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Fatal Attraction


Painting Melancholia:

Fatal Attraction


Painting Melancholia:

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  • VZ
  • United States
  • 17 Mar 2009, 02:37
who would ever guess that butterflies can develop a borderline personality disorder. smile
Love the shot, Mike (love it even more on the white background).
I hope you have scheduled a sequel- "Basic Instinct" smile
blackdog: Well I guess they are unlikely to go boiling bunnies, but some things they find just too irresistable - I will keep my powder dry on the sequel for now ;o)
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 17 Mar 2009, 02:48
This one went right through my heart.
blackdog: Then that says it all. thank you ;o)
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Mar 2009, 03:25
Caption and shot go together, ever so well Mike
blackdog: Thanks Tony, I thought they were a good match ;o)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Mar 2009, 05:27
Wonderful shot, just wonderful, I tried it with the white background too, amazing work again here Mike.
blackdog: Many thanks Astrid - how's the job going? Still enjoying it?
I have had similar experiences to this butterfly. On a number of occasions I've been known to 'bang my head against a brick wall'

This is symbolic of much in life. richard
blackdog: I think we all have Richard - but we are supposed to be able to reason that we are wasting our time. Seldom happens though ;o)
A sad picture, very well done Mike
blackdog: Thanks Bill, perfect compliment ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Mar 2009, 08:15
I am enthousiastic! - melancholy pure- the pic doesn't need any colours in order to show " The beautiful, too, must die"" (Schiller, Nänie)- every detail is a delight for eyes and soul, the 'broken' milky glass of the window, the wooden floor, the slightly lucid wings of the butterfly, and very moving how the butterfly (Tagpfauenauge/Day-peacock-eye?) is now resting in the corner, like he/she wanted to hide there in order to die, a bit aloff, the diagonal line could reflect the sudden fall down- a really wonderful photo with its changes of light and shadow, the gentle reflection of the butterfly- this pic deserves a painting or a poem! And this photo makes absolutely my day!!!
blackdog: I am pleased that you liked it Philine - yes a Peacock, which is strange because I have the birds outside this window sometimes too. A life even more trasient than a flower - such a shame to waste it in fruitless stiving for the unobtainable.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Mar 2009, 08:37
Hard to follow Philine's perceptive comments. I think this is most beautiful and poignant - the ethereal quality of the light and the translucence of the butterfly wings are astonishing. Thought-provoking.
blackdog: Thanks for your help picking the best version ;o)
Just wonderful and poignant Mike. Well done!
blackdog: Many thanks Richard ;o)
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2009, 16:59
Is this fine picture melancholic? I shall spend the rest of the day mulling this over...

Great shot incidentally
blackdog: ...and what did you decide?
remarkable shot Mike, you have done a great job of turning a pic of a dead butterfly into a stunning image mateysmile
blackdog: Live butterfly I am afraid - couldn't get out and I couldn't encourage him to the open window as that was out of the light. Thanks Tim ;o)
A likey !!
blackdog: A merci ;o)
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 17 Mar 2009, 22:23
best shot I've seen today, and yesterday, and the day before. Seriously. smile
blackdog: Praise indeed - means a lot Viktor. thank you.
Oh no... even the butterflies are miserable in Blackdog world!
blackdog: I thought you would have the hang of it by now Ian - all is melancholy in the world of the Blackdog ;o)
It is probably wondering why it can't see out of the window like it did yesterday. Good photograph Mike.
blackdog: I was hoping it would give them a wash ;o) Thanks Chad ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Mar 2009, 12:43
I read: A day-peacock-eye can live for 6-9 months - it might be a provoking question to the human beans: What would we do if we didn't have more time for life than 6-9 months? - I thought a butterfly would put together his beautiful wings while dying- but it should not do? I have a special relationship to this kind of butterfly since I read the wonderful story of Hermann Hesse, Das Nachtpfauenauge (sadly not translated in English?)

Yesterday (17.3.) on my literature calendar a poem of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, thematically fitting the pic, has been quoted, the Austrian author does 'celebrate' the beauty of the transitoriness, the poet of melancholy!

1. Terza Rima on Transitoriness/1.Terzine über Vergänglichkeit ( sadly not in English, why not?):

Über Vergänglichkeit
Noch spür ich ihren Atem auf den Wangen:
Wie kann das sein, dass diese nahen Tage
Fort sind, für immer fort, und ganz vergangen?

Dies ist ein Ding, das keiner voll aussinnt,
Und viel zu grauenvoll, als dass man klage:
Dass alles gleitet und vorüberrinnt.

Und dass mein eignes Ich, durch nichts gehemmt,
Herüberglitt aus einem kleinen Kind
Mir wie ein Hund unheimlich stumm und fremd.

Dann: dass ich auch vor hundert Jahren war
Und meine Ahnen, die im Totenhemd,
Mit mir verwandt sind wie mein eignes Haar,
So eins mit mir als wie mein eignes Haar.
blackdog: I am actually surprised that their life span is as long as that! We are definitely very fortunate to have such a long life expectation and one that is gettitng longer too. Did my best to translate the poem, and get the sense, but it doesn't scan very well so I think I have made some mistakes. How do you translate "eignes"?
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 13:45
Excellent post-processing, Mike. Its one of my favorites from your archive smile
blackdog: Many thanks Mia, nice to know people still root around in there ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Mar 2009, 10:47
Your pic is still very fascinating for me, it inspired me to a try of 'poem' (sadly only in German):

Den Computer gestartet, derweil in der Küche
Das Wasser für den early-morning –tea kocht,
Jeden Tag ein neues Foto verspricht der Blog.
Hochschießt ein verschmutztes, zerkratztes,
milchweißes Fenster, dickes Glas, blendend vor Licht,
und während ich langsam das Bild abrolle,
schauen mich an vier große, dunkle Augen,
ein Tagpfauenauge, hingetaumelt auf den Boden
in die äußerste Ecke, die Flügel geöffnet weit,
um sich zu erheben, doch bleibt es liegen, ist tot,
alle Lebensfarbe ist aus ihm gewichen,
unerbittlich black & white,
doch die Flügel sind vollgezogen von Licht,
dem es noch einmal entgegenflog, bevor es dann fiel,
nicht stürzend wie Ikarus einst, fast gaukelnd, fast schwebend,
nun liegt es da, durchsichtig beinah‘ in lichtseidenem Glanz,
die Augen geöffnet, auch ich kann sie nicht schließen ,
immer wieder schaue ich mir das Photo an.
Ein Bild der Schönheit , ein Bild der Trauer,
„Fatal attraction“, sagt der Photograph.
„Auch das Schöne muss sterben“, heißt es,
nichts ist ephemerer als so ein Schmetterling,
wenn’s hoch kommt, ein Dreiviertel Jahr Leben,
für einen Schmetterling genug? Doch nicht für uns.
Manchmal dauert ein Augenblick an, wir sind sein Zeuge,
und ein Foto währt länger als einen Tag.
blackdog: Hello Philine, only just found your poem to my butterfly (Tagpfauenauge?) and have managed to translate as best I can. I understand Schmetterling as butterfly so is Tagpfauenauge a metaphor? Day ? eye.

Glad that you found the photograph so inspiring and loved the words (to the best of my ability). Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 May 2009, 14:15
S.M.Coleridge, Psyche

The butterfly the ancient Grecians made
The soul's fair emblem, and its only name--
But of the soul, escaped the slavish trade
Of mortal life !--For in this earthly frame
Ours is the reptile's lot, much toil, much blame,
Manifold motions making little speed,
And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.

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