Another illustrated quotation

Coolidge Persistence

Fairly well known, but for reference, here is the quote:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

— (John) Calvin Coolidge


Not much new for a while

Have started a new job.

More to follow, but here’s a thought

It’s from the retronaut.

Dear Photograph

Goodbye Grandpa

Dear Photograph:

A wonderful site where people post photographs that feature locations along with old photos of people in the exact spot and held at an angle that mimics the original setting. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief caption that states its significance or story to the contributor.

I am so excited by what the internet and sharing are doing with Photograpy as well as opening the floodgates and turning on all the taps…

Rescue Annie

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A chance to link to one of my favourite sites: Aesthetics of the invisible world.

A breathtaking article which made me stop in my tracks, mostly because as the son of a Swimming teacher I did a lot of Lifesaving badges up to and including The Royal Life Saving Association’s (RLSA) Bronze Medallion and got to know Rescue Annie quite as well as any 14 year old boy should.

In full:

“In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine.  She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.

In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siecle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty.  The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mauler, whose shop I pas every day, has hung two plaster masks beside his door.  [One is] the face of the young drowned woman, which they took a cast of in the morgue, because it was beautiful, because it smiled, because it smiled so deceptively, as if it knew.”

Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students have practiced CPR.  Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”

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Never forgotten house

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(image from Musicalfish)

Pure wonder from Joanne McNeil over at Rhizome

In the world of superabundancy of information including images, there’s something as valuable as our privacy that we could lose.

(My unease with aspects of the ‘new photography’ are well known to my peers!)

Full article after the break but here is the final paragraph and sentence:

“We could accumulate hundreds of thousands of images throughout our lives but they will never taste like anything. An image represents and verifies a memory but the rest is left to imagination. Every essential moment of a child’s life is documented if he was born in the West. With digital album after album for every birthday, every Christmas, he will never struggle to remember what his childhood home looked like. That reaching, that vague warm feeling for a place one remembers but cannot see; that is a sense now growing extinct.

A child today grows up in a never forgotten house.”

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Orwell Poster

I did this, in the spirit of minimalism not of inspired design!!

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Anyone wants the original – let me know.

PS No I don’t own the original photo either but I can’t even remember where I got it from. If you do and object I can take it down.

How not to fall asleep and drool

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Sitting in a darkened room after a free lunch on day two of a conference….

My advice to avoid this follows. Read the rest of this entry »