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let me briefly slip away

So is it really true I can't stay away from LJ for more than three weeks?
Well, I'll never admit that in print lol

Actually all I did {so far} was go ten kilometres [six miles] to the edge of the North Sea. Not because I want to join the Dutch Polar Bear Club one month late... that's where you go plunge in the water on 1st Januari and freeze your tender parts off [some of your brain cells already have to be missing, I'm sure.]

Actually the temp has only been down to 24 or 25 degrees F, which is a heat wave where most of you are... No, cuddling up the the sand dunes is just where home is at the moment. And some awesome photo ops... that's what I'm really hooked on these days.

These are all lj-cut for size, captions on top.

I guess I'm just pulled in by bikes [as long as they are parked so they can't crash into me at full speed.] I love the colors and the names. These two seem to be nesting and the smaller one has training wheels, the less-small one does not, looks like they are






There is a tradition that sailors lost at sea get spirited away by the gods and goddesses of the ocean, borne away into their new life. This sculpture strikes me as kind of blocky instead of flowing... but it's Amphitrite, Greek goddess of the sea and a Nereid, portrayed with a mortal. I'd prefer to think of her hand as growing out of his stilled heart, in fact for me her form totally is taking shape from him, as he changes into her, right down to her large mermaid-like tail. She is cradling him, they are one sculpted body, and that morning the sea fog was glistening








Back on shore up in the libe, this is Tarah. She's a student in a professional makeup school, studying to start a career in fashion-model makeup or theatre makeup. She's also Iraqi, and that's a first for me since I've never met anyone from Iraq till now. She's also an Iraqi refugee, she and her twin sister and the rest of her family fled out of Baghdad before Saddam could murder her father [Iraqi military but in the resistance]... so she's been here all of her teenage years and up to now; she's a full Dutch citizen *is envious*. We work together on lighting theory / practice and how lighting can change the appearance






It was well below freezing but not nearly so cold as it is now where lots of you are. And I was drawn to the memory of this poem, which partly reads:

"...to the stars you said we'd go
to their faroff, faroff glow
to their infinite height
to those pinpoints of light...
take me out of this battlefield,
let my old wounds be healed...
only let me sleep briefly,
only for a minute, two or three,
let me briefly slip away
it will still be, still be okay,
we'll still be gone... to the stars...

I was struck by the songwriting muse last night," she said, sometime before she posted this in 2003 along with "Burning Dreams".

I was amazed when I got this home and put it onto the computer, to see her star in a whole family of them which were not visible to the naked eye at all --- only hers was, and it was very bright against the black. The family with her came through clearly on the telephoto lens of my Digital Rebel. Also in addition to the various sleeping tree branches, there lay






It was one of the longest shutter-open exposures I've ever experienced [tripods are a blessing.] But then again, it sometimes takes a long time to gather all this light, doesn't it. It wasn't, but it felt like years. The sky was wholly black. To two of my eyes, that is.

Once stars are there, they are there.

Blessings Be.

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"To The Stars", (c) 2003 by Kiota Bandal.
"To The Stars", (c) 2008 by The Estate of Anna Rosenfeld. All Rights Reserved.

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silverplate88
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Her treatment of the theme is in this song and an original short story full of rather excruciating images about war and dying. I put copyright lines on my entries but those are probaably not needed, under the provisions of the DMCA [Digital Millenium Copyright Act] of 1999, as amended... which would govern fair use of intellectual property published digitally.

You're a producing artist much more familiar with copyrights than I am, so. Borrow away! Anna published in a number of places, all digital. So do you.

With that out of the way. I would be eager *to the max*, Laura, to watch what you choose to bring to life graphically from her theme... :O

For what it's worth, she freely gave approval for use of her material during her career, I received some of them myself. The day before she crossed over, she gave approval to a painter who wanted to adapt one of her photos into an acrylic / oil painting... and did, successfully, and exhibited it.

Art survives.
emeraldwilwarin
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Even if your absence was more brief than originally planned, I am glad to have you back. You're a star in the LJ constellation. :)
silverplate88
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
*is blushing*

Coming from you, Miss M, that is a great compliment: if I'm a star, you're a whole galaxy :P
miafedup
Jan. 31st, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Good. I'm glad you can't stay away. We can't stay away from you either!

And Tarah seems like an intriguing person. Love her hair!
silverplate88
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Actually it looks a lot better than it feels: like wire, over-sprayed-hold-control [however you say that clearly in the female hair world.] She's fascinated with the idea of a personal hair stylist [which she doesn't have yet] since the stylist will take care of... well, styling. And de-wiring!

I like the ways it reflects the light and lets it pass through, though :)
kala_ayule
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Seconded on the glad to have you back (though I don't know if you plan on staying for a while or not). Also, I just wanted to say that you have talent in photography, and it is especially strong when people are your subject.
silverplate88
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kala! Surprised at how much I am getting turned on by all of this. Guess it's the miniature size, compared to giant-economy-size lighting design in a theatre where you need dozens of people to make it happen: in photography it's mainly one [= yourself], or two, and a couple of lights instead of dozens or hundreds!

Something like you and a couple of elk? Perhaps.

And it is all very spontaneous, you get ideas as you create in real time, I <3 that.
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