Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Etruscan Beauty

Last Sunday, I fell in love with this handsome, big-bellied pot at an exhibition of Etruscan artefacts. I would have liked to have taken it home with me. Of course, the question is then what would you do with it? Seeing that it contains the ashes of a woman who died some 2,600 years ago, it would make quite a talking point on the living room table: Who was she? What was she like?

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Home Sweet Home?

This week, I have been editing a text about old women who have returned to their villages in the contaminated area around Chernobyl. Apparently, they are more terrified by the thought of losing their homes than by the very real threat of radiation poisoning.

Perhaps there is something heroic about their stubborn defiance as personified by the jaunty step of this lady in red with her heavy basket of logs.
Photo: Viktor Drachev

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Perfect Balance

I've made an important discovery about Rabbit and Rat. Despite Rat being the smaller of the two, whoever sculpted them decided to make their noses at exactly the same height so that they can touch each other with infinite sweetness.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to enlarge. For more information about Rabbit and Rat, see the previous two posts.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Rabbit & Rat Part 2

After escaping from a local auction (see previous post), Rabbit and Rat have been trying to find their place in my home. Not that they're had much of a chance. They've moved from the espresso machine to my computer table and have been introduced to other members of my personal menagerie. Will they settle down now? Or are they natural nomads? I think the latter.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Ckick to stroke Rat's furry nose

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

I Am Therefore I Seek Beauty...

... which I found at a local auction in the form of these Chinese zodiac figures that were originally designed for a water fountain. After some nerve-wracking bidding (and a little help from my beloved) they are mine all mine!
Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to take a closer look

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Submerged Treasure

A Byzantine mosaic submerged in the warm waters of the Eastern Mediterranean or the ocean bed off the coast of Ireland on a summer's day?

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to admire this wonder of the Celtic World

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Armed Conflict

For many years now, the Israeli-American photographer Judah Passow has covered the Israel-Palestinian conflict within Israel, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza, and Lebanon. He does not take sides. He simply records what he sees, which in this case was a young Palestinian clutching his weapons of war.

Photo: Judah Passow

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

November Girl

... like a tragic heroine in a Russian novel.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to make her acquaintance