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jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Let’s laugh at Death
since nobody asked about the meaning of halloween or really knows it, i'm bringing it back even if halloween has passed away already!
The Word ‘Halloween’ means ‘the Eve of All Saints’, the word ‘Hallow’ meaning sacred refers to the Saints, while ‘‘een’’ or ‘’e’en’’means eve, and refers to the day before. Most people believe that these festivities have developed from a Christian festival. It is the first day of a three-day celebration in which Christians remember the Saints and the Martyrs of their faith. Traditionally, parts of these activities are dedicated to using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death.

But some people believe that Halloween has its origins in a Celtic harvest festival with pagan roots, possibly the Gaelic Samhain which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.

Given the roots of this Christian/pagan holiday, one has to ask if Halloween has been high-jacked. Modern day Halloween parties seem to have little in common with the original concept seen in the Christian/pagan festivals. It’s a bit like Christmas these days, where the centre of attention is Santa Claus rather than Jesus Christ. At a modern day Halloween party you would meet Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolves, Goths and zombies. 

These are 20th century inventions. However, there are still some traces of the original festival; traditionally we eat nuts, turnips, apples and pumpkins and use them also as decorations. The use of these vegetables originates from the celebration of Halloween as a harvest festival and the Christian tradition of not eating meat over that three-day period.

Some people express concern about Halloween and its links with the occult. I think that as long as people are sensible it is just harmless fun. So let’s dress up, play games, tell scary stories and keep the original meaning of Halloween by laughing in Death’s face!

texas



I hope you enjoy the Western Texas video. I chose it because of the impressive photography showing the wild beauty of this American State and its extreme weather. I was also impressed by the synchronisation between the images and the music.


The photographs are by Wyman Meinzer, who is the official state photographer of Texas since 1997. He was raised on the League Ranch, a 27,000-acre cattle farm in the rolling plains of Texas, and many of his photographs are from this area, but he has also travelled Texas extensively taking thousands of photographs of the landscape.


One of the outstanding features of Wyman’s work is his ability to capture the extreme weather of Texas. Parts of this state suffer frequent snow storms, high winds and tornados, spectacular electrical storms and intense drought.





TEXAS

The music is by Doug Smith, a virtuoso pianist, who is from Petersburg Texas. He plays by ear because he cannot read music. He is quite an amazing person; he had a car accident which left him crippled. At first it was thought that he would be paralyzed from the neck downwards, but Doug was determined to think positively and with expert medical help and his determination he learnt to play the piano again. He had lost the use of his legs and feet and was unable to use the piano pedals. This lead to some friends of his inventing a device which allows disabled pianists to use the sustain pedal. Today he insists that the accident was a blessing and continues to bless others with his music.


Texas has abundant and varied wild life and Wyman is well known for his stunning photography; his photos have often been seen on the front cover of well-known wild life magazines. In this video he has also captured the breath taking landscape and impressive weather of Texas; synchronized with the emotive music of Doug I think this video is one of the very best.

martes, 21 de octubre de 2014




PREGNANCY



14 TO 18





BIRTH TO 12 YEARS




A THOUSAND IMAGES

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see you own life flash before your eyes in a few seconds? They say that this happens just before you die, but now with modern technology you don’t have to wait until then;  with a little patience and constancy you can do it yourself!

Have a look at the videos I’ve uploaded. One is a series of photos taken every day of a baby until she’s 12 years old. The other one follows the changing image of a girl over a period of 4 years from when she was 14 until she was 18. And the third one is about a women and the gestation of her child until she gives birth. 

The video of the baby to 12 years old is perhaps one of the most interesting of these type of recordings because it covers a period of time in which there are huge physical changes. A lot of people commented that they thought that the baby was a boy; I did too! But it was delightful to see ‘’him’’ turning to a pretty young girl and then an attractive young teenager.

The video which shows the history of a pregnancy is delightful as it demonstratehow incredible the female human body is. It’s uplifting to see such happy parents sharing their excitement about the growth of their unborn child. 

