The Nameless, Albin Egger-Lienz, Austria, 1914
This is a not so old image and artwork about the catastrophic and bloody “salvation” being brought by nationalist chauvinism to the world which needs to be stopped today again urgently.
On our last day of vacation in the Alps I was lucky to discover today even here a little bit of street-art at a quite remote place in the city of Lienz being situated in Eastern-Tyrole, a more rural area with a lot of nature and mountains – so rather untypical mosaic stones of this very nice Austrian region.
Our friend Deih recently spent some time in lovely Belarus where he just finished a brand new piece for the Urban Myths Project. To arrive at the final concept of his project, Deih got in touch with local folks, who helped him to better understand and reflect upon some of the ancient Belarusian pagan beliefs and traditions.The nine-floor high mural is located on a wall of the local Arts University dorm and symbolizes genesis of life, initiated by the ancient Slavic god.
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TOO BIG TO FAIL WHEN PLAYING HERE AND NOW HEAVY ROCK-BALL IN THE WIDE INFINITE SAVANNA? THEN AT TWILIGHT IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START SIMPLY ANOTHER SURVEY ON SUCH PLAYING GROUNDS AS A GAMECHANGER BETWEEN MAGICAL SHADOWS. WHEN BOOSTING TO THE END POINT OF THIS WINDY CONFUSED ROUTE AT THE GRASSLANDS’ HORIZON, TO BEGIN THE ETERNAL PLAY ANOTHER TIME AGAIN AND AGAIN …………….
linked to: Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Play
Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.
Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC
The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.
We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.
With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.
Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)
linked to: Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age
(1) This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2) The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.
Illustrations: Anita Rée, Affenschrank / Monkey Wardrobe, 1932
This unusual piece of art aroused my special attention last year as part of a complete retrospective about Anita Rée at Hamburger Kunsthalle. It does look quite familiar to me.