Saturday, February 25, 2017

The 7th Week of 2017 in Photos “All Things Crafty”.

“And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others”.
                                        Wole Soyinka

Craft is defined as an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill.

Handmade creation is an important human activity.

“Creating something with your hands fosters pride and satisfaction, but also provides psychological benefits. When you make something, you feel productive, but the engagement and exploration involved in the doing can move your mind and elevate your mood.” 
                                             Carrie Barron, M.D., a psychiatrist

Crafting  has a therapeutic effect on many people.

I took all the photos at our local museum. These things were made at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The 6th Week of 2017 in Photos “Now This Is Winter”.

This is the photo taken last year, but I like it so much :)

Not everyone loves winter. Winter season is cold and dark and many people suffer from depression.

But there are so many good things in winter.

Winter is the season of crisp air, starry nights and fluffy snow; Christmas holidays and making snowman; cozy sweaters and hot chocolate.
“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”  J.B. Priestly

“Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem”. William Hamilton Gibson

“In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity”.  John Burroughs“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person”.  Sylvia Plath

“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood”. Andy Goldsworthy

“[W]hat a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel”.  John Burroughs

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

The 5th Week of 2017 in Photos “There are toys for all ages” (Proverb).

A funny face
“Toys are the greatest inspiration for me. People never really grow up. They just get bigger adult bodies. And they really want to continue to play. My inspiration comes from the work of many, many anonymous folk artists”.  Doug Taylor
The world of Lego

A toy is an item that is generally used for children’s play.
Surely it’s difficult to imagine a house without toys. Dolls and teddy bears, lego and puzzles, toy cars and robots, so on and so on…
A doll in the museum
Author dolls

“To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys”. Michael Keaton
A 23 years old toy dog

“Toys are put on this Earth to be played with by a child”. John Lasseter

A toy cat
“The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys”. Malcolm Forbes

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alexander Rodchenko and Moscow.

A.Rodchenko in Paris. 1925

Alexander Rodchenko was a painter, a sculptor, a designer and a photographer. (read more here)

Moscow. Kropotkinskaya embankment. 1926

 He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1891 His father was a theater props manager and his mother was a washerwoman. 
Moscow. Pushkin monument. 1934
Moscow. Moskvoretsky bridge. 1932
The family's social status did not provide much opportunity for the artistic future for Alexander. His father wanted him to become a dental technician. Alexander worked as a dental technician for 2 years, but at the age of 19 he began his studies at the Kazan Art School and later at the Stroganov Institute in Moscow. His first abstract drawings were exhibited at expositions throughout the country.

Moscow. Street traffic.1932

By the early twenties Rodchenko became interested in photography.
 Soon he has established a reputation as an innovator.
Rodchenko used perspective to create unique images. He put his viewers into a different perspective than their everyday viewpoint. 

Moscow.  Military parade on the Red square. 1934

He climbed into the Apollo Quadriga on the roof of the Bolshoi theatre; photographed Petrovka Street from the windows of the upper floors; watched the perspective of the streets from the roofs of houses.
Moscow. The Bolshoi theatre. 1928

Moscow. The Apollo Quadriga on the roof of the Bolshoi theatre. 1932
He needed a high point of view in order to convey the depth and the scale of urban space, its richness of details.
On the other hand, he was always interested in details of the urban life. Rodchenko’s photography helps us to imagine how people were dressed, how they moved through the streets, how they boarded a bus or a tram, where people had dinner in the late 1920's and early 1930’s. These events were endless, and only a camera could keep up with them.
Moscow. The Red square. Mother and her child. 1936

I visited the exhibition “Rodchenko’s Mosow”.  

The exhibition "Rodchenko's Moscow". 2017

The master of photography showed us his own city with historic landmarks and new constructions, holidays and routine.
 I want to share this great photography with you.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The 4th Week of 2017 in Photos. “Everybody Has to Have a Teddy Bear”.

 “Everyone has nostalgic memories about their bears.”                                                        Daniel Agnew

A soft toy in the form of a bear was first created in 1902 and was named after the then president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt (read more here).

A teddy bear is not an ordinary toy; he’s a true friend for every boy or girl.

“There's just something about a Teddy Bear that's impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It's almost supernatural.”                                                       James Ownby 

Teddy bears of all colors and materials are absolutely adorable.
“Anyone who has looked a teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look.”                                    Harold Nadolny 

Teddy bears are appealing even if they are old.
“A bear teaches us that if the heart is true, it doesn't matter much if an ear drops off.”                                 Helen Exley 

There are 3 teddy bears days:
 Teddy Bear Day, International (1903), February 15
Teddy Bear Day, September 9
Teddy Bear Picnic Day (1932), July 10

“You really don't have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear.”Rachel Newman 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The 3rd Week of 2017 in Photos. “Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain”.

How many colors of the rainbow do you see?

