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The Caged Bird will Sing


"The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free.
So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead."

--Angelina Jolie

The next day, this sheep was sold to a nearby farmer in Holland.  She was free at last.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.  I fly back to Amsterdam on Sunday.]


The Caged Bird will Sing


"The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free.
So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead."

--Angelina Jolie

The next day, this sheep was sold to a nearby farmer in Holland.  She was free at last.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.  I fly back to Amsterdam on Sunday.]


comments (48)

Ah...a welcome inclusion of sheep into your portfolio!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Gotta remind us of what makes some of us tick, Chris. grin
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 01:43
She has such a pretty face for a sheep. And I agree about feeling free.
Ginnie Hart: She was intent on telling me her story, Helen, and I listened well. Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jul 2008, 02:19
She's a modern lass...quite into body piercing.

Its a fine portrait, Ginnie.
I see her mouth is open, and she is quoting the words of Angelina Jolie at you through the cage...

or, is she a little confused, and thinks it is you who is in the cage?
Ginnie Hart: A modern lass she is, Ray, and you are so right. Who is in the cage is the question of the day! smile Thanks.
We love the richness of your colours. It is like we are there - very cool!
Ginnie Hart: You can pretend you're there, B&A. It was a soulful moment for me. Thanks and welcome back.
The cage put some sadness in his expression.

Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: I think The Cage does this to all of us, Rémi. We were meant to be free! Thanks.
Nice focusing. And good also the process made obviously in the face part, so as to produce POI that was strong. The sheep used anting pretty also...hehehe. Nice foto Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think we have great fun in seeing ourselves in the animals we "shoot," Bram. They often speak for us, don't they. Thanks.
  • FLOOG
  • Natures bosom
  • 11 Jul 2008, 05:32
Wonderfully presented, full of character, and a beautiful creature.

Yes, freedom is everything. I hope she has large pastures to run around and a good life smile
Ginnie Hart: I 'spect she has a pasture now that is larger than life itself, Paul. smile Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 06:01
I'm glad to hear that. She looks forlorn. A touching image.
Ginnie Hart: She really spoke to my heart, Sherri. I had no idea why she was caged in with several other sheep but it all made sense the next day when I found out she had been sold to a nearby farmer. The previous farmer needed to thin out his ranks. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jul 2008, 06:34
When we entered the barn I could not believe it, all those sheep, all that noise.
The quote is very touching with this great picture.
This is so you, the colour and the soft tones.
We both know she is free at last, this picture is a great way to end the week and start the weekend, some will feel 'free' for a few days wink
Have a safe flight and see you soon again....
Ginnie Hart: In the beginning, I was laughing hysterically because of all the baaaaa-ing. I just baaa-ed along with them. Then I saw the sadness. I didn't understand what this one was saying...until you told me the next day they had all been sold to a nearby farmer. Then it all made sense. I love how the creatures of the field teach us about Life and who we are. Ontzettend bedankt, mijn vriend.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2008, 07:34
Oh, wat en ontroerend verhaaltje! And a wonderful introduction to this pic! Looking at her face I have the feeling she is already sensing/foreseeing what could happen with her- a very serious knowing facial expression- almost like a human being!
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just how we can anthropomorphize the creatures like this, Philine! We learn so much from them when we do. Thank you.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 11 Jul 2008, 07:59
Wow and while those sheep are in jail they look so sadsad
Ginnie but look at the tags they put on them when they release them to keep them under control!!grin

The quote is very apt and today I will be free roaming the countryside in the pouring rain!!!

Safe flight mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: Stay warm, mijn vriend, as you scamper all around tarnation. But stay free. You are one person I would not ever want to see caged. grin Take care and thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Jul 2008, 08:15
Great image ,do you know what breed she is.I see she in to ear rings
Ginnie Hart: I have no clue about sheep breeds, Vintage, though I'm sure you in Australia would want to know. smile Thanks.
Quite a powerful image Ginnie. Nice to hear that she was set free!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Richard, I agree! Thanks.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich.... Showers forecast
  • 11 Jul 2008, 08:35
Two sheep pictures in a row is showing dangerous Chad tendencies.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I give you full permission, Bill, to clobber me over the head if ever you see me mimicking Chad! grin
Your photo transmits sadness to me. That it suffers, no? I believe that you have caught indeed thatÂ… sadness! Good work
Ginnie Hart: At first I was laughing at all the baaa-ing going on all around me, José Angel, but then I saw the sadness. I was very glad to hear the next day that they had all been set free. Gracias.
We see food,

