Is death such a bad thing?

The dying rose at The Taj Getaway hotel in Coonoor

The dying rose at The Taj Gateway, in Coonoor.

I agree and disagree with John Martin Fischer when he says death can be a bad thing for the one who dies.

Could it possibly be our quest for immortality, that we end up doing what we do: build monuments, make cars, watches, sculptures & artwork; build brands, play cricket, make movies, music, websites and what not! Or is it that our lives are a part of this other ecosystem that plays endlessly in our gardens remaining quite indifferent to such concepts of man?

Perhaps, we’re different and wish to create stuff that outlive ourselves. The Bougainville outside certainly displays no such ambition! So is it ‘thought’ that makes us different from the rest of our ecosystem? Is death thus a bad thing for all us humans and humans alone? I don’t know about you, but when I look outside of myself, I discover the sheer absence of such fragile and finite concepts of time. Especially out there: in the gardens, the parks, the forests, the lawns; in the flora and fauna that surrounds me, life seems to be living in gay abandon.

These are a set of portraits of roses that seemed oblivious of their birth or impending death. The ageing ones were gracefully bowing in front of the sun in the cold air surrounding them, changing color ever so subtly, curling at the corners, spotting on their soft velvety skins and staying blissfully alive in their respective deaths. I wonder if it thinks death is such a bad thing.

This is an ageing red rose, wrapping itself into its fagile drying petals on the outside.

An ageing red rose, wraps itself into its own fragile, drying petals on the outside.

A budding rose optimistic about the sun and cool air.

A budding rose optimistic about the sun and cool air in the garden at the Taj Gateway, Coonoor.

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About shabnamphoto

I'm a graphic artist with a passion for photography. I like to tell a story with my pictures. Sometimes a picture may speak on its own and at other times it may need an explanation. I'm intrigued by the ordinariness of life and enjoy documenting my life in the light and shadow of what surrounds me. Be it people, landscape, flowers, architecture or birds, the camera helps me see what I wouldn't with my naked eye.
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11 Responses to Is death such a bad thing?

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  2. The roses in your photographs definitely don’t think it is bad! Excellent post.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully written and illustrated. But how can death be a bad thing? It just is. The process of living through prolonged illness or injury can be a bad experience, but once you’re dead the experience is erased and no longer valid, except in the memories of the survivors. Pain and loss are both linked to memory so perhaps the next Big Question should be : is memory such a good thing when bad things happen and should we /can we evolve to a level when we can selectively switch memory on and off (though one could say that some people, especially some husbands , have already mastered that art!)?


  4. Paula says:

    No, it is not, especially in the first example 🙂 Great capture and awesome editing!


  5. Death?
    I am still struggling to understand the meaning of life.

    Blow if you will
    fall wind – the flowers
    have all faded.



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