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First we’ve got two artists, an internationally known and honored photographer specializing in intimate images that reflect the diversity of human cultures. The other an architect and landscape designer who uses mathematical formulae to create unique and dazzling gardens. Next are some intriguing historic photographs. We end with a medley of quirky and inventive offerings to make you smile.  Hopefully something for everyone’s tastes.

Lisa Kristine is a San Francisco based photographer specializing in indigenous peoples worldwide. Through her work, Lisa wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world. She brings the distant and the ancient and the rare into clearer focus.human ingen, lisa k, 2human ingen, lisa khuman ingen, lisa_kristine_com-childrens-blessing-bhutan-600human ingen, lisa kristinehuman ingen, lisa_kristine_com-prayer-beads-western-tibethuman ingen, lisa k5human ingen, lisa kristine, pkimg_zps3274df3ahuman ingen, lisa k 6

 

The following images are mostly of Buddhist monks in Myanmar also known as Burma.

 

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I am not sure if the following images are by Lisa Kristine or someone I can’t identify.

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01381_20, Shaolin Monastery, Hunan Province, China, 2004

01381_20, Shaolin Monastery, Hunan Province, China, 2004

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Ceremony at Wat Prahdarmagaya to celebrate the end of the yearly pilgrimage. 1,130 monks walk 485 km. over 28 days on flower petals laid down by faithful followers

Ceremony at Wat Prahdarmagaya in Thailand to celebrate the end of the yearly pilgrimage. 1,130 monks walk 485 km. (300 miles) over 28 days on flower petals laid down by faithful followers. Image by Vichaya Pop.

Charles Jencks is famous for his use of geometric shapes and spiral mounds.  American born and educated, he’s lived in England and Scotland for the last four decades, creating gardens that feature not abundant plants, but fascinating settings which combine natural features and artificial symmetry and curves.  Many of the following images are from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, designed in 1988 and dedicated to Jencks’ late wife.

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Now for something completely different…a selection of old photos

The construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884 by Vichaya Pop.

The construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884 by Vichaya Pop.  Don’t miss the arm.

 The first self service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, Tennessee in 1916.

The first self service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, Tennessee in 1916.

Central Park in in New York City, 1930

Central Park in New York City, 1930

Testing football helmets in 1912.

Testing football helmets in 1912.

Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s.  Who knew it existed before  tv?

Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s. Who knew it existed before television?

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Niagara Falls frozen, 1911.

Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage. New York, 1949.

Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage. New York, 1949.

When they realized women were using flour sacks to make clothes during the Great Depression, they started putting them in these, 1939

When they realized women were using flour sacks to make clothes during the Great Depression, they started putting them in these, 1939.

NASA before Powerpoint, 1960s.

NASA before Powerpoint, 1960s.

Traffic jam in New York City, 1923.

Traffic jam in New York City, 1923.

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Decorated gas tank, Japan

Decorated gas tank, Japan

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Shark house in Oxford, England

Shark house in Oxford, England

The Unknown Official, Reykjavik , Iceland

The Unknown Official, Reykjavik , Iceland

He is a janitor and the mayor.

He works as a janitor and the mayor.

 

Brazilian twin brother Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo, transformed the cement silos in this industrial plant on Grandville Island, Vancouver, Canada.

Brazilian twin brothers Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo, transformed the cement silos in this industrial plant on Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada. In their art they call themselves OSGEMEOS, which literally means “the twins.”

 

Cement mixers to match.

Cement mixers to match.

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What better way to advertise a public farmer's market than with cement mixers?

What better way to advertise a public farmer’s market than with cement mixers?

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Mihai Eminescu, Onesti , Romania

Mihai Eminescu, Onesti , Romania

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The Right Moment image

The Right Moment image

Another right moment.

Another right moment.

Kelpies, Grangemouth , UK (To put this into scale, note the man at the bottom, middle)

Kelpies, Grangemouth , UK (To put this into scale, note the man at the bottom, middle)

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 By Dome in Karlsruhe, Germany.

By Dome in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Chalk Art by David Zinn

Chalk Art by David Zinn

Thanks:  George, Murray, John, Jen C., Howard, Gary

 

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30 thoughts on “Human Art, History and Ingenuity

  1. Noel,
    I’m so sorry and I don’t have a clue what could be the problem. So far no one else has had an issue with the history photos. If I figure something out or more people have problems, I’ll let you know.

  2. GRACIAS POR ENVIARME TAN LINDAS E INTERESANTES FOTOS.
    UN ABRAZO DESDE CHIGUAYANTE-CHILE.

  3. First Dusky let me just say another AMAZING posting. I look forward to finding your e-mail in my box.
    Noel, Do you happen to be using windows10? I have a few friends who have been using it and they are quite frustrated because they have had issues that sound very similar to yours. In fact two of them have gone back to their windows7. Good luck no matter the issue they are great photos.

  4. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this whole program; the photography is superior and the subjects and objects are amazing! So, many talented people; it’s almost mind-boggling. Thank you!

  5. Deb,
    thanks for the info about windows 10. They’ve been offering it to me and I hadn’t decided yet whether to get it. Guess I’ll wait awhile until they get more of the bugs out. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. As always, I am intrigued, mesmerized, moved at the beauty, the ingenuity , the simplicity, the balanced, the integrity of the images.

  7. I cannot wait to see what your next posting is going to contain. Please keep up the wonderful things that you do. By the way I am using windows 10 with no problems.

  8. As always, I am moved at the beauty, the ingenuity , the simplicity, the balanced, the integrity of the images.

  9. Excellent collection of old photographs. Stunning art work depicting human ingenuity, great .Thanks.

  10. I’m amazed! I had no idea that this site would be so fascinating! Glad I found it.

  11. This is the most amazing collection of art that I have ever seen. Just so many beautiful minds at work.

  12. Judie,
    I’m glad that you enjoy my posts and appreciate you taking the time to comment. I do, however, want to make clear, that these are not my images (well occasionally they are pics I actually took, but that’s very rare.) What I do is cull and select from the internet and from what people forward to me. If you like my posts its because we share the same sensibility of beauty, humor and wonder. 🙂

  13. Lois,
    I’m so sorry. I wish I knew what to tell you. One other person mentioned they couldn’t see the historic images. Computers are a mystery to me.

  14. I was able to see all the pictures!

    Beautiful!

    VERY VERY interesting!

    Thank you sooooo much!

  15. Dusky,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful work. I feel fortunate that I was made aware of this, your gift to all of us. Thank you
    signed; an elderly sculptor

  16. I always find your pictures very relaxing and usually quite spectacular. I enjoy the variety so much. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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