they were dear once
but every trail fades away
thoughts, memories. black
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:06 am

Very interesting caption Arati.... use a caption to connect from our experience as humans, like a primate image ?? :-) hehehehe. But I agree on this caption Dementia....the visual might not be exactly representative of what the caption suggests...but still if our emotional experiences help to keep nature images alive and make us more sensitive about them, then why not ?? Kiran's image of the rhesus covering the face might not be exactly what we are assuming it to be :-). But through our experiences and emotions if we ultimately become more connected with the other life forms then I really have no problem. I definitely have problems with giving haircuts to animals to suite our taste buds or make human fashion statements. Like I have problems with genetic mixing to create a new breed of dog. What are these re ?? Loved this image a lot...

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Commentby kiran_sham on Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:07 am

Oh.. what a title you have got for this one Arati... Without having to read any further, my mind immediately connected that with the image... good work indeed! Thanks for sharing!

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:48 am

A long critique some day over a coffee, it has taught me an important lesson. For now a cryptic view - yes Dementia !

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Commentby AratiRao on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:41 am

Nilanjan da, if i tell what these are, ten others will say i shouldnt have :):) i will message you.
completely agree with you on staying away from modifications of nature!! which is why i said i was not sure flach is the right example in the prev thread.

Yes, i used an emotive caption to connect - but because i see it as an abstract. I am still unsure if i would caption an emotion in an animal - but that is another thread :) Oh and for the record: poor Kiran's image should NOT take the brunt of what i was referring to. I was addressing a bigger issue. saying such attributions of anthropomorphic terms like "evil" and "nasty" and "greedy" (which are negative human traits not seen in animals) perpetrates stereotypes that has harmed the animals - even caused extinctions. :) But all this was said in another thread ... i am rambling.

Kiran :) thanks ya. i shot this yesterday and as soon as i saw it, there was nothing else it could be. seemed a natural title, especially given the "alphabets" in the image! thanks man.

Ganesh: you are killing me with the suspense. our coffee has not happened in over a year!!! please dont make me wait that long to learn what you want to say ...

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Commentby Radha on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:24 am

touches a chord deep down Arati.. maybe the caption, maybe the deep greys, maybe the entire package, I dont know.. but it makes THAT impact ..

thanks for sharing :)

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:24 am

Oyee, hang on !!!! Ganshi having coffee ?? Since when ?? Both of u come to Kolkata for some coffee....will take u to a place called called Coffee house in College street. Undoubtedly the worst coffee in the world, but the walls are painted with the history of the creative and revolutionary Bengal....u must have seen Arati ?? My college was bang opposite to the place......nostalgia here as of now....soon would be dementia :-):-).

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Commentby neelu on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:21 am

arati, as i always have a unique thought process and expressive gift and applied to your images, shape a certain direction for the viewer, Dementia. the title, defines the image and invites one to stand in your space and veiw it the way you saw it or titled it.i guess thats what a Title does for an image. such an interesting triangle..Veiwer..image..title.,
not really in that order..i guess its more cyclical...
im gonna mull over this cyclic relationship and see what comes up for me.
This image...i like the ambiguity, the profoundness and we scan the image and try to make an order out of this in our minds...

Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:02 am

An interesting and thoughtful perspective here, Arati. Hats off to your visualization. TFS.

Commentby AratiRao on Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:11 pm

Thank you neelu and ramesh :)

And if you are wondering what it is, this is an image of those summer-time winged ants around a (fast-flickering) floodlight, shot at 1/5th of a sec.


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Commentby Abhisek Majumdar on Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:09 pm

This is really ingenious!! Am image practically out of nothing...with a metaphorical representation...very creative indeed Arati...TFS!!

Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:30 pm

Lovely image and nice thoughts behind the image. Coincidently I have a very similar image, though my image was more influenced by RD's Art of clutter series. TFS