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Too Late Now

...How could I ever close the door
And be the same as I was before?
Darling, no, no I can't anymore
It's too late now.
Too late now.”

(Song written by Alan Lerner & Burton Lane and performed by the wonderfully talented Patricia Barber, voice and piano.)

Too Late Now

...How could I ever close the door
And be the same as I was before?
Darling, no, no I can't anymore
It's too late now.
Too late now.”

(Song written by Alan Lerner & Burton Lane and performed by the wonderfully talented Patricia Barber, voice and piano.)

comments (42)

  • VZ
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 01:46
…you will never be the same
even if you close the door
he will come to you in dreams
on a boat with sails-petals
he will take you to the Island
fully covered with red berries
he will tell you many stories
only you will understand…

even if you close the door
you will never be the same
Kathryn: My restless wind breezes in
through the open door of my sleep
in a verboten language sings
tales of pining a thousand kisses deep

How could I ever close the door
and be the same as I was before?
It is too late now.
Too late now.

My captain of the little boat,
with sails of petals carries me
to the island where wild strawberries grow
--a paradise lost in the Baltic Sea

How could I ever close the door,
and be the same as I was before?
It is too late now.
Too late now.

My dragon with a gentle heart
breathing warm upon my face.
With firey voice assures me,
closed doors for dragons have no place.

How could I ever close the door,
and be the same as I was before?
It is too late now.
Too late now.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 02:07
Very creative use of backlighting. These through the doorway shots can have so much effect when done right (as this one is).
Kathryn: Thanks, Jewlya. Nice to know it had an effect on you.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Mar 2008, 05:58
So much truth in this picture, sometimes we have to close the door for our own protection and go on with our lifes how difficult it will be and how much it will hurt.....
Kathryn: Oh but, Astrid, isn't the sweetness of it all in the "how much it will hurt?" We go on, but we go on changed...too late to go on unchanged, too late to forget, too late not to have it live on in one's heart. Opening the door is emotionally risky. Keeping it closed is emotional death.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Mar 2008, 06:33
You close the door - not the glass panel. You can hang a curtain ...

Excellent blog, very moody with the music
Kathryn: The door might close, Louis, but you will never be the same. Its too late now.
I've said it before many of your pics are thought provoking, as is this one.
Kathryn: Then I guess I will consider this a success, Nig. But now you've left me wondering what thoughts I provoked!
  • paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 08:01
love this image, and thank you for introducing me to Patricia Barber too!
Kathryn: Thank You Paul.

Patricia Barber is quite versatile and such an interesting person. Check her website, you'll find many samples of her music there. I am particularly a fan of her Verse, but that is today, it could change tomorrow smile
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 11 Mar 2008, 08:12
Nice silhouette and it's clever not using the border ... Well done !!!
Kathryn: Thanks, Ann! Nice to know the lack of a border was a clever move on my part.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:06
Good one Kathryn
Kathryn: Well let's face it, had I been able to finagle a sheep in that doorway, it would have been just a smidge better smile
Wow, great photo this is. The right amount of light and darkness.
Kathryn: Thanks much, Chantal. Nice to know I got this one right.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:35
This is a very dramatic image which could be read in so many different ways.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:01
But Baby...
It's bright out there!
The first step...
will be the hardest

Very fine image, Kathryn.
Kathryn: "But Baby...
It's cold out there!"
"The first cut...
is the deepest"

May I borrow your rose-colored sunglasses, Ray (Charles)?

Thanks for the comment and the compliment.
  • xavi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:02
Kathryn: Ohhh I am so glad you like it that much!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:23
The longer I sit here trying to put what I think and feel into words, the more I realize I can't, at least not here.

And that should tell you everything you need to know, Kathryn. smile Don't you love it when photos have that kind of power?!
Kathryn: I crave that, Ginnie.

If you want to share with me in private, that is fine. If not, your words here tell me enough.

To answer a few of your questions from the other day. I am leaving for the USA next week, I am going for health reasons and probably won't be able to travel for around 6 months. I'll be in Florida. Not sure if I will be able to keep up on SC, but I am sure that I will be able to peek in from time to time and say hi.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:29
Shall I go, shall I close the door?
Never I'll forget what has been before!
But what will happen afterwards?
I'm upset, my feelings, my thoughts!
I don't know, nobody in my near,
I only the beating of my heart can hear!
Kathryn: Once you've crossed the threshold,
to the place where all you hear
is the beating of your heart,
while your mind races with "what if"
questions that are full of emotions
and feelings,
the door is open,
you are changed
and its too late now,
Too late now.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:40
I like this it has emotion and feeling of sadness.Patricia song has impacted as well.well done
Kathryn: Thanks so much and i am glad to know you like Patricia Barber. If you really like her, check her website for music samples. I've seen her in concert and she is so creative and a poet, really. The quality of her productions set the bar in the music industry and many audio freaks love her because in addition to her musical talent.

While the image and the song are very emotional and seemingly sad. I find it beautiful to have had a relationship so deep and meaningful that it leaves one changed....too late to be unchanged.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:57
Now I like this a lot - but no surprises there ;o) Implied narrative, darkness into light, enigmatic figure...
Kathryn: Mike, somehow the place inspired those qualities. I took it at Checkpoint Alpha, in the run down building that used to serve as an interrogation site.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Mar 2008, 11:32
Terrific capture Kathryn, really makes you look and think
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Aussie. I am looking and thinking now right along with you.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 11 Mar 2008, 15:08
Wow - thats a great Shot Kathryn. I'm so glad there is so much of talent here on SC to learn and be inspired from. Thanx for sharing this smile
Kathryn: Thomas, you are sure right, there is a lot of talent here and you will also find people most willing to share ideas and techniques!

Thanks for taking a look and leaving a comment.
Excellent atmosphere! I like the door ripped off its hinges. It adds to the complexity of the storyline.
Kathryn: Thanks Martin! Have you ever visited Checkpoint Alpha? I took this photograph there and the place was in shambles. Buildings left open with windows smashed in, door ripped of hinges, etc. I was astonished by the way it has gone to rubble.
J'aime ce genre de photo
Kathryn: Je suis heureux de savoir que vous l'aimez.
Too late now to forget your smile
The way we cling when we danced awhile
Too late now to forget and go on to someone new

Too late now to forget your voice
The way one word makes my heart rejoice
Too late now to imagine myself away from you

All the things we've done together
I relive when we're apart
All the tender fun together
Stays on in my heart

How could I ever close the door
And be the same as I was before?
Darling, no, no I can't anymore
It's too late now

All the things we have done together
I relive when we're apart
All the tender fun together
Stays on in my heart

How could I ever close the door
And be the same as I was before?
Darling, no, no I can't anymore
It's too late now

Too late now

Why are all the best songs sad?

Great picture.
Kathryn: A fantastic song, Bill. I almost posted all the lyrics, but instead decided to embed the song. Thank you for posting them. Did you hear Patricia Barber's version of it I embedded in this page?

Thanks on the photograph smile
i love this...very artistic...and the wording is great ...cheers
Kathryn: Thanks so kindly, Sarina. I can take credit for the photograph, but not for the words. Did you have a listen to the song I embedded here?
I´m hypnotized..........
Don´t know what it is..........
Just Have to look.......
And look again.......
I love this smile
Kathryn: Keep looking as long as you need to. I hope you have your sound turned on too because you can look and be treated to some very good music too!
  • Chris Phillips
  • 11 Mar 2008, 18:48
Kathryn you are very clever to have produced this
Kathryn: Chris, thanks much,
Nice thoughts provoking picture Kathryn. Can't we sometimes force our fate?
Kathryn: If it is fate, I think not. If it is our lot in life, then I think so. What do you think, Richard?
  • tim
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Mar 2008, 19:23
superb image Kathryn full of intrigue well done,
Kathryn: Thanks, Tim. Kathryn full of intrigue-- Now I love the way that sounds!
You managed to capture the mood in this shot perfectly with the words. Excellent silhouette and composition.
Kathryn: John, thanks so much for your visit, taking the time to look, and leave me some kind words of encouragement. I am hoping over to your blog once i am done here.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 11 Mar 2008, 20:59
that's a crackin treatment...nice one.
Kathryn: Thanks, Dave! I love it when people say "cracking!"
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, UK
  • 11 Mar 2008, 21:28
I love shots where I open the page and *bam*! instant impact.
You've done it again. You have a fabulous range of shots Kathryn that never dissapoints.

