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Dog Eat Dog

This ends my series from the Utrecht Dom/Cathedral from when Astrid/Picturit and I were there on January 15.

When I saw this, I couldn't help but think about how it's a dog-eat-dog world
(especially after our political primaries in America yesterday)!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

Dog Eat Dog

This ends my series from the Utrecht Dom/Cathedral from when Astrid/Picturit and I were there on January 15.

When I saw this, I couldn't help but think about how it's a dog-eat-dog world
(especially after our political primaries in America yesterday)!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (39)

  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2008, 00:07
Yesterday? I haven't even gone to my caucus yet (still two hours to go).

Fun shot!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Sometimes you have to think ahead, Jewlya, when you work with different time zones. grin
This is an enchanting image Ginnie: apart from that - it's just like politics!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't think about this coming up the day after the primaries, Chris, when I gueued this. But when I thought of it, it all came together to make political sense! The sad thing is that even the church's "hierarchies" are like that, I'm afraid!
How interesting! I'd love to know the real symbolism.
Ginnie Hart: I would, too, Mary. Very much so! Thanks.
I can't get over the angle of the photo. I'm thinking you had to twist and turn to get this shot..

And that imagination of yours...
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Jen, it was a straight-up shot, as I recall it. There it was, just like that. Haven't a clue, though, what it really signifies!
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 6 Feb 2008, 02:58
Hah! Ginnie you are funny. And those politicians love to fight it out amongst themselves. I think all of those political junkies out there will about have their fill after the results have been announced.

Your picture is so fitting for today smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kay. You are right. What a heyday they will have! Thanks.
  • Fausto
  • Home
  • 6 Feb 2008, 04:35
Hi Ginnie, I've a lot of catching up to do I see. You know what happened when I saw your Dog Eat Dog pic? I just looked at it and I tried to figure out; 1. Where you was standing to get this angle. 2. Are those dogs dogs? 3. Why did you shoot in ISO 1600? Pretty crazy question but I couldn't resist smile
4. How does this lady make simple looking things look so interesting?
I see that you handle the Canon pretty good. Now I need the tips! Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: 1. I was standing on the floor looking up, Fausto. 2. I think maybe ONE of them may be a dog? 3. It was very dark in that spot, believe it or not, thus the high ISO. But it's a good lens and does not leave (much) grain, so I will use it when I need to, without flash. 4. I'll have to go ask "this lady." smile

You are very kind, Fausto. My nephew told me to go with the best Canon L series lenses when I bought the Canon 400D/Kiss/Digital Rebel Xti. So I did. I think it makes all the difference in the world. Also, I will ALWAYS buy the image stabilizer lenses. A must for me as I'm get older!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Feb 2008, 05:00
When this stunning picture popped up, I knew at once where this was taken, this was the most dark spot in the corner, so you had to captue this one at 1600.....(#3 question of Fausto)you lucky lady with the stabelizer....the dog-eat-dog world; there is so much truth into this picture, you are with your photographic eye, a master in capturing the small and beauty out of an enormous space we were in(#4 answer), ontzettend goede foto, de kleuren en de belichting zijn geweldig, the colors and the lighting are just great, Ginnie, thank you for the serie of pictures, I knew I was there, I now saw them through your eyes, het is een geweldige ervaring om samen met jou foto's te nemen, hopelijk gaan we dat nog heel vaak doen als je weer in Nederland bent... smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, lieve vriend, you know exactly where this was! I was glad I had ISO 1600 on my camera and a good lens to keep out the grain. And you know my hands--I do need the stabilizer!

We will go out on our ventures together whenever possible in Holland or wherever. We make a good Dream Team, don't you think? smile We have so much fun and we really learn from each other all the time. I love that. Otzettend bedankt, mlv.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 6 Feb 2008, 05:24
Funny find, Ginnie. It is rough out there. Be careful!
Ginnie Hart: I just try to stay out of everybody's way, Martin. grin Thanks.
  • navin
  • India
  • 6 Feb 2008, 05:47
It looks like a visit to the dentist looking at the two on the left
Ginnie Hart: Funny you should say that, Navin, because today I go to the dentist. HAHAHA! smile How did you know!!!
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 6 Feb 2008, 06:06
Fighting like cats and dogs LOL nice choice of picture after your primaries yesterday mijn vriendsmile

Thank you for showing me another part of Holland Ginniesmile

I carn't!!!!Imagine what will be next,but I know it will be interesting to the mind and eyewink
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Tracy. Fighting like cats and dogs. UGH. The story of mankind, sad but true.

BUT NOT YOU AND ME AND THE 3 MUSKETEERS! We could teach "them" a thing or two about getting along! I love it.

