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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Where Children Live

Rajastathan baby Alfred PleyerDeogarth, Rajasthan © 2011 Alfred Pleyer

Where Children Live
Homes where children live exude a pleasant rumpledness,
like a bed made by a child, or a yard littered with balloons.
To be a child again one would need to shed details
till the heart found itself dressed in the coat with a hood.
Now the heart has taken on gloves and mufflers,
the heart never goes outside to find something to do.
And the house takes on a new face, dignified.
No lost shoes blooming under bushes.
No chipped trucks in the drive.
Grown-ups like swings, leafy plants, slow-motion back and forth.
While the yard of a child is strewn with the corpses
of bottle-rockets and whistles,
anything whizzing and spectacular, brilliantly short-lived.
Trees in children's yards speak in clearer tongues.
Ants have more hope. Squirrels dance as well as hide.
The fence has a reason to be there, so children can go in and out.
Even when the children are at school, the yards glow
with the leftovers of their affection,
the roots of the tiniest grasses curl toward one another
like secret smiles.
~
Naomi Shihab Nye

 

Linked to Meri’s Musings “Share the Joy Thursdays”

 

About the Photographer:

Alfred Pleyer

Alfred loves to travel and photograph.

He hails from Austria.

You may find more of his amazing photographic captures on 500px|Alfred Pleyer

According to Alfred the following is true:  Yes and i am living without a cat...

Belongs to group.as

involved in
Public Circles Project

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Balance: the metamorphosis project III ~Luca Renoldi

three Graces in Flight lucarenoldi© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Balance is noticed most when almost failed of--

in an elephant’s delicate wavering

on her circus stool, for instance,

or that moment

when a ladder starts to tip but steadies back.

Through the Rabbit Hole lucarenoldi© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

There are too, its mysterious departures

Hours after the dishes are washed and stacked,

a metal bowl clangs to the floor,

the weight of drying water all that altered;

a painting vertical for years

one morning — why? — requires a restoring tap.

spinning heart lucarenoldi© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

You have felt it disappearing

from your own capricious heart —

A restlessness enters, the smallest leaning begins.

Spinning heart 2 lucarenoldi© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Already then inevitable,

the full collision,

the life you will describe afterward always as “after.”

~Jane Hirschfield

Given Sugar, Given Salt ©2001

 

The Project
What this project aims to offer the viewer is the opportunity to see reality with new eyes, eyes  that "distort" what he sees, in an attempt to reveal what lies behind appearance, so that his altered state of mind may predispose him to look at metamorphosis. Through the game of decomposition and the multiplication of points of view, it highlights not only the availability of the mind to deformation, but also the lack of an absolute truth, (how this can prevail), to offset one’s own unique perspective: This is an important finding for understanding the meaning of the project (following the intent of Apuleius). The philosophical theme that accompanies the whole project is that of an eternal universe as a place of transformation, where "mutantur omnia, nihil interit" ie "nothing perishes but everything is transformed.
"

The Photographer

Luca Renoldi was born in Milan in 1958 and lives close to Monza, Not far from His beloved Milan. Due to His indomitable vitality and will to discover new horizons, he is often described as a twenty-year-old with thirty years of experience! For all his passions he dedicates 100% of his effort and vitality. Lover of football, a fan of FC Internazionale Milano, he is an active participant of the Inter Club Muratidentro supporters club. He has forever loved photographic art  taking pictures of whatever he finds interesting, nothing precluded,  fitting his perspectives to the mounted optics, rarely constructing his own photos, leaving the images as real as his eyes have captured. As  manager in a company that produces industrial laundry machines, he travels all around the world right along with his trustworthy Nikon. During his frequent travels, he always finds the time to dedicate himself to photography, which effectively combines with fractals or sometimes various experimental techniques.

Note on the Series

This is the Third installment of a series of photographs that make up this wonderful project. My thanks to Luca Renoldi for allowing me to post his phenomenal work on The Angels Wear Fins.

These photographs were posted with the photographer’s permission. All Rights are Reserved ©. Thank you.

Linked to Postcards from Paradise with the lovely Rebecca at

Recuerda mi Corazon.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Single Path of Vision

 

Rocky landscapeRocky Landscape 1 ©2011 Arnestad   ~   Rocky landscape on the coast of Herfoel, an island in Hvaler county, Norway. The water pots left and right are typical for the coastal island and is seen everywhere. The tower on the peak is for ships visibility and this particular tower is called Linnekleppen.

