Photo 101: Triumph

Photo 101: Triumph

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The last prompt of Photo 101 challenge is the word triumph. I don’t believe in triumph. The existentialist in me wonders how one can triumph when we all die at the end? I’m presenting an ambiguous triumph then: Edinburgh’s Holyrood Abbey, a triumph of the medieval builders as much as a triumph of the storm that took its roof in the mid-eighteenth century.

81 thoughts on “Photo 101: Triumph

    1. Thanks! You got a point, it indeed does look like a drawing — not what I originally intended, but now that you mention it, it’s not actually that bad 😉 Of course, your response to the last Photo 101 prompt was much more thoughtful and sensitive than mine.

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  1. Two posts coming at once…now that is a treat!!!

    I love the photos especially the top one, the bleached out sky works very well..

    I think life seemed a lot simpler back then when they built those beautiful buildings…I do wonder what if anything they believed, I suspect that fear was the driver more than any real hope for the future?

    Always good to come here and learn…and talk x

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    1. Heh, yes, I’ve been spamming the internet today… Glad that you like the photos, I hate them but I wasn’t in the mood to pick up something better… I imagine the more civilised we are, the more unhappy. It certainly looked more straightforward to live in the Middle Ages or so: work, pray, die. Amen.

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        1. We certainly have more civilised facades. I was thinking civilisation in the sense of technical progress, not in terms of human progress, to which I’m highly sceptical. Of course inside our minds we’re as uncivilised as ever. But then I wouldn’t know because I’m a quintessential negativist and as such I’m obliged to resist and reject even the very concept of any goodness. So, crucify me now. Or later. Whatever.

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          1. I will try again. I think behind the facade and tech process we have become less civilised and scarier for that. Our tech progress has made us arrogant and less in tune with our surroundings…and that growth in tech plus growth in some aspects of religous fundamentalism is leading us into god knows what. When a pilot can fly a drone from a leafy suburb and doesnt see the blood and tears then we become cold and terrifying…so no, crucifixion is off the agwnda. Now will send before i lose this too…

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          2. Amen to that. Sorry, I can’t see what to add because you said all yourself. What’s left for me is to second that and go sulk over the condition of humanity in the corner of the room.

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          3. Thanks for keeping me company. One feels less of an alcoholic and loser with the privilege of drinking in the company of virtual friends 🙂 And actually, I’m drinking coffee now, too soon for a drink for me, but I’ll catch up!

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          4. Ah perfect… I was totally in love with strong serbian coffee!!!!! And you could stand a spoon in the ground grains in the bottom of the cup….❤️

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      1. really !!! Thank you so much 🙂 I wish I could travel ,there are so many beautiful places to see ,I am glad you and others are bringing them near me ❤

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        1. Not to worry, you can still get to travel later and I hardly travel at all! Edinburgh has been very much the only place of mention that I’ve been to… And I’m still remembering it with affection. It’s great to spread some nice pictures when I can 🙂

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    1. Always the rebel 😉 The graininess is precisely what I don’t like about the photo, but I don’t like photos that look too ordinary, so I kept the grains and the noise. Not my best effort, but we’re learning all the time, right!

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      1. hahaha! We’ll just have to agree to disagree then.
        In that particular photo, the texture + the grains + how it looks stencilled just seemed to make it fit!

        That aside, I don’t like my photos to be grainy at all. I almost never ever shoot above ISO 400, unless I really have to.

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        1. Very well, in this case I’m happy to agree to disagree 🙂 Yes, I normally hate graininess, but at the same time, I like well-defined edges and plastic textures that stand out, so occasional grains happen… So, have a great Friday and death to grains!

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  2. Let’s work for the remagification of the world. Your pics take their part, Mara. Was great to meet you here. Hope we see each other in another course. Good luck for your future.

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    1. Ah, a remagification of the world! What a word and idea! It’s been my pleasure to see you around in the challenge, and I’m quite sure we’ll soon meet in another one, right? Meanwhile, happy blogging!

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    1. In your bathroom?! Well, that’s a most unusual compliment, but thank you for it! I’m quite surprised that you like it, I sort of hate these photos because they don’t do the abbey justice. It’s absolutely stunning in real life and the photos make it look just, uh, normal.

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      1. Indeed! One of the things the kids and I are missing most from home (other than people) is access to ruins. We loved exploring ruined castles, churches, old farmsteads and standing stones.

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  3. They’re both really beautiful photographs. There are so many ways of looking at ‘triumph’ … wish I’d had a picture of my brother’s old car … heh!

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  4. Love the contrast which gives it an edgy look and shows off the architecture perfectly. A certain triumph for someone that’s for sure….although maybe as we will all die in the end we should look forward to as many triumphant experiences as possible, albeit not in the end 🙂 lol

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    1. Well said. Thank you for giving your perspective on the matter of triumph in the face of death — it turned out to be more interesting a subject that what I thought! It was lovely to be your classmate in yet another challenge, hope you won’t stop posting your photos often 😉

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  5. What an awe inspiring photography !
    But I do beg to differ with your thoughts on ‘triumph over death ‘ though… Doesn’t true triumph lie in knowing our ultimate end and still , enjoying our present , making it beautiful !
    Life would be so boring ,were we immortals…There would be no spark to it ,no motivation to survive ,cos we know ,we will anyway 😀

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    1. Wow! Did you just copy your comment from a book on philosophy? I mean it as a compliment, it’s perfectly formulated! Of course, it’s a valid point and one must agree. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your view, it’s inspiring!

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      1. Haha!! No….but it came draught from the heart though 😉 I would like to take it as a compliment rather a ‘who are you to preach me?’ kind of tone ! But , on a more serious note , I am glad you tried to understand my angle , which is perhaps too divergent from yours , coz I am an optimist 😀

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        1. It’s even better when it’s heartfelt! The “who are you to preach me” thing didn’t occur to me in fact. I try to be very open to other people’s opinions and views and I’m flattered when someone trusts me enough to share 🙂 Cheers, you optimist! (It’s not like it’s a swear word 😉 )

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          1. Haha ! It isn’t 😛 I meant ‘straight’ not draught , but I guess you made it our anyway 😛 Yes..same here , love sharing my ideas and views with others if they are welcome to it ,and hearing perspectives , different from mine…now should I say cheers you neg……. ? Hahaha ! but that sure would sounds like a swear word 😉 And I am sure you are not all that negative as you probably are making yourself to be…Some one so negative ,can never find beauty in anything , better still click such beautiful pictures…so I am sure there is an optimist ,hidden deep inside you 😛

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          2. I was wondering for a while how “draught” makes sense in the sentence but I got it eventually, no worries! Awesome, we’re like yin and yang, two opposites, both of which are necessary at the end! I even forgive you that you swear on me, calling me a closeted optimist 😛

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