The unbearable lightness of being... by George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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I’m working on a photo project with some friends, and our current theme is “In the style of…”, trying to emulate the style of iconic photographs or photographers, as a tribute to their work.

Ever since I came across his work, as a teenager, in the Time-Life Photography Library books, I was impressed with Phillipe Halsman’s work. I was always impressed by his work with Salvador Dali and in particular Dali Atomicus (which is an impossible picture to copy!!). I was also fascinated (and slightly spooked!) by Halsman’s own quirky self-portrait picture, which I decided to emulate here, as my own self-portrait:


The title of course, is a pun inspired by the famous book by Milan Kundera The unbearable lightness of being (as well as Philip Kaufman’s movie of the same title), which I thought is appropriate as I replaced Halsman’s tripod with these old letter weighing scale and, as it turns out, my “being” measures “unbearably light”… ;-)

[Sony a850; Sigma 17-70@17mm, ISO-400, Minolta 5600HS off-camera @1:32 strength, 1/60sec, f/6.3; Processed in LR3 from RAW]


halsman, tribute, self, self portrait, parapadakis, george, portrait, scales, photographer

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

    Smashing juxtaposition. So well done!

  • Wow! That was fast! Many thanks Thomas, gratefully accepted! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 1 year ago

    Very cool, George!! Love the details in the description…informative. Cheers!

  • Many thanks Wendi :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago


  • Thank you Tori :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Superb Work!!

  • Wonderful! Thank you very much Tammera :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your work is outstanding!
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    May 2013

  • Wow! Thank you very much Tori, greatly appreciated! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakiover 1 year ago


  • :-) Thanks xx

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Thea T
    Thea Tover 1 year ago

  • Thea this is great! Very much appreciated, thanks! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago
  • Thank you so much Tori, double whammy! I am honoured :-))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • annamora
    annamoraover 1 year ago

    This expresses the mood of Kundera’s writing well in my opinion
    Had to have a look upon seeing the title :)

  • I am glad you think so, thank you very much Anna :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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