Lighthouse

Its vision sweeps its one path
like an aged monk raking a garden,
his question long ago answered or moved on.

Rocky landscapeRocky Landscape II tonemapped ©2011 Arnestad ~ Rocky landscape on the coast of Herfoel, an island in Hvaler county, Norway. The scene is captured as the sun sets in summertime and the image gets the nice and warm tone to it. The tower on the peak is for ships visibility and this particular tower is called Linnekleppen.

 

Far off, night-grazing horses,
breath scented with oatgrass and fennel,
step through it, disappear, step through it, disappear.
~Jane Hirshfield

 

from The Wisdom Anthology
of North American Buddhist Poetry
ed. Andrew Schelling, 2005

About The Photographer:

Arnestad profile

Thomas Russ Arnestad

About Arnestad Photography

Arnestad Photography (NO 990 983 267 MVA) presents the photographic work of Thomas Russ Arnestad (b.1979, Oslo).
He works as the Head of Photography at
Inviso AS, the largest real estate photography company in Norway. During low season he performs ad-hoc photographic work for numerous clients.

Besides interior photography he also shoots a lot of landscape, architecture, cars, products and travel images to name a few.
His interest began, as for many others, with the fascination of light and the beautiful impact it has on the nature surrounding us. From there on, it´s been a long journey to get where he´s at now. His nature and landscape photography, is today as then, a form for recreation and an excuse to spend some time alone.
Recent photos have been targeted into more specific projects and series than before. This is the way to go for getting more thought and substance into the photography for Arnestad.

Linked to Haiku My Heart Friday at Recuerda mi Corazon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Metamorphosis Project ~Part II ~Luca Renoldi

One Shoe Luca Renoldi 7© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Like a moveable theme drawn into being by a great composer ~ who places it into one part of the music, then another

0SC_5358-c© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Sometimes folding or inverting like shirting-fabric, Sometimes setting it upside down like a stone or a swarm of bees

0SC_5381-c© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

that knows neither top nor bottom,

yet by balance remains recognizable and whole,

the old lie comes

0SC_5398-c© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Its notes like white-faced cows looking back in strong starlight.

Hard to say why this so pleases.

0SC_5390-c© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

Perhaps it is not the outcome, but the listening,

the being asked once more to listen.

~Jane Hirschfield

The Lie

from Given Sugar , Given Salt 2001

 

Pavane Op.50, G. Faure. Meyers-Cutsinger, Classical.

 

The Project
What this project aims to offer the viewer is the opportunity to see reality with new eyes, eyes  that "distort" what he sees, in an attempt to reveal what lies behind appearance, so that his altered state of mind may predispose him to look at metamorphosis. Through the game of decomposition and the multiplication of points of view, it highlights not only the availability of the mind to deformation, but also the lack of an absolute truth, (how this can prevail), to offset one’s own unique perspective: This is an important finding for understanding the meaning of the project (following the intent of Apuleius). The philosophical theme that accompanies the whole project is that of an eternal universe as a place of transformation, where "mutantur omnia, nihil interit" ie "nothing perishes but everything is transformed.
"

The Photographer

Luca Renoldi was born in Milan in 1958 and lives close to Monza, Not far from His beloved Milan. Due to His indomitable vitality and will to discover new horizons, he is often described as a twenty-year-old with thirty years of experience! For all his passions he dedicates 100% of his effort and vitality. Lover of football, a fan of FC Internazionale Milano, he is an active participant of the Inter Club Muratidentro supporters club. He has forever loved photographic art  taking pictures of whatever he finds interesting, nothing precluded,  fitting his perspectives to the mounted optics, rarely constructing his own photos, leaving the images as real as his eyes have captured. As  manager in a company that produces industrial laundry machines, he travels all around the world right along with his trustworthy Nikon. During his frequent travels, he always finds the time to dedicate himself to photography, which effectively combines with fractals or sometimes various experimental techniques.

Note on the Series

This is the second installment of a series of photographs that make up this wonderful project. My thanks to Luca Renoldi for allowing me to post his phenomenal work on The Angels Wear Fins.

These photographs were posted with the photographer’s permission. All Rights are Reserved ©. Thank you.

Linked to Meri’s Musings Share the Joy Thursdays

Monday, September 19, 2011

Metamorphosis Project I~Luca Renoldi

 

© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

~O Body Swayed to Music~

© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

~O Brightening Glance!~

© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

~How Can We Know the Dancer~

© 2011 lucarenoldiphoto. All rights reserved.

