World Languages

Today I found this diagram of the most spoken languages around the world. It’s a beautiful breakdown of the variety that exists in the way we communicate. And this is only a fraction of the total languages that actual exist.

I also found it interesting that, as the article mentions, even though Chinese has the largest number of speakers, it falls behind both English and French in the number of non-native learners.

It really puts into perspective the difficulty in trying to transcend culture in our efforts to communicate with an ever widening audience.

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New article

A short article on women’s bodies and social norms in the 18th c., written by an apprentice with Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I especially enjoyed the paintings/plates included in the post, as well as the primary point about how difficult it is to look at the 18th century without the filter of our 21st century cultural norms.

An interesting read for sure. I especially found it interesting as I worked at a historical home (which interpreted this time period, primarily) while in high school, and this topic came up fairly often. Definitely something I’d enjoy reading more history concerning.

Click here.

Visions of Light: Review

I really enjoyed watching this documentary. I really appreciated how they chose to break down the film by providing actual movie clips to watch and visually better understand the role of the cinematographer in film’s history (especially the transition from black and white into color). I especially found interesting the process it took to getting to color. From black and white, to 2-color, to 3-color, etc. Until finally we have technicolor films. Also, the way they explained the importance of the cinematographer was interesting to hear. Even as a photographer, sometimes its easy to overlook the importance of the cinematographer to a film project (especially when you’re in the moment of watching a movie). This has only heightened my appreciation for cinematographers and the works of art they produce.

Visions of Light Review

Visions of Light was a nice look at how lighting has affected the course of cinematography and the ways in which it can be used to tell a story. I was particularly interested in the discussion of the transition from black and white to color in film. It was also amazing to hear how specific lighting sometimes was to each performer. It was often more of a science than one might expect.

~Annalyse

Visions of Light-Review

  • I thought it was amazing that some movies were hand colored/tinted whether it was full sequences or the entire movie
  • interesting how some actors and actresses would only allow themselves to be lit and shot from one side
  • Jaws was incredibly shot from how they would hold the camera at water level to make the audience feel like they were in the water as well
  • the technique of closing the aperture and being able to see in focus all the subjects, even the ones far away, with clarity looked great in Citizen Kane
  • The lighting and shot in the movie In Cold Blood where the water is falling outside on the window pane and reflects onto his face is brillant

-Katie

Visions of Light

  • Oliver Twist lightning was super interesting. Especially the opening scene of the documentary with the shadows of the clouds.
  • I thought it was super cool that Grapes of Wrath was filmed with completely natural light. I compared it to the newer film, ‘The Revenant’ which was also shot with all natural light.
  • The fact that all of jaws was filmed handheld blew my mind. Initially. Then after I was I was told it, I could see it.
  • The Last Emperor is a beautiful move. The color symbolism in it was fire.

-Brandyn Busico

2 For 1: Ambedo and Sea Sapphires

Since I was snowed in and couldn’t get anywhere to post something last week, I’m doing a double post this time.

 

  1. The Sea Sapphire

It always amazes me what sorts of creatures we turn up, even now when we’ve been exploring the Earth for as long as we have. There are so many more mysteries out there than we could ever imagine.

Plus – admit it – invisible creatures are just cool.

Scientists have figured out that it’s basically the physical structure of their bodies. In certain lights you get the iridescent blues and greens. In others, the reflection is actually pushed up into the ultraviolet spectrum, out of our ability to see.

 

 

 

2.   The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a project by John Koenig. He comes up with terms for emotions that are otherwise unnamable. It’s really interesting because he actually builds the words through an etymological process. He describes it as an attempt “to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.”

While the project is intriguing, the words themselves are beautiful. There’s just something about them and the way he defines them that tugs at your emotions. I read through his site and it just makes me want to create … or cry … or meditate. I don’t know. I feel like they each deserve a poem, except the videos he does are so well done to start with.

Check these out. They are awesome.

~Annalyse