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.
The following images are mostly of Buddhist monks in Myanmar also known as Burma.
I am not sure if the following images are by Lisa Kristine or someone I can’t identify.
01381_20, Shaolin Monastery, Hunan Province, China, 2004
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.
Now for something completely different…a selection of old photos
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.
Central Park in New York City, 1930
Testing football helmets in 1912.
Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s. Who knew it existed before television?
Niagara Falls frozen, 1911.
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.
NASA before Powerpoint, 1960s.
Traffic jam in New York City, 1923.
Decorated gas tank, Japan
Shark house in Oxford, England
The Unknown Official, Reykjavik , Iceland
He works as a janitor and the mayor.
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.
What better way to advertise a public farmer’s market than with cement mixers?
Mihai Eminescu, Onesti , Romania
The Right Moment image
Another right moment.
Kelpies, Grangemouth , UK (To put this into scale, note the man at the bottom, middle)
By Dome in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Chalk Art by David Zinn
Thanks: George, Murray, John, Jen C., Howard, Gary