I read the news on the teletext service proved by South Africa’s premier cable network. Actually – it’s really our only cable network – and it is pretty good. But the news never is – especially the section that deals with Africa. Sometimes it seems like we are only capable of war, famine, corruption, greed and horrible acts informed (ha!) by ignorance, greed and superstition. At the moment I am pretty tired so my tolerance of this inhumanity is a bit low. Top that off with the kidnap of a little girl by a man she knew in a tiny village in Wales – a boy who was locked in a bathroom for 14 years by his stepfather and it can all seem that there is no up side.
On days like this – I like to cruise around the website looking for beautiful things. Most often that will mean checking out the new couture collections (art), decor mags (ditto) and architecture (the ultimate of man’s ability to create). And I will get lost in a gorgeous spiderweb of other people’s thinking.
One of the places I go is My Modern Met. Who never let me down. Half an hour wandering their virtual hallways; and hope and faith are restored. I saw these photographs today and wanted to share them. They are by Andre Ermolaev – a Russian photographer. He has captured a bird’s-eye view of glacial rivers flowing through Iceland’s black, volcanic sand. Images hedescribes as: “an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns”. What also caught me me were his words: “This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.”