Good Morning Everyone,
Here, you see Medusa.
Her snake-writhing locks partly covering her face!
She was languishing on the harbour at Boscastle ... quite a long way from Greece!
In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, though the author Hyginus interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents.
Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.
Have a lovely day,
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snunney (85621) 2014-02-17 2:37
A very good title for this well presented still life. I like the use of the square crop and the placing of the Medusa's head. Very good rendering of the textural detail in the ropes. Well spotted and nicely presented.
lousat (78427) 2014-02-17 2:45
Hi Bev,i have a pic like your in my tunisian gallery and obviously i like a lot your work..ehehee...great capture in a full composition,great class to take the best details everywhere too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
tyro (20778) 2014-02-17 2:45
By Jove, I hope you're all right after seeing this and taking this photograph. I hope you took this one looking in a mirror and didn't get turned into stone!
Not an ugly head with serpents for hair, but a fine close study of some coiled fishing nets and a float. I wonder how they don't get all in a dreadful tangle, but I suppose the fishermen know exactly what they are doing when they lay these nets down.
I can almost smell the sea when I look at this, a lovely intimate photograph with lovely soft light, fine colours and excellent details too.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-17 2:51
clever title and imaginative minimalist shot. Love the simple elements and yet contrasting complexity, and that is what makes it work so effectively. Excellent!
Have a good week - B.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-17 2:54
Very original title and composition. I presume the title crossed your mind even before you clicked this. Great observation to make this minimal composition out of a mundane subject. Liked it a lot, thanks for sharing.
macjake (57430) 2014-02-17 5:00
as John pointed out, this is a rather 'intimate' look at the fishing lines and rope. could you tell if this rope was still being used or is it just garbage? i ask because how would they know how to untangle it correctly?!
keen reference to Medusa too.
fun photo, works well with all the textures and grains.
Sergiom (61982) 2014-02-17 5:03
C'est ma femme qui aime beaucoup prendre les cordes et les filets dans les petits ports de pèche.Il y a quelque chose de très graphique dans l'accumulation.J'aime le cadre carré.
chrislo (4155) 2014-02-17 5:43
This is an interesting subject, and I like the way you've filled the frame with the graphic shapes of these wriggling ropes. Your close crop has created abstract art. The few colours are well combined and the composition works well, considering the few elements. Well observed and beautifully executed.
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-17 9:01
I love the close detail and the wonderful note that you've created. Our daughter, who loves mythology(!) thought that it was fantastic too.
The blue that threads through the rope and the green beneath are great details in the terrific photo.
ikeharel (58895) 2014-02-17 9:08
Good evening Beverly,
Its only in the eyes of the beholder, I see a labyrinth, you saw a medusa - but simple ropes can be look upon as nice art elements.
Fine clear shot, from close, in super sharp details useing all of picture space.
Beautiful blue popps here and there...
holmertz (42267) 2014-02-17 10:36
This is really such a simple composition, and yet it is so sophisticated and with such fine colours. The buoy is well placed and the rest arranged itself, but your eyes were needed to see the possibilities.
saxo042 (37588) 2014-02-17 11:19
A good observation and a fine picture of all these snakes. Your picture makes me think of those tests "which rope leads to the ball in the middle"? If you try to follow one of those ropes, you will soon get completely lost...
danos (87891) 2014-02-17 11:54
nice the view of your 'medusa',with your reference to the greek Mythology.I like the tight frame as the excellent light that enhance the texture of it.Well done.
Noel_Byrne (25262) 2014-02-17 12:14
I watched Percy Jackson and the lighting thief just last night, and this is exactly what your shot reminded me of when I saw the thumbnail! Medusa was always one of the most fascinating legends for me, and I love how you have seen that here.
I guess in a recession, everybody must retrain to find work where they can, if that means medusa as a fisherwoman, so be it. Just don't let look the fish in the eye :)
ChrisJ (100112) 2014-02-17 14:23
Well seen and captured. A classic use of one element breaking a repetitive pattern to add interest, in this case the circular float approximating the Medusa's face. Good sharpness and diffused light. Have a nice week!
delpeoples (53417) 2014-02-17 22:42
hehehe love your title and what an imagination you must have! Looking closely, you're absolutely right, the ropes have been transformed into the snake hair of that evil Gorgon (which BTW reminds me of my bedhead when I wake up each morning) hehehe. Beautiful close up, excellent textures and great saturation - I note you resisted the common temptation in these types of photos, to over-saturate. Less is more. A skilful, tasteful shot, nice work.
Nicou (124193) 2014-02-18 0:56
sueprbe détasil et vue quelle compo et iamge fantastique ces cordage tout enroulées ce rendu gris et la boule le flotteur blanc quel détial très bien vu.
Bravo et belle journée
sevy (15365) 2014-03-14 3:18
I like the title you gave to this shot: it is fitting. It is also making me thinking about a spaghetti plate.
Good eye to have noticed the graphic possibility of this subject.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (30747)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-07
- Categories: Humorous
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 2:28