Women take to Dubai’s walls.

fa947c5f-a144-43b0-b603-9b486ed36d49-1020x612Graffiti is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dubai.
When you stroll among the desert city’s skyscrapers or drive along its ever-changing roads, there is little street art to be seen, aside from the occasional hastily scrawled musing.
But, if you meander down the alleyways of the beachside suburb of Jumeirah, visit the warehouses in the industrial al-Quoz area, Dubai Festival City’s car parks, or the streets of the bustling Karama neighbourhood, you’re likely to come across a scattering of dynamic walls of work.
There are Matisse-esque two-headed green women, playful bows with antlers, and expanses of elegant Arabic calligraphy painstakingly painted over splashes of colour.
More surprising than the pieces themselves is that female artists created many of them.
Less surprising is that the street art is not a free-for-all but must be confined to approved public spaces.
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Tarsila Schubert: ‘Street art on a non-approved wall is removed after a few days.’ Photograph: Tariq Zaidi
“It’s really difficult to get a permanent wall in Dubai and any street art on a non-approved wall is removed after a few days,” says Tarsila Schubert, a 27-year-old Brazilian street artist.
“There are a few walls with permanent works on them, though.”
Dubai-born street artist Fathima, 31 – who has also painted in the UK and Canada – agrees, but adds that she finds the emirate’s scene “weird”.
Read and See more via Female street artists take to Dubai’s walls | World news | The Guardian.

Grey Matter(s) by Tom Jacobi, Germany.

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Image Credit: Photographs by Tom Jacobi.
German photographer Tom Jacobi captures mystical, archaic landscapes in the grey world from dusk to dawn.
The photos look otherworldly—free from any color distractions in order to convey the calm, contemplative, and meditative qualities of these timeless locations.
For Grey Matter(s), Jacobi traveled over two years to six continents searching for archaic landscapes—North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica—capturing indelible images of their distinct natural beauty and shaped over thousands of years by nature.
In art, there is a technique known as grisaille and Jacobi’s work could be described as photographic grisailles: tranquil scenes composed entirely of landscapes that are devoid of color.

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To capture this desaturated world, Jacobi photographed the landscapes as light shifted between day and night.
As twilight fell, he writes that the landscapes seemed “like mystical enactments from some other world.” Colors simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called “Grey Matter.” No light, no colors.

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By photographing our colorful world at times and places, where there is no color, the illusion of a colorful reality is being unmasked.
A coffee table book of this series is available through Amazon.

See more of Tom’s work via Grey Matter(s): Photos by Tom Jacobi

The Endangered Last Tribe of the Caribbean.

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Photographer Eric Lafforgue documents the island tribe, whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels. 18f5f438-72ec-4bfd-b549-164a3ec307d5-2060x2060
The Kuna live on the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama – which have one of the world’s highest populations of albinos
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via The Kuna: the endangered last tribe of the Caribbean – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

Farmer Works hard to protect the Land, Coominglah Forest.

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This exhausted farmer just spent the whole day widening fire breaks with his tractor.
Next day he fried up a batch of banana fritters for firefighters at Coominglah Forest, in Queensland.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor p.carlsen
Source: Working hard to protect land – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Old Guv Legends Luncheon, 30 June, 2017.

We’ve got 32 Starters So Far…

It’s Rob Powell’s time to become a Legend.

If ever there was a bloke who deserves a “gong” it’s Rob.

Starting at the Old Guv in the 1970s in the Jobbing Room Rob became the driving force behind a revitalised Social Club and we had some great Picnics and wonderful Cabarets at the Netley Canteen.

Come along and join in the fun and celebrate with Rob and Wendy.

The Luncheon will be held on Friday, 30 June, 2017, commencing at 12 noon.

Venue: West Adelaide Football Club, 57 Milner Road, Richmond 5033.

A Salad Bar is now available at Westies.

Those attending thus far: Rob and Wendy Powell, Rod Parham, Alex Riley, Judy Marks, Dennis Grover, Geoff Michell, Eunice Wright, Ellen Krueger, Ray Belt, Marianne Hunn, Conrad and Norma Rogers, Charlie Korff, Jack and Helen Flack, Garth Mugford, Thelma Korff and David, John and Toni Manfield, Tony Fitzsimmons, Don Woolman, Esther and Michael Harris, Vic Potticary, Lew Morrison, Mr and Mrs K. Stack(hyphenated)Neale, Bob Downs, David and Wendy Walker.

Apologies from: Marilyn and David Harding, Kevin Stone, Colin Rawlings, Jenny Easther, Janet McDougall, Pam Palmer, Coralie Hills,

Photograph kindly provided by Mrs M. Riley.

RSVP to Alex Riley on 0419 035 970 or Rod Parham on 0424 294 450

The Nebra Sky Calendar of the Ancients, Germany.

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The Nebra Sky Disk photographed in Basel, Switzerland, in 2006 – Dbachmann via Wikipedia
Henry Westphal is tired. It’s July 4, 1999, a Sunday. He and a friend are climbing the Mittelberg or “Central Hill,” a small mountain near Nebra, in central Germany.
Both men know of ancient ruins located here. Equipped with two metal detectors, they hope to find something of value.
Westphal stops to rest for a couple of minutes. It’s a hot day and he’s out of shape.
Suddenly his metal detector starts beeping wildly. He brushes some leaves aside with his shoe but can’t make out anything. The detector’s display reads, “OVERLOAD.”
With a pick, Westphal scrapes at the dry ground. Under a few inches of soil, the pick hits something hard several times.
Together the two treasure-hunters dig a small pit. They find several objects: two decorative swords, two ax heads, a chisel, and two bracelets. The objects are piled beside a large, round disk oriented upright in the ground.
Through the dirt sticking to the disk, a faint golden shimmer is visible.
The men take the objects, cover up the hole, and drive home. That night they go to a bar to celebrate the unusual and obviously valuable find. What neither of them knows is that the dirty disk would turn out to be a one-of-a-kind, 3,600-year-old artifact, later declared to be one of the most important finds of the 20th century.
After soaking the disk in a bathtub filled with water and dish soap for several days, Westphal sells it together with the other objects to an art dealer for 31,000 Deutsche marks (about 19,000 U.S. dollars at the time).
The dealer knows the items are worth more and tries to sell them to several museums. The museums decline, realizing that trading in this ancient find is illegal. The disk ends up on the black market.
In May 2001, Harald Meller, the new state archaeologist in Saxony-Anhalt, hears about the disk. Photos show it’s in bad shape; Westphal had accidentally damaged it with his pick and inexpert cleaning.
Meller, the State Criminal Investigation Office, and other officials come up with a plan to get the objects back. Like Indiana Jones, Meller knows that a find like this belongs in a museum.
The item of interest, now known as the Nebra Sky Disk, is a five-pound* plate of bronze inlaid with dozens of gold symbols. The gold figures include a lunar crescent, a large circle, and 30 small circles.
After studying the disk for many years, archaeologists have concluded that it is the oldest and accurate diagram of the sky ever found. The disk was a carefully made map used both for practical and religious purposes.
One of the most important components of the disk is a tight group of seven stars placed between the lunar crescent and the large circle denoting the full moon.
They represent the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, a cluster of stars visible with the naked eye to people in the Northern Hemisphere. The Pleiades were known to, depicted by, and followed with interest by ancient cultures around the globe.
Read the full article via The Amazing Sky Calendar That Ancients Used to Track Seasons – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus.