Suzanne Griffin from the ELSA Holland Facebook Page is the winner this week. Another Giveway same time next week.
This is one of my favorite tango pieces. I love to play tango music late at night, preferably a glass or three of wine already consumed. For me the tango belongs in the night, there is something about the dark that enhance it’s character. Yo-yo Ma’s album Soul of the Tango is wonderful.
This is just wonderful to watch. I guess it is the unfolding and evolution on what we saw was beauty.. as well as the evolution of art as the vehicle for that expression.
Henri Rousseau’s paintings animated. Just beautiful!!
So not quite the original sound track but it works <3
Below is a gallery of photos focused on Russian fairy tales that Uldus is compiling for a book. Each image is layered with symbols and meaning much like her ironic earlier projects. In an article by Katie Baker, Bakhtiozina says, “All fairy tales were horror stories originally, with a love of the night, shamanism, meat, skulls, furs and gold.”
The elements which speak to me in her work are the elements of mythic, shamanistic, symbolism. That connection to the mythic and nature is something that plucks a string and sends a hum, a deep resonance through me. Reminds me of the roots we have all come from. The stories by the fire, the stories of childhood where we imagined and belived that it was all very real.
For the longest time as a child I wanted to be an elf or an old witch who lived in a cottage in the forest as potential career paths. It’s hard to say when the veil of that being a real possibility got lifted to reveal a world that did not contain those career options LOL. I know I was very upset and all the remaining options felt lack lustre…. I don’t think I am alone in that hankering for the magical…
Images like these from Uldus make that place inside me open its eyes again. Just ‘hanging out’ with the images immerses me in that ‘otherworldliness.’ Naturally it sends me back to that young girl who was determined to have a magical life as an elf or a witch.
Every shot I take is influenced by something, and each photo tells a story. I reference things that are special to me. Whether it is an old film, a song, a painting, or a poem. It’s all about telling a story. I am constantly inspired and my way of expressing this is by taking photos, it’s my way of sharing my experiences. There are way too many bland, cold, boring fashion and lifestyle photos out there. My photos try to express something deeper then today’s average trendy photo formula. I make it a point to get away from that. I want to be learning something or feeling something when I’m looking at a photo – so I try to create the same experience with my photography. With my art. With my Life! I am deeply inspired with Pre-Raphaelites , poetry of XIX Century, with paganism and Russ Land fairy tales, at the same time i am very passionate about modernity, media, i love super heroes, especially Iron Man, i love German language and colored hairs on girls. So, all these little and big things come to me and get to you from me through my art photography! Generally my statement isto be free and flow with emotions. I am gaining to bring beauty and positive emotions to people! I live for that! STAY HIGH!
The official Video of Son Lux song “Easy”
Sharing a wonderful video via Nicolette Hugo.. puts me in mind of Jamie…the bookbinder in The Bound Heart.
“Some beautiful suspension bondage…poetry in motion” Nicolette Hugo
Beatrice Wood lived until she was 105 and was an active potter through her 90’s. When asked what her secret was she said “I owe it all to art books, chocolate and young men.” Those things which inspires us and make us happy.
I find her attitude and creative spirit an inspiration. Being who you are and following your passions are fundamental to being ‘here’, present in life as well as living a meaningful and happy life. That doesn’t mean you have to be an artist or do something extra ordinary, I think it means if you want to sit on the front deck with a coffee, feel the sun on your feet and watch people walk by…do it. Of course we live together as communities so play nice goes without saying, the key is finding your place in a way that expresses you. It could be as simple as your open authentic presence.
I have a thing about centenarians and really want to be one as well. The few interviews I have seen have shown people who are at peace with themselves and who they are. I think that is one of the most challenging and rewarding things to achieve.
In the summer, late into the night with the big lounge doors open and a few glasses of wine already dusted, I like to put this on, Milonga Triste. It features the harmonica player Hugo Diaz and is from the sound track The Tango Lesson.
You know, I’m listening to it now on headphones as I write this post, his breathing as he plays adds a remarkable intimacy.
I’ve reblogged this from Nicolette Hugo: Nicolette Hugo’s site
Whenever we make love, you say
it’s like fucking a crash –
I bring the bus with me into the bedroom.
There’s a lull, like before the fire brigade
arrives, flames licking the soles
of our feet. Neither of us knows
when the petrol tank will explode.
You say I’ve decorated my house
to recreate the accident –
my skeleton wired with fireworks,
my menagerie flinging air about.
You look at me in my gold underwear –
a crone of sixteen, who lost
her virginity to a lightning bolt.
I didn’t expect love to feel like this –
you holding me down with your knee,
wrenching the steel rod from my charred body
quickly, kindly, setting me free.
Gothic Victorian: Penny Dreadful Season 2 trailer starts May 2015
I love shadows. I came to really appreciate them living in Japan where light and shadow was a strong part of their aesthetic. This small series of lace shadows I find very beautiful and remind me of Lily’s veils in Lily and the Mechanic. The mood a bit as well. My mind always wanders when I see something that attracts me. This imprinting of shadow… something that’s there and not there reminds me of memories. They can fall over you like shadows as the day passes.
You can find him here:
I’ve been told
when I get older
that I’ll understand it all……
but I’m not sure if I want to….
Yes I’m an old Kate Bush fan. Old as in long standing cough, cough
There is something about finding that child spirit in yourself. The wonderment and magic of it all. I remember when I was young and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up …. I wanted to be a wise old witch who lived in the forest or an elf. (Yes I can still tell you why I thought they were good options!!) Naturally I was quite devastated as over time both my career choices were taken away from me * sigh*
Secretly though, between the two of us, I am still holding on to the idea that one of them may yet pop up as an option ….
Kate Bush – In Search of Peter Pan…
We’re 75% water. But I think we treat ourselves as if we were solid because it looks like and feels like we are solid. No doubt the cultural idea that we come from the earth and return to the earth contributes to this sense as well.
But we aren’t really solid at all…. we are fluid and space.
We are full of water and we have all these cavities like lungs and digestive system, stomach ….. they act like drums when we are around strong sounds too. Vibrating the sound around us deeper and further into the body.
Here is a video of the effect of sound on fluids and other things like fire and sand. Watch it and imagine what listening to your favorite music must do to you given that you are actually mainly fluid. Remember how amazing listening to great music feels. How loud concerts can snatch you up in their sound and really move through your whole being. Match that with the visuals in the video…it makes you think a little differently about your body and why music is so fundamental to us and how we enjoy it.
Cymatics is the visible effect of sound on things.
Thank you to Dafni Ma a freelance Writer I’m connected to on FB friends for introducing this to me on her timeline.
Images Olivier Valsecchi Opiom Gallery