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Pine Wood at Montenero

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

The photographer George Tatge was born in Istanbul and now lives in Florence. He studied English Literature at Beloit College in Wisconsin and moved to Italy in 1973 to work as a journalist in Rome before focusing on photography, which he does mostly with a 5x7in Deardorff view camera.

That mid-West study of English Literature was repaid when his Italia Metafisica won the Ernest Hemingway Award sponsored by Lignano Sabbiadoro, a town in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-eastern Italy. The story goes that when Hemingway was exploring the lagoons around Venice, he discovered Lignano Sabbiadoro and fell in love.

Presences – Italian Landscapes is the title of a photo series by George Tatge currently on display at the Catherine and André Hug Gallery in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. This is the beautiful Pine Wood at Montenero and it was taken near a famous Catholic sanctuary perched on the Livorno Hills in central Italy.

Pine Wood at Montenero


Believe in miracles

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Healing wells were traditional shrines dedicated to the miraculous powers of water, which is the fons et origo of life itself. They were incorporated by Christianity and country people still make pilgrimages to the holy wells to seek relief for a variety of ills from rheumatism to cancer. A great many wells are supposed to cure eye problems and it’s customary for the petitioner to leave a token piece of clothing, usually hung on a bush or a tree, so that the healing power of the water can act through it.

Believe that a farther shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.

The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013)

At the holy well


Apple anecdote

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

“The doctor’s wife ate two apples a day, just to be safe. But her husband kept coming home.” — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

Apples


Snogging, partying, snoring — and champagne

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018

The illiberal left has given us a glimpse this past fortnight of the kind of Orwellian Dystopia it wants to create on earth. All youthful indiscretions and errors will be punished in their brave new world and woe betide those who indulge in alcohol, for theirs is the path to perdition.

Raucous parties and drunken antics have been part of the wild world of privileged youth for generations and the British variety is brilliantly depicted in the photographs of Dafydd Jones, who was engaged by Tatler in the early 1980s to snap the society weddings, debutante dances and the Hunt Balls of the season. The printed result is The Last Hurrah, which is being promoted with an exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery Print Room in the Soho district of London. The book is an exuberant cocktail mixed with a good dash of humour and the Dafydd Jones photograph here shows Benita Douglas-Robertson with Matt Gomez at the Blizzard Ball in the London Hilton on 3 January 2001.

Dafydd Jones


View with room

Saturday, 29 September, 2018

“My father says that there is only one perfect view — the view of the sky straight over our heads, and that all these views on earth are but bungled copies of it.” — E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

View


All the Pretty Horses

Monday, 10 September, 2018

Pretty Scarteen horse

“They rode out along the fenceline and across the open pastureland. The leather creaked in the morning cold. They pushed the horses into a lope. The lights fell away behind them. They rode out on the high prairie where they slowed the horses to a walk and the stars swarmed around them out of the blackness. They heard somewhere in that tenantless night a bell that tolled and ceased where no bell was and they rode out on the round dais of the earth which alone was dark and no light to it and which carried their figures and bore them up into the swarming stars so that they rode not under but among them and they rode at once jaunty and circumspect, like thieves newly loosed in that dark electric, like young thieves in a glowing orchard, loosely jacketed against the cold and ten thousand worlds for the choosing.” — Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses


Bos Taurus bossing

Monday, 13 August, 2018

The genus of wild and domestic cattle is called Bos, from the Latin bōs: cow, ox, bull. Arguably, the best known Bos Taurus breed is the black Angus from Scotland.

Bos Taurus

The Black Angus Bull

Out there in the paddock I hear the black bull
He never stops bellowing when the moon is full
I wonder does the moon affect him in some strange way
For I’ve never heard him bellow in the light of the day
The full moon does affect people ’tis said
It has an unsettling effect in the head
And if a mental weakness in humans the full moon can find
Why not it too affect the animal kind
He has his herd of cows with him yet I do wonder why
He bellows all night when the moon’s in the sky
During the hours of day he is always so quiet
And I’ve never heard him bellow on a dark night
But he never stops bellowing when the moon is full
Out there in the paddock the black Angus bull.

Francis Duggan


Let there be Light

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

Last week, Light.co, which makes a computational photography camera, raised $121 million from SoftBank and Leica. “The new funding will allow Light to expand the reach of its imaging platform beyond consumer photography and into security, robotic, automotive, aerial and industrial imaging applications,” says the press release, and then comes the really interesting sentence: “Later this year, the first mobile phone incorporating Light’s technology will be available to consumers around the world. It will shatter the expectations of mobile photography.”

The venerable Leica camera was introduced to the world at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair and the brand became synonymous with first-class photography, but the company can see which way the wind is blowing. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Leica Supervisory Board, says: “With the rapid development of the computational photography, partnering with the innovators at Light ensures Leica to extend its tradition of excellence into the computational photography era.”

Light

While we wait for “the first mobile phone incorporating Light’s technology”, which “will shatter the expectations of mobile photography,” the Light L16 Camera can be yours for a mere €2,050. It allows users to captures a scene at multiple focal lengths and then uses “sophisticated algorithms to combine 10+ images into a single, high-resolution photo.”


No Man’s Land

Friday, 20 July, 2018

How would a world without humans look? A world in which animals have taken the place of people in a kind of neo-Orwellian Animal Farm minus the oppressors. The Belgian photographer Henk Van Rensenbergen goes there with images of animals set in the ruins of our consumer culture. A cow on an escalator of an abandoned mall gazes at the viewer in the way only a cow can. A melancholy lion stares out the window of an empty villa. Two hens named Thelma and Louise take a roadtrip around a vacant hotel in No Man’s Land.

No Man's Land

The notion of a post-human future is one that’s popular with certain types of “intellectual” and among organizations like PETA who despair about the state of our world today. They are uniformly anti-capitalist and terrifyingly utopian. Luckily for animals and humans, they remain powerless.


Photo of the Day

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018

Bernard Weber, Founder of New7Wonders, celebrating the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) symbol of peace, while presenting a flower version of the symbol to CND and the Quakers Elders at the Manchester Friends Meeting House today.

Bernard Weber CND


Up top

Thursday, 10 May, 2018 0 Comments

According to the Urban Dictionary, “Up top” is an exclamation made just before giving a high five to someone to indicate that the high five is coming. Example:

Donald: “So I told Angela that I was going to kick Putin’s ass if he tried to pull another Crimea move while I’m in charge here.”
Emmanuel: “Up top!”

Up top