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I’ve always been into ancient stuff, and today I want to remind you about a few ancient historical cities and civilizations that I find fascinating.
Pompeii.This one is two thousand years old, a city of the Roman Empire that was destroyed by the powerful volcano Vesuvius. Excavation started only in 19th century, and even today historians and archeologists have a lot of work to do. You can see where the work stopped – there is a giant wall of ashes – a few meters. The amazing thing is: some of the frescoes are still there! You can actually see them. This isn’t just a museum; this is a place where you can actually touch stuff. The great and horrifying thing about Pompeii is – some of the bodies still remain there, fossilized. Buildings, streets, everything stayed in place. This sad song perfectly represents the mood of that city. It’s tragic, it’s dramatic but yet so beautiful and alluring.
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Saul Leiter is an American photographer and painter who became famous for his images of unusual compositions and odd angles. He got acquainted with the art of photography at the age of 12 when his mother gave him his first camera. Raised in a religious family at the age of 23 he left Pittsburgh for New York City. His parents were very unhappy and sad to find out that their son would like to become a photographer. In fact they wanted him to be a rabbi.
Frank Dituri is a photographer who creates images full of mystery and ambiguity. He is captivated by the time issues. Taking pictures Dituri creates surreal world. The photographer himself opposes his own works to the works by Henri Cartier-Bresson. It happens mainly because his images are about time while Bresson was captivated by the decisive moments. Bresson was sure that “there is nothing in the world that does not have a decisive moment”. For him photography was depicting significant events and significant moments. That’s why Bresson is believed to be a father of modern photojournalism.
It seems that something delirious is going on at the stage. One of the performers is whirling and jumping, another one is frozen in the non-natural pose, the third one is scratching his legs and making faces. The rules and the poses alternate. All that looks like madness. But several minutes pass and the elements of this mixture of motions and movements begin to remind you something familiar. That is the moment when you understand that it is more interesting than just well-organized and beautiful performance. There is the idea and the life energy in it.
Body art is one of the forms of the conceptual art where the main object of the creative process is the human body. The meaning of the composition is revealed by the posing, gestures and painting the body, of course. The human body is seen as the object being manipulated.
The artist is interested in creating the immediate impression. The body art is a part of the action art which is characterized by the performance as the art process. The composition of the body art may be performed just in front of the viewers and recorded for the later playing in the exhibition halls. The artists may use various manipulations, sometimes rather painful. Foe example, one of the performances included dancing to the exhaustion. One of the most famous artists was lying in the sun with an open book on his chest while all his skin except this area became suntanned.