Stieglitz And O’Keeffe: Their Love And Life In Letters

 

 

From 1915 until 1946, some 25,000 pieces of paper were exchanged between two major 20th-century artists. Painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other letters — sometimes two and three a day, some of them 40 pages long. The correspondence tracks their relationship from acquaintances to admirers to lovers to man and wife to exasperated — but still together — long-marrieds.

The first volume of those letters has just been published. My Faraway One, edited by Sarah Greenough, features 700-plus pages of the couple’s correspondence, sent between 1915 and 1933. Continue reading

Even if…

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“Even if we travel the world to find the beauty, we have to take it with us so that we can always find it”. –

«Ακόμα κι αν ταξιδέψουμε σ΄όλο το κόσμο για να βρούμε την ομορφιά, πρέπει να την πάρουμε μαζί μας για να μπορούμε να τη βρίσκουμε πάντα». –

 

 

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Searching a peaceful shelter…

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Where will I find peace
That puts my mind at ease
Where will I find the solace I seek
Would that help me scale happiness peak
I have searched the world
Only to find hearts so cold
People so insensitive n ruthless
My feelings seem so worthless
Tired of wandering & searching
A broken heart I was nursing
Ultimately I sought shelter in solitude
Numb with pain at the worlds attitude
Stop I Did often just to question
What actually was my intention
Tired of running away from reality
I found peace within my own entity

© Aarzoo Mehek

“With the gaze of the conqueror: Athens of Occupation in the photographic collection of Byron Mitos”

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“With the gaze of the conqueror: Athens of Occupation in the photographic collection of Byron Mitos”  to be held  in Fetichie Mosque, in the archaeological site of the Roman Forum of Athens.

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Museum of Byzantine Culture and with the support of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens.

Exhibition duration until 30 June 2019

photos Efi 2019

Πώς αποτύπωσαν την Αθήνα στην περίοδο της Κατοχής οι ίδιοι οι κατακτητές; Ποια θέματα επέλεγαν να απαθανατίσουν και από ποια απέστρεφαν το βλέμμα τους και γιατί; Τι κρύβεται πίσω από την ηρεμία των ερασιτεχνικών φωτογραφιών που κατέληξαν να κοσμούν τα προσωπικά λευκώματα των στρατιωτών και αξιωματικών του γερμανικού στρατού;

Σε αυτά και μια σειρά από άλλα ερωτήματα, αναφορικά με τις συνθήκες που οδήγησαν στη φωτογραφική παραγωγή της κατοχικής Αθήνας, επιχειρεί να δώσει απαντήσεις η περιοδική έκθεση :

«Με το βλέμμα του κατακτητή: η Αθήνα της Κατοχής στη φωτογραφική συλλογή του Βύρωνα Μήτου» που διοργανώνεται από τη Διεύθυνση Νεότερης Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς, σε συνεργασία με το Μουσείο Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού .

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“If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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There are many problems in the path of success. To succeed, you have to go through the many obstacles. If you want to shine like a sun, then you must be willing to burn like a sun.

Nothing grows in the place of comfort, If you really want a life as you imagine then you must be willing to work for it.

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Ugur Gallen – Heartbreaking Contrast Between The Two Worlds We Live In

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Uğur Gallen is a photographer who lives in Turkey.  The contrast between  reflects two different worlds   inspired him to portray this in his work.

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Τούρκος καλλιτέχνης Ugur Gallen φωτογραφίζει και «συγκρίνει» τις διαφορές ανάμεσα στις ανεπτυγμένες χώρες κι εκείνες που μαστίζονται από συγκρούσεις

Ο Τούρκος καλλιτέχνης προσπαθεί μέσα από τις φωτογραφίες του να καταδείξει τις διαφορετικές συνθήκες διαβίωσης αλλά και ασφάλειας ανάμεσα στις χώρες της Δύσης και αυτές που μαστίζονται από πολεμικές συγκρούσεις.

 

https://www.artfido.com/turkish-artist-captures-the-heartbreaking-contrast-between-the-two-worlds-we-live-in/

Time for Meditation….

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Take it easy, Sadness. Settle down.
You asked for evening. Now, it’s come. It’s here.
A choking fog has blanketed the town,
infecting some with calm, the rest with fear.

While the squalid throng of mortals feels the sting
of heartless pleasure swinging its barbed knout
and finds remorse in slavish partying,
take my hand, Sorrow. I will lead you out,

away from them. Look as the dead years lurch,
in tattered clothes, from heaven’s balconies.
From the depths, regret emerges with a grin.

The spent sun passes out beneath an arch,
and, shroudlike, stretched from the antipodes,
—hear it, O hear, love!—soft night marches in.

 

MeditationCharles Baudelaire

 

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“The Little Boy and the Old Man – Shel Silverstein

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Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”

Said the old man, “I do that too.”


The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
I do that too,” laughed the little old man.


Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”


But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”


And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean,” said the little old man.”

 

 

Mother to Son – Langston Hughes

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Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47559/mother-to-son
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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone

 

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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone. And yet we remain stuck in a food crisis. Half the world’s food is lost as waste and a billion people – one in every six of the world’s poorest – cannot access enough of the other half and so go hungry every day. Our leaders have another chance to put that right.

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Υπάρχουν αρκετά τρόφιμα που καλλιεργούνται στον κόσμο για όλους. Και όμως παραμένουμε κολλημένοι σε μια κρίση των τροφίμων.

Το μισά από τα τρόφιμα του κόσμου χάνονται ως απόβλητα και ένα δισεκατομμύριο άνθρωποι – ένας στους έξι από τους φτωχότερους στον κόσμο – δεν μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στο άλλο από το άλλο μισό και έτσι πεινούν καθημερινά.

