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Sarah

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Beautiful roses from Paul Militaru. I didn’t realise they were roses to start with!

Photo post by @PaulMilitaru.

Source: your servants, lady !


I was profoundly moved recently to read about the carbon ‘imprint’ of a man who had been sitting on the stone steps outside the Sumitomo bank in Hiroshima when the bomb fell at 8.15am on 6th August 1945.

The ‘shadow’ left by his body was visible for many years until time and weather all but erased it. “Receiving the rays directly, the victim must have died on the spot from massive burns. The surface of the surrounding stone steps was turned whitish by the intense heat rays. The place where the person was sitting became dark like a shadow.” Google Cultural Institute

When the new bank was built, the steps were taken to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and an etching of the ‘shadow’ was created in memory of that fateful day when so many lives were ruined or — depending on your point of view — many more were potentially saved.

Whether this happenstance was in my subconscious when I decided to do something with Paul Earle’s photograph of deer in Bushy Park, Hampton (near London), I cannot say. If you like to ‘read’ things into other people’s work, you might say it’s my stand against the destruction of nature and wildlife where the planet will soon be a world of just such shadows.

My tongue is slightly in my cheek because I’m always amused by the things the critics read into the work they’re discussing and the ideas they attribute to the creator. I can just imagine the said artist or writer looking down from above and pooh-poohing the symbolism being expounded. “Oh, don’t be ridiculous — I wasn’t thinking anything of the kind!”

The deer in Earle’s original photograph are already in silhouette but putting the image in Linear Burn mode over the Ancient times 20 texture by 2 Lil’ Owls has increased the effect and given the image a rich, vibrant hue that you could say portends future atomic destruction!

Shadow Deer Flasks
Shadow Deer Flasks by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


Originally posted on The Genealogy of Style.

Experiment in Three Color Photography, by Edward Steichen. Camera Work No 15, 1906

“When I first became interested in photography… my idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth and also as naïve as a tender plant.”

Edward Steichen

via The Most Complicated Thing On Earth | The Genealogy of Style.


Ruddy Duck © Sarah Vernon

Ruddy Duck © Sarah Vernon

This is the fourth in my new bird collection using images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr. I have used the same background as for Whirring Pheasant Springs and The Cuckoo’s Note but am not using a poetical quote for its title: a ruddy duck it is and a Ruddy Duck it shall be, partly because it’s such a euphonious and satisfying phrase to say out loud.

The Ruddy Duck, or the Erismatura bird is, I have discovered (and wait for me to forget because as sure as eggs is eggs…) is found in North America and the Andes Mountains in South America (thank you, Wikipedia). They migrate in winter to coastal bays and unfrozen lakes and ponds. As for sustenance, their diet consists of the seeds and roots of aquatic plants, along with aquatic insects and crustaceans, which they secure by diving and swimming underwater. Sounds like fun.

For my next trick I will probably give you four butterfly images!

Update: The butterflies will come after the fourth one as I’ve just realised that this is the third in the series and I need to do number four! I can’t count.

Available soon!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Parrot with Plums Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)
Parrot with Plums Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)

“Nature does not seek to perpetuate the human species but to secure the biodiversity of the species.” Theophrastu

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Sarah



“Books are carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculations at a standstill. Books are the engines of change, windows on the world, ‘lighthouses’ (as the poet said) ‘erected in the sea of time.’ They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.” Barbara Tuchman


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Sarah


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A beautiful video by a new friend, Jean Luc Delagree, of springtime in Barnes, South West London, an area I know well having lived most of my life in Richmond and East Sheen. Enjoy!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah



“Gently the waves would break (Lily heard them in her sleep); tenderly the light fell (it seemed to come through her eyelids). And it all looked, Mr. Carmichael thought, shutting his book, falling asleep, much as it used to look years ago.”
― Virginia WoolfTo the Lighthouse

I’ve been at it again with lighthouses. I do love them. If I had my way, I’d live in a lighthouse. Mind you, it would have to have a special lift all the way up to the top. I envy anyone I read about who buys and renovates a lighthouse as a family home. Heaven!

The original photograph is one I took last month when my niece was staying. It’s the lighthouse that juts out from the Venetian Harbour in Chania which is twenty minutes away from our home in Crete. I plan to make this available for sale also.

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“Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman.” ― Mehmet Murat ildan


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Lighthouse Impasto
Lighthouse in Chania

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The Jungle Look

Playtime! This abstract took two seconds. I lie. It took about five minutes. I had an old photograph of leaves (probably weeds, although I’m sure the green-fingered among you will be able to tell me what it is) in our Cretan garden which I had meant to do something with for aeons.

The Jungle Look

I used a freebie texture from Design Cuts and placed it on top of the photograph. I  chose the ‘Difference’ blending mode in Photoshop.

The Jungle Look

There revealed was a rather captivating abstract with greens and golds and purples.

Have a bountiful weekend!

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Sarah

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