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calendar   Friday - June 21, 2013

war photography as I haven’t seen it. not even in the movies. and we still lost?

Sometimes I believe I have to be the dumbest person here or else a total masochist or perhaps both.

Why oh why, knowing exactly what I would find, do I continue to read all the bullshit trashy anti-American comments that follow a story like this one.
It’s always the same and still I learn nothing and go back for more.
There has to be some kind of serious malfunction of the brain to allow for that sort of stupidity.  What makes it even worse is, I’m the guy who liked to think he didn’t make the same mistake more than once or 2wice at the most.  Different ones to be sure, but not a repeat of the same.  Of course, these are not mistakes. Are they?  More like self inflicted wounds.

So a note my readers in the USA. Do yourself a favor and just pass on the comments at the end of the article I am posting here. Ignore them.

By ignore comments, I mean those comments at the link below, not the bmews comments. We welcome those even if you don’t agree with some pov you read here.  It’s the damn anti-USA stuff that follows the article itself when you link to the whole story and all of the pix.  So many experts on America all saying the same parrot BS. A pox on them.

Astonishing Vietnam War photos reveal the moment U.S. troops unleashed hell on Viet Cong sniper in hills above an Army camp

By Daily Mail Reporter

A Vietnam War veteran has released incredible night-time photographs he took of American troops opening fire on a Viet Cong sniper who had been firing on a U.S. Army camp.

For more than four decades, photographer James Speed Hensinger kept these incredible photographs to himself, not releasing them to the public until now.

Hensinger was just a 22-year-old paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in April 1970 when a Viet Cong sniper began spraying automatic rifle fire on Hensinger’s base in Phu Tai, near the coastal city of Da Nang.

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Hensinger set up his Nikon FTN camera to take long exposures to capture the firefight. Each shot includes 15 to 60 seconds of gunfire.

When the Viet Cong sniper began shooting, the Americans unleashed hell.

An M42 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun began pouring cannon and machine gun fire into the hills above the camp.

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 06/21/2013 at 08:31 AM   
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calendar   Friday - June 07, 2013

rainy day impression

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Jeune fille coiffant ses cheveux



Renoir, as you already knew. The rich tones, the softest brush strokes, the light, the soft focus. It’s all suggestion. Once you get past the core pieces of the impression - her face, her upper hair, her hand and the comb to a lesser extent - everything else is nearly a blur. Her proportions are way off and the perspective is flawed. It doesn’t matter. He captures the feeling of the moment; a young woman dreamily brushing her hair, lost in her own thoughts. Impressionism.


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calendar   Friday - May 24, 2013

late night post

Hey, art. Or a very minimalist Halloween costume.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 02:42 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 14, 2013

Such Fascination Is Nothing New

Another one of those pre-Raphaelites



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Madeline After Prayer by Daniel Maclise, 1868



A casement high and triple-arch’d there was,
All garlanded with carven imag’ries
Of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,
And diamonded with panes of quaint device,
Innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d wings;
And in the midst, ‘mong thousand heraldries,
And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings,
A shielded scutcheon blush’d with blood of queens and kings.



Full on this casement shone the wintry moon,
And threw warm gules on Madeline’s fair breast,
As down she knelt for heaven’s grace and boon;
Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest,
And on her silver cross soft amethyst,
And on her hair a glory, like a saint:
She seem’d a splendid angel, newly drest,
Save wings, for heaven:—Porphyro grew faint:
She knelt, so pure a thing, so free from mortal taint.



Anon his heart revives: her vespers done,
Of all its wreathed pearls her hair she frees;
Unclasps her warmed jewels one by one;
Loosens her fragrant boddice; by degrees
Her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees:
Half-hidden, like a mermaid in sea-weed,
Pensive awhile she dreams awake, and sees,
In fancy, fair St. Agnes in her bed,
But dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled.



