Saturday, March 29, 2014

The wind whispers the story of the landscape

This week I randomly chose a small book at the library of views of New Zealand and it captivated my heart this week: SOUTH Photographs from the South Island of New Zealand, by Petr Hlavacek a West Coast based landscape photographer with a particular interest in glaciers and ice images.  In this book he presents his photo's of the South Island.  His images show that he has a unique eye for looking at our beautiful country there is something etheral about each image, as if you can feel the wind whispering the story of the landscape. Petr captures the light and the texture of the landscape in a way that keeps drawing the viewer into the image.  My favourite image is on page 134:   Sand dunes at Wharariki Beach, west coast of Golden Bay. The colour palette is soft greyed browns and blues, not so grand or majestic, but a place to rest a while.

If you are interested you can check out Petr's blog or website:  NZICESCAPES IMAGES

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Discovering a connection to the Singer Sewing Machine in an unusual place

"The developer of the Dakota the apartment building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived opposite Central Park in New York, amassed his fortune as a co-owner of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Ironically his partner, Isaac Merrit Singer who invented the machine, was a polygamist and an obsessive womanizer,  He had five simultaneous marriages and his wives had absolutely no knowledge of the four other alliances.  The man was so supporting as many as six mistresses and countless children.  In his will he acknowledged twenty-five offspring, only eight of which were from his "legitimate" marriages.  The last of his wives, Isabella Singer, went on after his death to live in Paris and became Bartholdi's model for the face of the Statue of Liberty."

So how did I discover this stuff?  A book of course ... What do you/what think I was reading about?

The information came from Strawberry Fields - Central Park's Memorial to John Lennon by Sara Cedar Miller in association with the Central Park Conservancy.

The book is about the rejuvenation of Central Park which began with Strawberry Fields as a living memorial to John Lennon's life. It's a great little read, about this teardrop shaped garden conceived by Yoko Ono as a legacy to John Lennon and as an international garden of peace.  Countries all around the world were invited to donate trees, plants and stones to fill the 5.3 acre garden and many photographs to inspire quilts.