Wait till you see tomorrow and the next day. You are gonna love it. But you carn't say what tomorrow's photo is if you know! smile
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 6 Feb 2008, 06:49
I hear the lesson dont turn your back on anybody.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Vintage. Sad but true. Thanks.
j'aime beaucoup ce détail
Ginnie Hart: It really seems to be telling a LOT, doesn't it, O-P! Merci.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2008, 07:17
Amen to that!
Ginnie Hart: HA! AMEN, Kanyi. In chorus. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2008, 07:36
A thoughtful, satirical title fitting the political situations, not only in the States! My eyes are detecting two lions and one dog, I assume that this sculpture has a deep symbolic meaning, but, sorry,I don't have the time to investigate that. I like the sharpness, the structure of the pillars and the colour of the sandstone!
Ginnie Hart: Knowing you, Philine, you would find an interesting story if you had time. I love it. You are so good at what you do!!! Ontzettend bedankt.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Feb 2008, 07:38
LOL at Martin - a quote from Hill St Blues if I am not mistaken. Looks a little like the evolution of man - monkey tortures dog, man attacks dog and loses head in process. Iteresting statue - I wonder what the symbolism really meant or were our masons just having fun!
Ginnie Hart: I thought the same thing, Mike, about the evolution process...or maybe the food chain. I suspect there is lots of symbolism here, especially for the church hierarchy?? Thanks, as always, for your comment.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Feb 2008, 07:59
This is a great series, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for saying so, Chad. I appreciate it.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Feb 2008, 08:05
What a funny sculpture! What on earth is that creature at the front? Whatever it is, he seems to be getting the worst of it!
Ginnie Hart: It always takes time for me to figure out in what direction that man's face is looking on the left, Ingrid. His beard confuses me every time. smile I think this may be the food chain, as I told Mike. grin
What an interesting carving - beautifully captured, I might add. So many possible interpretations in the modern world, but it would be really interesting to know the original meaning. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Roz. Philine thinks it may be about Samson. Maybe so. Kinda makes you wonder! smile Thanks.
There is a serious battle going on there !!! Nice one Ginnie..
Ginnie Hart: Very serious, indeed, Shakara. I'm getting out of the way! Thanks.
There's nothing like a good massage after a long day. These guys understand what I'm talking about grin
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA. I love it, Kunle. grin
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2008, 10:57
Wow. what an intense, fascinating sculpture. And I like this composition and lighting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ruth. You know that your words always mean the world to me!
Like the natural color tone
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Interesting piece of sculpture Ginnie, my first thought was that they were looking for fleas, how strange.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA. That is so true in many cultures, Les. So I can see where you're coming from. You sure know how to tickle my funny bone. smile
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2008, 11:51
Yes, it's ruff out there !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is Clarence. I just try to get out of everybody's way! smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2008, 12:05
I look at this and I don't understand. Not even after reading Astrid's comment. A lion with a monkey face caught himself a dog. A man in a cloak is inspecting a lion-like thing's teeth - he must be a dentist.

It is like I understand your political system. Not at all. I had an explanation on TV yesterday evening - so now I understand half of it. Politics in genral can not realy be understood. Except one thing, (s)he who is on top rakes the most in.
Ginnie Hart: And what's so funny,Louis, is that I go to the dentist today for my 6-month cleaning! HA! I love the synchronicity of this.

And regarding our political system, even WE don't get it. It i so darn complicated! How can anyone understand it or keep track of it. No wonder we having voting issues! But yes, hopefully the one who takes in the most votes (popular votes) is the same one who wins the most electoral votes!
I like this shot Ginnie. One can imagine many many things looking at it!
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Richard. There have got to be many stories here, even if only one was intended! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2008, 12:56
I have an idea which story here could be depictured: Samson (strong figure with the head of hair from the Old Testament) is fighting against the lion, a symbol for force and power in the medieval art, but also an allegory for Christ who has defeated the death. The lion has formerly pressed hard the dog, he was the more powerful animal, but now he is subjugated to Samson/the man/human being. The events, happened in course of time, are in this sculpture put side by side, this is an usual kind of performance by pictures.
Ginnie Hart: As always, Philine, you come through with the most plausible of explanations. I think you are probably right, especially since you know your art history. This sure makes sense to me, knowing the Old Testament allegories as we both do.
Yes, and also Peter R. de Vries eating Joran van der Sloot who has eaten the girl on the beach, and Peter will be eaten by justice because he also has trespassed the law by using illegal investigation methods. Indeed a very new way to look at events! I think the most left figure is a biblical figure defeating a lion, whereas another lion defeats a dog. In the Middle Ages there were so many stories that everybody knew to symbolise the truths of life on earth and in heaven smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh Man! And on and on it goes. Yes, Erik, you're so right. Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 6 Feb 2008, 19:51
A strong detail. It's a hard world! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Still, and yes it is!
Hi Ginnie, I can't get enough of the DOMtower photography , in Utrecht, Last days not always been able to comment, but saw them all. That you know that!

How have you spend your crnaval weekend? seen somthing of it in Amsterdam. Hug from JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting when you can, JoAnn. I always appreciate it.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich ...has been a nice day
  • 6 Feb 2008, 21:15
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA. You totally made my day with this one, Bill! grin
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • 6 Feb 2008, 21:49
Dog eat dog perhaps Ginnie, but is it a one horse race?
Ginnie Hart: Not yet, Chris. It's almost like we're back to square one, sadly. sad
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 6 Feb 2008, 21:56
Nice details on it ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ann.
  • Aussie
  • Back on nights
  • 6 Feb 2008, 22:22
Fantastic series Ginnie, lovely details on this.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Aussie. Thanks.
In this occasion, although the sculpture is spectacular, the photo I believe that it has too much light and the detail of the stone is had lost!
Ginnie Hart: I always appreciate your comments, José-Angel, and will pay more attention to the light issue for you. smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Feb 2008, 10:06
It's the reality awakening for those folks who are naive enough to believe in myths like "Paradise"...where all things are said to live in harmony.
Well captured, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: This also reminds me of the church's hierarchy which isn't also as "in synch" as we're led to believe! Thanks, Ray.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 10 Feb 2008, 13:48
A fine metaphor indeed...and a very strange detail for a cathedral...I wonder what it means...
Ginnie Hart: I wonder, too, Lina. So many questions, so little time!
Nicely done Ginnie ! I'm very fond of this kind of picture
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Zeb. Thank you so much.
a lot of confusion....... d predator and its prey. wateva dis mite symbolize....it most def catches ones attention and triggers one's curiosity to red..

very nice capture i must say!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Hadassah. Thank you kindly for backtracking and commenting.

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