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Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya

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Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Pearl Necklace

Pearls

Princess of the Sea

erin mulvehill

LO 2012, Swimmer.

The Swimmer

Book Jacket

The Swimmer” a short story by American author John Cheever, was originally published in The New Yorker on July 18, 1964, and then in the 1964 short story collection, The Brigadier and the Golf Widow. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over 150 pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. At one point Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissus, a character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, which Cheever dismissed as too restrictive. As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealism, the thematic exploration of suburban America, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism.

Burt

In 1968, “The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same name, starring Burt Lancaster.

The story begins with Neddy Merrill and his wife lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. On a whim, Neddy decides to get home by swimming across all the pools in the county, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded and from an upper-class social standing.

Reflection

Midway through his journey, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. Despite everything taking place over just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. At the beginning of the story, it was clearly mid-summer, but by the end all natural signs point to the season being autumn. Different people Neddy encounters mention misfortune and money troubles he doesn’t remember, and he is outright unwelcome at several houses which should’ve certainly been beneath him. His earlier, youthful energy leaves him, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on. Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned.

dark swimming pool

Beauty of the Past Karezoid

Pool Sculpture

pool art

Mermaid

mermaid

Vladimir Kush

Vladimir Kush

ShellCastle

ShellCastle

Sunset on the Ocean

sunset on sea

Underwater Studio Pinewood

A shot to promote Pinewood Studios underwater stage.

A Night To Remember

Titanic

Levi Van Veluw

Levi Van Veluw

Bad Dog

Richard Jackson, Bad Dog, 2013

BlogDog

BlogDog

Faces

faces

Michael Mapes

Michael Mapes

Fractured Face

Fractured Face

Soul Out

soul out by deenesh ghyczy

Xiao Xiao, 2012

Xiao Xiao, 2012,

Eyes X Five

KEVIN SYENS

They’re Back

scott listfield

Magritte Airshow

Magritte Air Show

Plane Trail

Plane Trail

River Clouds

river valley

The Drop

The Drop

Mistake

Mistake

A Man Called Horse

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 19.40.34

Guinness Ad

White Horse

white horse painting

Returning from the Hunt

cowboy painting

Horse

Horses 111 by dimitar hristov

The Absurd

Business Man

In philosophy, “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any. In this context absurd does not mean “logically impossible”, but rather “humanly impossible”. The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the Absurd arises by the contradictory nature of the two existing simultaneously. Absurdism, therefore, is a philosophical school of thought stating that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd) because the sheer amount of information as well as the vast realm of the unknown make certainty impossible. And yet, some absurdists state that one should embrace the absurd condition of humankind while conversely continuing to explore and search for meaning. As a philosophy, absurdism thus also explores the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once becoming conscious of the Absurd, should respond to it.

Absurd Threatre

Because of the world’s absurdity, at any point in time, anything can happen to anyone, and a tragic event could plummet someone into direct confrontation with the Absurd. The notion of the absurd has been prominent in literature throughout history. Many of the literary works of Søren Kierkegaard, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Eugene Ionesco, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus contain descriptions of people who encounter the absurdity of the world.

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Gary & Tim

Gary & Tim

Hamlet

Hamlet

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?”

(Hamlet, V.i)

Split Face

split face

perfection

Perfection

You’re Nice

you're nice

Freckles Smile

smile

Beautiful Freckles

freckles

Kelloggs Freckles

Kelloggs Freckles

Kelloggs Top Cat

Bedtime Holidays

bed travel

Dream Story

dream story

Rhapsody: A Dream Novel, also known as Dream Story, (original German title: Traumnovelle) is a 1926 novella by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The book deals with the thoughts and psychological transformations of Doctor Fridolin over a two-day period after his wife confesses having had sexual fantasies involving another man. In this short time, he meets many people who give a clue to the world Schnitzler is creating for us. This culminates in the masquerade ball, a wondrous event of masked individualism, sex, and danger for Fridolin the outsider.

Eyes Wide Shut 3

It was first published in instalments in the magazine Die Dame between December 1925 and March 1926. The first book edition appeared in 1926 in S. Fischer Verlag and was adapted in 1999 into the film Eyes Wide Shut by director, screenwriter Stanley Kubrick and co-screenwriter Frederic Raphael.

 Eyes Wide Shut 2

The book belongs to the period of Viennese decadence after the turn of the 20th century.

Eyes Wide SHut 1

Helmut Newton

Screen shot 2013-04-04 at 10.59.51

Marlene

Marlene Dietrich

Smoke

Smoke

 

And?

And?

On the Beach

on the beach

Sand Walk

Sand Walk

Rough Ocean Waves

Ocean waves

Ocean Wave Nets

Ana Teresa Barboza

Castle

Castle In The Pyrenees

The Great War

The Great War

Shape Shifting Magritte

Christopher Marsden

 

Lost Highway Mystery Man

Hieronymus Bosch (Detail from ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’)

hieronymus bosch

The Entrance To Hell

hell

Fire Tornado

Fire Tornado

Chaos Theory

Tornado from Outer Space

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane’s formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.

