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Q + A TIME

Whose world is this?

I love maps and flags. I have always found them intriguing. This meant both were innocently incorporated into my playtime with me being unaware of the economic, political and historical implications these presentations had. Unaware of inaccurate sizings and past borders.

It was probably the bright colours used for the separations that made the world seem inviting, and so in imagination games I would try and picture the way of life there. Or if I wished for the mood to become more logical, my playing would be consumed by lists of countries and capitals, attempts at matching countries to flags and placing countries in their rightful spaces. Flags are more than aesthetically appealing, they have hidden meanings from the past embedded in their colours and the objects they depict.

As time goes on, the borders that were once a complete mystery develop to becoming actualised in ways where you realise relations across countries, continents, and even regions are not as colourful as it once was assumed. There are things that have happened both within and between these places that have been purposefully forgotten. There are also others where it is maintained that “we must never forget!” in a bid to prevent the ills of history reoccurring. Wars. Wipe-outs. The marginalisation of identities. The dehumanisation of communities as a method to gain from their exploitation. Achieved, by reasoning they are lesser and therefore do not matter, or masked as a much-needed helping hand in place for their interests rather than an abuse of their human rights. The lack of praise, respect and acceptance for systems and people that are rural or indigenous. The demonisation of alternative ways of life and culture. The way in which the physical earth is disregarded as crucial so that its importance to the majority in charge is only apparent when it translates as currency. The list could go on and on. 

We will never be on the same page completely because with differences comes a difference in opinion, but as we all exist in it and have our connections to parts, understanding is key. I think it is a good sign when we can look into the implications and the histories behind a flag or a map while appreciating the unfamiliar names and the pretty colours too.

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world love

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Sustainable clothing by Iniy Sanchez. Made using a single thread so that it can be deconstructed once no longer wanted, to make way for something new!

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Must haves for a home at one point in life. Solitary moments spent planning getaways.

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Mappa by Alighiero Boetti.

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“Untitled” (Questions) by Barbara Kruger. 1991.

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BORD-ER. Burak Arikan. 2005.
Portrays restrictions and blurred lines. ‘A nation never is as sharp as its flag.’

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Butterfly wing mosaic.

Butterfly wing mosaic.

Meet the world by Icaro Doria.

Meet the world by Icaro Doria.

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La Haine.

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…because less is MORE

less is more because more is a bore

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The Gold Painted Stripper by Weegee. 1950.

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Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield flauntin’.

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The good ol’ days of Burton. Edward Scissorhands. 1990.

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Girl and her pet monkey along the Arabian Sea. Mumbai, India.

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Deforestation.

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Brandi Quinones by Ellen Von Unwerth. 1999.

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Naomi putting it down!

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Anna Nicole Smith swingin’.

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Wrapped up in cotton. Still from Home. 2009. Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

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1960 by Dagoberto Martinez.

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Potts Point by Andrew Stark.

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People watching. Elliot Erwitt. Madrid, Spain. 1995. Clothed on the left, nude on the right.

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by Andrew Stark.

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2 More Minutes by Josef Smukrovich. 1962.

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Gli Italiani Si Voltano by Mario De Biasi. Milan. 1954. ‘The Italians turn’

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A stripper named Dee Light by George Silk. Wallingford, Connecticut. 1966.

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by Alba Yruela Xifro.

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Photo used for a Chakachas record cover. Chakachas LP. 1972.

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‘Cos then I wouldn’t have a diamond ring’

Two Cars, One Night.  A great short from New Zealand. After looking in many schools, the director/writer, Taika Waititi, managed to find them all in one school not far from the scene’s location. All three of them were inexperienced actors, hard to believe cos they make it look easy peasy.

La Dolce Vita

 

in some places they do still make ’em like they used to

 

Isn’t She Lovely?

Not much to say about Audrey Hepburn that you probably don’t already know…she was amazing!!! So I will leave you with some of my favourite snaps of her instead.

Photos By Bob Willoughby

1953.

1953.

Reading a letter from home.

On the set of ‘Green Mansions’.

1953.

With James Garner on the set of ‘The Children’s Hour’.

On the set of ‘My Fair Lady’.

The Audrey Hepburn rose.

She adored gardening and has a rose named after her.

A poem by Sam Levenson, that was a favourite of Audrey’s. Brilliant words of advice to live life by.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run your fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows,
and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Photos by Mark Shaw

1953. On the set of ‘Sabrina’

1954.

1953. ‘Sabrina’.

1953. LIFE magazine.

1954. ‘Sabrina’. Hepburn regularly bicycled from the movie studio’s make up department to the set.

1954. ‘Sabrina’.

1953. ‘Sabrina’.

1953. ‘Sabrina’.

1953. ‘Sabrina’.

1953. ‘Sabrina’. Used in LIFE magazine.

Both photographers have their own printed collections of the amazing Hepburn, I badly want the Mark Shaw one.

In Motion

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley

‘Meshes of the Afternoon.’ 1943.

Swallows by Vladimir Tolman. 1930s.

Ryan McGinley

by Ellen Von Unwerth.