These amazing photos are images taken during the Festival of Colours, a festival officially called Holi, which is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. It is essentially a spring festival and on this day people throw colors at each other. A great way to celebrate new life if you ask me! The images are by self-taught photographer, Poras Chaudhary, and came via desinuts.com
Marvin Gaye's 1976 album, I Want You, a great collection of songs, also featured some fantastic cover art. It was a piece called Sugar Shack, painted by former pro-footballer (American football that is), Ernie Barnes. Barnes went on to become one of the most collectible of American painters. He died today aged 70.
I needed a bit of a break from busy-ness, so Donna and I drove out to Malibu this afternoon for a little late lunch and a walk around. A new shopping area has just opened up and word was that it was a well-designed space, occupying what used to be the lumber yard in the ever-evolving community that is Malibu. Malibu is shifting away from it's sleepy, edge-of-LA community, into a bit of a hipster's paradise--gentrification and all the associate debates are raging at the moment and this new center finds itself very much at the centre of that. Some of the spaces were really cool--James Perse's flagship store--there was a cool outdoor circular aquarium smack in the middle and some other interesting design structures around. In general, the stores in Malibu tend towards the trendy, but usually with a broader artistic twist. A favourite place to check out is Free City, which always has a unique take on things. Their last collection was called, Believers, and the store was like a hippy-spiritual hide-out in the 60s. Saw some interesting art in a designer trainer store and a few other bits and pieces. Mostly it was nice just to hang out for a while and bump into a couple of acquaintances and enjoy the sunshine and each other's company.
Andrew Bush took a number of photos of people driving in the 80s and 90s and they have a strange static feel. It is a bit scary what people do when they drive, although this is all pretty tame in our always-connected environment, when the interior of a car has become living/work/play space as well as a transportation area.
On this Earth Day it is worth reflecting on the developing conversation about the environment by journeying back to examine what has been said before. The fabulous site Paleo-Future has the above image and a link to some comments from a Los Angeles area engineer who describes the woman, who is not made up to look like some ancient tribal shaman, but is 'protected' from the environment by special paint.