Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter of 2010-2011 (thus far)

My goal, dear reader, was to bring you pain from beauty or, if not from beauty, then from cold.


Andy D. said...

You were hoping to get impaled by those icycles on the cliffside, weren't you. I mean, it's not even a question, it's a statement. You were hoping, weren't you.

My favorite picture and fade in is the footprints in the snow. Very nice.


Anonymous said...

I really like the photos of the flowers trapped in ice. Seems like a self portrait. (ok, not really. but they are beautiful) Nice work.

Mike Bailey said...

Andy D: I'm impressed with your insight. Scary, actually.

Anonymous: Love the self-portrait comment even though--or probably because--it's kind of cryptic.

Andy D. said...

Scary self-biographical metaphors:

1. Mike Bailey is a frozen flower trapped in ice.

2. Mike Bailey is a hopeful icicle impalee, waiting in the snowy shadows.

Both equally accurate. I'm going with #2 though.


Technoprairie said...

What was the musical selection? It was so haunting.

Mike Bailey said...

Technoprairie--the music is from the movie Fargo; it's the main theme.

I searched and searched for "cold" non-Christmas wintery music. It's a tougher task than you might think. I should have consulted Claudia. But this music is a fairly recent find for me, and it's with what I began and concluded my search.

The theme itself is actually from a Norwegian piece (a hymn?) called "The Lost Sheep." I think the composer of the piece for the film had the same conundrum as I did and naturally went way north for inspiration. (Yeah, we pretty much had the same problems, he and I. Sniff.) What gives it away as "cold" for me is that high-pitched note at :38. That evokes ice (for me, at least), which is why I chose the death-icycle there.

Andy D. said...


[ala Chris Farley doing "Matt Foley, the Motivational Speaker"] -- "Hey, dad, my eyes aren't so good -- is that Sergio Leone over there, the famous director??"

Ok, ok, jokes aside, I too appreciated the explanation about the music and am sorry I had to mock even a single part of it. But, I had to.