Coffee first. Schemes later.
How are you today? I really connect with the above photo (Tony Ray Jones, Southport 1967) probably because it embodies the #1 requirement for morning coffee: black as night and sweet as sin.
An elderly gentleman drinking his coffee, not the least bit interested in what is going on around him. Meanwhile, the pretty girl in a swim suit, yawning, fully aware that a younger man at the counter is watching her tail.
Tony Ray Jones (1941-1972) took a lot of photos like this. A talented English photographer, Jones had a special knack for recording those unguarded moments. It became his trademark.
He said in an interview (1968):
My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things, partly through their traditions and partly through the nature of their environment and their mentality. For me there is something very special about the English ‘way of life’ and I wish to record it from my particular point of view before it becomes Americanised and disappears.
Only 19, Jones won a scholarship to study at Yale University School of Art, where his talent quickly became apparent. He graduated in 1964, spent some years in the US and then returned to England.
Jones died of leukemia at age 31, but his legacy lives on. The Ray-Jones’ archive is housed at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. It consists of 700 photographic prints, 1,700 negative sheets, 2,700 contact sheets, 10,000 colour transparencies and Ray-Jones’ notebooks and correspondence
Do you Carpe Diem?
Opportunity knocks but once! The accidental fellow traveler. You can always recognize one. Infidelity!? The heart can not stop beating when one is filled with fire…
”This curious painting relates a real game of chess that took place on March 20, 1804 between Bonaparte and the Countess Claire de Rémusat (1780-1821). History does not say if the beauty finds herself naked at the end of a long King walk.
Contrary to what some sites indicate, it does not date from 1805 and is not exhibited at the Malmaison museum but is a recent creation by the Hungarian artist Sandor Badacsonyi (1949-2016)”
Happiness. The road to insanity?
”I am afraid to use that word. It feels like a happiness-swat that you chase happiness away with. I don’t want to overuse the word. The feeling of happiness does not last long, no matter what you’re doing.
When you have children, it gives you a feeling of happiness, but often you don’t even realise it. Sometimes only in hindsight. But being happy all the time? That is the road to insanity. If you were constantly happy, you wouldn’t know that you are happy.
You can’t always be up. You have to fight for happiness in order to appreciate it. But that is the same with everything; work, relationships, dreams, not to mention money. The basis is to do only what you believe in and what makes you happy, and to surround yourself only with people and things you love.
Kick the other stuff away. Otherwise you will not manage, you will only serve other and forget about yourself.” — Sara Saudkova
Sara Saudkova is a world famous photographer. Born in 1967, and lives in the Chech Republic. I think you would enjoy reading the following interview with Sara, published in 2017, from which the above quotation was taken.
The 3 photos below, also taken by Sara (2009) are of Milos Forman and his muse.