More from Light on Dark Corners by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols. (Because you asked for it.)
THE OCTOPUS OF EVIL HABITS
opium, cocaine, tobacco, and bromides
The octopus of evil habits. Welp, there’s my next official title.
I prefer Cephalopod of Sensational Sins, thankyouverymuch.
The ‘Cephalopod of Sensational Sins’ is also popular among Fallen London’s Bohemian set.
Amazing photographs, captured in vivid colour, show life in Russia in the early 1900’s as the country stood on the brink of the First World War - and revolution.
Photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was one of the nation’s leading photographers at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy.
The portrait of Tolstoy, taken in 1908, just two years before the author’s death, was Prokudin-Gorsky’s most famous work and became widely popular and was reproduced on postcards, large prints and in various publications
It also caught the eye of the royal family and Prokudin-Gorsky was invited to present his work to Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1909.
The Tsar was so impressed with the photographs he commissioned him to travel across Russia, documenting the nation in colour images. The project was supposed to run for 10 years and see Prokudin-Gorsky collect 10,000 photos.
During 1909-1912, and again in 1915, Prokudin-Gorsky completed surveys of 11 regions, travelling in a railroad car provided by the government which was equipped with a darkroom.
Prokudin-Gorsky, who was born into an aristocratic family in St Petersburg in 1863 and studied chemistry and art, was granted access to areas of Russia that were forbidden to everyday citizens. This allowed him to document Russia’s people and landscapes at the beginning of what would be a dramatic century for the nation.
The photographer was able to capture the scenes in colour, allowing the audience a vivid sense of what life looked like, through using a three-colour technique. This involved taking three separate photographs, one with a red filter, one with a green filter, one with a blue filter.
These monochromatic images would then be projected through filters of those same colours on to a screen and superimposed. When seen through a final filter, they would appear amazingly realistic.
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European Medieval Cats
I mean if there were medieval kittens I wouldn’t complain… (But no really, this blog is the best.)
It’s 5am on a Saturday morning. I’m working on a seminar presentation and this is exactly what I needed to see
A scholar sits with his dog, lion and dragon at his feet, c.1390-1396
Every scholar should have a pet, for companionship and inspiration. A dog, like here, or an owl, or maybe even a white cat.
The mini-lion and the mini-wyvern are showing off a bit, but if this chap is working on something heraldic, he has an excuse. They may even be tax-deductible.
Jesus invites the possibility of changing one’s mind and heart from settled patterns into something that admits of wide open possibilities contained in our life with God. To be open to new understanding and interpretation just as Jesus tried to offer his listeners new ways of imagining God’s love.
-Br. Robert L’Esperance
Jimmy Smith – Walk on the Wild Side
At the core of the Christian teaching is redemption. Every day, every moment offers each of us an opportunity. Jesus teaches us we are not bound by our past. This is revolutionary! This same notion offers us a life full of innumerable opportunities. But these not be taken as some far flung adventures – those opportunities can be as simple and spectacular as the songs of birds, the annual life and death of blossoms, the unfolding stories of our loved ones……on and on it goes. This is offered, not demanded. We are free to try this, or not. We are free to try it without Christ, without framing this concept in any sort of mystical frame. For me, the most inspiring and, in many ways, though not all, the most logical approach to life is to seek this through that spiritual lens and for me, that is the way of Christ. There, I find hope, strength, wisdom, and creative possibility. And joy! And in that vein, Jimmy Smith is offered as an example of that creative, joyous mischief. His brilliance with the organ brought the instrument into an entirely new light. And the title of this song encourages playful creativity, something seldom associated with Christianity, and that is tragic because when properly understood and practiced, playful creativity is arguably part of the Christian call. The great Oliver Nelson arranged this masterpiece and his band serves as the band for the album “Bashin’” from which the track derives. Starting out with a sort of brooding simmer, Jimmy Smith ushers in a brassy change of pace a couple minutes into the song and from there it snaps and bounces along in a captivating way, a smoldering example of what can be attained – even if we cannot comprehend it from where we currently stand. One last observation; I’m also reminded of patience in this song. I’ve always marveled at how patiently Jimmy Smith will ride out a note, masterfully carrying it, building up the expectation until an orgasmic release finally gets ushered in. What a genius!