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finding ryn
finding ryn

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Challenge: Sailing to Byzantium (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Apple iPhone 4
Date: Sep 4, 2014
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2014


Place: 56 out of 59
Avg (all users): 4.9718
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
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Views since voting: 220
Views during voting: 151
Votes: 71
Comments: 14
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09/15/2014 10:28:42 PM
I thought of this being yours but could not bring myself together to make a comment. On one hand was so happy to see your stuff back, on the other hand the sinking feeling of the photograph stopped me from saying anything. And yet, the left hand side of the shot is Byzantium and it is ascending.
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09/15/2014 12:17:15 PM
Thanks for the comments.

Ryn is short for Kathryn, our fourth daughter who didn't survive to full term this year.

John was close. Elevator door closing created the blur. Rotating 90 degrees and increasing the contrast split my reflection in to two, i.e. father/daughter, in my mind. The hallway light (far left) is my Byzantium. I've always enjoyed the spirituality of this poem which prompted me to shoot for the challenge, besides, riding up and down an elevator during lunch is always fun.

Paul, spirituality, with or without a god, or gods, is a slippery fish. Perfect choice of words.
09/15/2014 08:13:00 AM
Still love this...
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09/13/2014 02:24:42 AM
I often wonder why, when I am so thrilled by pictures like this, so many others say, "I don't get it"; "I don't understand." Am I weird, or are they? Am I deficient, or are they?

"None of the above" is probably the correct answer. It's certainly the politically correct answer.

The point is to challenge the viewer to avoid categorising the photograph. To make the thing so slippery that grasping it provides an uncertain sensation, shot through with doubts, fears and insecurities. As if you were holding a kicking just-caught fish and if you hold it any looser it will suddenly flip away into the stream again, and if you squeeze it any tighter it will shoot out of your fist like a watermelon seed, and again it'll be gone. And then there you are empty handed and looking foolish, with nothing to show for all your effort bar some slimy fingers.

So why try to hold the fish at all? The answer is to experience it. To feel it, and marvel at its uncommon textures and tones. Feel how it feels. You don't have to measure it, you don't even have to identify it, and certainly you don't have to kill it. Just hold it, then let it go. See how good you feel now?

Well, that's what photographs like this are about. How a fish feels when you hold it, then how you feel when you let it go.

Thank you Ben; it's good to see with you again.

Message edited by author 2014-09-13 07:45:12.
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09/12/2014 09:27:27 PM
Hi Ben. Looks like someone ascending stairs. A memory fading.
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09/12/2014 01:59:28 PM
I'm glad to see your entry here (although... you know I don't understand it. *grin*) !!
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09/12/2014 12:14:10 PM
Oh...a mystery! Immediately, I have the urge to savor and enjoy the mystery far more than my desire to solve it.
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09/12/2014 06:26:17 AM
Welcome back, stylistic as always.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2014 11:14:03 PM
a fairytale.
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09/11/2014 04:11:47 PM
if ryn explains this pic
i am still gobsmacked 8
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09/10/2014 04:45:08 PM
Ok, if I'm being honest, I think I need to to understand your mind & thinking better.....I might then be able to interpret and comment with more confidence.
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09/09/2014 11:33:24 AM
A spot of life.
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09/05/2014 02:02:14 PM
Sorry, I just don't get it.
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09/05/2014 05:41:55 AM
My favourite so far. Good luck!
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