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Adversity, Hope and Triumph by seven-s Adversity, Hope and Triumph by seven-s
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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sara-satellite Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing fractal! Well deserved dd! :aww:
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seven-s Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Thank you so much!
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sara-satellite Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Congratulations on the DD, I am so happy for you! :heart:
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thanks!:):heart:
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foolishworld Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   General Artist
Suberb!
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seven-s Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Thank you, and for the fave too!:)
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crypticfragments Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
wow! I love it!
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thanks!
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anais24 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
This is great!
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seven-s Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thanks, and for the fave too!:)
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:iconfoxdog77:
foxdog77 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!! So pretty
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Thanks!:)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I love it! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you so much!:)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
My pleasure! :)
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student 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.
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks for the wonderful comment! Much appreciated.
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jim88bro Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations! :)
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks!:)
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AnnieSmith Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist 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
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
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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AnnieSmith Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i don't know how to make journal skins i was asking if you knew how to make one. :)
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
No, unfortunately, I don't.:)
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am this got a DD! Congratulations!
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Thank you so much, Jamie!:hug::sun:
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Loki7z Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice!
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thanks!
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :iconclappingplz:
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thanks!:bow::)
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Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my sister has a sketch book with wave of kenagawa on the cover
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SylviaDalberg Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Photographer
This is like the cover of the album "Under the iron sea - Keane"

Wonderful!
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thank you, much appreciated!:)
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angeliIy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artist
Nice OAO
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thanks!:)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thank you so much!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome :)
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
An awesome use of fractal art. Well done!
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thank you, it is much appreciated!:bow::)
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LaxmiJayaraj Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations! :handshake:
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thank you!:hug::sun:
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TimePhilosopher Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I was, just a week ago, watching the PBS Nova Special on fractals and they talked a ton about Wave of Kanagawa. I'm so pleased that this got a DD and IFDD!
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thank you so much for the kind comment and fave!:)
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innsjo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   General Artist
absolutely BEAUTIFUL
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thanks, I am glad you like it!:)
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innsjo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   General Artist
your welcome, i do! its so unique!
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful for its inspiration and message. Thank you for sharing this.
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Thanks for the lovely comment!:)
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