Photo Friday

Happy Black Friday everyone! I will not be partaking in the festivities, but if you are and you need a little break from all he fun, this post is for you.

Today we are going to take a look at one of my favorite composers of all time. I give you, Johannes Brahms.
Johannes Brahms, ca 1853, 20 years old.

Rarely do we come across early photographs with exceedingly beautiful people, but Johannes proves us wrong. Here he is at 20 years old, lookin' fine. *I found this picture on My Daguerreotype Boyfriend.... which has many tasty pictures of fine looking men of years past*

I've played a couple of pieces that he composed. One of them being Rhapsody in G minor, op79 no2, which I played 5 years ago for my audition into music school.

Happy Black Friday!!!!

Photo Friday

Since I'm doing The 1888 Project I've been looking at gobs and gobs of CDVs and this one is one of my favorites I've come across.

This series of photos, done in a gif, is from the Metropolitan's collection.

"Dancing a Waltz" (ca.1883-1886)

by Eadweard Muybridge  (American, born Great Britain, 1830–1904)

Here's the page it comes from, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 What I love about this gif is that you can see the movement of the dress and you get a full turnaround to see what the other side of the dress looks like.

The couple also seems to be having a good time, which you don't see often in antique photographs.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Here he is... the mighty Chewbacca!!!!
Side View

Back view

I used a brushing technique to get him "furry". The body was stitched the same as you would for a normal amigurumi then brushed to oblivion with a wire brush I got in the pet section at the store.I finished him while on route to Star Wars Celebration VI for our Honeymoon.

Chewbacca: Cool as a Cucumber
Isn't he cute? He has his Bowcaster and his Satchel. When sitting he's about a foot and a half tall while sitting and when standing he is 2 feet tall. He's become one of my all-time favorite creations so far!

Close up of Bowcaster
He needs some Burt's Bees
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose.
Wookiees are known to do that.

Chewie's mouth opens completely to reveal his beautiful teeth and my favorite part, the tongue. The tongue is attached to the back of the mouth and moves wherever I want it to go. It makes posing a little more fun and gives him some attitude!

What a healthy mouth!


Now he just needs a backpack with a mangled C3-PO to carry around :)

Photo Friday

This week's Photo Friday is a painting by Marcus Stone called "In Love", painted in 1888.

Marcus Stone, 1888, "In Love"
Photo from Plum Leaves' Flickr stream

I love the soft colors of the painting and the very earnest look the young gentleman is giving his love, sitting oh, so far away. I wonder though, what's behind him? Is it a pillow or book of illustrations? What do you think?

Photo Friday

 "Woman Seen from the Back" ca 1862, Paris, France
 This is a really wonderful backview of a woman's hair, dress and necklace. I find it to be really educational since this is a rare seen view of a real woman from the period.

Salted Paper Print from Glass Negative, ca 1862, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here's the description from the Met:

"A wealthy amateur photographer and a familiar figure at the French imperial court, the viscount Onésipe-Gonsalve Aguado de Las Marismas joined the Société Française de Photographie in 1858. With his better-known brother Olympe, a founding member of the society, Onésipe Aguado was among the early makers of photographic enlargements. The two brothers also collaborated on tableaux vivants that depict with wit and playfulness the fads and amusements of elegant society.
At once a portrait, a fashion plate, and a jest, this fascinating image expresses Aguado's whimsical mood, and is probably an extension of his work on foreshortening. It is strangely devoid of depth, as if the sitter were a two-dimensional cutout, a mere silhouette. The figure brings to mind the compositions of such painters as Caspar David Friedrich and René Magritte, both of whom made haunting use of figures seen from the back."