have had bad grades in literature, too- every kid knows that Aesop meant the human beings when he told about animals- but it could be that Aesop's fables have been forbidden in the Sovjet schools because they might be politically too rebellish- and honestly, have you not any sympathy for the human beans who are more interested in poetry and fantasy than only in successful working and carriere, and money? Otherwise I were a little disappointed about yourself!
vz-nostalgia: smile
Not only Aesop wasn't prohibited in the Soviet Union, Russian literature had its own Aesop, a brilliant poet Ivan Krylov, who started as a translator of Aesop fables, but later became famous for his own fables. Krylov's and Aesop's names are in every Russian literature school textbooks. I was reading them since I were a little kid. smile
Regarding your compassion for Aesop's version of Paris Hilton, I think I had a discussion on this topic already with Delia. Let me see, if I can find it... Here it is. Check my replies on two of her comments:
But basically, I don't believe in poetry, or any other arts on a hungry stomach. There are exceptions, of course, but they just underline the basic rule of life: material is primary.
You juxtapose poetry and "fantasy"(?) against work and money. I'm saying, there is no one without the other, Philine. smile
I love the tango and both groups you quote to 'granpa' above. Have you seen the Sally Potter film?
vz-nostalgia: Love Sally Potter. She's a true renaissance woman. Saw her "Gold Diggers" while back, but haven't seen "Tango Lessons", until tonight. Loved all the good cinematography (b&w with color inserts) and music (especially a Romanian doina theme), but I think the plot is pretty weak.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Dec 2009, 13:05
Yes, I agree with you: "Erst das Fressen, dann die Moral" /First the eating, tehn the morals"(Brecht)/ or poetry/art...- and "there is no one without the other" - only the extreme and ex-clusive behaviours might be a problem (like the cricket and the ant had done)!

(From today on you could see some of my England pics on Wim van der Meij's photoblog- he is a Dutch etser and photograph-
vz-nostalgia: smile
Philine: Yes, I agree with you...
VZ: Oh, you gave up without a fight, Philine. smile
Philine: "Erst das Fressen, dann die Moral" (Brecht)
VZ: Here you are, quoting Brecht once again, even though he was a communist. smile

Your photography on Wim's blog? Are you trying to increase the traffic of his blog? smile Why don't you open your own account on shutter, as I advised you? Independance is a good thing, Philine. smile
i love this photo, the lines of the wood really carry the eye up and out of the foliage - very nice
vz-nostalgia: I usually pay special attention on how I compose my images, Charles. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Dec 2009, 08:40
Brecht found very wise (like the quoted one!) and poetical words I didn't want to miss ever - although he was a communist, an "Edel-Kommunist" and a very bad communist (read his Stalin-poems!) and as human bean sometimes, sorry, a "Schwein"!

(I never want to have an own blog- because of some reasons I don't have to explain!)
vz-nostalgia: There is a little bit of "schwein" in every human being, Ms. Philine (can't help but smile every time I read your "human bean" smile). And those, who think otherwise, let them be the first to throw a stone. smile
That little half moon (middle left edge) on the boardwalk lets me imagine a classical guitar playing as the tango is danced. Classy composition and lovely tones.
vz-nostalgia: It's hard for me to imagine a classical guitar in a tango setting, Ms. Pixie. smile Tango is usually associated with bandoneon, and a guitar with flamenco. Though, I know that Astor Piazzolla had quite a few collaborations: with a jazz vibrophone virtuoso Gary Burton, with a jazz sax giant Gerry Mulligan, even with the mavericks of classical music Kronos Quartet. I'm sure he did one with a gutarist. smile
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