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Haunting images of urban life (photographs)

 
 
Endymion
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2011 12:33 am
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

(god bless the invention of the walkman)


I'm not so sure....


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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2011 01:25 am
@Endymion,
Here's that painting (from your link) , Endy:

http://www.kazuya-akimoto.com/2009/2009images/IMG_8583_Packed_Tokyo_Commuter_Train_abstract_urban_scene_painting.jpg

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Also want to say

My first reaction to seeing the pictures was a political one – I could talk about that if you want.


You are most welcome to do that, Endy.
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Endymion
 
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Reply Mon 24 Jan, 2011 10:07 am
Hi Olga – well, I had a go at writing something, but it just got over-long and further and further away from me. I suppose I was trying to explain why it was that when I saw the photographs, they reminded me of 2 articles i'd read about the falling birth rates in Japan and (just recently) Britain, both of which are linked to work pressures/tiredness –

Here they are, in case you are interested

http://www.asiaone.com/Just%2BWoman/About%2BMe/Well%2BBeing/Story/A1Story20081118-101489.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2570503.stm



Also thought of this

Under Pressure




On a more instinctual and disturbing level – These photographs make me think of other images – both iconic and violent, relating to man's brutality to man. Too hard to explain, so I'll just say thanks for getting me writing again (even if I did delete most of it Smile )


Cheers, endy
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 25 Jan, 2011 12:07 am
@Endymion,
Hi Endy
Thanks for your post.
We obviously think alike. Smile
I wasn't thinking not so much of commuting, train travel, or anything as specific as those things when I initially responded to the photographs. I saw them as images of alienation ... the fragility of people, the "aloneness" they experience in big cities.

http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/dynamic/00534/5099134_534612s.jpg

Thank you for the articles, too. Interesting reading.

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On a more instinctual and disturbing level – These photographs make me think of other images – both iconic and violent, relating to man's brutality to man. Too hard to explain

Yes, yes, I can see that, too ...
Though I find it very difficult to explain, too ...
It was just my instinctive reaction to them.
Very hard to put into words.

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...so I'll just say thanks for getting me writing again (even if I did delete most of it Smile )

Really?
If I actually did that for you, Endy, I'm very honoured.
And delighted!
(No pressure, but ...) I'd love to see some fresh writings from you.
When the time is right for you, of course! Smile



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