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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
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"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 ‪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
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‪‪ #Art #Dream #Photography #WorldPhotoDay  
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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

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#Art   #Dream   #Photography   #StPatricksDay  
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Spring decided to greet us this year with a lovely blanket of ice and snow... ;-) 
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Happy International Women's Day...

March 8th is a Global Day for celebrating the economic, social and political achievements of women past, present, and future...  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, the event is a national holiday.  +International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  And the celebratory tradition continues on to this very day...

+Khan Academy offers a wonderful tribute to mark the occasion with "A Brief History of Women in the Arts": 


"Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in making art, whether as creators and innovators of new forms of artistic expression, patrons, collectors, sources of inspiration, or significant contributors as art historians and critics.  Women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art, but despite being engaged with the art world in every way, many women artists have found opposition in the traditional narrative of art history. They have faced challenges due to gender biases, from finding difficulty in training to selling their work and gaining recognition..." 

The +The Huffington Post offers "39 Stunning Images of Women At Work All Over the World": 


"Whether it's the work of keeping a home and raising a family, building and inspiring a community, or bringing home a wage from a daily job, the wide variety of work women do is worth celebrating. Women are one of the largest growing forces in the global economy -- even though they are paid less than men worldwide.... The run-up to International Women's Day on March 8 is the perfect occasion to recognize the working women of the world, whether they labor in an office or on a farm. From building wind turbines to harvesting bananas, fighting fires to rolling cigars..." 

And, +Google Cultural Institute offers "Women in Culture": 


"Celebrating women's impact on culture throughout the world.  These diverse collections demonstrate the far-ranging impact women have had on all aspects of culture.  From innovative women artists and pioneering scientists and technologists to the woman who campaigned for universal suffrage and social equality, their stories provide a window on to women's multifaceted contributions to our shared heritage." 

"Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!..." 

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”  
― Virginia Woolf

Video: Peter Gabriel's "Shaking the Tree" 

#InternationalWomensDay   #Dream   #Equality   #IWD2015  
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You are welcome +Michele Atwater She is an example...
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Loving Vincent: Bringing Van Gogh's Paintings to Life...

“Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings...”
~Vincent Van Gogh

Marking the 125 Anniversary of the death of the Post-Impressionist Artist, the film "Loving Vincent"  by BreakThru Films investigates the life and controversial death of the beloved painter, Vincent Van Gogh. The remarkable story is told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death. 

Loving Vincent features over one hundred and twenty of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, lead us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death....  This ambitious project will be the world's first feature-length painted animation, and every frame in the movie is an oil painting on canvas, using the very same technique in which Vincent himself painted. 

Understandably, the production for Loving Vincent is no easy task and requires the help of 70 (!) painters who will help create the numerous hand-painted oil canvases required to bring the story to life. 

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke...”  

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 
~ Vincent Van Gogh


#Art   #Dream   #VanGogh   #Paintings   #Film  
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Oh, wonderful idea, +les collier... I haven't visited that book nor the film adaptation for quite some time.  

Have you by chance yet seen "Painted With Words" , a drama- documentary with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh: 

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” 
― Vincent van Gogh
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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)...

"The story has to be captured in complete very quickly. It has to something that can reach out and touch the viewer in that instant." 
~Leonard Nimoy

Later in his life, #Nimoy , who passed away earlier today on Feb. 27, 2015 at age 83, focused on his passion for photography. He was interested in thematic projects that ranged from challenging perceptions of the female body image to capturing his Jewish experience as a child. In a 2014 interview with MIT, Nimoy said he had camera in his hand at age 10. 

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

"Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end..." 

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#Art   #Photography   #LeonardNimoy   #Dream  
You know Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, but what you may not know Leonard Nimoy the photographer.
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“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory...”

“That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.” 
~Leonard Nimoy
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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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My Pleasure, +Will Brown ... Take Care.
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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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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 
In 1969, three men traveled to the moon cameras documented their every move
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Happy Bastille Day...
In the winter of 1946, like countless travelers before him through the centuries, LIFE photographer Ed Clark fell under the spell cast by the great, gorgeous city of Paris.
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 "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just." ~Blaise Pascal
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day... 
"St. Patrick's Aurora" by Sebastian Saarloos
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
How about a little something green for St. Patrick's Day?
"St. Patrick's Aurora" was taken at Donnelly Creek, Alaska at 1:30 am, March 17, 2015.
Credit: Sebastian Saarloos

+NASA Goddard 

#NASA  #Space #Astronomy #Earth #Aurora #Science #Alaska #Sun #Solar #Geomagnetic #Storm #CME #CoronalMassEjection
#Astrophotography #Art 
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Thanks so much, +Tisa Walden​... And great eye for the Bruce Conner piece. Ciao!
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Happy Birthday Frederic Chopin...

"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." 

"Chopin has written two wonderful mazurkas which are worth more than forty novels and are more eloquent than the entire century's literature." 
~Georges Sand 
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So glad that you enjoyed, +Pianophile.... This documentary was indeed a delight!

"There is something fundamentally personal and at the same time so very masterly in his playing that he may be called a really perfect virtuoso." 
~Felix Mendelssohn
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