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This week in the Photo of the Week:

"Tigress | A time lapse experience"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

Kung Fu Panda.

What I like about the Kung Fu Panda movies is the detail that goes into the animated animals. I can sit there watching and think: 'If a panda could actually do Kung Fu, this is probably the way his hair would move.'
Talk about the suspension of disbelief …

Now this picture to me is exactly the other way around: if a character from Kung Fu Panda would actually come to life, it would look like this. This magnificently photographed little monkey is about to strike you down. Not monkeywize, screeching, crazily flapping its arms and legs, throwing excrements. No, it is going to fly straight at you and come up with some punches, kicks and moves you have not ever seen before. And he is going to do that as tranquil and in control as a true zen-master.

Look at those eyes. Stare back at them for a while and tell me you do not get the feeling it's going to jump you whenever it sees fit.

Or maybe I should stop watching those movies??!

Text to accompany the photo of the week by: Peter-Jan Vermeij

Website Peter-Jan (in Dutch)

A Time Lapse Experience

first of a series of moving photographs with texts by Peter-Jan Vermeij

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Photo sequence: Maarten Zeehandelaar

Try this sometime:

Walk into a surf and jump the waves that come rolling in. As the water rises up to your chest, start looking for a nice, high, horizontally straight and long wave. When it comes up, swim into it just before it crashes down. On top, swiftly turn around and swim with it. Now go with the flow, literally. You can ride a high and mighty wave like this all the way to the beach. Make your way back and do it again. And again. And again. And again.

After a while you might get a little tired. This is when you might not make it to the front of the wave when you get up there. You will hardly notice the distinction but when this happens, the wave won't take you to the beach. Instead it will pull you under as it comes crashing down.

There, underwater, all kinds of currents start pulling and tearing at you. It feels as if the water has been ordered to quarter you. Even in relatively shallow waters near a beach, the force of these pulling currents can be frighteningly impressive.

Now, and this is important, the thing to do here is nothing.
Do not resist the ocean.
Do not fight the sea.
It is useless, pointless, and possibly lethal.

But do nothing and you will experience a dance as no dance you have ever experienced before.
Feel how your body is being lead by water.
Waltzed from here to there.
Taken up and down, and rolled over.
Weightless, totally surrendered to its surroundings.
Motionless in motion.

Text to accompany the photo-sequence by: Peter-Jan Vermeij

Website Peter-Jan (in Dutch)

Until the next Photo of the Week!

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