~From the Dance?~

~W.B. Yeats

 

The Project
What this project aims to offer the viewer is the opportunity to see reality with new eyes, eyes  that "distort" what he sees, in an attempt to reveal what lies behind appearance, so that his altered state of mind may predispose him to look at metamorphosis. Through the game of decomposition and the multiplication of points of view, it highlights not only the availability of the mind to deformation, but also the lack of an absolute truth, (how this can prevail), to offset one’s own unique perspective: This is an important finding for understanding the meaning of the project (following the intent of Apuleius). The philosophical theme that accompanies the whole project is that of an eternal universe as a place of transformation, where "mutantur omnia, nihil interit" ie "nothing perishes but everything is transformed.
"

 

The Photographer

Luca Renoldi was born in Milan in 1958 and lives close to Monza, Not far from His beloved Milan. Due to His indomitable vitality and will to discover new horizons, he is often described as a twenty-year-old with thirty years of experience! For all his passions he dedicates 100% of his effort and vitality. Lover of football, a fan of FC Internazionale Milano, he is an active participant of the Inter Club Muratidentro supporters club. He has forever loved photographic art  taking pictures of whatever he finds interesting, nothing precluded,  fitting his perspectives to the mounted optics, rarely constructing his own photos, leaving the images as real as his eyes have captured. As  manager in a company that produces industrial laundry machines, he travels all around the world right along with his trustworthy Nikon. During his frequent travels, he always finds the time to dedicate himself to photography, which effectively combines with fractals or sometimes various experimental techniques.

Note on the Series

This is the first installment of a series of photographs that make up this wonderful project. My thanks to Luca Renoldi for allowing me to post his phenomenal work on The Angels Wear Fins.

These photographs were posted with the photographer’s permission. All Rights are Reserved ©. Thank you.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Grain of Wood Runs True

 

Through it All © 2011 Tony Le

Wooden Boats

I have a brother who builds wooden boats,
Who knows precisely how a board
Can bend or turn, steamed just exactly
Soft enough so he, with help of friends,
Can shape it to the hull.

The knowledge lies as much
Within his sure hands on the plane
As in his head;

Underneath it All © 2011 Tony Le

It lies in love of wood and grain,
A rough hand resting on the satin
Of the finished deck.

Is there within us each
Such artistry forgotten
In the cruder tasks
The world requires of us,
The faster modern work
That we have
Turned our life to do?

Into the Sunset © Tony Le

Could we return to more of craft
Within our lives,
And feel the way the grain of wood runs true,
By letting our hands linger
On the product of our artistry?

Could we recall what we have known

But have forgotten,
The gifts within ourselves,
Each other too,

wooden boat MJ Lewis

And thus transform a world
As he and friends do,
Shaping steaming oak boards
Upon the hulls of wooden boats?

~ Judy Brown ~

 

 About The Photographer: Tony Le

  

I am currently 27 with a beautiful wife and son. I earned a network and communication degree at Devry University. While my job can be very technical, I need a creative outlet which photography fulfilled. Photography has always been one of my favorite hobbies because it allows me  to showcase how I perceive the world. I can come up with many reasons why I became a photographer, the  simplest answer was that my first son was on his way and I wanted to capture every moment. That was about 3 years ago and I've snapped over 20,000 photos. Most were bad and only some were great but the key thing is that I tried to learn something new with each captured  moment.

My only real education in photography was for a high school elective course, Photography 101. That was only 10 years go during the film and darkroom era. Thank goodness those darkroom days are gone. I am a self taught photographer and currently specialize in landscape photography and I am starting to teach myself about the style of portraiture and lighting effect.

You may find more of Tony’s wonderful work at his website: http://tonylephotography.com/gallery/

Note: All photos other than the boat photo are the copyrighted material of Tony Le and were photographed in Balboa,CA. They were published here with the photographer’s permission. All Rights reserved.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chasing The Light ~Haiku My Heart

Running The Light du PlessisRunning The Light © 2011 Andre du Plessis -Taken in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern Museum, UK

 

I’m Chasing the Light

So Fast that Shadow Stands Still

To Watch Childhood Pass

~Noelle Renee

9/10/11

For More Wonderful Haikus, please visit Rebecca’s lovely blog!

