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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue In Art…

“Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.”  Alfred Hitchcock

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in grafitti

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in graffiti

All of life is in constant dialogue. From our every day conversations with each other, to the display of art to compare or to contrast technique or form, we are surrounded by sounds and images that convey messages. As I thought about this exercise, I had the desire to run out and capture shots that would highlight this constant juxtaposition of sight and sound in artistic dialogue. I wanted to show how the mundane and profane occupy space in our world; sometimes with great difficulty.

Alas, time is my enemy and I can only show you this series and I hope you find meaning in them. The above is striking in its message of artistic infinity; the Keith Haring shots were from the Brooklyn Museum and upper Manhattan; the black and white squares from the Met Museum and the zigzag from my head band. Remember the famous “crack is whack”? Are the above sharing space or competing?

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams. Robert A. M. Stern

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Convex

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Complex forms

In the above, I had to bring in art that finds function near places of work or residences. The red Alexander Calder installations are huge yet they can be found in major cities in the middle of active, busy people living their lives. The smaller red Calder is in Chicago and the bigger one is at Storm King in New York. To reflect, literally, Stern’s comment about home, I thought The Bean in all its majesty is reflecting both people and buildings. Have you seen any of the above? What were your first impressions? Calder’s red structure is powerful and The bean is complex… But tell me your thoughts.
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”  Jane Goodall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

I love the playfulness of this next set of artistic dialogue pieces. If you noticed, that happy cow on the right is alive and well … at Stone Barn Farm in Westchester County. The other metal one is not, but brings great value too because it was auctioned off to help children in Vermont. The woman (a Henry Moore) is giving the finger but, I can assure you, not to the three legged Buddha who remains serene even when life becomes unbelievably complicated that words can’t express it well… In all dialogue, there is the unspoken:Sometimes we hear it clearly and, at other times, we might have to listen with an inner ear; intuitively. What do these photos say to you?
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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY

History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time. Terry Pratchett

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY - A window display wolf shredding the curtains

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY – A window display of a wolf shredding the curtains

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY - Tangy leaning against  a fav spot showing frayed thread from his scratching.

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY – Tangy leaning against a fav spot on the sofa showing frayed thread from his scratching.

When I think of the word – fray – what often comes to mind are images of the persecuted, the lonely, the frazzled, and the homeless. I know that we can see it all around us and, perhaps, in our own lives too. One thing the word reminds us to do is to count our blessings and find the good and joy in even things that could make us feel so down.

I didn’t think I could come up with suitable shots but, lo and behold, I dug deep and found a few. I hope you like them. The first shot is an Anthropologie store window dressed for the holiday season; depicting a wicked wolf tearing up the frayed curtains, trying to ruin our fun. The second one is of our family cat, next to his favorite scratching post, the right arm of one of our sofas. I caught a glimpse of Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness book behind his head and it’s perfect; I highly recommend reading Tony’s book.

“It is of course a magic carpet.”Abdullah had heard that one before … Does it welcome a man home to his tent? Does it bring peace to the hearth? Or maybe,” he said, poking the frayed edge suggestively with one toe, “it is said to never wear out?” Diana Wynne Jones

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY - A window display collage of a wolf shredding the curtains

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY – A window display collage of a wolf shredding the curtains

I was walking around Rockefeller Center, during the last Christmas holidays, when my eyes caught a series of remarkable displays in nearby shop windows. I took a ton of pictures of the figures in the intricately created displays and saved them. I was thrilled when I found the photos above; perfect for the assignment. While the wolf/fox(?) might be trying to wreck havoc in some fairytale, in real life, frayed items of clothing are precious in the eyes of people who have nothing but the clothes on their backs. My dear friend and fellow blogger, Nicole Melancon, shares a fantastic series of shots of children in frayed clothing in Ethiopia.  They remind us to be GRATEFUL and to GIVEBACK! You must take a look and support her peace efforts.

I told Nicole that her beautiful pictures and post brought back memories of my trips home and elsewhere; it’s quite common for children to wear clothes shipped from far away countries. Often the clothes are sold in the marketplace for pennies… When feasible, some care agencies provide the clothes for free. They are appreciated and valued by the families and kids. Hope (See Gilly’s post on Hope ) is something that people hold onto in poor areas and the clothes offer a glimpse of opportunity and possibility for more. Some kids go naked when such aid is unavailable.. Both set of photos reminded me of the war in Nigeria when shiploads of clothing arrived from aid countries. Nicole also recommended an inspiring book worth reading –  The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. You won’t regret checking out both Nicole’s  and Gilly’s blogs, and reading Jacqueline’s book.
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Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity?

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Mahatma Gandhi

Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity? - Collage of Refugees worldwide

Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity? – Collage of Refugees worldwide

We sit, stare, at horror shows…
Lives maimed, wasted, at war zones
Children blown apart…

A day of bloodshed
Planes falling from “friendly” skies.
Human carnage, grows…

A night of anguish
Mothers hold dying loved ones.
Mourning engulfs us …

Faces of conflict
Refugees from everywhere
Exits blur entries…

We watch, in silence
Where is our humanity?
Mothers, babies, killed…

Leo Tolstoy said, “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”Are we doing a good job serving humanity? Like many of you, I feel equally challenged by the horrific events happening around the world. War, epidemics, hunger, loss of life, poverty, refugee populations growing every day.  I don’t want to lose faith in humanity, but how do we ever justify the death of innocent people? How do we ever explain the “rationale” for shooting down commercial airlines? How do we explain the endless conflicts and wars to our children?

Each day I see a news report of another life lost, another child hurt, another futile battle fought, another senseless act of wickedness inflicted on humanity, I feel the pain of loved ones and cry along with them. We can choose to pretend it’s happening elsewhere, but it’s happening everywhere and our silence won’t make the atrocities go away. Where is our humanity? When did our beautiful earth turn so ugly?
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