I have posted this for two reasons, one to get points ;) just kidding, and two was because I was watching a biography on David Bowie the other night. Hence the title. I loved Bowie as Ziggy Stardust and Aladinsane. (A LAD INSANE was possibly a reference to his brother who suffered from mental illness, something that Bowie was always frightened of himself). Anyway, after making some brilliant albums, Hunky Dory, Spiders from Mars, Aladinsane etc, he decided to go mainstream. "I wanted to give the audience what they wanted" he said. His record sales increased as did his popularity worldwide. The problem was, he didn't like the music that he was writing.
Where am I going with this you ask (or maybe you don't care?) It's to do with me on TE. I've thought about selling my soul to produce photos that would give me more points. Lets face it, it's nice to be liked ;) But I wouldn't like doing it. So I will stick with the obscure (and occaisional nice scene).
And as a footnote, Bowies popularity dropped like a lead balloon when he went back to doing what he liked doing most. Oh heck!!
Thanks to everybody for critiqing and raising for me my first 1000 points. I have found your critiques very encouraging, seen some fantastic images and learnt quite a lot.
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delnaja (2054) 2007-01-11 4:33
how are you?
Great title... I love David Bowie...
About the photo, a great one. A clear and nice reflection with excellent colors.
Bravo mister : )
Paolo (41218) 2007-01-11 4:36
Hi Mark, excellent reflection! the colours and the quality are both excellent and the light powerfull.
clnaef (6289) 2007-01-11 4:39
Excellent angle de vue.
bantonbuju (51747) 2007-01-11 4:52
i decided to write a critique here for two reasons:
first - to grant you my two points (you deserve them), and secondly - bacause i respect your consistent line about "decaying england"...
you keep finding different places, so the theme is not boring at all (i cant stand the guys who grab 40+ points on a subject and continue to explore it for another week or so to get as much as possible from a single idea);
congrats on the first thousand (and even without this "ranking" you can be sure that you are liked, mark :-))
best wishes, j.
snunney (72716) 2007-01-11 4:59
Can't say I'm a major fan of David Bowie but I did always like the one you are referring to here. Very interesting composition here of an unusual object ;-) Very creative with good colours and lighting. Well done.
pgorod (1019) 2007-01-11 6:05
Congrats Mark, for the 1000 points (with one day less than me on TE :-), and for this particular photo which is very well achieved, the reflection, the compo, the beautiful blue gradient.
pastadog (13068) 2007-01-11 10:46
Nice colors and light "down" there in the reflection, Mark. Probably a "normal" shot of the real subject would have worked very well too. Regards, Daniel
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-01-11 13:42
This picture is very graphic, with great reflection and beautiful colors.
Bowie reference and quote are nice, and I like too your smart comment on TE points policy.
Congrats for this first thousand, numerous others to come with this kind of picture !
Anna-- (7791) 2007-01-11 17:53
someone has told me... never mind for the ones who don't like it ;) I know at whom you are thinking... you have guessed!
Very good reflection and nice colors. Excellent idea and framing
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-01-11 18:45
Nice shot again, Mark. I guess you took it through some window. I like that icy effect. The title is cool. I love this song and "the man who sold the world" ... about Bowie ... I loved him. I saw him the first time live when he promoted his LOW album (76 or 77?). It is still my favorite album. Than I saw him again 2 or 3 years later (heros and station to station). Certainly I love Ziggy Stardust. Heros was brilliant. But I don't like all that stuff he started to do later till today. I even don't like to see him anymore. I think his best times are over for a long time.
ktanska (22658) 2007-01-12 1:52
Quite colourful watering tower. Fits well with the title and your good note. And reflections from water are usually interesting.
I guess many of us have felt the same including me, especially with my tractor close-ups. I wonder if you thought about people pleasing when turning this upside down. I mean, it's an old trick too.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-01-18 7:47
This is one of the best reflection shots that I've seen for a while, and I like how you rooted the water tower in "reality" by including that patch of tarmac at the edge of the puddle.
Strong saturated colours, dynamic composition, and just enough distortion to give it a pleasingly painterly quality round off a superb piece of work.
Nice one Mark.
kenmac (529) 2007-06-25 9:46
Mark...these notes crack me up..priceless...love it ! I think somewhere in Jungian - based psychology, is the notion of archetypes. Personality traits residing within all of us. For example...the Hurt Inner Child, The Rescuer, The Victim, etc. There is another one too ... the Prostitute. He who sells his soul. We need to be on constant guard otherwise we end up giving the masses what they like. I have an elephant image posted here..possibly one of my best ever ccaptures..yet it is ratingdismally..but I CARE NOT.
I rather like your phallic water tower.
abulafia (4900) 2008-06-23 6:42
This one was on your intro page today, and the title was very catchy:) 2 days ago I was waiting in Riyadh airport, my visa was expired and it took some time and nail biting until i was finally led in to the Kingdom. But at least i got some time to listen to some old Bowie on my MP3 player:) and spiders from Mars was actually one of them.
It is a very nice colorful reflection you found here, no wonder it got you some points.
- Copyright: Mark Nunnerley (marknunnerley) (2780)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Beside the seaside [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-11 4:30