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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The tail's end.

Some of you may recognize this picture, my attempt of capturing Butters-short for Buttercups-fetching/retrieving balls  in our cold lake. I almost erased this picture, not exactly sure what I was proving with it. It does not contain a full body, nor does it tell you about the medium/background.  It is a vignette, a moment in time, dislodged and uncontexted.

Most of our moments are like this. Artists/writers see these moments and are able to contemplate their uniqueness, their lines, the feelings they evoke. Artists can separate a moment, a feeling and shower their attention to it.

Sometimes, freezing a moment and framing it, helps us appreciate the fluidity of our lives, the impermanence of it all.

We have stopped life by art.

Art becomes a beautiful feeling captured.
And art makes life worth living.

THIS THEME and more are explored in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barberry.
For a review of this book, visit ds at http://thirdstoreywindow.blogspot.com/

(p.s. blogger spelling tool questions odd things I do, such as the spelling of uncontexted. What would you do?)

27 comments:

Brian Miller said...

capturing those moments, even those imperfect, not quite in focus or half out of shot helps us to appreciate them for what they are...a part of life...smiles.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Made me laugh! Love it.

Nancy said...

It is a lab's tail - right?

Love those moments in time.

Velva said...

I totally get this photo. The moment was captured well. I enjoyed it.

Phoenix said...

"Sometimes, freezing a moment and framing it, helps us appreciate the fluidity of our lives, the impermanence of it all."

So true. I think this is why I love photography so much. It's just a moment, captured in time, and it reminds me that nothing, good nor bad, lasts forever.

Helen said...

You are so right .... each and every element of the art world!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Wagging my tail :)

Amanda said...

so right you are rosaria. those snapshots tell stories a little like dreams, where something is always disappearing just around the corner.......

xo

L. D. Burgus said...

Yes, I have been there. I tried to take a shot of a truck passing by and I sure caught a glimpse.

Tabor said...

That photo is compelling. Something about its moment...we know what it is although imperfectly framed.

Rob-bear said...

What a tale that tail can tell. With your creative interpretation.

Saretta said...

Actually, it's a great photo. The water is beautifully in movement, as is the dog. I like it!

Arkansas Patti said...

Fine looking rudder Butters has. He would swim in circles with out it. Great frozen shot.

Woman in a Window said...

How right you are. Best we don't see it all up front. Why stick around? More food for thought.

xo
erin

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Rosaria! This reminds me of Gulf Oil Spill pics! :(

Susan Erickson said...

Sparkling water and a good dog's tail bring back the memories and hold them close.....

sallylwess said...

Having just lost my retriever a few months ago, this photo was very comforting. Life is fleeting. I think those special moments with our dogs captured in a quick snap shot become powerful reminders of the "moments of being" that Virginia Woolf wrote about.

Grandmother said...

Life is fluid- caught nicely in this photo- thanks.

Maggie May said...

He must have been travelling really fast.
It is a very impressive photo. Something very appealing about it.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Cloudia said...

Blogger's vocabulary is not as rich as yours!





Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

Eleonora said...

So true, R. Capturing the moment is what counts.

Uncontexted? Uncontextualized... maybe not the same thing. But yes, the Blogger spelling tool is a little too obtuse, in my opinion.

She Writes said...

LOVE Third Story Window! And I always override blogger spell check when I like my own word :).

Katherine said...

Lovely post.

For me, a moment can be captured in a single small object. Like a pebble.

NitWit1 said...

Any oement in time captured is memory for the person capturing it, regardless of artistic merit which is really a judgement by someone else.

I love certain photos only I consider artistic because of some memory or mood it may evoke.

Still love the tail!!!!!!!!!

RNSANE said...

I love making up my own words. After all someone made up the words we all use today, anyway, right. Your "tail" photo tells quite a tale! You're so talented in every respect.

I'm hoping to get to see your daughter in Los Altos or Los Gatos the end of the month!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I loved that book. Your picture had me intrigued.

Relyn said...

I love no thing like my camera. I know just what you mean.