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Red Ribbon


"After the Terror, in the early days of the Directory, the aristos who'd escaped the guillotine had an ironic fad of tying a red ribbon round their necks at just the point where the blade would have sliced it through, a red ribbon like the memory of a wound."


Angela Carter

Red Ribbon


"After the Terror, in the early days of the Directory, the aristos who'd escaped the guillotine had an ironic fad of tying a red ribbon round their necks at just the point where the blade would have sliced it through, a red ribbon like the memory of a wound."


Angela Carter

comments (15)

A superb picture Mike. And I like the comment about the shot.
blackdog: Thank you Frances - I have been waiting for some time to take a photo that did justice to the text.
I never knew that! Excellent shot Mike. funnily enough it is the hands that draw the eye more than the red ribbon
blackdog: As it should be Bill, the ribbon is the coup de grace - or should that be coup de tête...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Sep 2011, 06:54
an interesting photo with the special red colour and the interpretation. - In the famous Japanese garden in Tatton park I saw a stone cat with a red ribbon like this lady sitting next to the Buddhistic temple, it could be a Maneki Neko, and the cat with the red ribbon may be a lucky charm - just in opposite to your photo.
blackdog: The Japanese do like their cats and I too have seen some sculptures with ribbons. Perhaps they have a message written on them.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Sep 2011, 07:43
Almost like sick humour Mike but the red ribbon is like a visual sigh of relief
blackdog: Yes - it is the visual equivalent of a nervous giggle!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Sep 2011, 08:51
If you look at this long enough, Mike, it looks like she did not escape!
blackdog: Ah - you read the image well, but I assure you she got home safely!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Sep 2011, 14:08
What a picture to fit the quote - great work mr. dog. Love the lighting.

If this is a quote from Angela Carter's work, it is more likely to be fiction than fact. But many is the time that the author weaves a story around a fact. So is it true about the red ribbon?
blackdog: Thanks Louis. I think there is a grain of truth - I shall have to do some research. The quote is from the novel "The Bloody Chamber"
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Sep 2011, 14:13
Great portrayal in modern life, perfect lighting again on the red ribbon smile
blackdog: Thank you Linda.
Very good indeed Mike.
blackdog: Thank you Brian.
I've only read Angela Carter's 'Wise Children' which is far more delightful a read than your suggested novel of hers.

Fascinating image though ...
blackdog: The quote is from the novel "The Bloody Chamber" - well worth a read.
  • paul
  • BT Broadband is the worst - dont buy it
  • 30 Sep 2011, 21:01
are you allowed to include colour in your photos?
blackdog: Ha ha, only in very small doses - just to remind myself it does exist!
nice image. i like the lighting here and the posture.
blackdog: Thank you Ayush ;o)
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Oct 2011, 11:15
When 'spot colour' does not come across as 'spot colour'. What am I trying to say here? This image could be read as in colour or in black and white, but not so much as black and white with 'spot colour'. Difficult to put into words really as it is a purely subjective phenomenon. The near perfect symmetry helps too Mike. The shadow of her head is halo like but in reverse.
blackdog: Don't think I saw it as spot colour, the colour is an essential part of the composition. So although the ribbon was red, I tried to light it so that the photo came across as a hand coloured print (something I used to do with watercolours in the good old days!). None of which probably makes sense, but I knew what I wanted and was pleased with the result ;o)
Yhis is very dramatic but beautiful at the same time Mike.... fantastic lighting from below to highlight her hands and neck and allow just a glimpse of her face....petersmile
blackdog: Thank you Peter ;o)
Interesting info. The photo is fantastic!
blackdog: Thanks Elizabeth ;o)
  • eva
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2011, 17:39
Excellent photograph with and without the story you know there is something sinister behind it... smile
blackdog: Thank you Eva ;o)

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