Monday, 15 September 2014

'By Invitation Only' - September 2014


After the Summer break - We're back with our monthly posts,
and we start with the theme:

S H A R I N G

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When I think of sharing, an important element for me is
sharing our planet with all of nature and animals, 
simply with everything alive.
Which means
sharing is also caring.

 I have endeavored to illustrate my thoughts and feelings about it
with some stunning images from
Gregory Colbert, Creator of  
Ashes and Snow



which speak to me of what I believe to be essential sharing.

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"In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, 
I am working towards rediscovering the common ground 
that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. 
The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, 
here or there, past or present."
Gregory Colbert



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Gregory Colbert, born in 1960 in Toronto, 
is a Canadian film-maker and photographer, 




 but he is so much more than just a film-maker or just a photographer.



He creates feelings,

 

he creates magic,




his photographs speak for the world, 



speak for nature and for a better future.




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“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. 
Love risks degenerating into obsession, 
friendship is never anything but sharing.”
 Elie Wiesel




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"Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, 
the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)




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“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character
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If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations
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When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.”
 Sathya Sai Baba


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Gregory Colbert,

best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow
an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum.
Colbert sees himself as an apprentice to nature. 
His works are collaborations between humans and other species 
that express the poetic sensibilities and imaginations of human and animals. 
His images offer an inclusive non-hierarchical vision of the natural world, 
one that depicts an interdependence and symmetry between humanity and the rest of life. 

In describing his vision, Colbert has said, 
"I would define what I do as storytelling…
what’s interesting is to have an expression in an orchestra —
and I’m just one musician in the orchestra. 
Unfortunately, as a species we’ve turned our back to the orchestra. 
I’m all about opening up the orchestra, 
not just to other humans, but to other species."
read all here

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Please click.....
....to read each individual post from our international group.

I'm looking forward to hear your thoughts about this month's theme:

SHARING

I certainly appreciate any kind of shared knowledge and life experience.



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“Das Glück ist das einzige, das sich verdoppelt, wenn man es teilt.”


"Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it"
  Albert Schweitzer

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Albert Schweitzer,  (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) was a German - and later French - theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa....here

 The expression "reverence for life" is the key to Albert Schweitzer's personal philosophy. No person must ever harm or destroy life unless absolutely necessary. This attitude permeated everything he did.

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Ashes and Snow  here   info and exhibitions  here

Ashes and Snow books and store  here    

contact:  tel: +1.212.253.9552  email: contact@gregorycolbert.com

 

 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

First week of September....



....started with a dramatic sunrise....



...a "Symphony" in pink and blue....


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My yearly diaries come from the National Gallery, London
 2014 is a collection of nineteenth and early twentieth-century paintings.

Every week is provided by a stunning painting,
portraits, landscapes and still-lifes, 
produced during the most innovative and exiting periods in the history of art.

Week 35 - First week of September:

Odilon Redon 
(born Bertrand-Jean Redon; April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916)
 French painter and graphic artist, 
one of the outstanding figures of Symbolism.

"While I recognise the necessity for a basis of observed reality.....
true art lies in a reality that is felt"
Odilon Redon

Ophelia among the Flowers, 1905-1908, 
Odilon Redon, Pastel on paper
 Ophélie parmi les fleurs, Pastel sur papier
National Gallery, London

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Oh....If I only could paint.....



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Yes - If I only could paint.....


....to express the "keep-on-flowering" at La Pouyette


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First week of September....



....ended with a dramatic sunset.

A bientôt.....




























































Monday, 25 August 2014

A little stroll through a French Garden in late August


A garden, created with passion
  by our dear French friends Isabelle and Robert,
 located just around the corner of La Pouyette.

We were invited yesterday for "un petit apéritif"
 to end a summer Sunday in a relaxing atmosphere.
 

a few simple snap shots of
 
"Le Jardin d'Isabelle"


Legumes ... Fruits... Fleurs...


...Structure and Shapes...


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An espalier of fruit-trees....



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Pears and apples....


...in harmony with....


pumpkins and....


Fenchel - Fenouille - Fennel

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Flowers and Structure.....


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Legumes - Vegetables...


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a pyramid of green beans

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Wirsing - Savoy cabbage.... 


... red cabbage


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- my all time favorites!....




... "accompanied"....


 ...by different varieties of tomatoes


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Tomatoes "en grappe"
 

Pepperonis 


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Wine...


 ...and...
...wasps  ;)

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A bientôt....