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30/07/2009

3G : The Three Generations

29/07/2009

Dragon Tiles, Ming Dynasty (Shanxi Province, China), 15-16th Century


This photo was taken at the British Museum and does show some dragon tiles from Ming Dynasty (Shanxi Province, China - 15-16th Century).
These ceramic tiles once decorated the roof ridges of small buildings in a temple complex in northern China. They were originally arranged into two long rows - one consisting of the yellow dragons and one of the blue. Each frieze today is made up of five tiles, moulded with three-clawed dragons entwined with flower scrolls, including the lotus and the peony.
Dragons are associated with good fortune and with rain and water, so these images offered symbolic protection against fire. The colours and designs also reflect Chinese beliefs in the complementary powers of yin and yang, terms that embrace opposing qualities, such as light and dark. The sunny yellow, or yang, dragons were placed on a roof ridge facing south and the watery blue, or yin, dragons faced north.
In the early twentieth century, during the chaos surrounding the fall of China's last dynasty, the tiles were removed from their original location and eventually came to be preserved as a wall screen. A few tiles have been lost and a few damaged, creating minor gaps in the current design.

26/07/2009

Early Morning Mist Over Central Park, New York


This photo was taken from the Essex House (Central Park South), looking towards Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York.

12/07/2009

WonderMona, by biodpi


This is a photo of a street poster (called WonderMona) from biodpi, . See other work from biodpi at biodpi DeviantArt Gallery and biodpi's Flickr.

11/07/2009

Tonlé Sap, Cambodia


This photo was taken on the Tonlé Sap, Cambodia, a large body of water (Cambodian meaning "Large Fresh Water River" but more commonly translated as "Great Lake"), it is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot The Tonlé Sap is one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, supporting over 3 million people and providing over 75% of Cambodia's annual inland fish catch and 60% of Cambodians' protein intake. As this is a unique ecological phenomenon, in 1997, it was successfully nominated Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You can visit more in dedicated Cambodia folder.

10/07/2009

Liberty Enlightening the World, Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), New York City


This is of course a photo of the Statue of Liberty (French: Statue de la Liberté), officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), is a monument that was presented by the people of France to the United States of America in 1886 to celebrate its centennial. Standing on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, it welcomes visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans traveling by ship. The copper-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and was given to the United States by France to represent the friendship between the two countries established during the American Revolution. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi sculpted the statue and obtained a U.S. patent for its structure. Maurice Koechlin—chief engineer of Gustave Eiffel's engineering company and designer of the Eiffel Tower—engineered the internal structure. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for the choice of copper in the statue's construction and adoption of the repoussé technique, where a malleable metal is hammered on the reverse side.
The statue is of a robed woman holding a torch, and is made of a sheathing of pure copper, hung on a framework of steel (originally puddled iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf (originally made of copper and later altered to hold glass panes). It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal with a foundation in the shape of an irregular eleven-pointed star. The statue is 46 m tall, but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 93 m tall.
Worldwide, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States and was, from 1886 until the jet age, often one of the first glimpses of the United States for millions of immigrants after ocean voyages from Europe.
There will be more posts to come, some with traditional angles and some with less traditional...

05/07/2009

Perranporth Bay, Cornwall, England


This photo was taken in Perranporth (Porthpyran in Cornish, stands for "Saint Piran's cove", Saint Piran being the patron saint of Cornwall) is a popular surfing tourist destination on the north coast of Cornwall, England, in the UK.
The village, and its large sandy beach, face the Atlantic, with hundreds of miles of uninterrupted fetch producing large waves, making it one of the most popular surfing destinations in Britain, along with neighbouring breaks at Newquay, Chapel Porth and Porthtowan.

03/07/2009

Kissing Policemen Stencil by Bansky, Brighton & Pride London 2009


This is a photo of Kissing Policemen Stencil (in Brighton, UK), by Banski, a a pseudo-anonymous English graffiti artist. His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique, is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass who maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His art has appeared in cities around the world. Banksy's work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. Of course such "street art" brings controversy with many poeple and officials that assert that Banksy's work is simple vandalism. To judge by yourself, you can browse some photos of his work on Bansky Offical Website and leave comments to express your view !
I will post other photos of Banski's work later on, but opted for this one as it illustrates well London Gay Pride which will be held in London tomorrow, Saturday 4th of July !

02/07/2009