Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sors virtutis michi nunc contraria.

O FortunaO Fortune,
velut lunalike the moon
statu variabilis,you are changeable,
semper crescisever waxing
aut decrescis;and waning;
vita detestabilishateful life
nunc obduratfirst oppresses
et tunc curatand then soothes
ludo mentis aciem,as fancy takes it;
potestatemand power
dissolvit ut melts them like ice.
Sors immanisFate - monstrous
et inanis,and empty,
rota tu volubilis,you whirling wheel,
status malus,you are malevolent,
vana saluswell-being is vain
semper dissolubilis,and always fades to nothing,
et velataand veiled
michi quoque niteris;you plague me too;
nunc per ludumnow through the game
dorsum nudumI bring my bare back
fero tui your villainy.
Sors salutisFate is against me
et virtutisin health
michi nunc contraria,and virtue,
est affectusdriven on
et defectusand weighted down,
semper in angaria.always enslaved.
Hac in horaSo at this hour
sine morawithout delay
corde pulsum tangite;pluck the vibrating strings;
quod per sortemsince Fate
sternit fortem,strikes down the strong man,
mecum omnes plangite!everyone weep with me!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Boxer Dog Goes Mental After Eating a Lime

As endearing as it is amusing, this Boxer dog just won't give up on eating a lime he found on the beach.  Having once tried a lime before, I do have massive amount of empathy for this Boxer.   Eating limes is as uncomfortable as having two thousand belligerent ants biting your tongue when your mouth is full of newly harvested stinging nettles.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Erwin Blumenfeld - Somerset House

I would certainly recommend a visit to Somerset House to see the exhibition on Erwin Blumenfeld.  Stunning images, fascinating character and interesting life - running from Leather and the Nazis!  What drew me wasn't just the beautiful colour slides/prints of the 1950s female models but his interested in surrealism.  How he often wanted to do it one way but had to compromise with his clients more conservative tastes - nothing changes!  Just looking at what he achieve with creativity and analogue tools 60 years ago.  

He didn't really turn to photography until his mid thirties after finding a darkroom and photo equipment in the back cupboard of his new shop in 1932.  Friends with Beaton - which helped him get into Vogue.

Exhibition - Somerset House often has great photo displays.