In search of Georgia O’keeffe !

In search of Georgia O’keeffe I found the beautiful New Mexico! I have to admit I was never a big fan of Ms. O’Keeffe’s later paintings. Although I appreciate her colour palettes and the meaning of her subject matter..But I had never any intention to photograph my flowers as genitalia! I only want my flowers to have an essence of flowers . I think that is immense by itself. BUT I was always intrigued by her personality and her relationships with Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston which was only known to some but later opened itself up to the public and her enchanted and selective entourage of guests who visited her at the ranch over the years , Charles and Anne Linderbergh , Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsburg the poet , Ansel Adams and many more…

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Oh don’t betray me on The ” Wisteria Lane ” ! ( Bumble Bee speaking )

Yesterday I found solace in the Wisteria Lane..Today I have been betrayed again..

They say If you are constantly looking for betrayal ,you sure will find only that! But I have been simple and honest ..Winter betrayed me and now , today , Spring has brought fog and cool front to my wisteria lane ..

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My yellow wings are cold today ! I need some heat . I need you not to betray me . I need you to stay simple and honest as I’m ! Oh , Spring don’t betray me ! Oh , Spring !

I wanted so badly this shot I had in my head ! With patience and love , the bee came to me and posed!

I wanted so badly this shot I had in my head ! With patience and love , the bee came to me and posed!

 

 

who’s is your best friend your dog or a book? ( Brattle Book Shop , Boston. Ma)

I have been so inspired to open the project I started a few years ago and now I’m convinced to continue..Lately I have been on Pinterest . It is almost a therapeutic way of collecting my thoughts and if necessary sending them to a client or friend. On Pinterest there is no communication, it is what I fancy since I communicate almost all day ! The idea of ” Pinning” is about my ideas and it remains a visual collection of thoughts . On Pinterest I also have been so mesmerised by a few and there is one I admire most .

 

My relationship with book stores and books is the story of love , legends and what becomes life..Its a place I find solace . A book is where I find , me !

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“So many books, so little time.” 
― Frank Zappa

 

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 
― Cicero

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When I enter your home , the first thing I look for is a bookshelf !

Banafsheh. E

 

Ken Gloss ( Proprietor )

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Brattle Book Shop , Boston Ma

Fistral Bay !

I was not on Fistral Bay ! I was not even with a so called model I had wished to see, but that’s a common thing in the life of a photographer..If It wasn’t for others in my company I would even tell her to turn around and walk back to her vehicle ! But that would be a mistake since these three things kept her! Her hair , my peeps and indeed the majestic sea.The Ocean is so majestic that I could feel my imagination RUMBLING big ! And that matter most to me ! She was nothing more than a tad close to mediocre and that didnt matter to me either because I made her fit to what was bigger than her and bigger than me ..Image

Inspired by George Barker’s poem  , I kept shooting..Image

The poem is about Fistral bay but I was at Yirrell Bay  , a sea in between..They are only in one way very similar! Fistral Beach is best known for surfing. Its west-facing aspect exposes it to Atlantic swells ensuring consistent waves suitable for surfing. 

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written by George Barker from Rare Book published 1935 ( first publication) – poem written 1927

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Yirell is almost so unknown . Its a Mecca of silence . One barely ever sees more than 20 people per day crossing it. Even on its busy summer days the main beach may cater only to 200 max laying on a its part of Sandy stretch.

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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.

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Goya- Lucientes !

The Romanticism of Goya and then his changing style has always been thought-provoking. 

 

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Goya uses every pretext to present his figures, not as articulated bodies, but as looming shapes, which are as eloquent in their silhouettes as they are mysterious in their identity and often their actions. There are those menacing silhouettes of shadowy figures which – especially in the prints – loom up in his backgrounds. There are his crowds, which are not a multiplicity of individuals but – even when near to the eye – a sea of faces and bodies in which separate identities are submerged. Above all, there is his use of cloak and cowl. Goya uses drapery, not as other artists use it, as a foil to the free action of the limbs and to the texture of flesh, but to disguise, to submerge, to de-personalize “.

 

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“Yet there is still, surely,The Naked Maya as an affirmation of the Renaissance tradition’s cult of the human body? It celebrates the sexiest skin, the most resilient flesh, the most exquisite suggestion of a line of hair running from the navel down. But the incoherent articulation – the inexplicable incompetence of the drawing of the arms, the impossible position of the breasts, the unconvincing conjunction of the head with the neck – is a virtual denial of the Renaissance tradition’s feeling for the body as a functioning whole, not an assemblage of delicious parts. Goya sees his nude as he sees the women in his portraits – as a doll.”

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  “His space, moreover, has nothing of the plenitude of Renaissance and Baroque space. It is airless, depth-less, cramping, oppressive: it precludes the very possibility of heroic action. It is full of flying figures.Titan’s figures in flight are solid bodies borne up by the marvellous buoyancy of the space, a space invested with an energy which counteracts gravity. “

 

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  “Goya’s space is a lifeless void; the figures float because they have no density. All his figures are weightless: their feet placed on the ground, they do not so much stand on it as brush it, like marionettes. “

 

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  The space is like space in dreams, the figures like figures in dreams. The fantastic scenes become nightmarish because they have the quality, the atmosphere, of dreams. And the Royal portrait troupe, say, no less than the witches’ Sabbaths, appears to be happening in a dream…”

 

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“His figures have the jerky movements of puppets, not the expansive actions of heroes/ Goya’s gestures, suddenly – apart from the gestures of his mouths – are ambiguous. Here gesture loses the clarity of a language, and the language of flat shape takes over the main burden of conveying meaning. In a Goya drawing of, say, two men fighting, the drama lies less in how they are seen to act in relation to each other than in the expressiveness of the configuration which their combined forms establish on the page.”

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With Goya the mouth dominates the face – and not only the face but the whole body. For, after all, in general painters and sculptors of figure-subjects do not depend primarily on facial expressions to convey the passions animating their actors. Their actors, like actors on a stage who know that their facial expressions are hardly visible beyond the front rows of the stalls, must convey their passions through the gestures of their whole bodies. Goya, however, tends to restrict the body’s expressive role.

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Quotes : Excerpted from “About Modern Art“, by David Sylvester

Photographs by Banafsheh . E

Images of the book ( Les Caprices de Goya ) par Jean Adhemar , my own book.