Philippe Arnoux Photography

March 28, 2010


Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 3:48 pm

Around 500 years BC the Hindu epic Ramayana tells the story of the demi-god Jatayu and his brother Sampaati, who had the forms of vultures, and who used to compete as to who could fly higher. One day, Jatayu flew so high that he was about to get seared by sun’s flames. Sampaati saved his brother by spreading his own wings and thus shielding Jatayu from the hot flames. In the process, Sampaati himself got injured and lost his wings and had to live wingless for the rest of his life.

The story of Icarus has a more tragic end. He did not listen his father Daedalus who warned him not to fly too close to the sun. Icarus soared through the sky curiously, and in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. He disappeared into the sea.

Flying remains an incredible sensation. In a Byzantine bas-relief dating to around 500 A.D., riders in baskets suspended from a central pole are shown. I remember flying in one of this carousel when I was a child. It gives an incredible sensation of freedom.

“Fly me to the moon,
And let me sing among the stars,
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars…”

March 21, 2010


Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 11:43 am

Charlotte’s headshot – A headshot is a 10 x 8 inches image and is very similar to a portrait or a ‘mug shot’. It commonly includes head & shoulders, and focuses on the face of the person. Headshots are effectively a resume for actors and performers who present it to potential employers and casting directors. Actor’s headshots in the UK are traditionally black and white. In the USA, headshots are mostly done in color. Folks should expect to pay between $200 and $400 only for the headshot, depending on the photographer and the options provided.

Charlotte is born in 1991. She will be an actor.

March 15, 2010


Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 12:47 am

In finance, a haircut is a percentage that is subtracted from the par value of the assets that are being used as collateral. The size of the haircut reflects the perceived risk associated with holding the assets.

More commonly a hairstyle, hairdo, or haircut refers to a styling of head hair. The fashioning of hair can be considered an aspect of personal grooming, fashion, and cosmetics, although practical considerations also influence some hairstyles.

In Sikh culture, the hair of men is never cut…. I suppose that Sikh hairdressers have other sources of revenue.

My friend the German sailor had been 2 years going around the world when he stopped by Panama.

March 8, 2010

Kuna revolution

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 2:47 am

On February 25, 1925 the kuna revolution started when an armed group attacked the Panamanian police stationed on the islands of Tupile and Ukupseni. The police had been involved in the violent suppression of Kuna cultural practices and had been abusing the populations of various communities. The revolution was led by Nele Kantule and Simral Colman. The autonomous status of the Kuna was officially recognized in 1930 in response to political pressure by Kuna leaders.

The community of Carti Sugdub is living in the reserve of Kuna Yala. It is located on the Atlantic side of Panama in an area known as San Blas, and it is one of the largest island of the reserve. Out of a total of 365 islands, about 36 are inhabited by Kuna communities. The kuna were amongst the first native people in the Americas to experience contact with European explorers, and possibly the last to have fought and succeeded to maintain true cultural and political authority over their land and tradition.

In Gardi Sugbud all the population is from kuna origin.

In the center of the village is the community hall. It is a large and high structure made of bamboo and covered of palm leaves. Various flags remember the revolution, and portraits of respected people like the one of Niga Kantule, that was placed in the back of the room.

It was painted by Ologwagdi, who was my guide that day.

March 2, 2010


Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 3:43 am

Noel Morera Cruz is born in 1962 in Matanza in Cuba, 90 kilometers east of La Habana.

The name Matanza means “massacre” and refers to a putative slaughter in which 30 Spanish soldiers were crossing one of the rivers to attack an aboriginal camp on the far shore. The Spanish soldiers didn’t have any boats, so they asked for the help of some native fishermen. However, once they reached the middle of the river, the fishermen flipped the boats, and due to the Spanish soldiers’ heavy metal armor, most of them drowned.

Noel Morera Cruz is a painter, engraver, serigraph, director, ceramic maker, etc. His son is named Marcel and has long hair like him.

His expositions are named: Zorrerias, un minuto de silencio, Ángeles Guardianes, La Mirada Ajena, Delirium Tremens, la comodidad del deshecho bien envuelto, Concierto Íntimo para maíz, and … many more.

I met him in 2008.

During the hour that we met he smoked more than 10 cigarettes. One after the other. We discussed of a project I had on a potential exhibition in Cuba where he could participate. He accepted.

Since than I kept having the wish to have the opportunity to make his portrait.

Last week we finally exposed. And during the inauguration I asked him to stay just a few second in front of one of his painting called Capital Humano.

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