Philippe Arnoux Photography

September 27, 2010

ECLIPSE

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 1:18 am

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.

It happens often in real life,
moons passing,
between our dreams and our routine

September 19, 2010

Ballet

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 11:12 pm

Women began to dance in ballet in 1681, twenty years after King Louis XIV of France ordered the founding of the Royal Academy of Dance. At that time, the standard women’s ballet shoe had heels. Mid 18th century dancer Marie Camargo of the Paris Opéra Ballet  was the first to wear a non-heeled shoe, enabling her to perform leaps that would have been difficult, if not impossible, in the more conventional shoes of the age. After the French Revolution, heels were completely eliminated from standard ballet shoes. The shoes were secured to the feet by ribbons and incorporated pleats under the toes to enable dancers to leap, execute turns, and fully extend their feet.

September 12, 2010

TOURNESOL (SUNFLOWER)

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 2:32 am

They are so beautiful the Tournesols !

“She’s a sunflower, she’s my sunflower,
And I’ll know we’ll never part,
She’s a sunflower, she’s my one flower,
She’s the flower of my heart” (with the voice of Frank Sinatra….)

September 5, 2010

IDENTITY

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 4:26 am

Identity may refer mainly to the specifications of a person, or a personal conception or a group affiliation: e.g. the national identity.

In the 80´s Fernand Braudel defined France identity as characterized far more by diversity than unity, with propensity for ”disunion and discord”.

In France, the identity, but also the nationality, can be checked with the national identity card, a official non-compulsory identity document. It looks a bit embarrassing to think that some would think that having this laminated plastic card bearing a photograph, name and address would automatically give them, like magic, this famous Identity that characterizes: a French. Most recently, early 2010, France President Nicolas Sarkozy had sought that using the national identity debate would propel him to victory in the polls. But there was no magic, and so much ”disunion and discord”, that he finally retroceded with the announcement of small new patriotic measures: French flags flying over schools, posting the 1789 declaration of the rights of man in every classroom, and naming a commission that will study it all further.

Speaking of our famous 1789 declaration of the rights of man, (“All men are born free and remain free and equal in rights”), the same Administration decided last month to destroy all the settlements of hundred of Roma and expulse them , manu-militari -adults and kids- out of France. Because there not French, I suppose?

There was a time, where frontiers did not exist.
And men were drawing their identity with the shape of a hand, nicely painted, as a sign of a “hello” fossilized forever in the stone.

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