Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Places in which to reflect

Ancient sites whereat folk have since time immemorial gathered to worship their deities invariably emanate for me auras of great tranquillity.
The south door of Lismore cathedral, County Waterford, Ireland.
The original image from which I cropped myself to produce that above.
Judicious cropping apart, this is not my work; all credit for it is due to
companion Elisabeth who spotted the opportunity and took the
 photograph.


Stone circle, Kealkill, County Cork, Ireland

14 comments:

Andrew said...

That top photo is one of the finest I have ever seen.

John Foster said...

From an accomplished snapper that is praise indeed Andrew, but mildly embarrassing for me. Regrettably the only part I had in making the picture was a little judicious cropping to remove myself from it. It was Elisabeth who spotted the puddle and the photo-opportunity within! I now feel bound to add to the post the original, un-cropped photo - appropriately credited!

Andrew said...

Well in addition to the image being so fine, that act of cropping is one of the finest acts of cropping I have ever seen.

Claude said...
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Andrew said...

There is a wee word and photographic greeting from me to you here John:

http://andrewsviewblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/cheers-john.html

CherryPie said...

Wow!!

Barry Williamson said...

Every advanced capitalist society can afford to support a variety of parasites. Indeed, they are necessary since the mode of production requires consumers more than it needs workers. What is strange is the delusional belief of the parasites that they have somehow discovered a different and better way of life, whilst relying entirely on the ‘Norman Normals’ (among other patronising and insulting soubriquets).

Who produces, distributes and maintains the car (perhaps made by Japanese ‘Normans’), the camera, the food, the clothing, the electricity, the fuel, the books and the many other essentials of life (now including the internet) on which the parasites rely? Above all, who generates the excess wealth that is readily accepted by the parasites in the form of dividends, pensions and rents from properties in which ‘Normans’ live and work?

And to what end? To admire an upside-down picture of a church’s reflection in a puddle? The very least we can say of the ‘Normans’ is that they have rejected all the oppressive nonsense that religion once deployed to keep them in their place. Perhaps religion now has a role to play in helping the parasites justify their existence in pseudo-mythological terms.

Andrew said...

Interesting comment Barry, although parts seem to be based on some dubious assumptions and it incorporates its own "insulting sobriquet". "Parasites"? You should know what net contributions people have made before labelling them as such. But as one who has also rejected "all the oppressive nonsense" of religion I still feel able to admire a fine picture, even if it is of a church.

Claude said...
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John Foster said...

'Zut', Claude, was a new word to me. The OED informs that it is a Gallic word that is, 'An exclamation expressing annoyance, contempt, impatience'. I thank you for introducing the word to me. However, love is an older word with which I am more familiar and care for more. Some sage once said that 'love conquers all'; perhaps they were right.

Claude said...
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CherryPie said...

Both the original photo and the cropping are delightful in their own right.

I love to play with photos too and it is even more fun to interpret a friends photo in a different way. Different perspectives are interesting to explore.

On another note, I can't see the connection with BW's comments and this post... Have I missed something?

I don't think so ;-)

Andrew said...

Barry Williamson's comment was clearly also related to the previous post, Cherie. He presumably read that one, then this one, then offered his comments prompted by them both. And I conclude that the three "Comment deleted" entries included at least one instance of "Zut" from Claude. A shame that is all that I can glean about them.

John Foster said...

I thank you Claude for your implied support. Of course I am happy for readers of my posts to comment as they feel fit; if nothing else I am a champion of freedom and our individual rights.
Thank you for the same, Andrew, and for advising CherryPie more or less as I had intended to.
Barry, am I to understand from your comment that you consider all pensioners, whose income is generated from investment income of one kind or an other, to be 'parasites'? 'Normal Norman' I remember only as the title of a Peter, Paul and Mary song from the sixties. Far from being in any way 'patronising or insulting' the rather simple lyric suggested that, however much we think ourselves other, ultimately we all identify with 'Normal Norman'.