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Inspired by, and dedicated to, the unconquerable spirit of Nelson Mandela.

Created initially in Apophysis 7×15b as an abstract fractal based on the Sahar Tutorial by Epogh on DA from Forum #45 in Apophysis Tutorial Fun group. Additional work to emulate Mandela’s cell on Robben Island performed in GIMP v2.8, including use of Polar Coordinates distort filter. Best if viewed larger.

_by William Ernest Henley _

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

See also


barrowda, tut 45, sahar 11, g1557

Celebrating the milestones of 700,000 Views (9/20/14), 1200 Features (8/12/14) and prizes in the 2012 – 2014 CHANL Scientific Art Competitions. A Featured Member of Apophysis Tutorial Fun Group, Bryce and Beyond, Brain Science, Brain Arts and Artists Universe groups, and active in over 50 other RB groups as a digital/fractal artist using Apophysis, Fractal Science Kit, Ultra Fractal, GIMP and Mandelbulb3D.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke10 months ago

    Beautiful creation and work.

  • Thank you very much, Bunny!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted10 months ago

    12-09-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you, Kira!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimage10 months ago

  • Thank you, Francis!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedman10 months ago

    This poem has been with me since I was age 14. I am glad you too know how important it was to Mr. Mandela.. he recited it to himself often while in prison.

  • Thank you very much for sharing that, Heather! My ladyfriend recites it often, and we saw the movie Invictus (Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon) together several years ago in the theater – a powerful telling of a great story. I was surprised to learn that the title, Invictus, was created by an editor, and not by the poet himself (W.E. Henley), who had included it among a number of poems collectively titled Life and Death (Echoes). I certainly adopted the phrase “I am the captain of my soul” at an early age, though I was only in the last few decades aware of the source. :o)))

    – barrowda

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedman10 months ago

    Exactly the same for me.. at age 14….Now it is taped to my computer …
    I also saw Invictus.. and sat up straight in my seat when he rectied my fave poem!!

  • Excellent!! Hope we grow up to be as good as Mandela :o)))

    – barrowda

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedman10 months ago

    Well at age 70, I guess one would say I am grown up.. so I hope I have succeeded!

  • floatingpilot
    floatingpilot10 months ago

    Great idea and gorgeous work! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you very much!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder10 months ago


  • Thank you very much for this feature!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • debidabble
    debidabble10 months ago


  • Thank you very much for this feature!! :o)))

    – barrowda

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amos9 months ago

    this is wonderful David…..a great tribute…. :)

  • Thank you for your fave and comments, Pam!! I doubt the world will ever see another person quite like him, but he certainly provided a great example. There is still much to do in SA and all over the world, but things could have been really awful there without his courageous leadership and capacity for forgiveness. :o)))

    – barrowda

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