Well, while I usually try to post photographs of nature and places, this time 's different. I have probably missed rock climbing too much, thus I will post a photo from this activity.
I spent much time pondering on the term "activity". The issue is rock climbing is an increasingly popular sports. However, it is also an action, something very ancient and very clear of the typical sports and competitions character. During climbing it is you and the rock, you don't have to score any goals, break your opponent's serve, win a tie break or anything. It is a primitive situation very pure in terms of sensations and forces, very much centered on your own arms and legs and grips and pushes, your true opponent being yourself (hence the title of the photo), as is the case in running or jumping that have produced sports but are very clearly not just sports.
Thus, perhaps climbing is a situation that, despite its dangers (or partly because of them), could even be described as purifying in the end.
This photograph is from the First All-Cretan Rock Climbing Meeting in the location of Gre Dafni (the name of the gorge where the climbing event took place) in Rethymno at the edge of Kedros Mountain (for a view of the place see my photo entitled: "Colour layers").
The climber on the photo is unknown to me and I hope he doesn't mind me posting an image containing him. I tried to give a dynamique to the photograph by putting him on one side and leaving the barren (not so barren, amazing what can find space and soil to grow its roots on) rock prevail the scenery. I also like the moment, his posture is very expressive...
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jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-08-18 4:36
I like this impressive image of sports action, which translates well the difficulty and the danger. The composition is balanced. The light, the colors, the neatness are good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Nicou (123314) 2011-08-24 5:59
il faut avoir le vertige et être un grand sportif, superbe compo de cette homme dans la paroi en train de la gravier, il faut bien du courage.
bravo et amitié
baddori (19963) 2011-08-24 22:09
La dinamicità della nota e il titolo ..raccolgono nella foto il loro contorno .
ourania (32169) 2012-12-28 3:59
Καλημέρα Βαγγέλη και χρόνια πολλά!
Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα εικόνα με επιτυχημένο στενό καδράρισμα που απομονώνει τον αναρριχητή από τη γενική εντύπωση της περιοχής και επικεντρώνει στη συγκεκριμένη στιγμή και προσπάθειά του. Οι καμπύλες του σώματος και τα χρώματα εναρμονίζονται εντυπωσιακά με αυτά των βράχων και ο αναρριχητής ενσωματώνεται στο τοπίο. Πολύ όμορφο το ζεστό φως και οι υφές. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, σου εύχομαι ό,τι καλύτερο, ό,τι επιθυμείς για το 2013!
- Copyright: Vangelis Tzanatos (Vague) (307)
- Genre: Gens
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2010-06-00
- Categories: Moment décisif
- Exposition: f/5.9, 1/640 secondes
- More Photo Info: view
- Versions: version originale
- Thème(s): Rock and mountain [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-09 1:25