Saturday, 31 July 2010

Beyond Reach


Caught in the reflections between here and there...
Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Accessories



Men and women, West and East: it's all about stylish scarves, hats, bags, gloves and sunglasses. But following the example of the ladies in the bottom photo could cost you dear if Dutch politician Geert Wilders gets his way. Because he plans to introduce a special tax on headscarves.

Whatever next? A ban on wearings Uggs? No, Mr. Wilders and his growing band of followers are not interested in the sartorially challenged, it's the Muslims that they're after.

Photos: ©Profoundly Superficial. Top photo: Amsterdam; bottom photo: Damascus.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Most Beautiful Lips...




... belonged to Queen Tiye, the great matriarch of the Amarna Dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Modern Gay Erotica?



No, it's the ancient sort at the National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 17 July 2010

It's What You Don't See That Matters


It was from this hotel window in Amsterdam that jazz legend Chet Baker either jumped, fell or was pushed to his death. So when I'm in the area, I always photograph it in the hope of capturing his ghostly face in the reflections of light and leaves. Nothing's happened yet. But I'll keep on trying...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Triumph of Style Over Substance...


... this beautiful dome that covers a pit with a pole that was used to measure the level of the River Nile.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Serve Him Up with Paella?


Paul the Psychic Octopus has been at it again. So far he's successfully predicted the result of every single World Cup match. Now he's f***ed up by announcing that Spain will beat Holland at Sunday's final, which would break the hearts of the country's 16 million inhabitants (including mine).

Paul's also unpopular in his native Germany for foretelling its defeat by Spain. There were even calls for him to be roasted with lemon juice and olive oil or turned into a plate of paella.

Fortunately, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero has announced that he will provide Paul with a team of bodyguards. What he seems to have forgotten is that even the greatest clairvoyants can sometimes get it wrong.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize


Life, they say, is like a journey. If you keep on going, soon or later you will spot something wonderful. Like your first pyramid.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Beneath It All, Who Is She?


Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin have spent the last 25 years making photographs that play on the discrepancy between external appearance and internal reality.

This is my favourite work: with her powdered body and 18th century wig, a girl as the embodiment of exquisite artifice. But who is she beneath the black, mask-like form that obscures her identity, her inner self? Is she a novice, a prostitute or married lady in some sexual masquerade? We shall never know. All we can do is imagine...

Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. This and other works are currently on show at the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam (www.foam.nl/)