Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I've always loved this quote because I think it is a beautiful metaphor for the cycle of life and how fulfilling it is to share it with someone, even though we are bound to death by mortality. Although it is our "flesh and blood" that make us human, and therefore doomed to die, our "flesh and blood" is what allows us to bond to each other through marriage and children and the continuation of life.
I find this photograph stunning because of the angle at which it is taken and how strong, but somehow fragile, this climber looks against the jagged landscape. It reminds me of how extraordinary the world is to have something as unique as this stone forest.
“So, my children live with my mother and so far they do not have worn-out shoes. But what kind of men will they be? I mean, what kind of shoes will they have when they are men?”
This quote is from Natalia Ginzburg’s book The Little Virtues. I appreciate how simply she states such a heavy and powerful notion. The way that the passage moves from the broad question of what kind of people her sons will become to the narrow answer lying in the symbol of their shoes as a status of class as well as character is beautiful.
The name of this image is The Battle of Panipat. I don't know anything about this image except that it is colorful and mysterious (to me). Orange is my favorite color because it is bold and unmistakable. Elephants are my favorite animal, so I am thrilled to see one so beautifully (ha!) decorated. Also, the horses look more like the sea variety. More than any of the vivid colors and actions of the image, however, I am mesmerized by the two hugging trees -- one fragile and flowery, the other sturdy and part of a natural wall between the foreground and the background.
Here are two views of the structure:
I'm really drawn to the seemingly chaotic yet very ordered construction; the way the ribbed panels interact with one another, creating even more lattice work depending on one's vantage point; and how the structure, by being an indoor-outdoor space, is replicated in shadow due to its inevitable interaction with nature (or specifically the sun).