Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year
Photo by Fortune, c. 2012

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Beautiful Dinka

Image: Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith

Just when James Cameron announces that we can anticipate not one but two sequels to Avatar, comes the book DINKA: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan about the Dinka peoples of Sudan by brilliant photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith.

There were numerous recognizable references from the Dinka culture in the first Avatar film, such as the beaded bodices worn by these young women. An almost identical bodice worn by Queen Moat is one example. I doubt seriously that Cameron has made any sizable contribution to the people whose aesthetic has inspired his success.

Maybe I ask too much.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Food for the Soul

It's been quite a while since I have written. This past week-end I was in Georgia developing a project that I will share more about in the future. But in the meantime, here is a photo of an elderly gentleman who loves his roses. He stood communing with these flowers for what seemed like an eternity before he turned to walk away. It was wonderful to see that in the midst of all the chaos and madness that has enveloped our country that one singular old man can stop and smell the roses.

Real food for thought, even better, food for the soul.