- The Eve of St. Agnes, John Keats, 1819, stanzas 24-26






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calendar   Friday - May 03, 2013

because I needed to beat Drew to the Friday Eye Candy and also

Because Eye Candy comes in more than one flavor, and these are just too darn cute to pass by without sharing.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/03/2013 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 09, 2013

eye candy art

yeah well, bangs or no bangs I am simply a pushover

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/09/2013 at 04:32 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 01, 2012

old folks and new age ballet

I was never a fan but she was kinda cute depending on the photo taken back in those early years.
Not a great beauty I don’t guess but not hard to look at either.
I suspect however that she was (is today?) a liberal.  Oh well, some of them can look good too yaknow.

Some of you will recognize her I am sure.

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Age my friends, is truly the great satan.

You recognize MARIANNE FAITHFUL of course. But that was then. And this is now!

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This is now too but this is more artistic BS.  I’ve never been a fan of ballet either. I like some of the music ok but not the dance. I guess it’s dance coz everyone refers to it that way. To each his and her own seems fair enuff. But come on.  Is this what ballet has to resort to in order to draw an audience?
It really looks silly to my eye, which may I grant you be a bit out of focus when it come to this artsy-fartsy stuff.

Here’s our old gal Marianne again, and still on stage. But I much prefer her earlier pix.


As years go by… Marianne Faithfull shows old flame Mick Jagger he’s not the only old trouper

Faithfull is is playing the lead role in Bertolt Brecht’s ballet The Seven Deadly Sins at a theatre in Linz, Austria

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MARIANNE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2012 at 02:40 PM   
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calendar   Monday - October 22, 2012

Art and Magic

I had never ever heard of this film before. You know me, living under my rock and all.

We were sitting in front of the TV flipping through the millions of channels trying to find something interesting to watch.

There was a little blurb for a film across the top of the program listings screen, showing a little boy in a coonskin cap and glasses, looking across a field at a young auburn haired girl in a pink mod Twiggy Dress from the 60s. The boy had on a giant backpack and was carrying a Red Ryder BB gun. “Starring Bruce Willis” the marquis text runs across it. We did not have a clue what the film was all about, but we said WTH and rented it.

We watched Moonrise Kingdom, and it was the most quirky, charming, magical, and beautiful piece of film I’ve seen in years. Two kids in a Bizarro World almost straight out of Napoleon Dynamite meet and fall in love, and run away together, on this New England island in the mid 60s. If you haven’t been to the art film theater in a while, see this one. If you’ve missed the pure film magic that was in The Shipping News or in The Secret of Roan Inish, or are just sick of explosions, car chases, and comic book characters with superpowers derived from a 9 year old boy’s imagination, then this is a film you will cherish. If you’re just dating and want to prod your relationship to the next level, have her over and spin this disc.

Do you remember the first time you saw Like Water For Chocolate or Chocolat? It’s that kind of beautiful happy magic, and it has nothing to do with chocolate whatsoever. My Life As a Dog comes to mind as well. Perfect beautiful art.

Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and a host of recognizable others in the adult roles, with stellar performances by Kara Howard and Jared Gilman as the young lovers.

And now that I’ve seen it, I looked up all the reviews, and everyone else is in love with this movie too. So I guess I called it right. It’s family friendly, but it really isn’t for little kids. It’s for adults who need a few layers of cynicism scraped away.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/22/2012 at 01:04 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 24, 2012

art and photography and an unbelievable story

JUST CLICK ON THE REDHEAD AND GO FULL SCREEN


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/24/2012 at 12:35 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 11, 2012

MOTHER NATURE AS EYE CANDY

I really do go bonkers over photos like this one.  I see them often here but don’t often post them.  Have no idea why I don’t.  Maybe I should pay more attention to this stuff.  Sounds like a plan. Lots more at the link of course.

Is this awesome er what?

