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Vintage “distressed” creation of the John Noblet, Tarot de Marseille (c.1650)

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The original version of the Marseille Tarot was published in Paris circa 1650 by master card-maker Jean Noblet. The Noblet deck is known for having the title LAMORT (Death) on the XIII Major Arcana card whereas most of the other Tarot de Marseille decks have the card numbered but unnamed, e.g., Jean Dodal Tarot (circa

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

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The photo challenge for this week was to find a subject and instead of taking a picture from the usual angles, take it directly from above. This is my contribution (image cropped for blog layout), the top of my head. I literally held the camera as far as I could reach above my head and

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Curve

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I created this image from an original photograph of the Three Muses, Drama (Calliope), Comedy (Thalia) and Tragedy (Melpomene), who represent and adorn the entrance of the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania. Located on Gediminas Ave, the theatre is considered a landmark of Vilnius city and is one of Lithuania’s most prominent publicly funded art

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Billie Holiday a Jazz Legend

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Billie Holiday, born over a century ago, was one of the best jazz singers of all time. Even with her limited vocal range she used her unique timing and framing to create an amazing mellow sound with the ability to move her listeners. “I don’t think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Mother Earth

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I love to travel and only wish, like most of us, that I had the financial resources and freedom to travel more.  We live on a beautiful planet and even though I have not seen her many wonders with my own eyes, I have seen photos and enjoyed reading about the natural beauty this Earth

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Harmony

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When I think of harmony, outside of a beautiful melody, I think of peace. If you can learn to maintain a true sense of peace within, no matter what is going on around you, I believe that a harmonious life would be your reward. There are many symbols which have been used to represent peace

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

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When I saw this week’s challenge I instantly thought that the only time that really matters is the present moment. Which in turn brought to mind an image I created last year about being one with the universe. Connecting with the Universe doesn’t require some special tool, knowledge or spiritual practice, it is experienced simply by being

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Symbol

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I love bringing history back to life, I like to think that it infuses the amazing artistic talents of long ago with the modern creative aspirations of today. Keeping memories of eras and people of yesteryear alive and kicking in some way or another. I understand the appreciation of art is very personal and subjective

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Door

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An image I created a few months ago instantly sprang to mind for this week’s challenge.  It was inspired by a cellist, Vedran Smailović, who in the midst of endless & deadly sniper fire during the 1990’s Siege of Sarajevo, maintained the morale of an entire city. Vedran Smailović played for 22 days, at the

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Bird

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I have to be honest I am more of a night owl, but when I was visiting Newquay, Devon with my mum and dad I did grab my camera and head off to the beach at around 7:00 a.m. There were only two other people who had the same idea, which was nice, as it

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Blur

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I always loved the way the blurred photo of these Cuban Dancers turned out. I felt it gave the image energy, albeit most of the content was left to the imagination. Thanks to this week’s Photo Challenge I have a great excuse to share it. Related articles across the web Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur Weekly Photo

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HAPPY EASTER – The Lent Lily

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In England, because of their long association with Lent, daffodils are known as the Lent Lily. Daffodils are not only a sign of the end of winter but they are considered a lucky emblem of future prosperity. In Wales, it’s said if you spot the first daffodil of the season your next twelve months will

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