Sunday, 12 February 2012

Magpie #104 Maggots


Photo Manipulations by Christophe Gilbert
copyright Christophe Gilbert
Look at this in negative and see squirming, desperate maggots seeking to consume the fresh young flesh of a dead woman but yet she looks enraptured so this may not be so.  Switch perspective and see spermatozoa, swimming to the ova, each hoping, if they had such ability to feel and aspire, to fertilise and procreate. Look again, are these not the wrinkles of the brain surrounding the pearl that is the hypothalamus, the reason for our waking and walking and thinking and feeling?

When the image is enlarged some force beyond renders it dark, forbidding, the hair like Medusa’s locks, so many snakes to poison man. In death she brought forth Pegasus, the winged horse of poetic inspiration and Chrysaor, the giant with a golden sword, so is this image one of hope for mankind?

Disturbing, so white, so black, a puzzle obscene and beautiful, a perfect tessellation of form and shape.

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25 comments:

  1. You gave us some interesting viewpoints here. Thank you for keeping our grey cells working. :)

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  2. wow...def unique and cool perspectives...the maggots and spermitazoa esp...as you made me see them....very cool take...

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  3. okay, very cool take on this image -- thanks for making me look and look again. Great magpie!

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  4. Imaginative thinking here. I hope you haven't handed freebies to other Magpie writers.

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  5. A very clever eye you have... I would never have seen that!

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  6. Beautiful photograph. I went to the site and he is a fantastic photographer. For me the woman in the photo looks like she is happy and safe, as if the men around her were guarding her.

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  7. I enjoyed the introspective search of the prompt you have posted here. Your ideas are both imaginative and grounded in myth and science. In the end, your mathematical connection to tessellations, showed excellent form.Thank you for sharing these insights. =D

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  8. Wow, Janice, this is a fabulous take on the prompt. You have blown me away here, and instead of being sorry I couldn't write something, I'm glad I didn't try.
    Great stuff.
    K

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  9. It is all of that and more. I found it a disturbing, yet interesting image, one hard to write about. Medusa I saw and also images from Inferno but must admit, spermatozoa swimming to the ova I did not see. And that one is perhaps the best take of all!

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  10. I like what you found in this weeks prompt.

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  11. It is a puzzling image. And I can see every one of your takes on it.

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  12. It is a bizarre image but you have brought meaning to it Janice. As I said to Stafford, it reminded me of earthworms, so maggots is close!

    Isabel x

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  13. Wonderful points of view on this picture. You're right - it's both grotesque yet beautiful...

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  14. That is really good, I am full of admiration. I disliked the photo so much I didn't bother.
    I saw it as squirming worms and didn't go any further.

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  15. Such intensity. Does the picture justice.

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  16. This is incredibly creative ...

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  17. I thought I'd posted a comment. I actually came back for a second read. Incredible - the read, not the missing comment! Very tasty indeed.

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  18. Perspective is indeed everything, very well written.

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  19. Greetingz Jabblog, It is funny how the imagination can play tricks on the mind...ur main premise seems to be that something pure is being invaded by something impure...as if there exists no mutual collaborative spirit in all of this. I tend 2 differ. But that's the nature of a controversial image awakening latent instincts. Ur take on this is interesting 2 say the least. :-)

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  20. to use your words, disturbing and beautiful

    haunting suppleness

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  21. I immediately thought of Medusa.
    Thanks for taking my mind to so
    many possibilities.

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