Last Saturday I saw a musical about young Marc Chagall and his first wife Bella Rosenfeld. A love story that ended with her premature death. “Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” is a small and unpretentious British production, that didn’t quite live up to my expectations –I was hoping for something more visually stimulating because…Chagall!– but it was still quite enchanting. It made me think of a couple of his paintings among the many I’ve photographed: “I and the Village,” 1911 (MoMA) and “Cow with Parasol,” 1946 (NY Met). Chagall’s paintings are so full of details and stories, I like to break them into several scenes.
And here’s a glimpse at “Flying Lovers.” https://youtu.be/VJ4K3mIP9dA.
For the last Photo Challenge of 2017, Ben Huberman asks us to share one or more favorites. Mine will be a gallery of photos from my wonderful trips this year to: Milan (IT) Barcelona (SP), Aix-en-Provence and Nice (FR), San Francisco (US), Fortaleza (BZ), and Washington, D.C. (US).
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan.
The Last Supper, Milan.
Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia, interior. Barcelona
Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
Nice, Cote D’Azur, France
Mucuripe Beach, Fortaleza, Brazil
San Francisco, Embarcadero.
San Francisco (Bay Bridge, Coit Tower).
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
reflecting Pool, Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
11/11/2017- Honoring the men and women who gave their lives for this country in legitimate wars, and those who died in senseless wars that should never have happened. May this country’s leaders be kinder to future generations. Here are some photos of the World War II and Korean War memorials, at the Mall in Washington, D.C.. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the Vietnam Memorial this time around, but my thoughts are with all Veterans.
This week I saw Yayio Kusuma’s jaw-dropping exhibition, “Infinity Mirrors,” at the Broad Museum here in Los Angeles. They only give you 30 seconds (Yes, 30 miserable seconds!) in each room (the crowds are huge so they must limit the time). But who can live the magic and beauty of those whimsical installations and photograph them at the same time? Well, since everybody is a photographer these days, people desperately try to do both, leaving the exhibition with a sense of wonder and frustration at the same time. Anyway, these photos are not great, and I can’t stand the idea of being in all of them (mirrors…), but for those who may not have seen her work or even heard about this magnificent artist, here’s a modest illustration of “Infinity Mirrors.”
Old door, Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon, France.
The Palais des Papes isthe largest Gothic palace in the world. There are 15,000 square meters of living space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in AD 1252 and it became the residence of the Popes in 1309. The huge structure is actually two palaces joined together, each built for a different pope. The palace was seized and sacked by revolutionary forces during the French Revolution in 1789 so most rooms are totally empty, but some beautiful frescos were preserved.
The Courtyard (the old door can be seen on the far right).
The Palais de Papes external view.Detail of the main entrance and towers.