896 – Really Mystified

These three images are from Friday morning. “Gedankensplitter” means “aphorism” and this is an image that I am not really sure what to make of. Actually it’s a composite of two images. The person was in another image of the series, and the best version of the yellow angle was in this one.

Call it cheating, but that’s one of the reasons why I like to shoot more than one image of a scene, especially when I’ve got people in it.

I said, I don’t know what to make of it. Well, it has a certain surreal quality, and then maybe not enough of it. On the other hand, I like to take some risks and see where it gets me. In this case I’m not sure 🙂

The other two images are again using my current B&W process. Another half-naked scooter and some plants in a pot in the backyard of where I live in Vienna.

Just like in the Image of the Day, geometry was what made me take the image of the scooter. I really like the angle in the lower right corner, actually a part of a blue letter “Z” painted on the street.

The motivation for the other image was different. It somehow reminds me of baroque decorations in images of, say, Rubens. You know, all these fruit and foliage decorated around ancient heroes. It’s probably hard to explain and it may not be in the image but in myself, it may be an association that can only be constructed in my head, but on the other hand, most relations between an image and a viewer work like that. They are always essentially private.

The Song of the Day is the old Merseybeats hit “Really Mystified“, interpreted by Elvis Costello and The Attractions on one version of the 1982 album “Imperial Bedroom”. I say on one version, because the remastered version currently available stops with track 15, while my version, the one that I have linked to, contains a whopping 24 tracks, “Really Mystified” being track 19. The Costello cover is not available online, but YouTube has the original by The Merseybeats.

2 thoughts on “896 – Really Mystified”

  1. This is powerful. It is not quite surreal where the ‘facts’ which the artist presents cannot be connected into a whole. While I am discomforted by photographic artists who romanticize or who mawkishly transform them into some ideological argument over property rights, or ideology.

    HOWEVER…. to acknowledge their presence as an undeniable reality of urban life, and to fit them into that fabric is a powerful challenge. And you have gone farther here by balancing their anonymous intrusion against the faceless presence of person.

    Which makes me wonder about just what identity is n a city. Here you show the ambiguous ranting as sharply focused, they human as identityless. And it is all in the light of day.

    I’m forced to wonder about what is more important and you have given me DOF signals which wrestle with my human and individualistic instincts. Is this a statement about collectivism? Is it a conclusion about individualism? Is it about the loss of social control? Is it about … about… the idrection of cities? The fact of cities in the 21st centuries where a present culture swirls about the leavings of its ancestors?

    Yeah… this is powerful Andreas.

  2. Note… the is a rewrite of my previous response which needed serious editing. Sorry.

    This is powerful. It is not quite surreal where the ‘facts’ which the artist presents cannot be connected into a whole.

    As you know I am discomforted by photographic artists who promote, romanticize or who mawkishly transform the self-indulgence of graffiti into some ideological critique of property rights, or ideology. HOWEVER…. to acknowledge its presence as an undeniable reality of urban life, and to fit it into that fabric is a powerful and important challenge. And you have gone farther here by balancing the graff’s anonymous intrusion against the faceless presence of person.

    Which makes me wonder about just what identity is in a city. Here you show the ambiguous ranting as sharply focused and the human as identity-less. And it is all in the light of day.

    I’m forced to wonder about what is more important and you have given me DOF signals which wrestle with my human and individualistic instincts. Is this a statement about collectivism? Is it a conclusion about individualism? Is it about the loss of social control? Is it about … about… the idrection of cities? The fact of cities in the 21st centuries where a present culture swirls about the leavings of its ancestors?

    Yeah… this is powerful Andreas.

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