IS ART (MORE) ALIVE?
In a market place, in Rosebank, Johannesburg, this guy was sleeping on a chair while surrounded by the wooden sculptures he was selling. My feeling was that the sculptures were in a way more alive then the guy. Maybe because he was sleeping, but surely because those sculptures were real pieces of Art.
There are many ways to define Art and it’s characteristics...
Read more at: http://www.photos-art.org/is-art-more-alive/
At the beginning of May, in Soweto, South-Africa. Two guys were working on bicycles, and I captured them when they both were lying on the floor because it was for them the best way to reach the part of the cycle which needed maintenance.
I am not sure they were aware they were repeating the same shape - not exactly the same, as the feet of the second guy are crossed - but the situation attracted ...
Read more at : http://www.photos-art.org/repetitive-shapes/
ALL ART HAS BEEN CONTEMPORARY
This sentence is displayed on the wall of the Egyptian Museum in Munchen (Germany). Has all Art been always contemporary? Yes, I agree, nevertheless I would make a small but significant change in the sentence: I would rather write "All Art is always contemporary". Or even better: "was, is and will always be...".
I understand Art as a temporarily, visible and limited manifestation of ...
To read more: http://www.photos-art.org/all-art-has-been-contemporary/
I just have to write it down to believe it : I have just DELETED my Google account !!!! It's done, I am 100% "Google free". No more gmail, no more channel on Youtube, and custom Android ROM without Google apps and playstore. Only FOSS apps. Took me 2 months to prepare this and look for alternatives, but it's finally done. WOW... I feel so good.....
I am very fond of places, like the subway – here in the Metro in Paris - where there is often the opportunity to take pictures showing a great combination of people, and reflect them in windows, glasses, and mirrors.
When we look at photographs, they sometimes offer us a scene which seems to break the reality, and it require us a moment to proceed what our eyes see....
Continue to read: http://www.photos-art.org/mirror-games/
At first glance it seems as just another selfie, but there is something different, a little bit strange maybe: it’s not just one person, a couple, a family, a group of friends. It is one man and six women. So what? Maybe something in the way they stand, in silence, one after the others and all behind the man suggest... what ? Maybe because the man is taking the selfie, and...
Continue to read: http://www.photos-art.org/subjectivity/
THE SHOES SHOP
Shoes have a purpose: we wear them to walk. And walking is to be in movement, to be alive. There is always a Path to walk, and it is not always a physical one. Shoes are just a symbol to remind us that we need to get on the Path of living with the right tools. We need good shoes, we need to be prepared. In life we need to choose wisely, which is not easy...
Continue to read: http://www.photos-art.org/the-shoes-shop/
This is a photograph from the “Plaza Mayor” in Madrid. People were working around the statue in the middle of the square. Something attracted my eye, and I took the shot. There is not really a situation, an event which occurs, but there is clearly something like a balance, a stability and an harmony which is emanated from the geometry and the symmetry....
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/balance/
THE BEES CARER
For most of the world “Winter is coming”, but here and now, where I live, Spring is coming And with it bees. Bees need to be cared, they are important for maintaining a balance in nature, and our way of life is killing them. They are missing, but they have decided to come to my house. It seems nice and romantic, but when you wake up with a hundred bees inside your bedroom and office, well, I must say ...
To read more: http://www.photos-art.org/the-bees-carer/
WALKING TOWARD THE LIGHT
Life is movement, and movement changes us. Do we have control upon it? Yes, at least in part. Of course we cannot escape the passing of time which aged us and challenged us with some common situations. I remember when I was 40, I discovered that I have to accept some physical limitations – as for example, the need to wear glasses for the first time. Then at 60, I understood ...
Continue to read: http://www.photos-art.org/walking-toward-the-light/
This is what one has to face when in need to buy a train ticket at a rail station in Japan. To me it seems quite complex. Not just because I don’t read Japanese, but the whole display, the diagrams, the colours, the many apparently different machines and options. Hopefully it is just a cultural issue and I believe that for a Japanese, the manner to choose a destination and to buy a ticket is something obvious, and simple..
Continue to read: http://www.photos-art.org/simplicity/
TO CAPTURE THE WIND
This is a photograph from the Portuguese coast, facing the Atlantic ocean. If I am not wrong, this place is considered as the most extreme occidental land. The wind is often strong, just like when I was there.
As always nowadays, you won’t find people without cellular phone, especially tourists taking pictures from… well…. from everything. I remember the wind… also the rain… and the clouds....
Read more at: http://www.photos-art.org/to-capture-the-wind/
Nunchi is a Korean word… and this is a photograph from the Yokohama train station, in Japan. I know… I am cheating. But I don’t know the japanese equivalent word for “Nunchi”. What I do believe is that more or less the same concept exist in the Japanese culture, so… I allow myself to use an image from Japan and a word from Korea. And what is “Nunchi” about? In english it could be translated as “harmony”, but it is more than that.
Read more here: http://www.photos-art.org/nunchi/
This shot is from the shuttle between the satellite and the main terminal “T4”, in Barajas, the Madrid airport in Spain. In planes, trains, cars… whatever: most of us are travelling, and we travel often. Always more often. Always further away.
The world seems to have become a village, as we find the same tourists and shops (for the tourists) more or less… everywhere.
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/travelling/
Unveiled or veiled? The dummy people have no face, and the two women walking just in the middle of them have their face hidden. Some are all white and the others wrapped in black, but the result is quite the same. The face is hidden, but the intention may even be more than this, to also hide the forms. In the end It feels as if the essence of humanity itself is being hidden. ...
Continue to read here: http://www.photos-art.org/hidden-face/
WHEN WE'LL HAVE TIME...
A recurrent justification we use to give to ourself is “I can’t do this now, I don’t have the time. I need to attend other responsibilities. When I’ll be older, when I’ll retire, I’ll have time for this”.
Seeing those two guys at a café terrace, enjoying a beer, reminds me of this. They seems to be happy, to have time.. but are they really able to achieve NOW what they could not achieve before?...
What does it means to practice Devotion ? I don’t refer to Devotion as a cultural and mechanical act, but as a natural necessity which emerge from the inner self, from the heart. Some would say that devotion is a sign of weakness, as the free and independent human being does not need to submit to any higher being or power. But I think not, in fact, I see it – and experiment it – as the opposite.
Continue to read at :http://www.photos-art.org/devotion/
Mudras is a symbolic language used in Indian tradition. It’s a symbolic language based on the position of hands and fingers. It is widely used on Indian and Buddhist sculptures, and in some teaching of Yoga. It is an ancient but still alive language.
Sometimes the words limits us. A language is never similar to another one....
Continue to read here: http://www.photos-art.org/mudras/
KEEPING THE CENTER
Keeping the center is not being influenced by external and internal circumstances. It is not letting our emotions and our opinions – both always subjective – taking control of us. Intelligence and Imagination should prevail. Intelligence is not opinions, it is discernment. It is the power to see the reality for what it really is, beyond the many veils and layers...
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/keeping-the-center/
UNDER THE LOOK OF THE GODS
Children are playing, as every child is playing. Playing hide and seek, posing to be photographed, whatever. What is particular here in Kanchipuram, in India - at least for me - is that the playground is an ancient Temple full of sculptures of divinities.
And it is not a non active Temple, something like a Museum or an archaeological site ...
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/under-the-look-of-the-gods/
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