 

About The Photographer in His Own Words:

Andre du Plessis

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt.
I wish that I had more time to devote to photography. However, when I get that chance, the sheer enjoyment of it always makes up for those weeks of waiting.
My preference has evolved from experimental to street, and finally to people.
In people photography I have found what I need, and so far it has been a very interesting journey.
My preference for B&W derives from my days in the dark room, which started when I was about twelve. I once won a Jobo colour kit in a photography competition at school, but asked for the money instead in order to buy a new monochrome enlarger and lens..
When it comes to photography I see in shades of grey, and I cannot see this changing soon. I am sure that my choice of subject matter has evolved in parallel with this realisation.
I am passionate about the various peoples of that continent that I belong to, and in bringing pictures of ordinary folk in their ordinary houses to this forum (1x.com) I have started to appreciate how powerful a medium photography actually is, and the responsibility that accompanies this.

*Andre du Plessis hails from South Africa and currently lives in London where he has a medical practice.

*The Photo posted here was published with the kind permission of the photographer. All Rights are Reserved ©. Thank you.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Toward the Heart of the World ~ Postcards from Paradise

 

Barbat cu Pisica DumitrescuBarbat cu Pisica (Man with Cat) © Vlad Dumitrescu with kind permission

 

Book of Hours II, 16

How surely gravity's law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the strongest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing -
each stone, blossom, child -
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.

This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

(Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God,

translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

For More Postcards from Paradise Please go to Recuerda mi Corazon. You will be so glad that you did!

About the Photographer

Vlad Dumitrescu

An introduction of my work should start with a short description of Romania. The magic of this country, lies in its landscapes and in its warm people that are living in villages from very close to the sea to the heart of the mountains. Every region has its own specific habits and its own stories, which are making together the beautiful book, called - Romania. Every season is turning slowly page by page from this book, over and over again, for thousands of years. You can still find in these villages carts run by oxen, people working at the looms or in the fields with horses.
I must say that I am very lucky to live in this country, but at the same time, I am sorry to see that day by day something is changing as the modernism is cutting deeper and deeper in our old traditions.
My aim is to find during my walks up and down and around the hills, valleys and villages of Romania, old people and forgotten habits and try to bring back into present something that was lost in the past. The Romanian village is my main motive because I love its people and its habits and because I see it dying.

To find more of Vlad Dumitrescu’s Warm and Engaging photographs of Romania please take a short trip over to 1x.com where you can see many of his photos or enjoy his wonderful blog at the url you see below!
http://vlad-dumitrescu.blogspot.com/

 

*This photo was posted with permission from the photographer. All Rights Are Reserved. Thank you.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Haiku My Heart: The Secret Garden

 

Hi There 1 Fabien BravinHi there© 2011 Fabien Bravin

Dreaming of Poppies

I Find I’m Awakened By

A Small Alien.

We Come In Peace Fabien BravinNous venons en paix / We come in peace © 2011 Fabien Bravin

In Reverie of

Daisies Creatures of Good Will

Are Announcing Peace.

Kingdom of Heaven Fabien BravinKingdom of Heaven © 2011 Fabien Bravin

In Love I Wander

Asking, Is the Kingdom of

Heaven Close at Hand?

In God's Country Fabien BravinIn God’s Country © 2011 Fabien Bravin

 Then A Butterfly

Quells anxiety saying

“You’re in God’s Country.”

Underground Party Fabien BravinUnderground Party ©2011 Fabien Bravin

I feel fine until

Fyodor sends Notes from the

Underground Party.

 

~All Haikus by Noelle Renee 9.1.11

For more Haiku My Heart, please visit Rebecca’s blog,

such a treat!

About the Author

Fabien Bravin

Fabien Bravin is 38 years old, living in Toulouse (FRANCE).
He is an engineer by profession, and began photographing professionally in 2008 after buying his first DSLR. Since that day, it has become a real passion for him. It  is mostly the beauty of  nature and the light that attracts him.

If you want to see more of his phenomenal  work you have many wonderful and exciting choices.  Just have a look at his 1x homepage :
http://fabb.1x.com/
or his beautiful photo website :
http://500px.com/Fabien-BRAVIN
or his flickr photostream :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eulfab/

Exciting News!


Now available Fabien’s first photobook of macro photographs
2 versions available
small square format :
http://fr.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1687252
big square format : http://fr.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1678963

All photos here were posted with the photographer’s permission. All Rights  are Reserved. Thank you!