Striking moment osprey swoops into water and plucks two fish from the water at the same time

By HELEN LAWSON

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/11/2012 at 01:26 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 26, 2012

eye candy for thurs. photography lesson and appreciation. high class stuff.

Wasn’t intended to be eye candy. Exactly. Tho it is I suppose.

Okay then. She’s eye candy.

Bollywood star outrages India by agreeing to pose naked in Playboy magazine

Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will star in the magazine’s November issue

Critics in India have turned on her, calling her ‘repulsive’

By ANTHONY BOND

A Bollywood actress has been accused of shaming her country by becoming the first Indian woman to appear naked in Playboy.

Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will star in the magazine’s November issue after she wrote to Playboy asking to strip for them.

Speaking to BBC Hindi, the actress admitted she found it a difficult challenge.

The actress, who has played a number of roles in Bollywood films, said: ‘It is not an easy task to be nude in front of the camera and look good at the same time.’

Ms Chopra’s appearance in the magazine is already proving controversial in India.

Although Playboy is banned in the country, people can still get access to it from the internet.

‘She’s not hot, she’s repulsive,’ said one critic on Twitter.

And some Indian columnists have attacked Playboy’s billing of Miss Chopra as a ‘Bollywood legend’, pointing out that she has had only minor roles.

‘At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra’s pictures wound a woman’s integrity,’ said commentator Gayatri Sankar.

Unabashed, Miss Chopra has hinted that her next step may be into sex films.

She said India’s youth ‘is racing towards liberalisation, and that’s why being unconventional in your choices is no longer a taboo’.

But despite the possibly difficulties she may face, Ms Chopra is proud of what she has done.

‘I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me,’ she said.

‘My sister is proud of my achievement.’

But she admitted shes hadn’t yet told her mother about her latest role.

source is the Daily Mail

‘proud of my achievement.’ Say what?

Hey. Far be it for me to say no to a pretty nude.  But that’s what the lady would be. Right?  Pretty. Plus nude. Great. Where’s the “achievement in that, when thousands of pretty girls pose nude every day. And many of em on the net.  Ah. But not all make Playboy. More thought needed.
I guess being a Playboy nude if the centerfold means you’ve arrived in the pretty girl nude stakes. Hmm. OK. Maybe that is an achievement of sorts.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/26/2012 at 06:04 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 19, 2012

is there a cut off age at which time men must stop looking at women?

Don’t know about how you may feel, and perhaps if you’re a female reading this your opinion may differ. 
First, the guys here will all agree I think, or surely most will, that we love looking at women.  They don’t even have to be naked believe it or not, to grab our attention.  Of course, half clothed or no clothed is always gonna be bonus for us and age generally does not inhibit our desire to look.
Believe me, our male lives could be easier had mommy nature given us a break but no.  We’re born this way.
But I do have a serious objection with an attitude shown in this article, and one that many women are quick to refer to about men and girl gazing.
It’s the awful use of the following three words used together.
“Dirty old men.” OK, I suppose there are such men. But are they dirty merely because they’re old?  Is there some written in stone age at which men should stop looking?  Are the invitations we’re swamped with on TV and magazines and on line and newspapers, meant to be seen only by men up to 25?  30?  Where?  What age is the cut off when the male is supposed to go blind and ignore the images he’s surrounded by? 
Our lives would be easier if we lost all interest at the point where women were no longer interested in us.  But no. We go on long after our use by date. 

So now on to this article that has to do with art and peep shows. Yeah.  Kind of stupid and you can trust some dippy art house to come up with with this sort of artsy fartsy thing. Read the article and you’ll understand why I say that.
The national gallery has pictures on display and in addition someone had the bright idea of combining a peep show of nude or semi so to go along with famous paintings.  Look, there are naked models on display.  What the hell did the idiots expect?  Are they neuters?  They’re upset because men came to see the naked ladies but not the art.  DUH.  Well imagine that.

Does this tell you anything about how art is presented and even label as “art?”

