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Posted on 04/28/2015


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the lost journal of Goodman Brown

the lost journal of Goodman Brown

Incognita Nom De Plume, Carrie L. Hale, lorraine kerr, Old Owl and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
“A grave and dark-clad company," quoth Goodman Brown.
2 years ago.
quodlibet has replied to Steve Bucknell
a fractured dream of sorts ?
2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to quodlibet
"the traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead" from the Journal: Young Goodman Brown.
2 years ago.
J.Garcia
J.Garcia
I didn’t know this story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Thanks Mark

Became conscious of the reality doesn't necessarily means skepticism.
Knowing reality allows acting, deciding, make choices
Skepticism is paralyzing

In this image there is open forest, light, color, no fear, a vertical staircase…
The lost journal of Goodman Brown gives us a man not sad, darkly meditative, distrustful, desperate.

Great shot!, Mark
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to J.Garcia
"A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate, man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Journal:Young Goodman Brown.
2 years ago.
J.Garcia has replied to Steve Bucknell
" the lost journal.. "

Steve, for you the lost journal is before the fearful dream - before the inevitable loss of innocence- and for me is another end of the story.

We can change the sitution! I believe in free will...more or less
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to J.Garcia
Free will always comes at a cost.
2 years ago.
J.Garcia has replied to Steve Bucknell
Undeniably true, Steve
But blindly follow rules that make no sense ?
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
quodlibet
quodlibet
I was first introduced to Goodman Brown by Steve (see page 9 of the photostream) ~ I thought this window was like a sketchbook of his story, for some unknown reason.

The trees are obviously the wood he feels compelled to enter.
The 'house' could be where the unseen multitudes conspire.
The 'fractured' ladder I saw as a metaphor for his lost faith.
And the blurred lamp could represent his abandoned wife (yes, pushing things a bit there).

The story obviously doesn't end well.... witness the two dark panels at the end.

OR... I could just have titled it "window reflection" ~ but that wouldn't have been so much fun.
2 years ago.
J.Garcia has replied to quodlibet
Thank you very much, Mark
I 'm once again defeated by both.
But I was unaware of this previous discussion!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
Mark's photograph seems a perfect match for aspects of Hawthorne's disturbing story. I would love to see an edition of Young Goodman Brown illustrated by Mark's photographs. That would be a strange and wonderful thing.

What a pleasure it is to hear Mark's exposition of his own image! Such a rare thing in timid Ipernity Land. I think you should take some credit for this, Judite, with your interest , ideas and promptings. It's even more admirable when English is not your first language!

I strongly believe that if an artist can interpret his own work and by describing its themes and possible meanings it can feed their creativity. I don't want an artist to do it all the time...it would interrupt the instinctive flow we all need to just do stuff. I remember Francis Bacon being interviewed on TV once, trying to put words to what his art was all about; the force of his words, his absolute commitment to painting, to pushing beyond the surface has stayed with me all these years later.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
J.Garcia has replied to Steve Bucknell
It was only, before yesterday, the first time I read Hawthorne's disturbing story.

But i agree with you, Steve: Mark's photograph is amazing and his exposition of his own image is superb, in reality.

There are, in fact, many artists who don’t talk about their works with an interesting and exciting way.
Mark does it very well.

Thank you very much for your kind words, Steve
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
quodlibet
quodlibet
Thank you both for your appreciative comments ~ it's always encouraging to know that there are people out there who are willing to see beyond the superficiality of an image, and to articulate just what it means for them personally.
2 years ago.
Carrie L. Hale
Carrie L. Hale
Lovely!
2 years ago.