It’s been a fortnight full of images: March’s international magazines are downloaded onto my iPad, hard copies of my favourite SA magazines sit in my bedside table, online mags arriving and Facebook is full of interesting bits and bobs. Sometimes I wonder if I cram too much into my brain – retrieving the information is becoming harder every day. I am toying with the idea of limiting how much I read, scan, absorb and interact with. Which gives rise to a host of inner-chatter: But how will you limit it? And what if you miss something you need to see? Will that even matter in six months time? Maybe your brain isn’t even overstuffed – maybe it is the stuff you’re stuffing it with, ever think about that? Maybe you are just getting really old. All questions that I am sure I could address thoroughly if only someone would send me to a sun lounger in the Seychelles for a month. Until then – here are the (5) things that resonated with me and my addled brain this week.
Scent: Danish photographer Ken Hermann was inspired by the vendors at the Malik Ghat Flower Market. Each day, over 2,000 sellers offer garlands of marigolds and jasmine, great drifts of mango leaves and orbs of sunflowers to the people of Kolkata (Calcutta). These blooms all play an intrinsic part in Indian rituals, festivals and weddings. I love how he posed the men in front of the Hooghly River – a place of cleansing and observance – creating portraits that are both strikingly beautiful and deeply evocative of the importance that belief and faith play in India’s everyday life.
Sight: Toast, a rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the star of Karen Walker‘s new eyewear campaign. Great model – gorgeous glasses.
Sun: Without the sun nothing is possible. And humans have no influence over how the sun does what it does. Which is just as well given our innate ability to cock-up or corrupt pretty much everything we touch. This year NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary, since its launched on February 11, 2010, the observatory has captured one frame of the sun every 8 hours. This film, a stop frame animation of those images – starts when data became available in June 2010 and finishes on February 8, 2015. The different colours represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes not) in which SDO observes the sun. Both awe-inspiring and humbling.
Smile: Jack’s internal dialogue. The expression on the terrier’s face here is certainly reminiscent of the look he gives me when I drag him away from some odouriferous item he wishes to eat on a walk. Or instruct him to leave a delicious smelling kitchen. My dog, the foodie.
Sit: Dutch designer Ilse Crawford has created a sleek, minimalist line for Ikea. It will be in the shops by August – and I want one of those sofa benches for my office. But there is no Ikea in Africa. How to solve this gentle issue? A task for sofa brother the younger, I think. Chris, I will be in touch.