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2012 Bathos
I was initially inspired by Hogarth’s last engraving ‘The Bathos’ which was completed some six months before his death, the engraving depicts the end of time in a somewhat flippant, surreal way- hence the title. With all the gloom and doom predictions associated with the year 2012 I thought It would be an interesting starting point for a still life full of symbolic references .
The hourglass and pocket watch are straight forward references to time running out, the watch being positioned carefully so that it seems to be running through the neck of the hourglass . The globe is a pretty obvious representation of the Earth, the book symbolises the sum of mankind’s knowledge. The bird’s skull represents death. The stoneware sphere surrounded by a black necklace next to the spectacles is supposed to be symbolic of the planet ((often referred to as "Nibiru") or black hole that the Earth is supposed to collide with in 2012 (Ooooer!). The Tankard spilling out liquid forms represents the great floods that are supposed to coincide with Solar maximums in 2012 ( is there no end to all this?...er, forgive the pun!). The shell is there to represent other life forms at risk. I could not resist putting in the bell which has Matthew, Mark, Luke and John depicted in the casting- this could refer to hope, faith, a better way of life or the futility of religion. I included a rotting apple to symbolise decay and increasing scarcity of resources. Mankind’s frailty and transience of existence is represented by the bubbles . The small combined cog and flywheel lies with no purpose and useless ( The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster).
Still, look on the bright side, it’s not all bad, the compass is symbolic of a new direction, the key is just that –a key to a better way, the spectacles may help us see things for what they are and plan accordingly. The small beech nut shell contains a small bubble ( new life).
Finally the main title is to be found on.......................
Forgive my ramblings.
Happy days! Cheers, Gary
20/02/2011 - 18:08Gary Hickin
CategoryStill Life
Shutter Speed30 sec
Focal Length50mm


Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 18:50
Beautiful composition and camera work.
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Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 19:03
Lovely luminous shot, Gary, a bit lighter than usual. Interesting.
Best wishes,


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Robert Adams
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Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 19:09
Different objects BUT wonderful compo.


Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 19:47
Where on Earth do you get all that stuff from?

Lovely composition, mind!
This space deliberately left blank.

Gary Hickin

Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 21:04
Thankyou everyone- for this one I made the spectacles, globe, dice and stoneware sphere (next to specs). The strange gungy liquid ( in tankard) was made by melting down a broken beer glass. I also restored the hourglass and the shelves are the only survivors from my old kiln.
Cheers, Gary


Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 22:28

Do I see echos of Olympic rings in there, or is it MY imagination ...?

Great image, as ever!

The more I look, the more there is to see!

Gary Hickin

Link Posted 20/02/2011 - 23:20
Thanks Coker- Yes, of course you do........! Cheers, Gary


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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 00:34
DrOrloff wrote:
Quite extraordinary stuff.

I couldn't agree more. The amount of thought, planning and effort you put into constructing, assembling and then photographing these incredible still-lifes amazes me more every time I see one. It's not just photography as art, but sculpture, philosophy and photography melded together.

Do you dismantle it all afterwards?

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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 04:53
I see you squeezed all you could out of one square. This feast of shapes, textures, light and dimensions (yeah - feels like we're peeking through to a forth) is remarkable. I like the way the bubbles hold things together, and I find that fun. Thanks for a great shot Gary.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 06:55
It's a perfect composition again. I love in your shots the way as you take care of deatils, everything is on its place and well lit.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 15:35
Lovely shot Gary. You must have a wonderful collection of artefacts.
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 21/02/2011 - 15:36


Link Posted 04/08/2011 - 10:40
Bloody genious!!
Best Regards, Larry.

All the gear & no idea.
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