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Imagination

Imagination

Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the creative ability to form images, ideas, and sensations in the mind without any immediate input of the senses (such as seeing or hearing).  – Wikipedia.

furballImagination is probably what most differentiates humans from other living beings. It is that wonderful ability to create new scenarios in our mind that do not really exist.

Our imagination combines desires, previous experiences, lived sensations, also our fears and hopes. The imagination transports us to new places that probably we would like them to exist.

We will only be aware of the importance of the imagination if we imagine that we did not have imagination. I firmly believe that if we did not have this incredible capacity, we would not be human, humanity would not exist.

 

Curve

Curve

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Curve

This strange structure consists of a big shallow inverted cone that was hard to see the end. The color and symmetry made me to shoot the camera.
I hope you like that too.

Stairway to heaven

Stairway to heaven

Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band’s fourth unnamed studio album, (see Led Zeppelin IV (1971)). The song was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been released as a single there. In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin’s Mothership release, “Stairway to Heaven” hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart.

 

Stairway to Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
’cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the may queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show

How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

Led Zeppelin

Stairway to heaven

Face

Broken man

There are hints of a past life, a possibly known identity for the Broken man. However, pretty much everything here is speculative in nature. We are mere observers.

The Broken man carries a briefcase of unknown content. Perhaps the answer is within.
His face reveals much more than suffering. Anyway his eyes forward thinking, tells us that he does not want to desist in his efforts, despite his precarius situation…

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Face

Face

Broken man. Complete body (?!)

One: Number 31, 1950

Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950

This is one of three wall-size paintings that Jackson Pollock made in the summer and autumn of 1950. He began by laying canvas on the floor and pouring, dribbling, and flicking enamel paint onto the surface, sometimes straight from the can or with sticks and stiffened brushes. He put holes in the bottom of paint cans, squeezed paint from a tube, and even used a turkey baster or stiff brush. The density of interlacing liquid threads of paint is balanced and offset by puddles of muted colors and byallover spattering. The pictorial result of this tension is a landmark in the history of Abstract Expressionism.

As he did for all his “drip” paintings, Pollock painted this work from above, with the canvas lying flat on the floor. “On the floor I am more at ease,” he said. “I feel nearer, more a part of the painting since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.” Begun approximately three years after his first work in this style, One: Number 31, 1950 is evidence of the artist’s technical prowess. Calligraphic, looping cords of color animate and energize every inch of the composition, which seems to expand visually despite its enormous size.

See this work in MoMA’s Online Collection

Abstract

Abstract

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenging. It is a giant bell tower of the Cathedral of Valencia, built in the XIV-XV, located in the famous Miguelete.

Miguelete Tower is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Valencia. It is known as El Miguelete or Micalet. The construction of the tower began in 1381 and ends in 1429.

Lines

Lines

LinesEdouard Manet

Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883), was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

The notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects (i.e., having no curvature) with negligible width and depth. Lines are an idealization of such objects.

Until the seventeenth century, lines were defined like this: “The [straight or curved] line is the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width. […] The straight line is that which is equally extended between its points”

Euclid described a line as “breadthless length” which “lies equally with respect to the points on itself”.

More info: Wikipedia

books

books

I have been nominated by the friend Roy, a fine blogger and photographer, in a challenge to post my three favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days. I’ve sportively accepted: I’ll post three of the most interesting quotes I remember. Thanks Roy for the nomination!

And the quote I want to share today is from Confucius:

Confucius1

I would add that: books can help to know…

With each post I must nominate three bloggers for the challenge.

Mine’s for today are:

  • Angela Furtado from Shoot ‘N Go.  A Brazilian photographer, living in the US since 1983. Now in Los Angeles, California. A seeker of images. Every day, she makes great photo posts.
  • Manja Maksimovič  from The Mexi Movie, a ripping Slovenian photographer, writer and translator.
    Manja knows what’s important in a photograph.
  • Jane Morley, from VIEW FROM A FRENCH HILLSIDE. She lives in the South West France and she has one of the most wonderful blogs out there, maybe more. The photos are incredible. You’ll love photography seeing Jane’s blog.
books

books

Kilo (kilogram)

Kilo (kilogram)

A contribution to the Leanne Cole Photography MM 2-13: K theme.

The kilogram or kilogramme (SI unit symbol: kg), is the base unit of mass in the International System of Units (SI) (the Metric system) and is defined as being equal to the mass of the International Prototype of the Kilogram (IPK).

The gram, 1/1000th of a kilogram, was originally defined in 1795 as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at the melting point of water. The original prototype kilogram, manufactured in 1799 and from which the IPK is derived, had a mass equal to the mass of 1.000025 liters of water at 4 °C.

The kilogram is the only SI base unit with an SI prefix (“kilo”, symbol “k”) as part of its name.

More in Wikipedia

Broken

Broken

This is my contribution this week to the Weekly Photo Challenge.  My personal interpretation on the topic of this week.

This is a photography taken in a paper factory in ruins.

Ruins

Dust and rubble settle at my feet,
A chaotic collapse
Inside myself that I could never
Have imagined,
The foundations are shaken,
The cracks began to show,
And piece by piece
It all spectacularly fell apart,
Nothing to hold on to,
Nothing to steady myself with
As it all crashed and burned,
Leaving me surrounded by the ruins
Of an Empire that took years to build
And seconds to destroy.

by LJ Chaplin

Broken

Dog digging under the table

Dog digging under the table

This surprising photo was taken in an interesting store, Vinçon, in the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. It deserves a visit.

1941 Vinçon opens its doors to the public

In 1941 Enrique Levi and Hugo Vinçon founded their first shop in Paseo de Gracia named Enrique Levi, which was later changed to Regalos Hugo Vinçon.

Ties between the Amat family and the business began a year later when Jacinto Amat was hired as a sales assistant.

1973 La Sala Vinçon opening

Since this space was opened works of artist, architects and designers from all around the world are displayed.

1995 The national design prize

Vinçon has been awarded significant prizes over the years.

1997 Online shop

Vinçon acquired the http://www.vincon.com domain although we did not launch the website until mid 1998. The design concept was kept simple and functional and has evolved over the years to the point of becoming Vinçon’s second shop.

More info about this store here.

Calendar

Calendar

A calendar is a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically days, weeks, months, and years. A date is the designation of a single, specific day within such a system. Periods in a calendar (such as years and months) are usually, though not necessarily, synchronized with the cycle of the sun or the moon. Many civilizations and societies have devised a calendar, usually derived from other calendars on which they model their systems, suited to their particular needs.

A calendar is also a physical device (often paper). This is the most common usage of the word. Other similar types of calendars can include computerized systems, which can be set to remind the user of upcoming events and appointments. Other calendars have different and original designs. This calendar shown today is one of them.

Seen in CaixaForum. Madrid.

More info about calendars: Wikipedia.

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