Thursday, December 23, 2010

Manifestations of Man

If you don't look up, you will never know what you are missing!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Modern Fashion

Attendees at an Austrian fashion show in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vanishing Art Form?

Here is a master at work, on the sidewalks of Beijing, just behind the Summer Palace. I have it on good authority, that this calligrapher knows what he is doing. As he paints with a water filled brush, the characters vanish as he writes.

I am told that the fine art of Chinese calligraphy, which requires years of diligent study and practice, is proving ever more difficult to learn, and is now yielding fewer true masters than before. The digital age is demanding more of the student's time, leaving fewer hours to learn the myriad characters, and perfect the brush strokes. Brush strokes are giving way to computer keystrokes.

What will come of all this? Will an art form be lost to time? No one is to say.