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The Question of Longing
self | 10/31/2011 | Revolting cat!

Posted on 10/31/2011 7:39:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat!

I am putting together a photo album. One consisting of my own photographs taken by the DSLR camera I own. I've already created one album, paying ~ $42 for a book of 26 pages (13 sheets) of my color photographs. Expensive, but worth it. (The service, which I selected after thorough online investigation, was Adoramapix. I am not associated with them, and seeing the results I do recommend them, but if you know of a service that is less costly and as good, please do let us know.)

The theme and title of my second photo album is to be The Book of Longing, and it is intended as a gift for my loved one, who resides far, far away, and requires some measures of persuasion. The question I have for you is what the heck is "longing", and how to express it visually? (I fully expect cynical and ugly responses, bad jokes, contempt and feeble attempts at sarcasm. Go fracking ahead!) I've found that the 19th century Romantics considered blue flowers as symbols of longing. Well, good luck finding blue flowers with wide petals in your local flower shops or on front yards of suburban houses. I plan to visit a botanical garden in a day or two to see what I can see, but what else is there? Empty avenues? Lonely palm trees? I think that the photos should not have people in them, though on I've already chosen does show the back of a small boy facing the vast waters of an ocean. By the way, I live on one of the coasts of our glorious 57 states.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Books/Literature; History; Poetry
KEYWORDS: symbolism; symbols

1 posted on 10/31/2011 7:39:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat!
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To: Revolting cat!
Stylistically, I think you are limiting yourself. Instead of thinking "one" to demonstrate longing, think "two." Example:


2 posted on 10/31/2011 7:43:53 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Revolting cat!
Longing - is a yearning for something or someone who is missing. Longing is a vacuum inside you that you yearn to fill.

Just me, lol, good luck with your album.

3 posted on 10/31/2011 7:44:23 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: 1rudeboy
I think this is more of a thousand meter stare.

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4 posted on 10/31/2011 7:47:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: 1rudeboy

That’s thinking out of the box, thanks, I will incorporate it.


5 posted on 10/31/2011 7:49:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

I’m hoping that the subject of your longing is impressed.

Hydrangeas are blue sometimes.

Lone mourning dove.

A candle just blown out with the smoke showing.


6 posted on 10/31/2011 7:53:16 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Go fracking ahead”

I am not at all versed in this method of extracting oil.


7 posted on 10/31/2011 7:55:28 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!

snap out of it.


8 posted on 10/31/2011 7:55:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Winstons Julia

Thanks. Nightingales are also said to symbolize longing. Try to find them. As I said, the photos must be all mine!


9 posted on 10/31/2011 7:58:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I woulda if I coulda!


10 posted on 10/31/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

who the hell is in control of you? man up.


11 posted on 10/31/2011 8:00:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Revolting cat!

Is it ravens that mate for life, too?


12 posted on 10/31/2011 8:00:59 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

You’re right, but I haven’t been able to do it for a while.
There is something about women.
Even somebody as accomplished and independent in all ways as Johnny Depp admits it. (I’m no fan of Hollyweird stars.)


13 posted on 10/31/2011 8:05:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

it’s hormones, period, end of story. it has no basis in reason. hormones have their place. so does reason. get a grip.


14 posted on 10/31/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: potlatch

“yearning for something or someone who is missing”

On the part of those who believe in soul mates and haven’t successfully settled or found one yet.

It’s having a functioning heart, but not a heart that sings.

Tolerable and even nice at times... but never really whole.

^

I am a girl.


15 posted on 10/31/2011 8:08:56 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Winstons Julia
I take a lot of pictures of swans and then I experiment.

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16 posted on 10/31/2011 8:10:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Winstons Julia

[but not a heart that sings.]

What you wrote is lovely. I am a ‘girl’ too, lol.


17 posted on 10/31/2011 8:13:19 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Revolting cat!
it is intended as a gift for my loved one, who resides far, far away, and requires some measures of persuasion.

Ultimately, you're going to have to say it with words anyway. So while I encourage you to pursue your artistic creative endeavors, if you think a longing-themed photo album is going to suffice in persuading your muse, then you are delusional.

Pick up the phone, spend the dime, persuade with words. Save the beautiful photo album for damage control for after you inevitably do something really stupid to screw up the relationship. In fact, prepare many beautiful photo albums for this eventuality -- you will need them all.

18 posted on 10/31/2011 8:16:55 PM PDT by kevao
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To: the invisib1e hand

[it’s hormones, period, end of story.]

