Emotion Quote #279

Emoticon

Emoticon

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”
PLATO

I found this urban emoticon during one of my solo photo walks. Love the frozen smiley made up by the decaying wood and the rusty iron. I’m sure this smiley has been here well before the first online irony marks appeared. This symbol looks like a sad joke mark. Did a little post processing to highlight the texture of the decaying wood. The complementary colors and the tight framing contribute to the abstract nature of the photograph.

Preservation Quote #235

Constellation, Baltimore

An old lady

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

THOMAS AQUINAS

This is a famous tall ship, called USS Constellation, resting peacefully in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. She was one of the first warships of the US Navy launched in 1854. I was intrigued by the rich texture of the decaying wood of the old ship. In addition, I liked the reflections dancing on her aging body. The black and white conversion further emphasized the above details.

Abandoned Quote #234

Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Inner Harbor, Baltimore

“Man can do nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets for himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

I shot this picture in the historic Inner Harbor, Baltimore. The structures stand there in the busy harbor isolated and abandoned, relics from another time. The slowly decaying poles are fortified with steel cables and metal plates on the top section to keep the wood together. Standing there I contemplated about the passage of time. I wondered how the harbor might have looked like a century ago?

 

Piazza Quote #214

Piazza

Piazza

“People nowadays like to be together not in the old-fashioned way of, say, mingling on the piazza of an Italian Renaissance city, but, instead, huddled together in traffic jams, bus queues, on escalators and so on. It’s a new kind of togetherness which may seem totally alien, but it’s the togetherness of modern technology.”

J. G. Ballard (1930-2009, English novelist and essayist)