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Extending beyond limits

Existence precedes essence

Transcendent existentialism

Mia figlia Donatella "pandora" accenna i primi passi alla Chiaiolella.

Sorprendente l' aspetto quasi deserto in pieno agosto di un posto che oggi sarebbe solo una selva di barche !

Little pandora and mother at chiaiolella in Procida.


Procida, la Corricella prima dei ristoranti, dei lampioni e dei colorazzi.



Théâtre de l'Absurde

Being is.

Being is in-itself.

Being is what it is.


Jean-Paul Sartre


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Cómo aceptar que la vida sea digna de ser vivida, a pesar de todo lo adverso que hay en ella, es el tema central del existencialismo. Víktor Frankl afirma que vivir es aceptar con dignidad el desafío que plantea la vida, con su carga de adversidad, y sobrevivir es hallar el sentido de ese sufrimiento.


¿Qué es el hombre, entonces? El ser humano es alguien inevitablemente afectado por su entorno. Sin embargo, el hombre tiene una cierta capacidad de elección, ya que puede conservar un vestigio de libertad espiritual, de independencia mental, incluso cuando se encuentra en circunstancias terribles de tensión psíquica y física. Al hombre se le puede arrebatar todo, salvo una cosa: la última de las libertades humanas, la elección de la actitud personal ante un conjunto de circunstancias para decidir su propio camino.


Aun cuando parezca que las circunstancias son más fuertes, siempre hay ocasiones para elegir si uno va a ser o no juguete de dichas circunstancias, renunciando a la libertad y a la dignidad. Es esta libertad espiritual, que no se nos puede arrebatar lo que hace que la vida tenga sentido y propósito.


El modo en que un hombre acepta su destino y todo el sufrimiento que éste conlleva, la forma en que carga su cruz, le da muchas oportunidades —incluso bajo las peores de las adversidades— para dar a su vida un sentido más profundo. Puede conservar su valor, su dignidad, su generosidad.O bien, en la dura lucha por la supervivencia, puede olvidar su dignidad humana y ser poco más que un animal. Una situación difícil puede proporcionarle la oportunidad de hacer méritos en el camino de la superación.



Accepting that life is worth living, despite adverse everything in it, is the central theme of existentialism. Viktor Frankl said that living is to accept with dignity the challenge of life, with its load of adversity and survive is to find the meaning of that suffering.


What is man, then? The human being is someone inevitably affected by their environment. However, the man has some choice as it can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, independence of mind, even when you're in terrible circumstances of physical and mental stress. The man can take everything except one thing: the last of human freedoms, the choice of personal attitude to a set of circumstances to determine their own path.


Even when it seems that circumstances are stronger, there are always reasons to choose if one is to be or not to toy such circumstances, renouncing freedom and dignity. It is this spiritual freedom, we were not able to snatch what makes life meaningful and purpose.


The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which bear his cross, gives him many opportunities, even under the worst of adversity, to give your life a deeper meaning. Keep your courage, your dignity, your generosidad.O But in the bitter struggle for survival, may forget his human dignity and to be little more than an animal. A difficult situation can provide the opportunity to look good in the way of improvement.


Semana 82: La sombra de Peter Pan


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3rd prize thematic contest / 3er premio concurso temático group "Get Inspired "


Winner Contest nº5 / Ganadora Concurso nº5. Grupo "Nikon Lovers"


One of winners of Contest nº21 / Una de los ganadoras del Concurso nº21. Grupo "EXISTentialism -- Emotions, People, Portraits"

visit - the ELBA series; photographer: Barbara Fritze; painting and collage in the background: Kranemann & Brindlart - Barbara Fritze - kunst-cluster or (new):



Il garzone factotum della villa Sanfelice a San Giorgio , nel fondo si intravede la casa della marchesa.

Non ricordo che ci facessero quegli stracci sul carretto ricordo solo che la marchesa Sanfelice. zia di un mio caro amico, era una specie di virago e lo trattava insolentendolo per le sue incapacità, "vorrei essere omo !"

diceva continuamente pensando di menarlo.

Il poverino era un pò tonto e in fondo la marchesa gli voleva bene, era sola e passava le giornate contando le mosche che riusciva a schacciare con una racchetta.. io l' ho saputo quando sentendola contare le chiesi il motivo.

Un giorno mi annunciò orgogliosa "quarantacinque !"


