Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Emma", by Jane Austen (1815)

Hello everybody,

Today I’ll talk to you about the last book I read. The last book I read was “Emma”, was write by Jane Austen. This book is a comic and romantic novel, published for first time in 1815 and it’s about the risks of misinterpret the romance. I read this book in the summer and I chose it because I wanted to read something simple and entertaining. Besides, I know this author and I know how she write. I found “Emma” between the books of my sister in the house of my parents.

Ok… The principal character is Emma Woodhouse, she is a younger, rich and genteel women that live in Georgian-Regency England. Emma thinks that she will never marry anyone, and she is convinced that she has a gift for conjuring love matches. The main interest of Emma is helping others to live a life so perfect like yours. In this way, Emma starts a strategy to get possible suitors for your new friend Harriet Smith. Harriet is a young and modest woman away from the life style of high society. Emma persuades Harriet to refuse an advantageous marriage with a younger and respectable farmer, Mr. Martin. The aim of Emma is that Harriet marry with Mr. Elton, a younger and rich man. But the matchmaker instinct of Emma is wrong when she realizes that Mr. Elton wants to marry with her. Thereafter the story becomes more complex, appears new characters and the story transmits to the reader a lot of excitement about the ending.

In the other hand, this book has been adapted for the screen in different times: in 1972, with Doran Godwin as Emma and in 1996 with Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma. Here I share with you a video trailer of the film.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A nice pic!

The photograph that I choose is very special. To be honest, I don’t know who took it neither when, but I found it because always I have been interested in the art of the Body Paint.

Particularly, this pic I like very much because it could have many different interpretations. Firstly, the corporal art is a topic that personally I love it. The body permanently is communicating things, and I think that the exploitation of this quality through of the body paint is very enriching and it has many contents.

I choose this photograph because it shows a scene, which meaning achieve materialize a feeling that often I have feel. A desire to blend with the world. Introspection.

Another aspect that can be read in this photograph is the simplicity of the human being as “entity that occupies a place in space”. We are one part more of the environment.

In addition, the beauty of this photography stands on the female figure. This is interesting because, while her body is part of this wall, which it is inert/barren, this in turn comes life/fertility through female body shape.

And as last feature I would like mention the techniques of the painter. The degree of reality that he achieved with just a brush is amazing. Look at the crack that appears in the right arm of the model, is very real! Or the corner of the window across her chest… the mixture of colors is perfect and really does the body is a constitutive part of the object.

Finally, perhaps the most interesting of this photograph (and of the paint basically) is that it is highly dynamic. By this I mean that the interpretations, meanings and descriptions of the scene, could be infinites because all this emerges from the subjectivity of each observer.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

One of the best days of my life

I think that is very difficult define one complete day as the best, because the life is a mosaic of good moments that alternate with others not-so-good. But, I will try.

In general I think that the trips always are a great experience, and although I made a few trips, all has been very significant. I really enjoyed happy moments in each of them.

I remember one day when I was in Easter Island. Actually, every day in this place were really amazing. But one of the most exciting things was dive between chorales and goldfishes. This day was really nice, because with my friends get out early morning to Hanga Roa. There we contact with a diving center, where made us a previous instruction class. Then, we went in a motorboat into the sea, in at a point where we were at 10 feet deep. Each of us had accompanied by an instructor, so dive was not so difficult. It was the 20 minutes most beautiful of my life: Clear waters, white sands, beautiful colored fishes… an underwater landscape amazing! The only ugly were our faces with the diving suit, glasses and the oxygen tank… we looked awful hahaha.

I totally recommend diving, furthermore it’s not so expensive… If you really want to do an unusual and exciting activity, could save money for the next summer and look for a diving center. I’m sure you will like.

Blessings to all

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The technological objetc I'd like

The technological piece that I would like obtain is a camera. I hope can buy it on next month, when I receive my salary. Furthermore I would use this piece not only in my spare time, but also as a working tool. In general I would use the camera to photograph social situations like celebrations, meeting friends, landscapes and events (for example concerts, spectacles or social marches). At the work, the camera would helps me to photograph the artifacts that it found in excavations or in surface, or also the landscape that gives contextual information.

Probably I would use the camera frequently, because I'd carry it everywhere.

I believe that through photography is possible to save important moments for the future. In addition, trough the photos can share these moments with others. In this sense, the photographs function as a memory device that immortalize moments considered as important or beautiful.

So far I survived without having a camera, but I think it is time to buy one. Especially because my memory is terrible! Having a camera, I would like to take a photography course to learn how to take good pictures and share them with other people as well.