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Beautiful professional model, Candice Boucher, photographed by Warwick Saint

































William Saroyan in Armenia...with traditional Armenian music in background...very moving for me, I grew up with this music, in France and later the U.S., I feel the presence of my whole extended family when I hear this...Also appreciate the images of William Saroyan in Armenia, it will likely not be interesting to those who haven't read Saroyan or not of Armenian heritage but I love this.























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Vahan Bego is first and foremost a sculptor. Which does not mean that his productions in other mediums – be they pencil, ink, oil or pastel - are of second order importance to his sculptures, but rather that he approaches his compositions in these mediums with a sculptor’s eye and techniques.
Vahan developed his drawing skills in Armenia, when, day after day, his high school teacher sent him out into the city, instructing him to sketch scenes from everyday life. Later, as a student of sculpture, Vahan experimented with different mediums in his compositions, sometimes using charcoal and pastels. However, he really developed his skills in these mediums after he arrived in Poland in 1993, armed only with pencils, paper and a set of pastels. For the first few years in Poland he focused on drawing, pastels and painting....More on his site.












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Jean Béraud [1849-1935] was a russian-born french impressionist painter and commercial artist noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque. Béraud's paintings often included truth-based humour and mockery of late 19th century Parisian life, along with frequent appearances of biblical characters in then contemporary situations. Paintings such as Mary Magdalene in the House of the Pharisees aroused controversy when exhibited, because of these themes. Towards the end of the 19th century, Béraud dedicated less time to his own painting but worked on numerous exhibition committees, including the Salon de la Société Nationale.











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Teodor Axentowicz [1859-1938] was a Polish-Armenian painter and university professor. A renowned artist of his times, he was also the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. As an artist, Axentowicz was famous for his portraits and subtle scenes of Hutsul life, set in the Carpathians.
In Paris, he received the prestigious title of Officier d'Académie Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Member of Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair, Axentowicz received a Special Commemorative Award in recognition of distinguished service in connection with various national sections of the Department of Art.




























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ENDZA

"My childhood is concealed in my paintings which help me live TODAY. I love life only when I look at it through the red windows of my childhood. Every stroke of my paintbrush is a prayer to me."
This is how Endza describes himself. He was born in 1968 in Armenia. During his adolescence he studied many subjects, including drama at the Institute of Theatre and Cinema of Yerevan (1985-91). He performed in this city's theatre for a couple of years before moving to Israel in 1995 to attend private courses in Art and Painting. At this time he became an ordained priest and worked in the Armenian Theological Seminary as an art teacher.
He never stopped studying and travelled to Italy in 2005, to the "Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali".















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"Parler à mon père" (meaning "Talk to My Father") is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released as the lead single from her French-language album Sans attendre (2012). It was written by Jacques Veneruso, and produced by Veneruso and Patrick Hampartzoumian. "Parler à mon père" is a pop song about Dion's father who died in 2003.

Even though this song came out in 2012, I heard it for the first time today and was very touched by not only the music but the moving lyrics. Below is one English translation (better in the original French but don't have time to come up with a better translation myself at this time.) A beautiful song despite of it's pop origins.


Talk To My Father

I would like to forget the time
For a sigh for an instant
A parenthesis after the race
And depart where my heart pushes me

I would like to find again my traces
Where is my life where is my place
And keep* the gold of my past
In the warmness of my secret garden

I would like to pass the ocean, cruise the flight of a gull
Think of all this I have seen and go as well to the unknown
I would like to take down the moon, I would as well like to save the Earth
But before everything else I would like to talk to my father
Talk to my father..

I would like to choose a ship
Neither the biggest one nor the most beautiful one
I would fill it up with images
And with perfumes of my trips

I would like to slow down to take a seat
To find at the hollow of my memory
Voices of those people who taught me
That there is no forbidden dream

I would like to find the colours, the paintings that I have inside my heart
Of this decoration in pure lines, where I see you and I reassure myself
I would like to take down the moon, I would as well like to save the Earth
But before everything else I would like to talk to my father
Talk to my father..

I would like to forget the time
For a sigh for an instant
A parenthesis after the race
And depart where my heart pushes me

I would like to find again my traces
Where is my life where is my place
And keep* the gold of my past
In the warmness of my secret garden

I would like to depart with you
I would like to dream with you
To always search for the inaccessible
To always hope for the impossible
I would like to take down the moon
and why not saving the Earth?
But before everything else I would like to talk to my father
Talk to my father..
I would like to talk to my father
Talk to my father..

































"Parler À Mon Père"

Je voudrais oublier le temps
Pour un soupir, pour un instant,
Une parenthèse après la course,
Et partir où mon cœur me pousse.
Je voudrais retrouver mes traces
Où est ma vie, où est ma place,
Et garder l'or de mon passé
Au chaud dans mon jardin secret.

Je voudrais passer l'océan,
Croiser le vol d'un goéland,
Penser à tout ce que j'ai vu,
Ou bien aller vers l'inconnu.
Je voudrais décrocher la lune,
Je voudrais même sauver la Terre
Mais avant tout
Je voudrais parler à mon père,
Parler à mon père.

Je voudrais choisir un bateau,
Pas le plus grand ni le plus beau,
Je le remplirais des images
Et des parfums de mes voyages.
Je voudrais freiner pour m'asseoir,
Trouver au creux de ma mémoire
Des voix de ceux qui m'ont appris
Qu'il n'y a pas de rêve interdit.

Je voudrais trouver les couleurs,
Des tableaux que j'ai dans le cœur,
De ce décor aux lignes pures,
Où je vous vois et me rassure.
Je voudrais décrocher la lune,
Je voudrais même sauver la Terre,
Mais avant tout,
Je voudrais parler à mon père,
Parler à mon père.

Je voudrais oublier le temps
Pour un soupir, pour un instant,
Une parenthèse après la course,
Et partir où mon cœur me pousse.
Je voudrais retrouver mes traces
Où est ma vie, où est ma place,
Et garder l'or de mon passé
Au chaud dans mon jardin secret.

Je voudrais partir avec toi,
Je voudrais rêver avec toi,
Toujours chercher l'inaccessible,
Toujours espérer l'impossible,
Je voudrais décrocher la lune,
Et pourquoi pas sauver la Terre,
Mais avant tout
Je voudrais parler à mon père
Parler à mon père
Je voudrais parler à mon père
Parler à mon père.

Song written by Jacques Veneruso, and produced by Veneruso and Patrick Hampartzoumian




































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Beautiful photo blog; thanks for sharing your photography here, Rob :)




























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Photo: Paris by Elliott Erwin




























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The beauty and grandeur of nature in Norway beautifully presented here.


"This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.
The Aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.
If you are interested in reading the tales, seeing behind-the-scenes photos from the journey and a map of the route driven, head over to rustadmedia.com
The soundtrack is custom-made for this film by the very talented fellow Norwegian Jogeir Daae Mæland."














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