Love the composition, such a simple shot usually means lots of planning
Kathryn: aww shucks, Sheeplover, you are making me BLUSH. Keep on. I don't mind blushing smile

Actually, I was roaming around in this old ransacked place, when I took the image. Initially I was a bit annoyed when the person stepping infront of my shot, but once I looked through the viewfinder, I though...yup, stay right there and don't move. I got a couple of photographs similar, but the lighting on the door on the floor and the casting of the shadow was strongest on this one. Nice to know I hit the mark with it.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 23:03
This is amazing. I managed to find time to reply to some of the comments on my photographs today, but this is the first chance I have had to look at everyone else`s. This one perfectly illustrates something I said to you in an e mail about five mintues ago, namely, that you have a fantastic gift for projecting real emotions into your photographs. (:o) I find this such a powerful image. Although each viewer`s thoughts may strike off in different directions, I would like to bet that everyone who has viewed this will have paused and thought deeply about it.

My own personal thoughts were about how difficult I find `goodbyes` and `accepting changes` and `and taking big, scary decisions which can`t be retracted`.
Kathryn: Roz, I'd like to think that everyone pauses to think and then takes a little bit of each of the photographs we post here away with them. What I am delighted to know is that YOU paused and it effected you in some way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here in such an open way.
Oh I do so agree with you about goodbyes. Even the simple ones are hard for me, not to mention the more complex ones. I find I prolong them, even when I should not.
  • Ellie
  • blowing in the wind
  • 11 Mar 2008, 23:51
Love it, love the size and all the space around the silhouette.
Kathryn: Ellie, thank you SO much. Nice to know you like it so much. The size and the space...some times less is more, right?
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Mar 2008, 00:50
clever silhouette kathryn
Kathryn: Hallo Doc! I feel like it is Christmas and I have just got a visit from Santa! Thank you for the gift of your presence here and your comment. How are you?
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 03:54
What a beautiful song, Kathryn. The picture is very fitting. I am now a big fan of Patricia Barber and the song writers, thanks to you. (Of course, I'm one of YOUR biggest fans too!)
Kathryn: A beautiful love song for sure. Kay. Go to Pat's website and you will find quite a bit of music posted there to sample.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 12 Mar 2008, 16:21
like it...
Another great one Kathryn. Very thought provoking.
  • Ron S
  • Windy worcestershire
  • 16 Mar 2008, 10:20
I've missed out on some previous conversations Kathryn but I hope whatever the 'health reasons' are you are soon back in good health and living an active, photographic life.

Like so many others I'm impressed with many aspects of this thoughtful, thought-provoking picture. I also found you advice about embedding sound tracks useful. Just off to try it myself!

Good luck!
I like very much this good idea ! Artistic !
Excellent shot.
Excellent form to present/display the image. Music accompanies the scene! Bravo.

(I was trying in some occasion to tie a music to the photo but she had not obtained it... is possible to be said the trick? )smile
Okey! I have read your answer to Nadine! Many thanks!
  • mal
  • 14 Apr 2008, 15:48

how do you get the music to play? mal
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 26 Jun 2008, 02:33
i do like this silhouette, it has something special about. A peek into the unknown maybe.

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