During my four month trip in late 2015 to Southern India, I visited the state of Tamil Nadu, here in Mahabalipuram I saw many of the wonderful Monuments there. This one is affectionately known as Arjuna’s Penance, and competes with it’s other title of The Descent of the Ganges.
It is one of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram. This wonderful bas air relief dates back to the mid-seventh century. Standing tall at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders, making its length around 96 feet.
The subject of the massive structure is either Arjuna’s Penance or the Descent of the Ganges, or possibly both. Historians and experts of archeology have never settled on one account as there are not sufficient sources or records.
It is so wonderful when an artist chooses your work to reference their creations, and today this great piece of Art is from my friends at Artists and Photographers on Face Book.
Ros Beck, I am honoured you chose my “Multi Coloured Apples” for your project. I also love the way you saw something different in the message it gives to the viewer.
Today’s stunning piece of work titled “”Comparing Apples”, comes from Ros Beck who is an artist in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her images are predominantly Horses and dogs, but here she shows her talent to diversify into other subjects with this piece.
When Roz posted this image in the group one of her comments about the piece, saying “.I love still life… this started as a piece to be donated to the families of a recent mass shooting here in chch, but I ran out of time and sent a 3 horse pour instead, but this says a lot about the human race, we are all just people no matter our colour or beliefs!!”
You can see Roz and her work at; https://www.facebook.com/Ros-Beck-Art-936226009772475/
During my two month visit to Kyrgyzstan, a good amount of my time was spent in the beautiful Lake Issi Kul area.
Moving along the south coast of Issyk-Kul lake from Karakol town, before you reach the small village named Kadji-Sai, you have an opportunity to get into the most beautiful mountain landscapes.
The canyon was named because of its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by erosion into amazing sculptures and formations. Some formations look like The Great Wall of China and you can also find other formations that look like snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even whole castles. From the canyon you can see a majestic panorama of Lake Issyk-Kul and snow caped mountains.
Dedicated to my dear Photographer Compatriot; Natalia Arentseva!
This would make a great place for a photo shoot!
You can see Natalia’s work here ; https://www.facebook.com/photographynataliaarantseva/
Bishkek stretched Limos, Why? I hear you ask? well Bishkek is a popular place for the Kyrgz people to get married and no where is more popular than the Wedding Palace.
A restored Soviet throwback (1987) which now serves as a very kich registry office, no religion here! Primarily because of the soviet ban on religious ceremonies. Instead they agreed to a multi faith building.
A cross between a church, a castle and a Temple on the outside its brutal architectural lines belie the interior “fairytale palace” sadly on the day we visited it was closed as October is the popular month for weddings!
On wedding weekends, (rented) luxury vehicles abound: decorated stretch limos and Mercedes lead the honking wedding convoys.
During the quiet season(when we were there) we were able to walk round and see some of the stretched limos waiting for their bookings, a bit like a Limo car park. Again there are some others besides the Hummers/ Lexus/GMC/ etc that are to be seen, there is even reports of a fairytale carriage style car(which, sadly we did not see).
Bishkek is an eclectic mix of cars many from the Soviet era, and they certainly like restoring and cutting and shunting some of the modern ones.
Challenge: Taking an image you have photographed and adding text into the image to create a poster-Meme
So creative Arts come in all shapes and sizes, here I created a poster from an image I took from the Street Art in Trivandrum in India.
Credit to the Artist, whoever they may be, and credit to Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan , for putting it so delightfully.
I placed the saying in a specific place in this image to indicate that the “Writing is on the wall” Also it doesn’t pull the eye away from the Art that has been so beautifully done, and the Art subject itself fitted so well with this sentiment/meme.
I achieved this by importing the image into Photoshop Essentials 12(which is what I have a stand alone) and using the “Text tool” created and positioned the meme.
Do you have any thoughts on this?? Happy to hear your thoughts/ideas in the comments below.
Please click on the image to get a full view window. It’s much easier to read!
A series of self made “peaceful moments”
A series of self made “peaceful moments”