"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Monday, 21 May 2012

In Praise of Shadows.

I've had just enough time to...   sing the praise of shadows.

Taken in my favourite hotel in the historic city of Malacca, Malaysia

If you understand shadows
You will appreciate its silence
Its floating softness
Its fleeting forms
That tells a richer story
Than sharp edges

If you appreciates shadows
You will wait with patience
For it to reveal
The nature of its dances
That takes you dancing along
Through their illumination

The object is true
The shadow is not
If you believe that
You live a world only of light
And have no reason
To praise the nature of shadows


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    In my favourite hotel of the famous city of Malacca, Malaysia; I spied this water lily in the hotel garden. My friends were busy taking shot of the beautiful flowers but I told them they are missing something. Though the flower is lovely, it is not special. But if they were to take it with its shadow, then the shadow will bring out the true beauty of the flower.

    ★i_still_believe_in_u and ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to their favorites.

    details and sharpness at top. very great handling of the light! fabulous capture

    ★Nikita_70, ineedathis, and anwarsiak added this photo to their favorites.

    Mine are still young but just as beautiful as this one, I love waterlilies as you will be seeing many of them soon, marvelous shot!
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    Pretty purple!

    Wonderful light and shadow too. Nice eye!

    Foto Svetlana
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful art!

    AWARD . Please join.

    brilliant vision.

    ★brdonovan and Xsturge07X added this photo to their favorites.

    Beautiful capture

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    jm - Bollingen

    ★henrhyde (gill) added this photo to her favorites.
    Very beautiful capture.
    Great work.
    Supreme poetry

    Beautifully done.

  2. A 1000 Reasons
    See how shadows make this a more interesting picture than it otherwise would be. This shot as all my shots are, are straight off the camera. I don't even crop any of my photos insisting that every shot must be as I took it. The water lily is the same as in the other photograph. As to how the effects were created, give a guess :)

    ★Nikita_70 added this photo to her favorites.
    I'm guessing a double exposure or a shot through a window. regardless, it's a wonderful picture!

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.

    A 1000 Reasons
    Good guesses but neither is correct. Thanks for giving it a try. :)

    Yes I do, I also love the sail details of that vessel, excellent work!

    Foto Svetlana
    ~ Seen in FELT LIFE

    Felice Vannucci Sutri
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful art!
    AWARD . Please join.

    Wonderful image!

  3. Andrew 62
    beautiful image and words

    the shadow has eyes :)
    wonderful shot!!!!!!!!!!
    ★ho.ge and Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to their favorites.

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    Brilliant. It looks like it has popped out of a hole

    AWesome photo and I love the poem. Thank you for sharing this. Hope you are doing well my friend.

    ★dodagp added this photo to her favorites.
    You seek light even behind dark shadows,Thou ...
    And,you always manage to reveal the magic secret of life!!!
    Your friends captured the surface of the beautiful flowers while you went deeper into the charm of the wonderful purple petals looking for the real source of colour and light.
    Loved the soft words of your verses and the " two" faces of the reflective water lily.
    We all have a shadow when in light .. and I love it when it unrolls to present its bright side ...
    A beautiful water lily image,Thou, with the real essence of life.

  4. ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites.
    I like it. Very fascinating to look at

    ★dodagp added this photo to her favorites.
    Ethereal image and composite,Thou !!!
    Love the puzzling side of the synthesis and its intricate nature!
    Although there are no shadows,it is more shadowy than ever.
    So many elements involved that I am at a complete loss.
    Interior decor with a beautiful vessel and a Portuguese vessel, historic references to the Sultanate of Malacca 1400-1511,photos hanging on the wall,rido curtains,French doors, and,a young lady probably in an exterior space shooting the beautiful water lily in the fountain while you are shooting her.
    Was anyone shooting you shooting her ?
    Any help ? I am lost in a very focused way ...
    Salient features,dazzling effects,reflections and a wonderful complex frame that you could't have staged it better.
    Tantalizingly beautiful dear friend Thou !!!!

    A 1000 Reasons
    For my dear friend Doda -
    There are three parts all combined into one when I shot at the reflection of the glass wall separating the hotel museum and the courtyard and the wall beyond that. I did not shoot through glass but glass that reflected back and where there are shadows, it showed the contents of the room clearer. So it is part reflection, past shooting through and merged everything into a single image.

    Rattling fantastic upshot,justified beyond a "shadow" of a doubt !!!!!
    It's the most impressive,natural process I have ever seen !!!
    Thank you so much for the elucidations dear friend Thou.
    Have a brilliant weekend !!!

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