Gads, you must be a man.
Have you never felt a longing to go back in time to a certain place, a certain time or a certain event - to be able to experience it over again? Longing doesn’t HAVE to be about a person.


19 posted on 10/31/2011 8:18:45 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Revolting cat!

I love your post! Having lost my father last December, I’ve experienced a busload of longing for what will not be again on this earth. And my poor mom, seeing her grief tugs at my heartstrings.

Perhaps a small free-form heart, made of tiny strings with one loose on the side as an accent to your photos.

Also, I encourage you to think outside of the visual. The scent of my dad’s cologne is a powerful trigger for me of so many memories of him. A scent card perhaps sealed in pretty little envelope that can be opened?

Also, most any garden center (the nicer ones) carry blue hydrangeas as gift plants year round. I’d also suggest the blue flowers of lavendar or pansy plants. They can be pressed and dried when sandwiched between sheets of paper in a heavy book. It takes around two weeks.

My best wishes to you on your very creative project!


20 posted on 10/31/2011 8:18:58 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Try some of the images here
21 posted on 10/31/2011 8:23:59 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: cripplecreek

I was at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen Denmark in my youth and they had a pond with swans. There was one swan by itself and another area of the pond had a pair of swans. And old man was sitting there and he said that those swans didn’t mate for life. He said the male swan had left the first female for the other female and he said, “Just like people sometimes do.” It was sad.


22 posted on 10/31/2011 8:25:14 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!
The Portuguese have a word for this called Saudade.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade

Saudade has been described as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist ... a turning towards the past or towards the future".

Different things trigger it for me: smells, impressions, sounds, sights like birds, empty fields, sunsets, & open spaces.

Sounds like a cool project.

23 posted on 10/31/2011 8:25:40 PM PDT by grimalkin (This paper by its very length defends itself against the risk of being read. - Winston Churchill)
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To: mplsconservative
Thank you, I appreciate it. My first album, which I am about to send out was titled A Book of Hearts, consisting of photographs of, what else, heart shaped rocks and flat thin brick triangles I found on the beach which I sculptured into heart shapes, then hearts drawn on sand or shaped out of shells and pebbles, found on bumperstickers, etc. This is to be my second project before the first one had a chance to have its effect, or to have no effect at all, which is to be seen. The whole project is almost hopeless, but I don't give up.
24 posted on 10/31/2011 8:27:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Winstons Julia

Yeah, Swans aren’t the romantic creatures of myth and poetry.

You don’t want to see what they do to a baby goose if they catch one.


25 posted on 10/31/2011 8:28:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: mplsconservative

“The scent of my dad’s cologne is a powerful trigger for me of so many memories of him. “

My dad liked blue hydrangeas...a few days ago I was wandering around the Goodwill and found a pot with (fake) blue hydrangea in it and bought it.


26 posted on 10/31/2011 8:30:21 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Hi Cat,

Take some pictures of Forget-Me-Nots. They are blue and tiny, but look so beautiful when a bunch of them bloom. That’s if you can find them this time of year.


27 posted on 10/31/2011 8:31:05 PM PDT by SamiGirl
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To: grimalkin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARS7Zi-Zpkw


28 posted on 10/31/2011 8:32:14 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!

You are sure welcome. My latent brain just remembered you are one of the clever ones on the AI threads. (I mostly just lurk, well, er, um, for lack of cleverness). Love your posts!

Hope you have success with this.


29 posted on 10/31/2011 9:01:43 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Winstons Julia

It’s so nice to have reminders of them, isn’t it?

My dad was an artist and a sculptor, though not well-known except in our little part of the world. My basement is currently overwhelmed with his and my mother’s belongings and artwork. I can’t bring myself to go through it just yet. I try, but it’s too overwhelming right now.

Cyber hugs to you...


30 posted on 10/31/2011 9:09:05 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: mplsconservative

I lost my mother suddenly...let’s see ... it will be two years ago Jan. 4. It was bad because she was in an assisted living place near me and they found her. We had to move her belongings out quickly and three of the four of us adult children were there to do it. Of course, it was snowing like crazy. I stepped out for a cigarette and looked down at the crisp white snow and there was a laminated card. I picked it up and read it. It says: “Where there is Faith there is Love. Where there is Love there is Peace. Where there is Peace there is God. Where there is God there is no need.” I turned it over and on the back in her writing it says, “Love Nancy.”


31 posted on 11/01/2011 5:58:15 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Revolting cat!
selfless BUMP!
32 posted on 11/01/2011 11:57:28 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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