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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #645 on: March 14, 2015, 04:25:35 PM »
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I had this photograph up on the screen and was studying it when my partner walked past.  He stopped and looked at it over my shoulder.

"They're beautiful," he said.  "Who are they?"

"They're Nicholas & Alexandra's daughters, Olga and Tatiana," I explained.

"Hmmm," he said after a pause.  "The mystique about them is probably because they died so young, like Marilyn Monroe."

"I agree," I replied.  "It's also a tragedy in every sense of the word.  That such beauty could be shot and bayoneted to death...."

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« Reply #646 on: March 14, 2015, 11:43:45 PM »
Well you certainly answered him in the most direct way. The Marilyn Montoe comparison, while I get it, isn't terribly fair in my opinion. I look at the faces of these girls and see a pair of incorruptible spirits. Of course they're beautiful. Right or wrong, sagas play out as such. But it's much more than that. Its haunting! These photos are the retrieved artifacts of a lost world. An existence so equally unique and bizarre. Amazing to think it could have a taken place within the last 35-40,000 days ago
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #647 on: March 15, 2015, 10:10:25 AM »
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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #648 on: March 15, 2015, 01:46:56 PM »
Well you certainly answered him in the most direct way. The Marilyn Montoe comparison, while I get it, isn't terribly fair in my opinion. I look at the faces of these girls and see a pair of incorruptible spirits. Of course they're beautiful. Right or wrong, sagas play out as such. But it's much more than that. Its haunting! These photos are the retrieved artifacts of a lost world. An existence so equally unique and bizarre. Amazing to think it could have a taken place within the last 35-40,000 days ago

Well said, edubs .As long as I've been absorbed in the Romanov Imperial Family mystique, it never really diminishes. I've learned and thought so much about them; seen thousands of photos, many of them so many times; I've seen a lot of film showing them; and I've held a small artifact of their life. I never cease to be moved profoundly by the sight and thought of these girls. Certainly haunting is the right word. But it's so much more.
Though it may be trite to say so, these young people really do seem unique, one of a kind, special. And yes, I guess beauty and innocence are at the heart of it, especially the latter. Or as you say, their almost preternatural incorruptibility, their seeming to be untouched by even the worst of humanity. And even granting that, it's striking that such a quality is so often conveyed in photos, that is, by how they look and carry themselves in even the slightest of ways.

Admittedly my reaction is subjective, but it's so widespread, almost (not quite literally) universal. It's quite remarkable that so often a single century-old photo of one or more of these young girls can spark such strong emotions for this sixty-something man on another continent in the modernity of the  21st century. But of course it's not just me .It's millions of both sexes and all ages and circumstances.

Ah well, pardon this little opinion piece, but this reaction to these IF and OTMA photos is so frequent and striking that I thought it worth noting in print.
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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #649 on: March 15, 2015, 02:32:34 PM »
The more photos I see of them, the more mundane they seem to me.
Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #650 on: March 15, 2015, 03:44:42 PM »
The more photos I see of them, the more mundane they seem to me.

And the more mundane NAOTMAA seem to me, the more fascinating does Russia itself seem.
Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #651 on: March 15, 2015, 04:16:17 PM »
Peterhof, 1913

Wonderful! Olga and Anastasia were also photographed on the same spot. There's a similar photo of Maria, but since it doesn't show the curtains that are visible in the other girls' photos I'm not absolutely sure it's the same window.

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #652 on: March 16, 2015, 07:41:25 AM »
Livadia, 1912



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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #653 on: March 16, 2015, 07:42:33 AM »
The more photos I see of them, the more mundane they seem to me.

They actually have the opposite effect on me. The aura is still strong!

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« Reply #654 on: March 16, 2015, 01:34:23 PM »


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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #655 on: March 16, 2015, 11:38:25 PM »
I have noticed that the more new photos I see, the less excited I get about them. I still enjoy seeing them and they aren't at all mundane, but it's happening to frequently now I'm getting used to it.

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #656 on: March 17, 2015, 07:02:25 AM »
I like the one of Tatiana peeking through the window.
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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #657 on: March 17, 2015, 02:03:17 PM »
I definitely do not share Clock´s feelings. I still get as ecited as ever :-)

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #658 on: March 17, 2015, 09:41:56 PM »
The more photos I see of them, the more mundane they seem to me.

And the more mundane NAOTMAA seem to me, the more fascinating does Russia itself seem.

I'm fairly certainly I'm going to regret asking you this...but how so?
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...

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Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Reply #659 on: March 18, 2015, 11:07:59 AM »
The more photos I see of them, the more mundane they seem to me.

And the more mundane NAOTMAA seem to me, the more fascinating does Russia itself seem.

I'm fairly certainly I'm going to regret asking you this...but how so?

LOL, you know me now!
Maybe because all these endless pictures of each other make them appear self-centred, like modern selfie teens? It also underlines how they lived in a cocoon. And crossing breaking out of this shell, crossing this boundary seems so fascinating. My homeland Norway shares a border with Russia, but the country on the other side is as strange to me as Deep Russia must have been to NAOTMAA.
Берёзы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и берёзы», 1843 / 1856)