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Nu Aesthetics: Zen of Plumbing

Nu Aesthetics: Zen of Plumbing

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  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jun 2008, 03:03
What do manhole cover designers and green ogres have in common?

They share an infatuation with patterns of concentric circles.

In "Shrek1" the belligerent green monster tried to explain his "essence" to the talking donkey "...Ogres are like onions...", but the donkey wasn't accepting any of that crap.

With the manhole cover one can see a pathway for the Ant....gaining wisdom and enlightenment as it makes its way across the ridges of dross and baggage...eventually arriving at a perfect state as it stands inside the innermost circle...

Aahh...the games we play to try to give substance and meaning to our lives...

This is a beautiful image, of my favourites in your excellent portfolio.
vz-nostalgia: The Ant has two choices to get to the source of enlightenment, Ray. One that you described, sweating across the ridges to the innermost circle. The other one is to move conveniently along the groove in a hope to get to the center one day. We face the same choices every day, don't we? smile
Line upon hypnotic line
draws me closer and closer
to the apex
of the plumber's crack
vz-nostalgia: :
Ms. Kathryn, I want you to remember
once you get into the plumber's crack
you can't get out as squeaky clean
as you were before you entered smile
You can be as philiosphical as you like, but I think this is an excellently lit abstract with texturesmile
vz-nostalgia: Sure, it's up to us to be philosophical or not. One can pick up a straw and blow a melody out of it, while others will just step on it and keep on walking. smile
I'm with Nigel...we are very down to earth us westcountry folk tongue
vz-nostalgia: you and Nig maybe down to earth folks, but what can be closer to earth than me, lying on the ground with my nose into the manhole and my bottom up high? smile
And us wot like films think of '2001 A Space Odessy'. Very impressive. Like it a lot.
vz-nostalgia: A cosmic manhole. That's an interesting way to look at this, Ms. Jamoula.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2008, 12:12
A fascinating abstract- geometrical pic with a -may be- deeeper symbolic meaning (look at the labyrinths in the Christian art, but there is an entrance to the centre!).- I like how the eyes are magically tracted to the centre and then are ready to fly away to an other point/centre (which cannot be seen). This impression may be caused by your original perspective or the position of the 'eye-catcher' on the left side above. A pic about attraction and removal!
vz-nostalgia: The symbolic meaning of any art is up to the viewer's imagination, Ms. Philine. Some might see here the Christian labyrinths, others see the cosmic circles, while the third ones see a plumber's crack... The world of opinions is truly multilayered. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2008, 00:37
This is an excellent shot. I am a big fan of the Zen of Plumbing all of a sudden. Very good idea and striking composition.
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. In this case, Martin, I have to knight you into the Order of Plumbers (please don't confuse with Masons, Illuminaties and so on). From now on, you are a Free Plumber. smile
Excellent work VZ. This image does have a hypnotic vibe to it. Very unique abstract.
vz-nostalgia: Don't fall into a hypnotic trance yet, Daren, as I have no idea how to wake you up back to reality. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jun 2008, 06:59
I have been reading the comments and replies, wink
If the centre was our goal for life, do I want to cross all the obstacles in one time in a straight way....or do I keep going in circles and wait for the right opportunity to take an obstacle one at the time...for me Viktor.....I would take a few in a row and than relax and think it over and than move on to the next obstacle to take.
It is a likey to me, great lighting, great picture.
vz-nostalgia: Whatever works for you, Ms. Astrid. That's why there is a difference between a sheep and a human being. Got to make your own choice each time. Screw the leaders. smile
technically sound shot viktor

enter the twilight zone (humming the eerie tune)
vz-nostalgia: ...I'm still humming, doc. smile
Oh i love this. I have the same fascination with light and form and linear patterns. I'm glad someone else has the same eye for beauty in normal everyday things as I do - makes me feel less weird.

great work here, beautifully composed, lovely lighting and the pattern is just wicked!

L x
vz-nostalgia: Happy to help you to feel less weird, Ms. Lisa. smile
  • Still
  • France
  • 11 Jun 2008, 22:30
A splendid and enigmatic image;
vz-nostalgia: Splendid and Enigmatic in the same box! Cool. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Jul 2008, 14:49
I refuse to comment ... I'll just keep on staring...
( this must be one of the best graphic results I've ever seen-this is not a comment!!)
vz-nostalgia: Well, I'm a patient man, Ms. Reis. I'll wait till you stop staring and your mind regains the ability to think. smile I'm sure it will produce a word of wisdom. smile
Nice pictures and very nice photoblog.
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, Enric.
Glad you enjoyed the Nostalgia experience smile
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