THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was --but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me --upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain --upon the bleak walls --upon the vacant eye-like windows --upon a few rank sedges --and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees --with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium --the bitter lapse into everyday life-the hideous dropping off of the reveller upon opium --the bitter lapse into everyday life --the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart --an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it --I paused to think --what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher? It was a mystery all insoluble; nor could I grapple with the shadowy fancies that crowded upon me as I pondered. I was forced to fall back upon the unsatisfactory conclusion, that while, beyond doubt, there are combinations of very simple natural objects which have the power of thus affecting us, still the analysis of this power lies among considerations beyond our depth. It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, acting upon this idea, I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down --but with a shudder even more thrilling than before --upon the remodelled and inverted images of the gray sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows....
Edgar Allan Poe
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bantonbuju (51813) 2005-06-21 4:26
wow, paolo its just great - the underexposure has made an awesome and successful effect - tiny lights of the window and vast dark areas make this a great result;
have a nice (brighter) day, jerzy
ps. one of your best pics imo
naxius (16685) 2005-06-21 4:45
Wow! I like this photo.
The mood is dramatic.
Superb light reflected on the ground.
fer (1478) 2005-06-21 7:13
Beautiful work!!!I like the reflections,great black and white,great dramatic atmosphere.
gaby (19819) 2005-06-21 8:16
Hi Paolo, une photo d'atmosphère très dramatique et bien composée - c'est joli et très réussi - on dirait que le soleil perce certaines des maisons -
Guenther (10915) 2005-06-21 8:33
Favoloso, Paolo!! La combinazione col famoso testo letterario è magistrale, sembra che Poe l'abbia scritto apposta per la tua foto ... :), in particolare dove dice: a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression.
Thanks for sharing!
jinju (14265) 2005-06-21 8:48
Poe is what came to my mind right away after seeing those lights. What a spooky photo. The whole atmosphere of it speaks to me of ghosts and witches on Halloween.
Graal (101714) 2005-06-21 15:42
interesting picture. I like the a small lights in widows when going night. It's dramatic view and artistic shot.Well done.
aloyho (6798) 2005-06-22 3:02
This is really a fantastic shot. The atmosphere it created is very pronounced and extraordinary. There seems to be light shining down from the clouds and one can almost see the rays shining on that patch of ground. Very mysterious!! Congratulations!!!
joseelias (0) 2005-06-24 8:40
Excellent mood! It’s almost spooky! The darkness with the high contrasts really creates a different image, and this, together with the distant houses; add a lot of mystery to it. The detail of the lights in the windows works also as great teasing, as I start to wonder about what’s happening there.
keribar (43841) 2005-06-24 14:37
Very oppressive picture and what a beauty are these limes of Edgar Allan Poe. I always thought of Iceland as a place with colorful small houses and rugged lanscapes with glaciers and volcanoes. Here you show us something else. Many thanks - Keep well - Izzet
vbourrut (32478) 2005-07-29 6:24
Here is an interesting view of the little town of hofn, nice idea to have converted it in black and white, the sky is very dramatic, and you got here a very special mood