THE JESTER AND THE ODALISQUES

by Antonio Gil August. 08, 2016 2055 views

♫♫ L'ODALISQUE - CLAIRE DITERZI ♫♫

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The Last Odalisque

A Poem by Kenneth Umunna

 

So fair you are within and out 

The calm you show a grace so clear 

I hope it’s not because you serve 

Although I know much better now 

That every trait you show is real 

So humble you are within and out 

This virtue is one I love the most 

Although I have not much of it. 

A sceptre I will make for you 

Upon your freedom it will come 

So free you are within and out 

The freedom you sought for so long

It’s come your way at last 

You won’t serve but be served 

Around the banquet as me 

My name you’ll bear, your name discard

For doors of steel mine will tear 

And bring you homages unending

Don’t mind my speech fair lady 

My pride is at it again 


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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 9 months ago

Great street view, my fav, first and last!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks a lot Giancarlo. Much appreciated comment

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
G B 4 years, 9 months ago

I love the expressions of the crowd in the background :)

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to G B 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks G. Just returned from the more interesting holidays ever. Pictures will follow soon. :-))

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Le spectacle semblait intéressant !

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Tomie Poodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Merci mon ami

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Moira 4 years, 10 months ago

I really like the focus in the last capture, well done.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sara G 4 years, 10 months ago

Looks as if it was interesting! Love the people shots, Antonio.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
David Cardona 4 years, 10 months ago

Nice concept on excellent visual report! Thanks a lot for sharing and keep creating!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Julie Domingo 4 years, 10 months ago

wow! always wanted to do this line! beautifulssss!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers 4 years, 10 months ago

Great street shots. A skill not many of us have mate, well done

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Tim. I'm trying hard to not be ashamed when taking pictures of people. :-))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

Love the details and the colors.
Thanks for sharing with us Antonio.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

My pleasure Ram. ☺BTW, I'm not happy at all with happened with Liz post. There's a difference between pornography and bad taste and this last Liz post. Your moderator must have wider parameters or else this kind of censorship will transform PB in a very limited place for art and photography. It's the first time I make a critic so I hope you will take it as a constructive way of improving PB.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Hi Antonio,

I understand your concerns and I personally reached out to her after she posted the concern. However, I think this was blown out of proportion and mixed with other frustrations with the relaunch. I am really against any type of censorship and strongly believe that censorship and art don't go together.

People sometimes share content containing nudity for reasons like awareness campaigns or artistic projects. We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content - particularly because of their cultural background or age. In order to treat people fairly and respond to reports quickly, it is essential that we have policies in place that our global teams can apply uniformly and easily when reviewing content. As a result, our policies can sometimes be more blunt than we would like and restrict content shared for legitimate purposes. We are always working to get better at evaluating this content and enforcing our standards.

We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures. Restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. Explicit images of sexual intercourse are prohibited. Descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail may also be removed.

Above two paragraphs are an excerpt from the FAQ items I have just added. Please let me know what you think of this. As I said I am willing to change rules when needed but rules need to be in place, otherwise, PB will be an abandoned site again.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

I tend to agree with the fact there must be rules applied to a site, but Liz post didn't violate them - no nipples, no genitals, no fully exposed buttocks - and that's why I cannot understand why it was removed. The cultural background that doesn't allow people to see some pictures is in a wider sense the same that says women have to be covered from head to toes. We cannot yield to such dictatorship of practices or else everything some people fought for since middle ages will be in vain. In the end no one is obliged to see posts that offend them. The excuse of having children seeing them is a poor one. Nevertheless I hope you will be able to instruct your team to be more open minded. I will be out of PB for about two to three weeks and then I will decide what to do. Thanks a lot for such a thorough reply.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Hi Antonio, I am very saddened by what happened. I agree that she should have been notified of the issue before any action was taken. I have since asked moderators to notify me of any issues with active members before action. So moderators will only be taking swift action against spam accounts that usually break the rules in their 1st post.

Please have a look at our policy regarding nude images https://www.photoblog.com/help/questions/15/what-is-photoblogs-policy-regarding-nude-content/. I am willing to change and listen to your feedback regarding this.

Thanks.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sara G Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree with your nudity rules..not for photo BLOG..a blog is for words and interesting or beautiful photos. She did violate the rules with full frontal nudity and I was offended.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle Replied to Sara G 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you sara G.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 4 years, 10 months ago

Yep, as always, the ladies stole the show.
It seems like it takes more time so I haven't
made many comments for some time.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 4 years, 10 months ago

Welcome back my friend

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

I love these especially the girls..........and 1 super colours....

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

Me too. :-))))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mafalda Photography 4 years, 10 months ago

olhando bem ao promenor da segunda fotografia....no fundo a senhora com a maquina fotografica...será que ela captou o grande Angil em accão ? :-)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Mafalda Photography 4 years, 10 months ago

Grande Angil faz-me lembrar os antigos anúncios dos mágicos de feira (o grande Houdini, etc.) . Grande Obrigado cara amiga. ☺☺

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful post & poem! Is the jester the same guy who played the beggar in your previous post?

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

No, this one was another character. :-) Thanks my friend

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Thank YOU!!!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 4 years, 10 months ago

Love the action shot and the editing!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Becky Brannon 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Becky. :-)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

The young girls are so very pretty - a perfect contrast to your court jester!
Excellent action in the second shot.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks dear Mx.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 4 years, 10 months ago

wooooooooooooow
Great actions and colors

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 4 years, 10 months ago

Merci chère amie.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
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