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Dying To Live...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 23 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

“What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is
dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed,
Whatever years be behind us are in death's hands.”


NIKON D7000 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 300 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

A dark picture, in its processing, not in it's meaning, which for me speaks more about illusion than death or life. But most in life is illusion, so ... samsara, where often we forget to really live and we forget we are going to die. Annierita

23 Apr 2012 5:19am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Very beautiful . I love the colors and so nice atmosphere here .
Have a good day .

23 Apr 2012 5:21am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image and great processing. And a perfect image for the Wonderful quote. Excellent presentation, Pavan. Love it. :)

23 Apr 2012 6:28am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

awesome dark tones

23 Apr 2012 6:50am

Maria from California, United States

what a great title for this meaningful image Pavan...

23 Apr 2012 7:04am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Stitched image brightness of light as the stars in the night .. This is superb .. I love the careful steps the fisherman ....

23 Apr 2012 7:35am

Ginnie from Netherlands

You sure know how to say it like it is, Pavan, in image and word, both.

23 Apr 2012 7:45am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

An almost surreal landscape and beautiful

23 Apr 2012 7:45am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

The mood of that image is amazing.
The dark surface of the water dotted with foam (?) is a wonder.

23 Apr 2012 7:50am

Punit from Pune, India

The darker tones of the reflections here are lovely. Beautiful!

23 Apr 2012 7:53am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful composition...

23 Apr 2012 8:24am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful composed image with so much meaning. Beautifuly done !!!

23 Apr 2012 8:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic black and white, I love the depth and richness of these deep tones.

23 Apr 2012 8:46am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful image !

23 Apr 2012 9:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . those are some deep thoughts there . . and sombre tones, too . .

23 Apr 2012 9:25am

Tomix from landerneau, France

powerful and beautiful image!

23 Apr 2012 9:37am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Beautiful black image that accompanies your text superbly and your title. Great job. Good day.

23 Apr 2012 9:46am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


23 Apr 2012 10:16am

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful composition!!

23 Apr 2012 10:42am

MaxouAntoine from France

Superbe photo and your composition is excellent. Great work Pavan. Have a lovely day. Amicably Antoine.

23 Apr 2012 1:34pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an intriguing and evocative image Pavan! Darkness and light, mysterious and dreamlike... just like life?! Great quote, as always. Somehow this and the following Confucius' words seem to be complementary:
'Chi Lu asked about serving the spirits and gods.
Confucius said,"Not able to serve the living, how is it possible to serve the spirits?"
Chi Lu ventured to ask about death.
Confucius said,"Not knowing about life, how is it possible to know about death?"'

23 Apr 2012 1:45pm

@hugo poon: Wow!! Thank you Dear Hugo for this wonderful quote from Confucius! Simply wonderful and so very enlightening!

rian from vestavia hills, United States

beautiful noir-like shot.. i like the mood you captured here..

23 Apr 2012 3:17pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This image is most eloquent and works in a wonderful tandem with your chosen quote. It makes me recognize and embrace the paradox of life in a human mind, both resistant to and accepting of the finite (because our potentials are infinite, possibly)... the rich depth and darkness of your photo reminds me of the hauntingly beautiful Vancouver Island lands I have been fortunate to visit several times, and if I am to distill a linguistic meaning from the myriad feelings evoked, it is that finding and cherishing the "now" is where my own personal light and gratitude lives. Beautiful post, Pavan. You rock !

23 Apr 2012 3:45pm

@Rick: Thank you Rick! That is such a generous comment and I do hope I am deserving of it.

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique Noir et Blanc ! De jolis reflets comme un ciel étoilé !

23 Apr 2012 4:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

as to your photo -- wonderfully evocative and aesthetically most satisfying, with a mysterious and even ominous touch to it!
as to seneca's quote, another latin saying comes to mind - "carpe diem", seize the day ... it's all we can do to make good use of the time allotted to us !!

23 Apr 2012 6:14pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful low key. i love the fisherman. thought provoking quote

23 Apr 2012 6:30pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

an moment of sérenity!

23 Apr 2012 6:31pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful photo . Great reflections in B&W .

23 Apr 2012 7:09pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

jespere que la pêche a ete bonne

23 Apr 2012 7:20pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A dream ... a delicate vision of filled water reflections. Like a wonderful dream! Best regards, Adela

23 Apr 2012 8:08pm

....peter:) from Canada

I love this composition Pavan... your reflections are magic... and your fisherman is determined....peter:)
aka. ....peter the fisherman:)

23 Apr 2012 8:45pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such rich blacks to accentuate the lighter tones. A wonderful image.

23 Apr 2012 11:06pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great location and reflections

24 Apr 2012 5:46am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I like the fragility of the scene and this terrific B/W ! Phil

24 Apr 2012 6:43am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot and excellent title and quote.. well done.

24 Apr 2012 8:14am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

transmits a lot of serenity, a charming picture. a kiss. Alejandra

24 Apr 2012 3:30pm

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France


24 Apr 2012 4:53pm

mary from zanjan, Iran

so beauty

24 Apr 2012 6:22pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

The image is an invitation to meditation ... Diving in the heart of the meaning of life, where are we, where do we go?

24 Apr 2012 6:38pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so beautiful shot
Have a lovely day

25 Apr 2012 7:14am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

an ink black ! like the abstraction of the reflections in the water.

25 Apr 2012 9:19am

Pomme from France

C'est très beau :)

25 Apr 2012 7:36pm

One from Azores, Portugal

Very pleasing composition ! A beautiful reflection !

26 Apr 2012 12:29am

CrashRyan from Weehawken, NJ & NYC, United States

excellent reflections ..... I wonder what it would be in color ...

26 Apr 2012 9:18pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A stunning composition and treatment!!! So beautiful!

28 Apr 2012 2:29am

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, Switzerland

What an extraodinary B/W ... human and nature together ... I picture full of life ... with the reference of the circle of this life ... death is a part of ...

29 Apr 2012 3:49pm

k@ from Paris, France

That rich darkness is full of mystery and beauty, deep & inspired, Pavan !

30 Apr 2012 11:25am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great mood, frame and b&w !

1 May 2012 9:03am

larans from Lund, Sweden

There is a very special mood in this photo that you reall have managed to capture and process so well. I like it very much...both the mood and of course "the whole photo".

8 May 2012 6:25am

1/200 second
ISO 1600
300 mm