A difficult shot ... and ... at least in the west ... a reality of death that we do our utmost to hide from. We pretend it does not exist so that we can remain anchored in our ego, desires and delusions of permanacy in this world.
wow..amazing shot! I like the tone and detailed highlights.
16 May 2007 4:11pm
The tones fit the image. Sorry for the squirrel.
16 May 2007 6:40pm
that's a great self-portrait on your 'about' page :)
16 May 2007 9:45pm
too sad - love the tones and the detail of this shot
16 May 2007 10:31pm
Brutal shot, but great processing.
17 May 2007 1:32pm
"We pretend it does not exist so that we can remain anchored in our ego, desires and delusions of permanacy in this world."
Hence the reason religion proliferates so well.
I would argue that there is a fine line between "pretending it does not exist" and choosing not to dwell on it. From an evolutionary standpoint there would be no benefit in spending time with death as it would quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. "Live and let die..."
That is not to say that all death should be treated with cold-hearted indifference but rather it should be viewed as a very natural part of life. Lessons can only be learned when death happens unnaturally as in the case of cars and squirrels.
18 May 2007 11:38am
Um, a smashing shot! No, really well taken and processed. I'll bet you were glad to convert it to monochrome.
19 May 2007 1:39am
19 May 2007 10:59am
Magnifique image and text!
19 May 2007 4:25pm
Beautiful shot but brutal like someone already commented. I think to some extent even in the east (atleast from an Indian prespective) people dont like to talk about it. They try not to "tempt" fate/death. My grandmum, for instance, never said "the flame of a lamp died out", instead she would say "it climbed a hill"!!
19 May 2007 10:37pm
poor squirrel. love the tones and the detail of this shot
22 May 2007 9:23am
Tragic and unflinching portrayal. A striking image.
27 May 2007 12:23pm
I like the way the background texture compliments the texture of the squirrel's fur. I don't think we should shy away from depicting the tragedy of death. Here in Texas dead animals killed by automobiles litter our highways --from small animals like squirrels to larger animals like deer. The carnage is incredible.
29 May 2007 8:59pm
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