Chest 154; Lotus

28 Jul

I don’t yet have a proper name for this picture, built up from images collected in Kakadu National Park. There was a lotus flower floating on the river’s edge obviously broken from the beds of lotus further upstream. It formed the basis of a series of images layered to give this final picture. The lotus is a symbol of purity and detachment, the flower floating on the surface of the water in the light attached by a thin stem to the dark mud below.

There is a lot of pink in it with the association between pink and breast cancer. So I included the chest X-ray of a woman with breast cancer and complications. The link between this disease which would likely soon “release” her from this earthly life, as it were, and the broken flower floating away was too strong to ignore.

Chest 154 C

Chest 154; Lotus

8 Responses to “Chest 154; Lotus”

  1. sedge808 July 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    I would like to visit Kakadu

    • Xraypics July 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

      My first visit, a wide open, very spiritual place. we’ll come back again sometime.

  2. leecleland July 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    A very soft and yet strong image, Tony. The connections between the 2 obviously could not be ignored. A very different colour palette for you?

    • Xraypics July 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

      Been thinking about bringing some subtlety to my images, you’re right, a different colour palette. Perhaps the way I am feeling at the moment has something to do with it. Lets see where will this take us?

      • leecleland July 29, 2016 at 10:40 am #

        Will be interesting to watch.

  3. Photobooth Journal July 29, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    A beautiful work, Tony. I love the way you have connected the images in the composition and in the accompanying text.

  4. Carolyn July 30, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    Remember Kakadu well. This is a departure from the strong images in your work. It’s gentle but quite sad, rather like the lotus life force is leaving the chest. I am always moved and amazed by your work.

  5. elmediat August 7, 2016 at 5:18 am #

    Beautiful composition. An excellent example of how digital photography can open the way to very creative compositions based on diverse subject matter and images. 🙂

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