In the Water

Ana Regina Nogueira by Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira by Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates

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Balloons

By Sylvia Plath

Since Christmas they have lived with us,
Guileless and clear,
Oval soul-animals,
Taking up half the space,
Moving and rubbing on the silk

Invisible air drifts,
Giving a shriek and pop
When attacked, then scooting to rest, barely trembling.
Yellow cathead, blue fish —-
Such queer moons we live with

Instead of dead furniture!
Straw mats, white walls
And these traveling
Globes of thin air, red, green,
Delighting

The heart like wishes or free
Peacocks blessing
Old ground with a feather
Beaten in starry metals.
Your small

Brother is making
His balloon squeak like a cat.
Seeming to see
A funny pink world he might eat on the other side of it,
He bites,

Then sits
Back, fat jug
Contemplating a world clear as water.
A red
Shred in his little fist.

Balloon Before Waterfall. Roman Signer. 1982.

Balloon Before Waterfall. Roman Signer. 1982.


Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation

In this wonderful series of photographs by Aaron Siskind the artist captures figures suspended in mid air, their bodies contorted into different shapes. Charles Traub, president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation, says about the series:

“I remember quite clearly Aaron’s delight at the Chicago waterfront, where these images were taken. He was particularly enamored of teenagers—their unabashed frolicking and daring, their inherent athleticism. Aaron loved ordinary people—the sights, sounds, and activities that were off the beaten path of the city. In the summer, the Chicago lakefront was a place where everybody gathered. He adored such places that were full of spontaneous and inventive activity.”

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 37. Aaron Siskind. 1953.

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 37. Aaron Siskind. 1953.

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation. Aaron Siskind. 1953-61

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation. Aaron Siskind. 1953-61

 


Feliç Sant Jordi!

We float like two lovers in a painting by Chagall…

Today we celebrate Sant Jordi, the Catalan version of Valentine’s day. In honour of the occasion I’m sharing a painting by one of the most romantic artists of our time, Marc Chagall.

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Over the Town. Marc Chagall. 1918.