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Nemo
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Published: August 8, 2008
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Nemo - no one in Latin.

My tribute to Captain Nemo, one of my favorite literature characters. It's weird how the same book can give you so different emotions. I read Verne's book first time in quite early ages in my childhood. I had learned to read quite late and after ABC, I refused to read any children book. I found nothing from there and oneday my mother came home with very old edition of "Mysterious Island" she has bought from antiquity fair. It had old yellowed pages and very beautifully painted big ship on it. And it was huge for me - the number of pages but I took the book and I felt the magic on the first moment. It took me a lot of time and a lot of patience but I read it all and fell love of it - the adventure, the human type Verne describes. And after that I read all of his books I could find translated in my mother tongue.

On those time, it was all about the adventure, the mystery, the magic of science. And then, I grow up and for years never read those books because the emotion I had was to sacred to be risked that I might disappoint as sometimes happens with things I used to love so much. I grow up and the magic is gone. But I always kept saying that "Mysterious Island" is one of my favorite books as it was so magnificent for me. Maybe it was part of why I became who I am - why I started to love science.. treasure those principles I have.

Anyway, this year while I was packing to move to country I was choosing books to take with me. There are some what I like to re-read every summer or over some summers - Robin Hobb's books.. Dune serie, Zelanzy Amber serie. And I took the same old copy of "Mysterious Island" into my hand and I decided - I will read it again. I take my change. And I do not regret. But this time I found so much more on this book. It was not only the adventure, the magic of science.. the depth of the chars, those parts of their I did not understand 10 years ago. The beauty within. And when the story got to Captain Nemo I just started to cry. I have never thought the way I did now about him. I felt sorry for him, of course and I am sure his death made me cry even back then but for other reasons. And now I even start to cry while writing this. I saw something in him what is not seen in so many others... he chose loneliness, he chose the life under water as he had lost so much above water that he could not bare going on. But for him - the loneliness - it was not prison for him. It was his endless leagues of wonders, world free of conquerors, pointless violence and the anger of mankind what he had seen. He chose loneliness to run away, yes, but with it he chose a new world what was more of his liking - where he could live by the rules he wished. By choosing loneliness he chose freedom, peace and contempt for him.

I have heard so many people saying for me that I have run away from my problems and turned back to other people, chosen loneliness instead being out there but I think those people who are saying this to me see loneliness as a prison - place where I could just hold everything to myself and drown in self pity. I really wanted to portray with this image that loneliness, isolation, can be much more. It do not have to be negative emotion, punishment. It can be bliss - it can be a place for me where I can make my pictures, dream and wonder. It is a place where I know is no shadows and all the limits are beatable.

So, I would like to say - world is not black and white and some people are different - they have their own world, own dreams and their own hopes and for some people word loneliness does not mean the same what you think. Like there is a beauty in dark, there is contempt and happiness in loneliness.

And maybe someday the world is ready to know the man under the water, the one who calls himself Captain Nemo is just an like any other man and there is renationalisation that prince Dakkar is just out of his time and concept but genius. And by the life he chose he gifted himself the world and peace....

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KatitziArt's avatar
KatitziArt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work :nod: :clap: Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsartem
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MichaelaRoberts's avatar
Love it
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cesarzowa-elka's avatar
Wow! That's a gorgeous dress! Do you have any more pictures of it?

I :heart: the seaweed details, both the ones hanging off your arms and the ones at the bottom of the dress :D

I am currently rereading 20 000 leagues under the sea - the first time I read it, I was much younger (13). I remember that Captain Nemo scared me, but that I loved him anyways :D My mom told me the story when I was really young, but she herself had read it as a child and could only really remember the science aspect: the story I grew up knowing was about a man who invented the submarine and went exploring, and it was much more the story of Jules Verne and science fiction than of Captain Nemo, so I was very surprised to find that he had killed people, since I grew up thinking he was a marine biologist.

I got into steampunk recently, or perhaps its better to say that I realized I have always been fond of the steampunk style, or, more precisely, the Victorian style, but the only way to adopt that in real life is to go steampunk, otherwise it becomes too expensive. I decided to reread Verne's books, especially since I love French literature (Verne, Dumas, Leroux, Moliere, Hugo, de Stael, du Chatelet, Marivaux). Its the first book I've read for pleasure in ages :D I only read for school now, unfortunately. But I love it just as much as I did the first time.

Like you, I didn't really understand Captain Nemo the first time I read it: I thought his submarine was awesome, I thought he was a real "badass," but I also thought he was a murderer, without really understanding what was going on. Having studied post colonial literature, I realize that he's basically a post colonial character: his kingdom was conquered and his family was killed, so he had nowhere to go but underwater. I also know about Jules Verne's last book, I believe its Paris 1989, and I find that, like Nemo, he was also disenchanted with the human race, and poured some of his feelings into this character.

I understand what you mean about loneliness: you can use it to your advantage, to let your creativity flow. At this point of my life, loneliness isn't a huge problem, but it used to be. But perhaps its thanks to that loneliness that I have such a wild imagination . . .
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I likes this. It speaks volumes about the character. This could easily be a dream of his dead wife, so fresh in his memory, yet so far from him. He longs for her to turn and embrace him, but her presence is fleeting, as he is awoken by the klaxon calling his men to action. Perhaps this is what he dreamed of before that fateful attack on the Abraham Lincoln.
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Yeah . . .
I kind of raped Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea as a child.

Captain Nemo is my all-time favorite character, period. From literature, movies, anything. Nothing compares to depth and resonance that Verne brought to Nemo. It feels almost as if he was a real person, fighting a real war.
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Iardacil's avatar
Agree on that!
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AquariusDreams's avatar
I love this picture, it's very beautiful
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youre welcome
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Nawakwa|Student Writer
I read your words and find them all to be bitter sweet. I see the happiness you have found and I want to smile, but then I remember that your peace can only last so long. Will you know joy forever or will you loose it all? Tell me if you will, when you die, where will you go? I have tasted heave and hell. Like you, my dreams are nearly my entire life. But I know that I will still have dreams and so much more when I die. I have found God. The God of the Holy Bible. I will be in heaven when I leave this earth. Do you know where you will go when you die?
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mysterious-emerald|Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the picture, I thought it was a tribute to a song Nemo by Nightwish ( an amazing song imo)...It's very beautiful!
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Soul-singing's avatar
So did I.. ':)
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KakashiMorph's avatar
This is amazing. :)
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kyouya2909's avatar
So beautiful
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Iardacil's avatar
Glad you like it
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QueenOfQuills's avatar
I adore this :) The lonely castle - the girl with her back to us - even the birds flying away. All Beautiful.
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InTheStarryNightSky's avatar
I just... this is amazing. Beautiful. Wonderful. It is hard to find the words for such a piece.

I love how the girl's back is turned to us. It really helps to portray how loneliness that is a choice can be good. Wonderful job.
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Iardacil's avatar
Thanks. And I am really glad you like this image
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