Rolleiflex - scanner - photoshop

my "honourable son #2"

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Angst is a German word for fear or anxiety. (Anguish is its almost entirely synonymous Latinate equivalent.) It is used in English to describe an intense feeling of strife. The term Angst distinguishes itself from the word Furcht (German for "fear") in that Furcht usually refers to a material threat (arranged fear), while Angst is usually a nondirectional emotion.


A different but related meaning is used by existentialists, first attributed to Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855). In The Concept of Dread (also known as "The Concept of Anxiety", depending on the translation), Kierkegaard used the word Angest (Danish, meaning "dread") to describe a profound and deep-seated spiritual condition of insecurity and despair in the free human being. Where the animal is a slave to its instincts but always confident in its own actions, Kierkegaard believed that the freedom given to people leaves the human in a constant fear of failing its responsibilities to God. Kierkegaard's concept of angst is considered to be an important stepping stone for 20th-century existentialism. While Kierkegaard's feeling of angst is fear of actual responsibility to God, in modern use, angst was broadened by the later existentialists to include general frustration associated with the conflict between actual responsibilities to self, one's principles, and others (possibly including God).


The above is quoted from Wikipedia. It's being said there in a plain and simple way, much better than I could've explained myself. I tend to talk too much, I tend to write way too much too.


September 27th, 2008

Helsinki, Finland.

Lacking inspiration due to the weather and some internal stuff. The title of the picture is from one of my favorite books by Milan Kundera and also a reminder not to take things so seriously.


Explored 12/21/08 #22 and I guess it made the front page.

Figaro had been so busy tending his barbershop that he didn't realize Otto, his canine companion, decided to saunter out on the streets of Seville. Even though the collodion process would not be invented for another century, I was able to go back to 18th century Spain. I was fortunate to bring my French view camera along with me. This was one of the shots I made of Otto during his unsuspecting moment. The man with one wooden leg walking away was a delightful addition to my street image.


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Standing on a beach, staring at the sea... Existentialism in the spirit of the famous novel "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. Also inspired by the many fantastic beach self-portraits by Nathan Wirth.


cat "Pauli" prancing through the snow (not quite correctly walking on the line) - shot by my daughter Pia - comment by geoff quinn: Oh no! he's leaving home! His (or her) feelings hurt. Never to come back ... until dinner time. Lol! Pia is a great photographer!

Photo © 2015 Rob Castro






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Sonnar 150 mm f4 lens

21 cm Extension Tube

Fujifilm Neopan 100


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"If time frightens us, this is because it works out the problem and the solution comes afterward." -Albert Camus

I964, la prima villeggiatura procidana, Donatella "pandora" in passeggino spinto dalla mamma .

First procidan holiday.



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So Sunday it is and here goes another upload from the trip to Paris, missing it already to so much…

This is l'ÉGLISE DE SAINT-GERMAIN DES PRÉS, right next to those famous cafés, Les Deux Magots, Le Café de Flore, et all, where Jean-Paul Sartre used to be writing about existentialism… The entire neighborhood is well known for lots of bohemian life all around its blocks… we loved it there!


The shot


Standard 3 exposures HDR [-2,0,+2EV] in RAW/ISO100 at f/8 on a tripod using the 10mm Fisheye Sigma lens.




Tonemapped using the detail enhancer.




°Curves for contrast.

°High Pass sharpening.

°Master desaturation on reds.

°Red channel noise reduction.




All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are ( as always ) welcome.








Tips and tricks and quotations from here and there


A cool tip in Camera Raw, about this really amazing tool, the Adjustment Brush (K)… you have to try it to believe it!


You just choose some settings on the right and start painting around on the areas you want to improve or change… after, you can move the sliders to apply more or less of each on the areas you just painted… now here is the fun part: each time you use, a PIN is left in place… if you click ADD, you keep under that pin and the all areas are attached to it… if you click NEW, a new area of adjustment is started, and another pin shows up… and so on… now go clicking on the pins, and the active pin is always green and that’s the area you can edit… the others are just grayed. And don’t forget to go adjusting the size, feather, flow and density for fine results…

Now go open a picture in Camera Raw a try it... lots of fun! :)


This is just a very powerful and useful tool to use to improve your work on the picture… I tend to use more and more… it’s fantastic!!! ;)



Oddities found between houses. Original size >> best shows the toilet. Silvery lid and the ring is slightly translucent, I think.

