Monday, May 04, 2009

RUBY GUITARS

Ars longa vita brevis.
I took about 20 pictures with manual camera handling.
Sunlight, overexposure, sharpness, oh,my!

I ended up with this fragment of my forty years old guitar and her sharp comrade.

I look at you all see the love there thats sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I dont know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I dont know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you.

I look at the world and I notice its turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps
I dont know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I dont know how you were inverted
No one alerted you.

I look at you all see the love there thats sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all . . .
Still my guitar gently weeps.
George Harrison.
Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.

31 comments:

Ralph said...

The finish, all polished with lovely red detailing, does not seem 'old'. These are a classic style that goes not age. As good looking as they are, the magic is in the music, the chords and the resonance of the acoustic body.

George was a superb guitar player, and his twelve strings were played so well. And his songs were overshadowed by by John and Paul. But his songs ('As my Guitar Gently Weeps', 'Here comes the Sun', Taxman) stand up very well these days...

ellen b said...

Oh so pretty Felisol! I like this shot...

Crown of Beauty said...

Felisol,
I love your picture. And I love the song of the Beatles that you posted with it.

Another Beatle's song I like is Norwegian Wood.

I joined RUby Tuesday too for this week. Lots of pictures. Too many I think.

Love
Lidj

Mojo said...

Judging form your comment on my RT post, I'm guessing you didn't get what you were seeing in your mind? Whether you did or not, you still got a wonderful composition; one that makes you look a second and third time at the image because the angle takes the third dimension out of the guitar in the front making it look like only the soundboard is lying against the one in back. Very compelling!

If what you were looking for was both instruments in sharp focus my suggestion would be to use a smaller aperture (f/16 would be a good place to start) to increase the depth of field. At that aperture, your shutter speed will probably have to be pretty slow, so you'll want a tripod or some other stable support for the camera.

But you've got nothing to be unhappy about in the image as it is. And don't worry that it took 20 shots to get it. I've taken 100 or more to get the one I wanted in some cases. Sometimes that's just what it takes. (And yes, I have been doing this for years. And I'm still learning all the time.)

Kitchenmaus said...

Beautiful polish! I once dreamed of playing a guitar, but failed lol. Happy RT!

Annie said...

I love the gentle curve of a guitar and the touch of color at the center. You got this just right Elise.

Marie Reed said...

Now I'm humming the song too! Wonderful shot!

Robin said...

Such warm wood, I can almost hear the gentle weeping of the guitars.

Mojo said...

To answer your most recent question, the ground cable in the photo is from my welder. When arc welding, the ground cable is attached to one of the pieces to be welded and the "hot" cable, which holds a flux-coated rod is held in close proximity to the surfaces to be fused together. Current jumps (arcs) across the gap between the welding rod and the joint creating an arc hot enough to fuse the two pieces of metal. The flux on the rod helps to clean off any oxidation on the work and the steel "core" of the rod merges with the weld pool to fill gaps.

So if I'd actually been welding this piece of pipe to something the ground cable would be necessary to complete the circuit that creates the arc. But in this case, all it was for was a photo. I needed a shot for the theme "Grounded" and this was the first thing I thought of. The welder was never even turned on.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Gorgeous guitar. I love to hear one played well.

I know the frustration of having the perfect shot pictured in my head but not caught by my camera. But hey! After 20 tries you got it!-)

moosh said...

I think this photo is very interesting. I like your use of light. HRT

Dianne said...

the shadows of the strings are so lovely in all that golden light

Raven said...

Another exquisite photo and beautiful words to go with it. You are becoming more and more of an artist all the time.

Terry said...

oh felisol...do you play the guitar?...this picture could win a prize!
i like the shadow of the stings.
you know what?
this 40 year old guitar is just saturated with music.
grampa yade says the older a guitar or a violin is the more that the wood contains hidden music...so many trapped notes in there!
just lovely felisol!
i think that is what robin and marie are hearing felisol......love terry

ps ,,,didn't dad ljung play the guitar felisol?

Terry said...

dear felisol, i thought it was monday today,
no wonder there was so many posts for ruby tuesday over at the teaches when i signed in!
ha!! i must be losing my mind, eh?
guess what felisol...do you remember what i told you i applied for?
well it came through and you told me you were praying for it..thanks a lot..love terry

Amrita said...

The photo has texture, color and feeling.

My old guitar like George Harrison 's lies weeping.

I like its smooth shiny surface and biting strings.

Its tones can evoke both sadness and joy.

Play away Felisol

sunnymama said...

A lovely picture!

maryt/theteach said...

Felisol, this is a magnificent photograph! You're doing so well. It must be hard to do it all manually... Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Fantastic photo. And what a great song. Signature George Harrison. Speaking of music, I posted some old Bob Dylan on my blog The Pagan Sphinx. There are a few interesting comments there from my friend Susan.

Happy RT on Wednesday!

Peace and love,
Gina

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Felisol,
I just wanted to greet you a Happy Mother's day in advance. May your heart continue to shape and mold your child, through your faithful love and example.

Love
Lidj

Deb said...

We can get together and play our guitars! What beautiful music we could make!! I love the photo!

Constance said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY from my little corner of the world! I don't know if you celebrate where you are but as a fellow scarf sister and mother I couldn't pass up the opportunity to send hugs to you today!
Connie

Saija said...

awwwww ... that's lovely ...
my brother has some guitars that are so special to him ... and i love that Geo Harrison song ...

(hugs) to you ... and blessings too!

Debbie said...

I just wanted to check in with you and wish you a happy Mother's Day! I hope you're feeling better. I miss you in our little blog world. I'm sending you a big hug across the Atlantic Ocean.

Jim said...

I was waiting for you to have a "this week's" but guess you're too busy. I'm busy too but I needed to get the word out that I'm back.
Come see my Red Girls in Etretat. :-)
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Terry said...

dear felisol, are you ok?
i have written you a couple of emails and haven't heard from you.
it is very unusual for you to miss a ruby tuesday so i am just praying that you and gunnar and serina and mom ljung and your aunt are all ok...let me know ok my bestest friend....love terry

Jim said...

Hi Felisol, I will follow up on that fellow's comment about my yellow plants being mustard.

So how are you being philosophical now?
And I don't think I knew of Lautrec until about a year ago. I really am a sow's ear, you know.
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Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Felisol, it is so nice to be back here in your blog. The shot of the ruby guitar you made is so awesome. :)
Have a nice weekend.

Crown of Beauty said...

Your friends are all missing you, Felisol, and I miss you too. You have been quiet lately.

Hope all is okay with you.