July 20, 2015

Moholy-Nagy

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László Moholy-Nagy self-portrait (1944), part of his early experimentation with colour transparencies. He was born on this day in 1895.

Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter and photographer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school.

He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Art |

June 19, 2015

Ode to the Watermelon

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Frida Kahlo - Viva la Vida, Watermelons - 1954

Pablo Neruda's "Ode to the Watermelon"

The tree of intense
summer,
hard,
is all blue sky,
yellow sun, fatigue in drops,
a sword
above the highways,
a scorched shoe
in the cities:
the brightness and the world
weigh us down,
hit us
in the eyes
with clouds of dust,
with sudden golden blows,
they torture
our feet
with tiny thorns,
with hot stones,
and the mouth
suffers
more than all the toes:
the throat
becomes thirsty,
the teeth,
the lips, the tongue:
we want to drink
waterfalls,
the dark blue night,
the South Pole,
and then
the coolest of all
the planets crosses
the sky,
the round, magnificent,
star-filled watermelon.
It's a fruit from the thirst-tree.
It's the green whale of the summer.
The dry universe
all at once
given dark stars
by this firmament of coolness
lets the swelling
fruit
come down:
its hemispheres open
showing a flag
green, white, red,
that dissolves into
wild rivers, sugar,
delight!
Jewel box of water, phlegmatic
queen
of the fruitshops,
warehouse
of profundity, moon
on earth!
You are pure,
rubies fall apart
in your abundance,
and we
want
to bite into you,
to bury our
face
in you, and
our hair, and
the soul!
When we're thirsty
we glimpse you
like
a mine or a mountain
of fantastic food,
but
among our longings and our teeth
you change
simply
into cool light
that slips in turn into
spring water
that touched us once
singing.
And that is why
you don't weigh us down
in the siesta hour
that's like an oven,
you don't weigh us down,
you just
go by
and your heart, some cold ember,
turned itself into a single
drop of water.

--trans. Robert Bly

Posted by mehrdad at 01:48 PM | Watermelon |

May 28, 2015

Red Grapes and Carnelian Pendant

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Look-alikes: Red Grapes and a Carnelian Pendant

Posted by mehrdad at 08:25 PM | Look-alikes |

May 21, 2015

Glasgow - 1840s & 2015

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View of Glasgow in 1840s and 2015

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:06 PM | Then & Now |

Edinburgh - 1860s & 2015

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The Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Garden in 1860s and 2015

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Posted by mehrdad at 08:59 PM | Then & Now |

May 06, 2015

Sohrab in Athens

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I’m a native of Kashan.
My descent perhaps goes back to a plant in India
or to an earthen vase from the soil of Kerameikos in Athens

~ Sohrab Sepehri

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Posted by mehrdad at 08:37 AM | Look-alikes |

April 24, 2015

The Artist and His Mother

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Arshile Gorky's The Artist and His Mother (ca. 1926–1936), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.

Arshile Gorky (Vosdanig Manoug Adoian, 1904-48), one of the greatest American painters, was born in the village of Khorgom, on the shores of Lake Van in eastern Turkey. He was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:28 AM | Art |

April 07, 2015

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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A scene from the trailer of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
at St Jude’s Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:19 AM | Then & Now |

March 20, 2015

Haftseen 1394 (2015)

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Happy Nowruz!

Posted by mehrdad at 12:52 PM | Haftsin |

March 16, 2015

Sabzeh and Sarbaz

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Sabzeh Adas (Sprouted lentils) and Iranian Soldiers marching

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:25 AM | Look-alikes |

March 09, 2015

Haraz Road in mid 70s & 2013

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My siblings and I on the Haraz Road in the mid 1970s.

Road 77 is an important road from Tehran to northern Iran. The road passes from the valley of Haraz River and is also known as Haraz Road between Amol and Rudehen.

Haraz Road is also the nearest road to Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran.

The 2013 photo is by ninara.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:38 PM | Photography | Then & Now |

February 26, 2015

Tahchine Morgh

Tahchine Morgh (Persian Rice and Chicken)

Posted by mehrdad at 09:28 AM | Videos |


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