Soft Fire by Rhoufi

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Soft Fire

The sea was glassy, the sky rose-coloured, empty and huge. In a small boat just off the beach a lone fisherman leaned forward on his oars, pushing them away in easy, rhythmic cycles as natural as walking. Facing the bow, he could see exactly where he was going as he propelled his varka towards the coloured floats suspending his snaking net. With each forward thrust he stamped his foot on the wooden sea-frame: a low, resonant thump skipped off the surface of the water like a stone. Except for this solemn dirge, the boat glided forward in total silence. It seemed suspended between the soft fire in the sky above and its faithful reflection in the liquid mirror below. By thumping, the fisherman hoped to snare more fish before retrieving his net.

It was easy to imagine some glittering surge, frightened by the alien noise, fleeing headlong into the net loitering ahead with idle menace.

Agia Pelagia, Kythera, Greece

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    O!!!!! Stunning!!!!!
    Vast and lovely……
    Your words are SUPER!!!!

  • Thanks for noticing this. I thought it was going to remain unviewed. It was taken with Kodachrome slide film and scanned, but you should see it printed through the Ilfochrome process. The colours are even more intense and you are right, vast. I love taking photos of people at their jobs.

    – Rhoufi

  • Brian Gaynor
    Brian Gaynoralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture and words! I love the minimalist nature of this shot.

  • Thank you Brian, I hope to go back to the exact same spot in Greece next April – this time with my dSLR. I wonder if I will be able to achieve the same ambience after all these years. That fisherman won’t be there, but maybe another.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 4 years ago

    Very serene and soothing but also humbling – excellent and a fave for me!

  • Humbling, I never thought of it that way, but now you say so, I remember an old bloke who used to motor from Athens to Crete, by himself in a boat not much larger than that one. It took him a few days and the weather was not always good. That is humbling isn’t it. The Med is a very big sea in a small boat.

    – Rhoufi

  • sable
    sableover 4 years ago

    beautiful soft light, feels like one could be lost, yet feel safe in its gentle embrace. Love the story line.

  • It’s on that certain island in Greece and it was a time of gentle embrace ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    such low pastels… :)

  • Thanks, every morning it was like that, but slightly different each time. The Kodachrome projection is a little brighter, but the variation is still smooth.

    – Rhoufi

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    cool. the sky is incredible, well nature is how it’s individual every second, minute etc etc.

  • Thanks VV. I woke up to this scene every morning for 3 months and wandered along the foreshore to the boat I was working on. Puttering out into that sea at 5:00AM was pure bliss.

    – Rhoufi

  • sweeny
    sweenyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and great writing. Its an instant fav for me! well done. :-))) R

  • Sweeny, funny you should like this image. Standing in this location the ferry from Kastelli in Crete goes passed 3 times each week. It leaves Kastelli on Crete, drops into Antikythera and then pulls into Kythera. I watched it every week for 3 months. Coincidence. Thanks for the favourite and your comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 3 years ago

    such sublime colours of the lovely greek dawn? light with the single fisherman moving in pursuit of his catch adding the perfect touch to this lovely composition. Wonderful imagery so enhanced by your wonderful writing

    looking forward to seeing heaps more

    cheers and thanks for the link – hugely appreciated

  • Thank you Maggie, the colours of your Greece shots are incredible. When I saw the tiny fisherman way out in your photo, it reminded me of this shot straight away. There is something very special about the light in Greece, I think. I can’t wait to process all mine and choose the ones to post. Thanks for your visit and you nice comment.

    – Rhoufi

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