Gorgeous - and some of the best printed pieces I’ve ever seen at museum exhibition. I’m not sure if Mapplethorpe printed his own work or not but who ever printed them / prints his work is a master.
About 20 years ago, there was a controversial Mapplethorpe show in NYC, My friend Steve and I attended, the show. Along with still lifes like this, there were some bondage photos and nudity.
One canvas was over life sized with an African American man crouching atop a stool with his impressive dick hanging out at about eye level, his elbows resting on his knees.
When you walked into the room, you couldn’t miss it. Really.
As Steve and I walked in there was a docent giving a tour so an elderly group and I was curious as to what she was goin to say. What she said was this - “The first thing you’ll notice about this photo is how this man’s body makes the shape of a star…” Uhm, no, not the first thing.
His body did make the shape of a star…in case you were curious.
Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethiopia (postcard circa 1965)
Beni-Amer or Beni-Amir is a mixed ethnic group inhabiting Eritrea. It was formed in the fourteenth century AD from a fusion of the Beja, the Tigre, and the Biher-Tigrinya. The Beni-Amer occupy the borders between much of Eritrea’s Barka valley and the Kassala area of Eastern Sudan. Source
Photographer, not noted.
I love this photo. The woman is shrouded but she’s FAR from shy. Consider that @lapetitecole reports that this was taken nearly a century ago in Oman. Yet, it looks very modern. This woman radiates confidence. One hand on her hip, back tall, leaning slightly forward toward the photographer. She’s making direct eye contact with the photographer. The arm on her knee is relaxed but she’s also protecting herself, her legs crossed, but with one shoe off, showing her toe rings, which is a little flirty. She totally knows what she’s doing and in control the situation. I wonder what her relationship to the photographer had been…
I’ve finally set up a professional page on Facebook for my business - Qdesigninc - I am a web and print designer. I’ve been designing for a long time and absolutely love the challenge and variety of design projects I’ve been fortunate enough to work on over the years. The link is:
The Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes) has received different names throughout time. Its current name is due to the myrtle bushes that surround the central pond and the bright green colour of which contrasts with the white marble of the patio. The central pond is 34 metres long and 7,10 meters wide. The pond divides the patio and receives its water from two fountains (one at each end of the pond). There are chambers on both sides of the patio and several porticoes on the shorter sides of it. These porticoes rest on columns with cubic capitals, which have seven semicircular arches decorated with fretwork rhombuses and inscriptions praising God. The central arch is greater than the other six and has solid scallops decorated with stylised vegetal forms and capitals of mocarabes. More
Nothing makes our resident quail happier than the delivery of a big bucket of dirt. They spread it around with their feet, then roll around in it for awhile before napping - with estatic smiles on their little birdie faces
I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :)
This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins were brought to Europe. It was not until years later that live specimens reached the scientific community. However, the bird was known to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs. There are Egyptian images depicting the Shoebill, while the Arabs referred to the bird as abu markub, which means one with a shoe, a reference to the bird’s distinctive bill.
Shoebills feed in muddy waters, preying on fish, frogs, reptiles such as baby crocodiles, and small mammals. They nest on the ground and lay from 1 to 3 eggs, usually during the dry season.
The population is estimated at between 5,000 and 8,000 individuals, the majority of which live in Sudan. BirdLife International have classified it as Vulnerable with the main threats being habitat destruction, disturbance and hunting.