Brancusi did his best…

Bird in Space (L’Oiseau dans l’espace), 1932-1940, polished brass

…Nature didn’t even have to try.

NGC 4676: When Mice Collide

‘Let art be content with its lofty, splendid mission of being a substitute for reality in case of its absence, and of being a textbook of life for man. Reality stands higher than dreams, and essential purpose stands higher than fantastic claims.’

N.G. Chernyshevsky, ‘The Aesthetic Relation of Art to Reality’, MA thesis, 1855, in Selected Philosophical Essays, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1953, 379

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What artist could paint this?

Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis/Vikas Chander

‘Let art be content with its lofty, splendid mission of being a substitute for reality in case of its absence, and of being a textbook of life for man. Reality stands higher than dreams, and essential purpose stands higher than fantastic claims.’

N.G. Chernyshevsky, ‘The Aesthetic Relation of Art to Reality’, MA thesis, 1855, in Selected Philosophical Essays, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1953, 379

This is not a pipe…

René Magritte, ‘La Trahison des images‘, oil on canvas, 1929

…and this is neither an aurora nor an image of one.

STEVE over Copper Harbour

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For Your Delight

What Sutherland’s power made a demand, Callas’ grace made a prayer – Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma

Callas’ stage presence is magnificent.

So you think you’re a red-hot dancer?! Check this!

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Kepler Track, New Zealand

Evening LIght, Lake Manapouri

Evening Light, Lake Manapouri

Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Lake Mackenzie

Lake Mackenzie

I pushed through a wall of trees and bushes and suddenly found myself in this natural amphitheatre. It was utterly silent and but for the clouds drifting slowly, completely still.

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This strange eventful history 3

Face of an actor

Face of an actor

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This strange eventful history 2

Face of an actor

Face of an actor

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