But the video I find most interesting is the one of the 14 year-old girl and the following four years of her life. When you first watch it without reading the description box most people feel a strong empathy with the girl. Many viewers become concerned because they suspect that she is passing through difficult periods of her life, which is reflected in her physical appearance and facial expression.  You can see that her hair is becoming very thin and her face very haggard. When you read the description and the background information you understand the reasons behind her obvious suffering, which can be clearly seen in this series of her daily photos.

Human beings have always been fascinated by the passage of time reduced into an instance.  We see it in nature programmes when we watch flowers open in a few seconds. Technology now allows us to see things from a completely different time point; in a sense we become omnipresent. 

They say ‘’one imagine is worth more than a thousand words’’ but now it should be
‘’a thousand images is worth more than a life story’’.

sábado, 18 de octubre de 2014




ART OR SELF EXPRESSION?





Parkour or free running is also known as 'l'art du placement' (which is the art of moving from place to place). It's a training discipline which originated in France. Practicioners (traceurs) aim to get from one place to another in the most eficient way possible using their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, mainting as much momentum as possible while keeping safe. It includes running, climbing, swinging, rolling, voulting, jumping and quadrupedal movement. It includes over coming obstacles such as fences, walls and railings. It can be practised in the countryside but it is more frequently ''''''done'''''' in urban landscapes. 

It's origins can be traced to military obstacle course training and it was developed in the 1980's in France by Raymond Delle, David Delle and Sébastien Foucan. It became very popular in the 1990's and 2000 when it was exposed to more media wit hthe appearance of documentaries films and advertisements showing traceurs in action.

It's considered  a holistic training because it involves overcoming mental and phisical obstacles. It teaches us to touch the world and interact with it and you must be able to control your mind in order to master the art of parkour. You must believe you can do it otherwise you won't.  Training revolves around two very important things: progression and repetition, the movements are repeated over and over until the traceur is comfortable and confident about it. It is hard work, there are no short cuts.

As in skateboarding Parkour isn't just a sport, it's an art. Its not about competing against each other but about connecting with other people in similar mind sets that want nothing more than your success. Its a means of expressing yourself through movement. Movement is delightful to human beings and you can clearly see it in children playing. These two strands of philosphy started as parcours but then developed and divided into two diferent acivities; parkour which focuses on the discipline and personal challenging and freerunning focuses on self expression and exploring the enviroment.

sábado, 27 de septiembre de 2014

SOME PEOPLE

This is my first video proposal for you all.  It's a very impacting video,what do you think about it? 




Some people put no value on human life. On the east side of Detroit, in districts where the police don't go, victims are often chosen at random and they are shot as part of the initiation rites of certain gangs. Human life has become worthless.

Some people have learnt the value of life, having experienced a close encounter with death. Ross Capicchioni is one of these people. Shot three times at point blank range, he thought he was dead. He received a shot in his head, through his heart and in his arm. Who can survive this? Ross Capicchioni did. 

Some people don't believe in angels. I'm not so sure. Ross Capicchioni forced himself to get to his feet, fighting off the desire to sink into oblivion and took a few steps, before collapsing again. He swears that somebody helped him and felt a force pushing him forward towards the safety of the road. 

Some people might have fainted at the sight of a young man staggering towards them, covered in blood, but the social worker who was passing by stopped and went to his aid. He said later that he didn't believe that Ross could survive such serious wounds. Nevertheless, he called an ambulance. 

Some people would have given up for lost, a patient who had suffered such internal injuries; but the doctor that attended Ross thought that a 17 year-old boy should be given a chance, however slim that chance might be.  

Against all odds, Ross survived. 

Some people would have given in, but Ross is a fighter, and he struggled to maintain consciousness despite the terrible pain. He knew that if he fainted he was going to die. The judge called him a warrior.  The man accused of attempting to murder Ross only received a sentence of 35 years. He was told that he should be grateful to Ross, if he had died, he would have faced life imprisonment. 

Some people might consider themselves unlucky to have been shot. Ross was picked at random and had done nothing to deserve such misfortune. But he considers himself fortunate and focuses on the good things in his life and not on his terrible experiences. He has learnt the value of life. 

Some people can teach us a lot.