Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." 

 ~ S.D. Gordon

Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: See the World Beautiful

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
 
Today I'd like to tell you about this wonderful book called See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com  with a foreword by designer Tommy Hilfiger. Let me tell you, I adore this book! See the World Beautiful is a beautifully large book of photographs from around the world that measures roughly 11x14 inches in size, which makes for an amazing photographic experience. For me, the sheer size of this extraordinary book lends itself to drawing the reader into a wondrous visual experience. Each picture seems like you're literally looking through this magical window into someone's life. Anne Menke is a truly gifted photographer because her pictures make you feel like you are there looking at these beautiful people. The book is the result of her documenting her travel to various locations while on assignment for magazines such as Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, and Condé Nast Traveller.

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
See the World Beautiful is fashion photographer Anne Menke's collection of beautiful photographs of indigenous cultures and it looks at their particular styles and the influence on fashion. This book is an interesting visual study of the meeting place between culture and fashion. For me it is a full on celebration of life and all the ways that we live on this planet. It's a study of humanity and the universal qualities that we all can relate to in some way as people. The photographer takes us to Peru, Kenya, Brazil, Mongolia, China, Argentina, India, Bolivia, Spain, Canada, and the USA (Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, and South Dakota).

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
There are numbers at the beginning of each section of the book which pinpoint the degrees of latitude and longitude and the dates when the pictures were taken. It's a way of assigning a sense of space and time to each section as Anne Menke takes us to another location on the globe. However, there's a beautifully timeless quality to each image and you know that the beauty of each will endure for a long while and will not be affected by the passing of years.

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com




















As I looked through the book, I was enthralled by all of the faces and personal style from around the world. Looking at the smiling faces of children and the storied faces of the adults made me feel a connection that I can't explain. I just saw the beauty and the diversity and the joy that people exhibited as they went about their lives and their ways of being. I don't mean to get too deep, but this book really moved me and I'm so grateful for the experience.
See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com

I love what Anne Menke says in the introduction. It sums up her journey in this book for me. She writes:

"Beauty is Happiness, Happiness is Beauty. You can find it anywhere, but it helps to have a good pair of walking shoes and a 35mm lens."
~ Anne Menke

Everywhere Menke pointed her camera there was a vibrant expression of the rich culture of each place and how they adorn themselves. In studying the various pictures, it's clear to see how much these cultures have influenced the styles that go down runways all over the world.



See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
See the World Beautiful is surely a book to be enjoyed over and over whenever one wants to be reminded of the varying beauty of humanity or to simply enjoy some beautiful images. Those who love creativity and expression will also find enjoyment in the pages of this book. See the World Beautiful is the perfect title for this book because you can feel as well as see the beauty of our fellow human beings with the turn of every page. 
See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com












See the World Beautiful can be purchased here.







*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Taking a Look at My Pictures


I thought that today I'd share this small photo that I took a while back ... just because. If you've visited me before, you know that I love taking pictures and sometimes they're good and sometimes they're kinda...meh! I don't know what this one is...maybe it's a bit meh, but I guess it doesn't matter...it just is :-)  It's a picture that I took across a field in Avebury. Please click on the picture to enlarge it if you want to get a closer look.

The church is St. James church.

I really like taking pictures in black and white because I love the contrast between the bright white and the varying shades of darkness. Sometimes I think that black and white photographs make things seem more alive.

I have hundreds of pictures of various places around Wiltshire and other places here in England, so I'm going to start sharing more of them here. I hope you'll come back to take a look.

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

One of My Favorite Quotes

 
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
 
~ Rabindranath Tagore