Your comments chart ‘the human parasite’

New image Parasite (click here to view larger).

It can be considered a flipped, flea-shaped freakier follow-up to The fourth soil, another recent image of mine:

(View The fourth soil large, with description, here)

Parasite evolved from experimentation in Photoshop, following on from the same love of the shiny saplings rendered illustrative-looking after converting to monochrome, ‘timeless’ perhaps, or at least arcane. But here I was strangely inspired by the anatomy of the flea, and in merging the body with the branches, I called to mind a collage-like look reminiscent of Ellen Rogers. The result: the beautiful and broken human parasite. I have loved to see the comments so far on Flickr which have cited Dali and H.R. Giger, as well as taken on other interpretations of the creature as a seed of new life, the germination of a better humanity, life-making as well as life-taking.

Recently I’ve been writing more with my images. With this one however, having been inspired and stimulated by the comments on my images on Flickr recently, I had a better idea. I asked for your words. I wanted to place the words of my viewers directly onto the image, making it into an anatomical chart, as in the mock-up below.

I wanted to know your articulated thoughts on how humans are parasites on the world, feeding from its resources – that is: in both good and bad, and natural/inevitable ways. I wanted to hear what you truly feel in response to the conceptual subtext of this image – even if it involves digressing, or taking on a different reading.

Update: and here is the result. Click to view large.

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Posted in Inspirations - References to other artists, My images - versions & outtakes on February 11th, 2012 | 6 Comments |

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Comments for “Your comments chart ‘the human parasite’”

    1. deepthi suresh
      6:45 pm on February 11th, 2012

      When I look at this picture the first thing that comes in mind is how humans despite all the materialistic pleasure,success eventually depend on nature for that peace of mind that was missing in one’s life while one was busy working,competing,forgetting people who mattered.When questions cloud the mind and soul and when one looks for answer,when one needs to start new,the only safe abode is the nature,the soil,the tree,the root where it all began.Nature is part of us and we forget the role it plays in our respective lives until we are forced to remind ourselves it was right there and it never leaves your back.Parasite or not we take lot from nature maybe for our good but we forget to give back what nature needs and she takes it all without complaining.Nature is the safe abode where every once in a while its necessary for each one of us to acknowledge the fact without nature we dont exist mentally,physically,socially and emotionally.To be mother’s child is to be nature’s safekeeper,to be in harmony with her.

    2. mann
      8:10 pm on February 13th, 2012

      hi Aniela,,,nice work, i m from india i just want to say that i want to work with you as a trainee ,, if possible then please let me know,

    3. Andrew Carr
      11:51 am on February 24th, 2012

      Dear Natalie Thank you for the opportunity to contribute. If one takes a JudeoChristian perspective, it can be said that God made man and woman to be stewards of the world He created, but that we have too often abjectly failed in that responsibility. I look at the image as a whole and am drawn to the prophetic imagery in Isaiah about Christ on the cross – “He grew up… like a tender shoot and like a root out of dry ground. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that bought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed…” I suspect there aren’t ‘labels’ within the above, more an asthetic commentary. Regardless a brilliant and provocative image. Every good wish. Andrew.

    4. Mlle Larsen
      12:35 pm on July 30th, 2012

      Excellent and so beautiful artistic photos. The dark b/w tones are so great…

      I just bought your two books from Amazon and now waiting for them to arrive.

      Good luck with your work.

      Creative regards Mlle Larsen

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