RUSTY TOWER INTO THE SKY

LIKE AN ARTEFACT OF THE ANALOG INDUSTRIAL ERA THIS OXYDIZING SKYSCRAPER IS CLIMBING NOSTALGICALLY TOWARDS THE BLUEISH SKY. WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN ARCHEOLOGISTS  DIG UP THESE GROUNDS IN 1000 YEARS? IN ANY CASE THE LIMITLESS SKY.

 

linked to  Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Sky

SPEAKING DISTRIBUTION BOXES

Every picture can tell a story unrecorded by our nearest ancestors, but we never know in advance where this busy metropolitan tale will finally lead us. The mysterious symbols of this traffic are chasing us criss-cross the city, and when reaching the beginning of the narrative race again, all has changed like a never-ending dreamy game. However, the message should be so imminent and clear  ….

…. but then from time to time a freezing wind of anxiety and refusal may bounce into our blindsided faces, like an invisible wall it waited around the corner. The diverse colours of the world disappear immediately and a howling tempest divides everything into a simple black and white one-way road. A somehow dateless fear of the unknown and strange wants to take control of our mind but we have to resist and move quickly forward into the sunny outland in order to escape this pack ice of life. 

 

 

 

EUROPE AT A CROSSROAD

General Franco was buried in 1975 but now it seems that his malicious and evil totalitarian spirit is creeping again especially through the streets of Barcelona but also very obviously in the parliament at Madrid! But you can not save a demogracy with the brutal repressive methods of a police-state as happening actually in Catalonia, while the central government in Madrid has now really created an ugly and bloody battleground. So listen to this video from Catalonia, it is a shame what is going on there actually. 

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MYTHICAL PLACES: THE HEATHEN-CAVES NEAR GOLDBACH

Heathen caves near Goldbach, steel engraving by Konrad Corrady, ca. 1850

The term ‘heathen caves’ was firstly used in the middle of the 17th century, and the term heathen is here used to describe the fact that the origin of such caves in the Western region of Lake Constance is going back to the pre-Christian period in Germany while nobody knows for sure who did the construction and when. Also the original purpose of these caves is unclear while a lot of legends still exist such as the unproven theory of the local geologist Dr. Schmidle published in the 30s of the 20th century alleging that the heathen caves were erected by the Romans and serving as sanctuaries for their Mithras cult. Roman coins were found near such caves otherwhere in the region, but this implies no real evidence. Unfortunately today there are only some small remainings of these heathen caves existing near Goldbach because starting from the middle of the 19th century until the 50s of the 20th century explosives destroyed them mostly in order to create free space for streets and modern railway connections. The original impression can only be imagined on old pictures such as the steel engraving by Konrad Corrady shown here.

Reconstruction of old village on pile dwellings from the Bronze Age
at Unteruhldingen, Lake Constance, Germany

 

 

ILLUMINATION DOWN-TOWN

Impressions from the Berlin leuchtet / Berlin lights 2017 event which took again place in the 1st half of October with illuminated facades and buildings all over the city each evening from sun-set till midnight.

For the beginning of autumn the city decided to disguise again in colorful visions and pictures of light like another kind of carnival. Even sharp historical contours are now easily softening when diverse light artists are projecting their moving grafitti-like pictures and untamed motives on classical or modern facades serving now as an open cinema of profound collective imagination.

The steady buildings transmute to simple illusions of sparkling tales, abstractions, comics or other visual stories, even funny children’s drawings were used this year being projected on the classical walls of old Humboldt University, a nice and vivid contrast to the usual daily life taking place there normally. This event takes place each year now starting usually end of September till mid of October here in Berlin and is really worth a visit.

linked to   The Daily Post  Weekly Photo Challenge “Glow”

 

LIGHT AND SHADOW

The iden of October are a real spotlight in the maize of annual seasons when colorful leaves on trees paint a temporary collage of mindful sensations.  Shadows grow instantly like dangerous signs in the circle of the year pointing on the rapid approaching dull and unscalable Autumn fogs knocking at the door of our lives. But a light-house at the far away horizon will lead safely to glorious Midwinter when a new cycle will be opened during the wild roaring seven nights – a final liberating catharsis escorting us again out of this misleading cosmic darkness to the surreal fortress of brilliant sparkling stars.

 

FADO NIGHT DREAMS OF LISBON

The real spirit of a town can be often heard and felt in its typical music. The acoustic sentiment of Lisboa is the Fado music which you will find in a lot of restaurants each evening somewhere at the old town named Alfama. The name Alfama most probably has its origin in the Arabic word  الحامة (al-hamma) which is meaning bath or fountain. During the time of the Moorish seizure of the Iberian countries the Alfama comprised the whole ancient town which lateron grew to the contemporary Baixa.

The influence of the former Moorish residents is still vivid in architecture or typical Portuguese floral ceramics but also in the Fado music while the gloomy and sentimental sound is reminding me really to the melancholic desert music of the Sahara nomades at the Maghreb. Today people quite often only speak about things which separate us from each other, but our European culture was on a large scale influenced also by the Arabic world which saved for example the heritage of Greek philosophy, even our figures 1-2-3 are Arabic while the Arabs use nowadays the Indian ones in daily life, quite strange at all.

So in case you visit Lisboa sometime in your life, do not miss a Fado life performance at night because otherwise you have not really been there.