In Response to Mr Paul Brookes Challenge~ John Berger’s Way of Seeing ~ People and Their Sartorial Styles ~ The Artist and the Camera~ Day 6 ~

Frans Hal ‘s Regent of the Old Men’s Alm House
HALS, Frans
(b. 1580, Antwerpen, d. 1666, Haarlem)

There is an old legend that Hals, reduced to poverty in his last years and an inmate of the Alms House, took his revenge on the Regents by depicting them in unflattering fashion. In fact, although he was certainly poor, he was never in the Alms House and the bold, free and animated style of the group is also evident in his other portraits of this period. It has been convincingly argued that the unusual expression on the face of the Regent who is seated on the right is the consequence of partial facial paralysis rather than – as the legend has it – drunkenness. Such candour is characteristic of Hals who felt no need to disguise the Regent’s affliction. The standing figure, without a hat, is the servant of the Regents.These two group portraits, painted at the very end of Hals’s long career, display the remarkable shorthand that he (and other great painters in old age) discovered. No brushstroke is out of place or extraneous: there is no unimportant description of detail but a concentration upon essentials, the evocation of character in a few unerringly placed brushstrokes:

Visiting Old Family Houses, once lived in , now abandoned. Lahore Mohalla Chehlbibiyaan. Punjab. Pakistan.

Family Get Together at Abbottabad Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Pakistan
Newly Arrived in Rawalpindi – Family Members, as Happy Migrants from Indian Held Kashmir.

People are recognized by their cultural and traditional differences. Portraits and paintings can vary from reality.The eye sees many similarities and varieties, but as people move from one place to another they adopt the changes and often are not recognized as to their place of origin. My family belongs to Kashmir but nothing in our appearances in these photos relates to that home land.
There are many aspects and ways of seeing people and the sartorial backgrounds they merge into.

In Response to Mr Paul Brookes Challenge ~ Day 4 ~ The Procession of Emancipation 1947.

Pieter Bruelgel The Procession to Calvary
Pieter Bruegel (also Brueghel or Breughelthe Elder c. 1525–1530 – 9 September 1569) was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so-called genre painting); he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings.
The Procession to Calvary is an oil-on-panel by the Netherlandish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder of Christ carrying the Cross set in a large landscape, painted in 1564. It is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The Procession of Emancipation 1947- Indo Pak Sub Continent

A Way of Seeing Life of Freedom and Peace.

In Response to Mr Paul Brookes Challenge ~John Berger’s Ways of Seeing ~ Day 3 ~Miracle of Motherhood ~

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

Leonardo Di Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology. Leonardo’s genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal,[
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is an unfinished oil painting by High Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1501–1519. It depicts Saint Anne, her daughter the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus. Christ is shown grappling with a sacrificial lamb symbolizing his Passion as the Virgin tries to restrain him. The painting was commissioned as the high altarpiece for the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence and its theme had long preoccupied Leonardo.

Miracle of Motherhood
Unseen Chambers of life
felt only
unknown features of strife
welt only
sacred duty of a seed
birth only
all divinity all mystery
Beauty only
Intimacy in distant space
invisible sense only
Love in silence , heard
in silence only
Ah life, thou came grew lived –
One Known, One Truth,
One Power Only

In Response to Mr Paul Brookes Challenge~ John Berger’s Ways of Seeing’ Day 2: Women in Time and Changing Environments,Work is Similar~

The Milkmaid

The Milkmaid (Dutch: De Melkmeid or Het Melkmeisje), sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a “milkmaid”, in fact, a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which regards it as “unquestionably one of the museum’s finest attractions”. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, it was painted in about 1657 or 1658. Jan Vermeer; October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period[3] painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. During his lifetime, he was a moderately successful provincial genre painter, recognized in Delft and The Hague. Nonetheless, he produced relatively few paintings and evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death.Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

The Tea Daughter

Life on Earth, life in a city, life in a village,
Life inside, life outside a house, women’s
role revolves around work. Milkmaids or
tea daughters, women are made as maids
painted exposed, uncovered, is it the color?
or the sight of flesh? the eyes devour in the
name of art?
This is the Way of Seeing nature,in human form
expulsive,vulgar beauty, shame?
women work everywhere the same, but painted
in another way-
This is the way of seeing?

Responding to a Challenge by Mr Paul Brookes ~Wombwell Rainbows UK. In celebration of fifty years since John Berger’s “Ways Of Seeing” was broadcast in January 1972, how we might ekphrastically comment on the artworks he looked at, particularly painting and photography. The challenge January 9th-15th, The first day features Magritte’s “The Key to Dreams”.

The Key to Dreams by Rene Magritte was painted in 1930, and this picture made a huge step towards this French artist becoming a leading member of the Surrealist movement.
Surrealism defies logic. Dreams and the workings of the subconscious mind inspire surrealistic art (French for “super-realism”) filled with strange images and bizarre juxtapositions.
Features of Surrealistic Art
Dream-like scenes and symbolic images
Unexpected, illogical juxtapositions
Bizarre assemblages of ordinary objects
Automatism and a spirit of spontaneity
Games and techniques to create random effects
Personal iconography
Visual puns 
Distorted figures and biomorphic shapes
Uninhibited sexuality and taboo subjects
Primitive or child-like designs.

In response to the first prompt I have chosen the following photographs from my own work by the modern camera. As John Berger says that the invention of the camera changed the “way” we look at various objects and life around us.The world appears different and gives new meaning to images.

Wrote J.Berger
“Free to see images in the collages of our own making”
I respond here as,
“where words do not suffice, a pantomime expresses all
In action,in silence,in visuals alive on a stage
A complete meaningful story”
Just the opposite of visuals a book of words
in all forms and figures,in meter rhythm and rhyme
an art of expression more old than time
to be seen and treasured always by line.
Reflections of nature,in nature, distortion in harmony
shadows crooked yet the real, sublime.
shadows dark and lifeless, real green and divine
strange gathering, seen every day, symbolic of hunger
food and prey, what may be alive on the soil, invisible
to the eye, a dream, a message, a meaning critical
“to see the thing in itself as it really is”
who was here a while ago or did I imagine someone
or was it the crow, or is he too waiting to fly and go
and be with the clan, absorb the solitary peace of
the perch, no one in the world can see or bestow.
I saw a some shapes in the sky,as I gazed up
it seemed the sky,light in patches bright,
blocked by drops,vapours, rays of hope, dry,
soon were gone, the machines rolled on

I found the key to my recurring dreams.

In Response to Paul Brookes ~ NANOWRIMO ~2021 ~ Novel in Verse ~ Epic Freedom in Divine Light ~ Day 10 ~

so a star is born
on soil soon to be alien
never to return

love of nature is
in blood and spirit unseen
a spirit born free

taken to the hills
snowy cool rainy pine trees
touching watching green

gazing night star skies
talking to siblings up high
parting for a time

too young still to wait
watch what comes shows life’s purpose
no soul is without

Other’s may speak, not know
divine choses one by one
then brings together

Am I one of them?
Trees sun wind Earth water will
show, and tell me all.

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