We are very IMPRESSED Ginnie, one of your best work to date. We duff our virtual hats to you Lady Ginnie for such fantastic imagery. smile
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, of course, S&S. It always amazes me what images most appeal to people, especially when it's an image I almost didn't post! Live and learn, I guess?! Thanks.
Very nice work, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, my dear!
brilliant shot ginnie

love the lighting, processing and conversion
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, DrAW, as always.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2008, 09:56
Great one Ginnie - excellent DOF and sharpnes
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 10:16
Such a sweet face..and so sad to see him behind bars.
Ginnie Hart: I found out the next day she was free sooner than I could shake a stick. I was all smiles when I heard that. Thanks, Marcie.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jul 2008, 11:07
Love his earrings... hihihi
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Chantal. I'm guessing this is how you tag your sheep, right?!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Jul 2008, 12:05
The eye contact with the camera is amazing, beautiful image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Aussie. I guess you could say we caught each other's eye! smile
I was just uploading sheep photos. They're a great subject.I like your treatment where the face stands out so well.
Ginnie Hart: Like windmills, Mary, I never tire of sheep. So I look forward to seeing your images. Thanks.
  • Brian Walbey
  • On a soaking wet Leicestershire afternoon
  • 11 Jul 2008, 13:34
Thank goodness you didn't say this lovely animal was sold to a butcher Ginnie, I'd never have forgiven you.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, I know, Brian. For sure! Thank God they're weren't sold to the butcher!!
The framing is rather impressionable. It's a great shot with wonderful details and tones. But at the same time there's a certain sadness, especially the look in the sheep's eyes.
Ginnie Hart: It almost broke my heart, John, because she was also baaa-ing mournfully. And there was nothing I could do but baaa back and let her know I was feeling her pain! Thanks.
I love the detail, Ginnie and those gentle eyes. The heavy rusty bars are truly symbolic. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Roz. There was lots of symbolism in this image for me. Thanks.
Rotfl! The caged bird sings?...and was she singing, "Baah, Baah Blacksheep...!" by any chance?
Ginnie Hart: Maybe so, Alex. Maybe she was already mourning her loss...or hoping to find him with her new freedom?
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 15:33
Amen!
Ginnie Hart: Selah!
  • don
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 15:46
An impressive close up of this questioning face!
I like the detail and the toning very much. The comment is especially good.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Don. I guess we have much to learn from our fellow creatures.
V nice portraitsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Nigel. A model of a different color. smile
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2008, 16:45
Beautiful animal and expression. Nice shot !
Ginnie Hart: She sure grabbed my heart, Carsten. Thanks.
The ba(rred) sheep. richard
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Richard. Exactly. Thanks.
  • Caryn
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 17:28
This is wonderful! The details, angle, and especially the processing. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Caryn.
I felt like that at an animal auction I went to in Derbyshire... but then I saw new born lambs being cuddled by some of the farmers' children, and immediately felt better about them.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Jamoula. You are right. Sometimes the caged part is only momentary...and we all have to go through it! Thanks for sharing.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 21:28
The sheep doesn't look too miserable in there, but they aren't the most expressive animals in the world. I am glad it was liberated, though!
Ginnie Hart: HA! They were baaa-ing all over the place, Martin, some with high pitches and others with low. I was laughing hysterically at first. Then I calmed down when I started paying attention.
the truth is i love this work
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Christian. Thank you.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 12 Jul 2008, 02:03
A profound image and sentiment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Larry. That means a lot to me.
  • Rian
  • Brooklyn
  • 12 Jul 2008, 02:54
oh.. is that quote from a movie?

anyways.. love this shot.. it's got lots of emotions..
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing that quote is NOT from a movie, Rian. Sounds like it's from an interview. But I did like what she said...and that it was from HER! smile Thanks.
Aww, she is so pretty. Lovey eyelashes too. I am glad she is free 'cos I felt so sad seeing her behind bars.
Beautiful photograph, full of emotion.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Pat. I think we all needed her to be free. Thanks!
Is she on the menu, I just happen to be hungry right now?. good catch.
Ginnie Hart: I happen to LOVE lamb, Sesan, but not if I've seen her face first. grin Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 12 Jul 2008, 17:54
Glad she's finally running free smile
( I too felt in a cage for these last few days...work...work....work...so I understand how the sheep feels grin)
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Lina. I've missed you so I'm glad you're "out."
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 Jul 2008, 19:21
Have a good trip to Amsterdam, Ginnie!

Love this little sheep. Glad he/she was set free. Looks like this one was pleading with you to do that. smile
Ginnie Hart: It made me realize how "one" we are with all God's creatures, Kay! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Jul 2008, 19:54
Definitely talking to you. Something like, hi my name is Dolly the cloned sheep - how about setting me free?

Yesterday evening we had a nice braai (bbq our style) and guess what type of meat went onto the grid?
Ginnie Hart: Lamb is one of my favorite meats in the world, Louis! But don't tell Dolly I said so!!
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2008, 21:06
my first impression on seeing this was that it was very pro... not sure if i have a sufficient position of authority to say this but youve come a long long way since when you first started posting...
oh, and what good pic can go unaccompanied by the words of someone truly great wink
Ginnie Hart: I do agree that I've come a long way since first posting here, Sam, but I'm really humbled and flattered by your kind words, which encourage me. Thank you!
  • Still
  • France
  • 13 Jul 2008, 21:14
A beautiful capture. This sheep has really an intense regard.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still. Merci.
Great picture, it's like the mona lisa of the sheeps!

Kind regards,
Jens
Ginnie Hart: I like how you put that, Jens. smile Thanks.
Flawless capture!! Nice focus on the eyes. Great work Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sarthak.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2008, 08:57
aww how cute, sad too..in the cage. Great capture and focus.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Brian, but I hate it that I can't access your blog!!!

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