“It is customary to list indigo as a color lying between blue and violet, but it has never seemed to me that indigo is worth the dignity of being considered a separate color. To my eyes it seems merely deep blue.”                                                                   Isaac Asimov

Newton, who admitted his eyes were not very critical in distinguishing colors, originally divided the spectrum into five main colors: red, yellow, green, blue and violet. Later he included orange and indigo, giving seven main colors by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale.

There’s a funny mnemonic phrase to recall of the colors of the rainbow: “Richard of York gave battle in vain”.  

My idea for my 365 project for this week was to find colors of a rainbow around me. 

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The 2nd Week of 2017 in Photos. “All Things Coffee.”

“We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup”. Jerry Seinfeld
A coffee grinder

Many people believe that coffee is more than just a drink.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to Succeed With a 365 Photo Project.

There is one trick which could help you with your 365 photo project.
What about using weekly themes?
You’ll receive a sense of order and many ideas to try.

Here are some examples for you.
You may choose some themes from my list or you may want to use something special for you.

Themes for your 365 photo project:

1) The first week of the year.
2) On the table.
3) Coffee.
4) Tea.
5) Flowers.
6) Café.
7) Teddy bears/toys.
8) Colors of the rainbow.
9) Black and white.
10) People.
11) Portrait.
12) Reflection.
13) Light.
14) Circles.
15) 5 things about me.
16) Sunset/sunrise.
17) Quiet moments.
18) Water.
19) Two.
20) Numbers.
21) Trees.
22) Pets.
23) Morning.
24) Hands.
25) Close up.
26) Midday.
27) Books.
28) Autumn.
29) Snippets from my day.
30) Doors.
31) Windows.
32) Empty/fool.
33) Childhood.
34) Summertime.
35) Night.
36) Round.
37) Shadow.
38) Winter Wonderland.
39) Chairs.
40) Abstracts.
41) Architecture.
42) Bad weather.
43) Balloons.
44) Bark.
45) Bottles.
46) Butterflies.
47) Car details.
48) City street scenes.
49) Dancers.
50) Easter.
51) Eye glasses.
52) Fences.
53) Flower petals.
54) Food.
55) Fruits.
56) Gardens.
57) Harvest.
58) Landscapes.
59) Macro.
60) Mirrors.
61) Monuments.
62) Old couples.
63) Patterns.
64) People at work.
65) Raindrops.
66) Shoes.
67) Sky.
68) Snow.
69) Spring.
70) Still life.
71) Sweets.
72) Umbrellas.
73) Vacation.
74) Vegetables.
75) Zoos.
76) Focusing on ordinary moments.
77) Graffity.
78) Bokeh.
79) Puddles.
80) Holidays.

You will need 52 themes for the whole year, so I hope it will be not so difficult to choose them.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The First Week of 2017 in Photos. “New Year’s and Christmas Holidays”.

New Year's decorations

Before New Year I was pondering about 365 project. I was debating all pros and cons of taking a photograph every day for a year.
 I decided that I want to live without New Year’s resolutions in 2017. That’s why 365 project is not the resolution for me.  Maybe something more?

A walk in the park on the January1

So I took photos every day for a week. But I decided to post all (or some) photos at the end of the week and to tell a story about New Year’s and Christmas Holidays.

Here in Russia we have the unique opportunity to celebrate Christmas and New Year twice. We have the long official festive period (from December 31 to January 8 this year). And we have informal festive period which is even longer (from December 25 to January 14).

New Year’s Day and Christmas Day are the national holidays in Russia.

Christmas is observed most commonly on December 25. Some people in Russia celebrate Christmas on this day too.
But the majority of Russians, being Orthodox, celebrate Christmas on January 7.
This is due to a difference in calendars – the Gregorian calendar (which is used worldwide) and the Julian calendar (which is used by the majority of the Orthodox churches).
There are 13 days in difference between the two calendars, so December 25 in the Gregorian calendar is January 7 in the Julian calendar and December 31 in the Gregorian calendar is January 13 in the Julian calendar.

The Christmas day

People in Russia celebrate Christmas Day having a family dinner, attending a Christmas liturgy and visiting relatives.
The symbols of the Orthodox Christmas are a decorated fir tree, a star, an angel and baby Jesus.

An angel

Since 1991, people in Russia were free to celebrate Christmas again. But it's still a quieter holiday in Russia after the gorgeous New Year celebrations which are more like the Western Christmas. Christmas Day in Russia is more religious and private.

A piece of the homemade cake

The New Year marks the beginning of a new life.
We experience mixed emotions of hope and eagerness as we are waiting the New Year.

A decorated fir tree, Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter Snegurochka are the common symbols of New Year’s Day in Russia.

Grandfather Frost

The Orthodox New Year or the Old New Year is celebrated on January 14.
The Old New Year is an informal traditional holiday.  Many people celebrate this day with family or friends.
New Year's decorations

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”                    
                                                           Henry David Thoreau

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