Tornado

Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unlikely behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill may roll into any of several valleys depending on, among other things, slight differences in initial position.

The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with hypotheses where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

Majestic Green Swallowtail

butterfly head

butterfly head

Butterfly Mask

horaciosalinas butterly face

Girl Mask

Mask

Model Mask

mask 2

Hit Girl

Hit Girl

Kick Ass

Kick Ass

Day Dreamer Comic Adventure

Day Dream

Comet magazine cover

Sci Fi Mag

Comet in Moominland

Moominland

Comet Pan – Starrs

Comet Pan-Starrs

Mayan Sky

Mayan Sky

Message

Mayan Message

Mayan Temple

Mayan Temple

Internet Traffic

internet

Stuck in Traffic

Traffic

Waiting for Godot

Moon

Waiting for Godot, the play in which ‘nothing happens – twice’ is now recognised as a major influence on post war drama. ‘It was about two tramps waiting nowhere in particular for someone who never shows up.’ The two tramps (Vladimir and Estragon) are waiting for someone called ‘Godot’ although they are vague as to why, who he is, and whether he will come. To occupy the time they eat, sleep, converse, argue, sing, play games, exercise, swap hats, and contemplate suicide – anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay”. Author Samuel Beckett refused to explain the piece, but the wait can be seen as a metaphor for life, and our need to give it meaning and purpose.

Samuel Beckett

Set

When Peter Hall had staged the British premiere in 1955, the play’s avoidance of a clear linear plot, or any attempt at realism, caused consternation among the critics. While a few recognised its brilliance, many saw no literary merit in the form of the piece. ‘His work … holds the stage most wittily, but is it a play?’ said one. Audiences were also divided, and ‘Godot’ became a hot topic in the media. Now the play is recognised as probably the single most influential work of the 20th century, which inspired future writers such as Harold Pinter, Joe Orton, Edward Bond and Tom Stoppard to name a few.

Poster

Racing Is Life

Racing Is Life

Steve on the Run

Steve on the Run

The Great Escape Motorcycle

The Great Escape Motorcycle

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Houdini

Houdini

Japanese Bondage

Douglas Kent's Complete Shibari

Wonder Woman Restrained

Wonder woman tied up

SuperGirl

supergirl by keron grant

1968 girl and F1

1968 Bristish Grand Prix 242 C V12

GP F1 Wet

grand prix wet

Ferrari

Bent Eiffel Tower

Strange Paris

Paris in the Rain

paris in the rain

The Paris Kiss

Kiss

Lips

lips

Holy Communion

communion

Piss Christ

Piss Christ by Andres Serrano

Cross of Heaven and Hell

religion art

Soul Dance

soul dance by David Galstyan

Space Travelers

travel space tubes

Angel of Fire

Firegirl

Archer

archer

Space Girl

Space Girl

Fighter Pilot

'Fighter Pilot #1' by Michael Peck

Jet Fighter

jet fighter

Helicopters

horst fass ap

The Doors The End

The End Title

the end

Disappointed Cat Friend

Olechka

 

Bird Dog

BirdDog

 

It’s Not Me

Dog Bert

The Fly

The Fly

Double Eyes

caseyweldon

Ratioactive Cats

sandy skoglund radioactive cats

Dali Atomicus

Dali Atomicus by Philippe Halsman.

The Great Masturbator

The Great Masturbator

L’Age d’or

La edad de oro (1930) Luis Buñuel

L’Age d’or, The Golden Age (1930) is a French surrealist comedy directed by Luis Buñuel about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society and the value system of the Roman Catholic Church. The screenplay is by Salvador Dalí and Buñuel. It was one of the first sound films made in France.

In a series of thematically-linked vignettes, a couple’s attempts at a fulfilling and consummated romantic relationship are continually thwarted by the bourgeois values and sexual mores of Family, Church, and Society. In the course of seeking sexual release and satisfaction, the woman sublimates her sexual passion by fellating the toe of a religious statue.

The final vignette is an allusion to the Marquis de Sade’s novel 120 Days of Sodom; the intertitle reads: 120 Days of Depraved Acts, about an orgy in a castle, wherein the surviving orgiasts are ready to emerge to the light of mainstream society. From the castle door emerges the bearded and berobed Duc de Blangis (a character from de Sade’s novel) who greatly resembles Jesus, the Christ, who comforts a young woman who has run out from the castle, before he takes her back inside. Afterwards, a woman’s scream is heard, and only the Duc re-emerges; and he is beardless. The concluding image is a crucifix festooned with the scalps of women; to the accompaniment of jovial music, the scalps sway in the wind.

Fellatio

Bruno Zach Fellatio 1925

Seduction

seduction

Against the Wall

afraid

Ryonen

ryonen

Sensuality

Franz von Stuck Sensuality

Snake

Sin by Sam A Harris

Celtic Cross

Clew Bay Celtic Cross by Martina Fagan

Saint Patrick Window

Kilbennan St. Benin's Church Window St. Patrick

The Hermit

the hermit by azurylipfe

Bear Man

Bear Druid by Pijik