~The Great Bansky~

the-great-banskyAs we first talked about, pictures hold so much more in their meaning than just the vision that you see.  Different perspectives can be seen depending on the individual person viewing the picture. Thus a picture is worth a thousand words and is a form of art.  Perhaps one of the most well known artist of this era is British Graffiti Artist Charles Banksy, known to most simply as “Banksy”. Who is Banksy exactly?  The truth is is no one quite knows. When added to Times Magazine’s Top 100 List Of Most Influential People, he contributed a picture of himself with a recyclable paper bag over his head!  Why such the anonymity? Many say it’s because he doesn’t fare well with the police because of his “vandalism” with graffiti, others say it adds to the buzz associated with his work, either way it works for him.  He gave his last face interview in 2003 and the journalist described him as a “white male, around 28, with a scruffy yet casual look about him”. All in all his real identity just adds to his mystery and to the popularity that surrounds his art.  Banksy however, doesn’t stop there!

No this talented “artist” is also a filmmaker and a political activist.  Most often grafitti-art-banskyreferred to as either an art genius or a vandal. He started his work in Bristol, England and quickly moved to cities such as Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, Detroit and San Francisco.  He first started in the early 90’s as part of a street crew dubbed “Dry Bread ZCrew” with two other artists going by the names of Tes & Kato. Banksy soon realized on his own that in order to reduce the time it took to put up one of his graffiti pieces, thus having a better chance to fly under the authorities radar, he had to be faster.  So what did he do? He came up with stencils which cut his work in half and now pieces only took about 25 minutes. Things like this set him apart from the rest. His passion for art and painting pictures that had more meaning than just what meets the eye made him loved by many, vanadal or not.

Charles-bansky-artHe soon established an organization he named “Pest Control” as to be able to authenticate his work.   The term “the Banksy Effect” also came to play in 2006 to showcase how his influence helped to shed light on other street artists and their work.

If you haven’t seen Banksy’s work trust me when I say it is something you don’t want to miss.  Simple artwork such as a little girl holding a heart shaped balloon, or rats racing around a clock that can be found in New York City to illustrate “The Rat Race”  give raw emotion and zest to what is usually the ordinary. A spectacular artist with perhaps an even stronger legacy has been born. His creativity and out of the ordinary approach to what most deem art is just sets him farther apart from the rest.  His work will be around for eras to come! Cheers to you Banksy you are an art force to be reckoned with.

Pele~The Goddess Of Fire

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Although the colors alone in this picture are beautiful, there is so much meaning that can be found in it as well.  Here you see a group of people watching in wonderment as lava slowly flows into the ocean.  The hot magma coupled with the salty ocean water creates sizzling steam that rises up into the air.  Not only are you witnessing mother nature doing what she does you also are watching as new land is added onto this Hawaiian island.  Afterall, how do you think the islands were formed?  But it doesn’t stop just there!  For the people of Hawaii, ones that are native to the land, have put down their roots there, or those simply interested in Hawaiian culture they see Pele The Goddess Of Fire hard at work!

While there are numerous different tales as to how Pele came to reside on the lava-flow-volcano, one thing that holds true for all versions is Pele’s volatile and fierce temper.  It is also believed that when the Volcano erupts it is pele showing her anger and baring her teeth.  She is not here to make friends she is mad and her volcanic eruptions are expressing it so!

Another part to the legend of Pele that remains true no matter the tale you choose to believe,  is taking a piece of her lava rock off of the island and to the “mainland”(the continental United States) will bring very bad luck and bad energy to you.  While some choose to not believe this part of the tale, it is safe to say that hundreds of pieces of lava rock are mailed back to the islands each year.  Seems that this so called myth may just be true! Want to know a little more about this fiery goddess?

Pele “The Goddess Of Fire” Facts

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  • More Than Just Fire- Pele is actually more than just the goddess of fire.  She also is believed to be the goddess of wind, lightning, violence, dance & volcanoes
  • Ka wahine `ai honua- Another of Pele’s given names, it means “the woman who devours the land” seems quite appropriate doesn’t it?
  • Creator of the Islands- according to legend Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian islands, by the use of her fire and volcanic abilities
  • Hale Ma’u Ma’u Crater- The name of the crater located on the Big Island of Hawaii where Pele resides.
  • Take Offerings- You may always visit the crater where the goddess resides, however it is suggested that when paying your respect you bring offerings such as gin, flowers, & fruit

Part of the legend of this incredibly beautiful goddess goes as follows.  Should you see a beautiful Hawaiian woman with long hair, or an elderly woman dressed in white with  white flowing long hair and a white dog walking along the side of the road at night you must offer her a ride. For this is Pele in another form seeking the kindness and respect of strangers.  Should she walk up to your house you should treat her with respect and offer her food.  Why? In treating Pele with respect and kindness, or Aloha, she will favor you and protect your home and family should there be an eruption.

Pictures are a form of art captured in the moment.  Looking at a picture and really seeing all that is encompassed in it’s image can speak to you and teach you new things continuously.  Next time you glance at a picture, take a second and stop and really look at what you are seeing! There is a story behind every single one!

 

 

All About Us

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Welcome to our blog!  Although many beautiful pictures can be found throughout the web, we wanted to create a site that not only showcased BEAUTIFUL pictures but one that also offered a bit more.  With our blog we hope to showcase different pictures that depict nature’s beauty, love, relaxation, happiness, excitement and more.  Pictures are not only wonderful to look at they can also speak to the person doing so!  We hope that you enjoy our pictures, articles, and view on what the beauty of a picture can do for your spirit! CHEERS!