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Adversity, Hope and Triumph
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Published: March 14, 2011
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One of my favourite works of art is the ‘Wave of Kanagawa’ painting by the 19th century Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. (See this site for an image and analysis: [link] ).
To me, the image of this particular woodblock painting - which depicts fishermen in tiny boats struggling with determination against an enormous wave - is a frightening, awe-inspiring and yet uplifting one. It represents triumph against adversity, and epitomizes the resilience and spirit the Japanese have shown against the fury of nature since time immemorial.

The above fractal, inspired by the famous Hokusai painting, has been a work-in-progress for a while. I had, in fact, forgotten about it, only to be perversely reminded of it by the sad events of the past four days or so. I hesitated to put this up, partly because I wasn't sure how such an image might be interpreted. It is, after all, a grim reminder of the sad events that have taken place recently. The ‘wave’ in this piece is a rather ugly one – it doesn’t have the ‘claws’ you see in beautiful wave of Hokusai’s painting, but it has ‘teeth’. There is no uplifting image of boats with fishermen keeping afloat to compensate for it, and had I wanted to duplicate something of that nature in the fractal it would have been beyond my abilities to do so. But there is a red sun rising in the horizon, and that red sun represents my hopes and prayers for Japan.


Awarded an IFDD for March 20, 2011 and a DD on June 18, 2012. Many thanks to ImagersFractalDDs and SuicideBySafetyPin for featuring this piece. Also thanks to everyone who favourited this piece, and for all the kind comments; I appreciate the support.
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EichkaterkatzeHobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love that painting, too and your fractaly interpretation resembles Japanese art in its deceptive minimalism. 
seven-s's avatar
Thank you so much!
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sara-satelliteHobbyist Photographer
Amazing fractal! Well deserved dd! :aww:
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Thank you so much!
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sara-satelliteHobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Congratulations on the DD, I am so happy for you! :heart:
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foolishworld General Artist
Suberb!
seven-s's avatar
Thank you, and for the fave too!:)
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crypticfragmentsProfessional Photographer
wow! I love it!
seven-s's avatar
Thanks, and for the fave too!:)
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foxdog77Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!! So pretty
Angie-Pictures's avatar
I love it! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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Thank you so much!:)
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KarintaStudent General Artist
This, my friend, is beauteous in its own right, even without the meaning behind it. Very simple, and stunning use of negative (white) space in this fractal.
seven-s's avatar
Thanks for the wonderful comment! Much appreciated.
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jim88broHobbyist General Artist
Congratulations! :)
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AnnieSmithHobbyist Artist
would you be willing to use this to make a journal skin.

i love this it's amazing and it reminds me of the cover art on my copy of Debussy's La Mer
seven-s's avatar
Thank you so much for the compliment! The cover art of La Mer was in fact inspired by Hokusai's wave.

I am happy for it to be made as a journal skin, as long as I am given credit for it.:)
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