Οι ηγέτες μας έχουν άλλη μια ευκαιρία να το κάνουν αυτό.

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2009-10-16/world-food-day-there-enough-food-grown-world-everyone-op-ed

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Davidson Bruce …

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“He seemed to know that it was the inner moment I was drawn to and not his clown face or physical appearance”

– Bruce Davidson

USA. Palisades, New Jersey. 1958. The Dwarf.

 

Bruce Davidson was 24 when he visited the Clyde Beatty Circus. In 1958, combined with the Cole Brothers and Hamid-Morton, the circus raised a gargantuan three-ring tent at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.

One spring morning Davidson headed off there at the suggestion of Sam Holmes, who was in charge of the picture library at Magnum Continue reading

The wheels of life ……..

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And as long as you wait for the wheel to turn, life is gone and lost!

You’ve got to have the will to live
You’ve got to have the will to try
Sometimes you gotta walk away, with your head held high
Wipe your tear-stained eye, ’cause you’ve got to keep on trying

The wheels of life, keeps going around
I said the wheels of life, yeah, keep right on going around

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Οι ρόδες της ζωής……..

Και όσο εσύ περιμένεις τη ρόδα να γυρίσει, η ζωή περνάει και χάνεται!

 

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Going for Water – Robert Frost

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The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;

Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.

* Photo by: Abdullah Evindar

An Old Abandoned House – Kay Whitaker

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An old abandoned house,
White frame, stands on the hill
And looks down here on me.
A feeling always still Lingers about its walls
Each time I look around.
The windows, vacant, stare.
There never is a sound. And yet it seems to live.
Its memories float inside
In rooms I cannot see,
A former life to hide Of some time in the past
When children’s voices called
Where grasses now stand still
And dead tree limbs are sprawled. I wonder on the house,
The life that once was there.
But it stands silent, mocking me,
Continuing to stare.

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RESCUER’S ARE ANGELS

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Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.

 

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All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers

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“… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”

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Όλοι οι πόλεμοι είναι εμφύλιοι πόλεμοι επειδή όλοι οι άνθρωποι είναι αδέρφια …

Ο καθένας οφείλει απείρως περισσότερο στην ανθρώπινη φυλή παρά στη συγκεκριμένη χώρα στην οποία γεννήθηκε

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Trinity of the spiral – Lucian Dobârtă

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The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of the Earth in her seasons and cycles. Continue reading

Scars Of War -Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

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You say your calling was the Marines,
But yet your life remains apart at the seams.

You say the life of a soldier
Is what saved you from yourself,
But vivid dreams continue to haunt you
to reveal remanants of the torture,
You had to inflict.
How does the act justify the means?

You say, your honor was stolen from you!
But who stole it from you?

You say, it was the politicians in the end,
that left you scorned.

You say we fought in a senseless war,
In the end you were left feeling void,

Void of any human compassion. How could my
Countrymen have abandoned us?

Why were we such an embarrasment to them?
Our politician’s and leader’s had us believing that
it was our war as well as theirs. What enemy?
Who’s enemy? Their enemy or ours? Was it easier to forget
Those brave men who selflessly gave of themselves
For their country?

You say again, how could they have abandoned us?
No recongnition, no bands playing, just a few
Surviving pictures that tell the story of the
Suffering and the innocence we left beind,
Only to realize that it will continue to burn
In our minds and leave us scared for an eternity!

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Platon (Antoniou) – O βασιλιάς της φωτογραφίας

Born in London in 1968, Platon was raised in the Greek Isles until his family returned to England in the 1970’s. He attended St. Martin’s School of Art and after receiving his BA with honors in Graphic Design, went on to receive an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art.

 

 

Ο Πλάτων Αντωνίου είναι ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους φωτογράφους του κόσμου και ο Έλληνας που έχει αποτυπώσει με τον φακό της κάμεράς του περισσότερους από 130 πολιτικούς ηγέτες και δεκάδες διάσημοι καλλιτέχνες, έχοντας, έτσι, κερδίσει μία σημαντική θέση στην κορυφή των πιο επιδραστικών φωτογράφων όλων των εποχών.

Τα ξεχωριστού στυλ και, κατά κύριο λόγο ασπρόμαυρα, πορτρέτα του έχουν κοσμήσει τα μεγαλύτερα περιοδικά της Αμερικής, όπως τα Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ και το Sunday Times Magazine.

Έχει καταγράψει στιγμές ανθρώπων της διπλανής πόρτας, αλλά των συγκρούσεων στην Μπούρμα της Αιγύπτου διακινδυνεύοντας τη ζωή του. Πλέον, χαρακτηρίζεται ως «χαρισματικός ομιλητής», λόγω των εμπνευστικών ομιλιών, του και «αναζητητής της αλήθειας πίσω από τη δύναμη», εξαιτίας της επιδίωξής του να φανερώνει μέσα από τις φωτογραφίες του όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερο το «πραγματικό πρόσωπο» των ισχυρών μορφών των οποίων αναλαμβάνει τις φωτογραφίσεις.

Ο Πλάτων Αντωνίου γεννήθηκε το 1968 στο Λονδίνο, από Έλληνα πατέρα και Continue reading

Just taking the role of “center of attention” to a new level

Many many wishes to all of you!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

 

The phrase center of attention means a person or thing that is interesting to everyone and draws the most attention in the room

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There are a few possible origin stories for this common phrase.

The first origin story is that the expression developed from the verb center. The word center comes from the Greek kentrum, which means the center point of a compass. This word entered English in the 1300s and meant the center of a circle. By the 1590s, it meant the center of anything. People began using center figuratively by the 1680s. Center of attention is attested from 1868. Continue reading