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Despair & Solitude by George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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“The Little Mermaid” in Copenhagen, Denmark. A glamorous fairy-tale beauty of a bygone era, lost in the context of 20th century industrial reality.

It’s one of the key city landmarks, and one of the most photographed. But not from this angle… I just love the contrast between the two worlds and the pure resignation in her posture!

An old photo of mine (2000) which I always wanted to go back and tidy up. I came across the film the other day and finally scanned it in.

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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  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    I Love the contrast, this shot is great…

  • Thanks Nathalie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • LisaR
    LisaRover 5 years ago

    Mmmm such different worlds! Great capture.

  • They are, indeed! Thanks Lisa :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Steve, glad you like it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullover 5 years ago

    Wondeful, wonderful ;o)

  • Thanks mate – I had a feeling you were going to like this… :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 5 years ago

    Wonderful commentary here George! Absolutely brilliant take.

  • Thanks very much Vikram, it’s been one of the ones I’ve been meaning to get back to for a while… :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 5 years ago

    OMG George!! Another one who is not holidaying hard enough!!!
    What on earth are you doing online?? Or are those wellies being put to use now? (hope not).

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    Great message here George. You have managed to make that statue look expressive, well done!

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 5 years ago

    Well spotted George! :)

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...over 5 years ago

    Brilliant contrast my friend. I love it. Such an important message to get across in our crumbling culture. There is a certain amount of life you have brought to the image by shooting at this angle. Well spotted.

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

  • Many thanks Cora, I really appreciate it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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