Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Heart In A Freeze

Heart In A Freeze

This is a fast action photo taken during the Annual Photo Shoot in Trinity College. I had asked them (those at the back) to jump at the count of three when Herman and Mikha had jumped into the scene. I took the photo in burst mode and in my second shot, I got this unique photo where both of them makes a heart shape in the air. The photo was processed to leave both of the people coloured while the rest in black and white.

The heart () has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are extremely prevalent symbols representing love. However, more realistic depictions of human hearts tend to have macabre connotations of death and violence, quite unlike the concepts associated with the poetic and symbolic heart. This discrepancy is a common source of dark humor.

What the traditional "heart shape" actually depicts is a matter of some controversy. It only vaguely resembles the human heart. Some people claim that it actually depicts the heart of a cow, a more readily available sight to most people in past centuries than an actual human heart. However, while beef hearts are more similar to the iconic heart shape, the resemblance is still slight. The shape does resemble that of the three-chambered heart of the turtle, and that of the human male prostate gland, but it is very unlikely that the image was patterned after either of these organs. The double humps atop a stylized heart vaguely recall a human penis head's shape, but a rounded rather than pointed tip would better have captured the likeness.

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