Taken on Geary and Fillmore Streets in San Francisco


Looks best on black

the monorail in Wuppertal, Germany, is called SCHWEBEBAHN, down on the street: a fleamarket - it seems like a long-lost scene from Metropolis (but in color) comment by Thiophene (Pennsylvania) +++ great way to escape the crowds! thanks for sharing, I haven't seen this before! comment by tigric (London) +++ like the happy teeth on the outside of the tram car [comment by B. Kleinhans (San Francisco)] +++ I alway pass the Wuppertal exit on the highway at German Autobahn-speed, usually heading for Italy. But now I see this I think I need to take that Ausfahrt (=Exit) some day. Great place! (comment by breeblebox)

The expired film and used chemicals can sometimes result in beautiful accident.






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artful stairway in germany, the words on the stairs are describing the relationship between human beings: terror + love, prosecution + trust, despair + hope, revenge + kiss -- and so on... contribution to the contest 23 of the group 500x500


"SCALA" by the artist Horst Gläsker for the project "7 Stairways", Wuppertal, Germany.


comment by paula moya:

political art at its best! Beautiful & and meaningful in many ways. The figures holding hands in spite of their blackened faces seem to add another element of the human condition besides those written on the steps: solidarity; and the white light at the top of the steps reiterates one that is already on the steps: hope.


1 - HANDKUSS = kissing her hand...

2 - TANZEN = to dance ...

3 - ZUNEIGUNG = attachment / sympathy

4 - VERLIEBEN = to fall in love

5 - SCHMACHTEN = longing for, to pine for

6 - VERFÜHRUNG = temptation

7 - ZUSAMMENKOMMEN = coming together




...on his way to the church Sotiras, Oia, Santorini – on Sunday morning, 7 o'clock: the heavy earthquakes in the history of Santorini developed an intensive religious community; my wife and me, we followed the priest to his church, where he, accompanied by 4 helpers made his ceremonials, 20 believers in the church (kissing ritually the priest's hands and the bible-cover); during thousands of tourists were sleeping in their beds at the same time, juke-boxes sleeping too, cruise-ships not yet landed, only working outside: the donkeys, carrying loads for the hotels. But inside the church: we had the chance to feel like 1000 years back in time... View On Black


with yellow background

I stopped my car, driving to Liberchies, Belgium; the Django-Reinhardt-Festival had to wait; the two honeymooners, looking out of that window, maybe wanted to take a walk to the nearby guitar-festival too, but they were badly fenced in…

our cat Emily Dickinson on my bureau chair ... - no chance to work for me ...

I've wanted to do some more conceptual-type stuff for awhile now. So, I decided to spend a couple of sleepless nights putting this together.


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Vivitar 285HV bare bulb above camera left @ 1/16th.

Vivitar 285HV bare bulb below camera right @ 1/16th with three 1-stop ND gels.

Triggered via Pocketwizards

trying to approach the timeless art of the old masters of blues guitar P.S.: daily ranking stats of my guitar instrumentals friendly organized by dopiaza - the most interesting first: guitar videos


whether or not it's there, it's there.


alleyway existentialism



This little game by Paolo Pedercini is my inspiration. I played it years ago, forgot about it then stumbled across it in my favourites the other day.


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The unfilmable book becomes a movie! After having overcome hurdles and mischiefs, our hero has to find freedom and himself by feet, by car, bypass, bystand, bygones, using maps, using trains, using friends, coffee machines, trailers, Yellow Pages and an used toothpick which in the end of the movie hits the exact point on the map full of chaotic existentialism and untamed as the book itself. I had high hopes from the great trailer, but the movie is full of plot holes, not even the main actor can save it. Nevertheless, the movie’s crowning achievement is the true art provided by the talent and generosity of Mich Michabo.


from "Journey into communication"

dec. 2017

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On my FB textures page, I'm hosting a monthly challenge. January's Challenge is to be Inspired by a Song.


Here's my take: Initially, I was leaning toward some different songs, but Thursday, the song "Mad World" by Gary Jules popped up on my Pandora. I was struck by the song's seeming preoccupation with ideas of existentialism / absurdism. This image is based on the first few lyrics in the song:


All around me are familiar faces

Worn out places, worn out faces

Bright and early for their daily races

Going nowhere, going nowhere


Textures: Aged from Super Grunge Urban and Mist from Super Grunge Vintage, plus additional hand editing.


If YOU'D like to participate to go to my facebook textures page to get the details. I'm offering two prize packages :)

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