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, whose previous work includes a video of himself dressed as a bear wandering aimlessly around a gallery.

That’s described as ‘his work.’ Imagine that will ya. His work?  Seems like anyone calling themselves an artist can do just about any dumb thing they want, and as long as it’s labeled as “art” well heck.  It must be. Rubbish. And ppl buy this nonsense.  They take it all kinds of serious. Which of course encourages the meat-heads.

Here ya go.  Take a look at this and then share your thoughts please.


Curators disturbed by ‘dirty old men’ at the National Gallery: Titian peepshow attracts unwelcome audience

By DALYA ALBERGE

It was supposed to be a tribute to a Renaissance master.

But the National Gallery’s latest exhibition – which features women recreating nude scenes from Titian’s paintings – is attracting a type of visitor not normally found in the capital’s cultural landmark.

Curators are disturbed at the plethora of ‘dirty old men’ who come to look through peepholes at the naked models, ignoring the masterpieces on the wall.

The Diana installation, part Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, was conceived by Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, whose previous work includes a video of himself dressed as a bear wandering aimlessly around a gallery.

His piece is inspired by Titian’s Diana paintings, in which the hunter Actaeon stumbles upon the chaste goddess as she bathes.

Since the show opened last week, men have been sidling up to staff and asking for directions to ‘the peepshow thingy’.

One has visited five times in just seven days, while some older men have even complained to staff about the quality of the nudes – and the small size of the peepholes.

One worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Daily Mail: ‘The gallery used publicity shots of the youngest and prettiest model, and dirty old men have got a bit aggressive that [most of the] models are women in their late forties and fifties.’

Another said: ‘We really have sunk to new lows with this idea. These visitors have no interest in art at all.’

Last week the Mail observed a series of lone men peering through each peephole to study the model from every available angle. Few paid any interest to the three Diana paintings, which are being shown together for the first time since the 18th century.

‘I’ve come to the gallery just for this,’ one youth admitted. An older man, on being approached, muttered ‘sorry’ and fled, shielding his face.

Potential peepers should be advised that, according to myth, Diana turned her onlooker into a stag who was torn to pieces by hounds – as depicted in The Death Of Actaeon.

Wallinger called the story the ‘ultimate fable about voyeurism’. He told the Huffington Post: ‘Diana is about watching and being caught in the act, and evolved out of my desire to find a way of representing Diana bathing in a contemporary way.’

He used Twitter to find six Dianas, who strip off and behave in a manner that is ‘suitably goddess-ish’ for two-hour shifts.

Last week Nicholas Penny, the gallery’s director, said Wallinger’s work ‘makes you think about the spectator’s position in relation to art’.

The artist won the controversial Turner Prize in 2007 for his replica of Brian Haw’s anti-war protest site outside Parliament Square.

He had first been nominated for the prize in 1995, but was beaten by Damien Hirst.

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Damien Hirst. Now there’s a great con man masquerading as an artist.  And he’s a millionaire.  Label it art and ppl will buy anything.

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calendar   Sunday - July 15, 2012

A DECAYING AMERICAN CITY.

Not much for posting today but could not help but see something that stopped me cold.
It was this from Gary, Ind.

City of the Century that became a ghost town: Tragic portraits from the decaying world of America’s industrial heartlands
By JAMES NYE

The photos alone are worth seeing.  It isn’t the first time the Daily Mail has done a story on decaying American cities.  I don’t know why the focus on us but what I always find more then interesting are the comments by readers.  And it was these two that caused me to stop and post and throw the subject open to our readers here.
First though, take a look at the link and the sad, sad pix.  Hate to see this, and don’t want to believe what the writer of the second comment says.  But it might very well be true.  You decide.

