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Anyone see ghosts and ghouls in this? This is a five exposure tonemapped HDR image.


This session was very productive for me. I have published several other shots from this scene. I stumbled aross the archive from this day by chance and realized it would work well with my recent Black and White theme. Hope you like it.


Ressentiment (pronounced /rɛsɑ̃timɑ̃/) is a term used in psychology and philosophy derived from the French word 'ressentiment' (meaning 'resentment': fr. Latin intensive prefix 're', and 'sentire' "to feel").


Ressentiment is a sense of resentment and hostility directed at that which one identifies as the cause of one's frustration, an assignation of blame for one's frustration. The sense of weakness or inferiority and perhaps jealousy in the face of the "cause" generates a rejecting/justifying value system, or morality, which attacks or denies the perceived source of one's frustration. The ego creates an enemy, to insulate itself from culpability.


A term imported by many languages for its philosophical and psychological connotations, ressentiment is not to be considered interchangeable with the normal English word "resentment", or even the French "ressentiment". While the normal words both speak to a feeling of frustration directed at a perceived source, neither speaks to the special relationship between a sense of inferiority and the creation of morality. Thus, the term 'Ressentiment' as used here always maintains a distinction.


The originator of the term ressentiment is Friedrich Nietzsche, and it was greatly developed by Max Scheler.


Vist Max Scheler's grave


Dedicated to that naked ass bastard. You know who you are. Will you ever return?


I was going to do lens correction on this, but somehow the leaning in of the knarled tree better communicates the title.


So fitting that I wound up watching the great film Milk tonight.

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Taken on August 24, 2008