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Michele Atwater
Smithsonian Mobile Geek and Whole 30 Foodie...
Smithsonian Mobile Geek and Whole 30 Foodie...


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Farewell, Umberto Eco...

“What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss.”
― Umberto Eco, "The Name of the Rose"... (From the film adaptation of "The Name of the Rose")

#Love   #Dream   #UmbertoEco   #Rose   #Semiotics   #Postmodern  

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Happy Birthday to the Moon Man, Galileo...

452 years ago today!

"Part of Galileo’s genius was to transfer the spirit of the Italian Renaissance in the plastic arts to the mathematical and observational ones. He took the competitive, empirical drive with which Florentine painters had been looking at the world and used it to look at the night sky. The intellectual practices of doubting authority and trying out experiments happened on lutes and with tempera on gesso before they... turned toward the stars."
~ Adam Gopnik

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves."
~ Galileo Galilei

Kwoon, "I Lived on the Moon"...

#Dream   #Galileo   #Moon   #Renaissance   #Astronomy  

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R.I.P. David Bowie... The Dream Lives On...

"I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on." 

"There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means."

The eminence of David Bowie's iconic star will continue to shine on... --("The Man Who Sold the World") --("Heroes") --("Wild Is The Wind") --(David Bowie :: Music, Art, and Image) 

#Dream    #Bowie    #Changes   #Ziggy    #Icon  

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Pray For Paris... La Tour Rouge...

... toutes mes pensées aux victimes et à leurs familles.

Robert Delaunay's "Red Eiffel Tower" (La Tour Rouge), 1911-12
(+Guggenheim Museum Collection)

"As it was for many literary and artistic figures of the day, the Eiffel Tower, built for the Exposition Universelle de Paris of 1889, became a symbol of #modernity  for Robert Delaunay (b. 1885, Paris; d. 1941, Montpellier, France). #Delaunay envisioned breaking down boundaries and transforming Europe into a global community, and the Eiffel Tower, in its capacity as a radio tower, embodied international communications. He first painted the tower in celebration of his engagement to fellow artist Sonia Terk in 1909 and would make it the subject of at least thirty works over the next few years and again in the 1920s." 


Video: Sophie Hunger, "Le Vent Nous Portera"-- 

#PrayForParis #ParisAttacks #Nightmare #EiffelTower #Art  

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Happy #Halloween Weekend, Everyone...

"The #Raven " is a lyrical, narrative poem written by Baltimore's very own Edgar Allan #Poe . First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore"...

* Lou #Reed recites Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"-- 

* Christopher #Walken 's version-- 

*"The Raven That Refused to Sing" by Steven #Wilson --

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore...”  
~ Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

#Nightmare #LouReed #TheRaven #EdgarAllanPoe #StevenWilson  

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Dreams of a Chemical Boyhood...

"My first taste was for the spectacular—the frothings, the incandescences, the stinks and the bangs, which almost define an entry into chemistry." 

In loving memory of the remarkable neurologist Oliver Sacks, the New Yorker takes a nostalgic look back at the first sparks of his curiosity in #science during childhood—commencing an amazing ongoing quest of intellectual curiosity that led the iconic writer to engage in a myriad of interesting topics with his readers.

"If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'what is his story--his real, inmost story?'--for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us--through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique.” 

― Oliver Sacks, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales"

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#Dreams   #OliverSacks   #Creativity   #Inspiration  

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Happy ‪World Photo Day‬ ...

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the #Daguerreotype , a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World"....

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
~ Susan #Sontag  

This photo is from my black and white Fells Point series.
"To be a window, through thy gaze..."

Traditional B/W Film Photography
© Michele Atwater

‪‪ #Art #Dream #Photography #WorldPhotoDay  

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Remembering Apollo 11...

On the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk, look back to see footage remastered in HD. ‪ #Apollo11  

"The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited."
~Neil Armstrong 

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Dreaming in the Shade of #Green  for St. Patrick's Day...

"Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable." 
~ Charles Baudelaire 

"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box." 
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Video: "Into the Mystic"  Cover by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

© Michele Atwater
#Art   #Dream   #Photography   #StPatricksDay  
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