Sad to see. America needs to stop saying, its the Best country in the World. We all know its not true. -
mary elizabeth, london, 15/7/2012 5:26

As much as I have enjoyed a good life here in my adopted country, it is true. Most Americans are not ready to admit this. As difficult as it was starting in the early 1900’s to see the British Empire change and evolve to what it is today; I believe it’s just as difficult for the next empire of America to see it too is in it’s waning days… and has been for some time. The BRIC nations will be next on the superpower stage, those with money usually are. Brazil, Russia, India and China are well on their way financing and buying out much of the United States as I type this. Brazil owns most of the highrises that were left to rot in the housing bubble along with houses, yachts, high end cars, etc. Money is power! Having the largest most expensive military in the world will not change this.
- Terry, Proud UK Expat, Washington State, Wisbech, Cambs. England, 15/7/2012 14:20

And then there was this letter and I believe we can all agree about McKinney.
Jeesh, and here I happily thought she had died since we had not heard from the turd in so long.  No such luck I suppose.

Look up whom the author chose as his lone quote on the condition of the US — Cynthia McKinney — and perhaps you will understand the bias of the writer. Gary is NOT a representative of the condition of our country. We don’t revere the old here perhaps because nothing here really is; we abandon it, and move on to what is vital. We could do a better job of clearing out the trash though, starting with Cynthia McKinney.
- Roguewave, Texas, 15/7/2012 15:31


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calendar   Wednesday - July 04, 2012

Original Art

Lines In The Darkness: Purity Of Form

32,000 year old cave art shows more talent than most modern creations

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I think I’ve found my art form. Impressionism and Realism. Early Impressionism. REALLY REALLY early. I followed a link from Stoaty the Woozle to the Chauvet cave paintings in southern France. Unbelievable. Drawn by hand from colored mud. Minimalist and perfect, each line exactly right the very first time, yet the shading and nuance and interrelation with the three dimensional surface of the cave walls gives them a life of their own and nearly demands that you give the drawings far deeper meaning than just pictures of animals. Animals conveyed with a sense of motion and emotion. The cave bear painted above was one of the most fearsome mammals to ever walk the earth, yet he looks happy and nearly comical. Art of the purest form. Rendered in the dark by the rudest form of torchlight, in a cave atmosphere so high in radon and carbon dioxide that it’s nearly fatal. How’s that for suffering for your creativity?

There are hundreds of links to these cave paintings, which were only discovered in 1994. The drawings were created over a 10,000 year period, which is amazing enough right there, a period more than twice as long as our awareness of “human civilization”, yet the cave continued to be used by Ice Age lions and tigers and bears the whole time. Oh my. Then a rockfall sealed off the cave for 20,000 years and preserved the works as a natural museum. Due to the bad atmosphere and the fragility of the art works, the cave is off limits to the general public.

Mysteries from the ancient past. Creative skill levels unguessed at by anthropology. A religious shrine, a center for manhood initiation, or just the original party shack where you’d get high just being there? Far out, man, let’s tag these walls.

The Chauvet cave paintings are nearly twice as old as the more famous cave paintings in Lascaux, though they show similar creatures. Perhaps the same artist colony moved there once the first cave was sealed off. We will never know.

I’m hoping that high quality prints of some of these are available, though even the most meticulous rendition would lose most of it’s meaning when taken out of context and rendered on a flat canvas. This one is my favorite, and it’s only half of the original drawing. I have no idea how big the original is, but I’d swoon to be able to own an accurate print of it, done on pale leather to mimic the surface texture, about 5 by 8 or 12 feet. I’d hang it in an empty room, barely and indirectly lit by soft yellow orange light to weakly attempt to recreate the original illumination. The effect would be transportive, and that’s with my 21st Century arrogance and sophistication. Seeing the real one for the first time by torch light must have been mind blowing for Ugh the caveman. The birth of art and perhaps religion as well.

http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/chauvet/chauvet_cave_art.php

http://donsmaps.com/chauvetcave.html

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/data/2001/08/01/html/ft_20010801.6.html

http://www.edutarian.com/2011/02/cuchet-cave-and-radon-gas.html


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