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A Good Laugh in Turkey, No Translation Needed

I should preface this by saying I really did try an learn some Turkish before visiting Istanbul and the western coast.  I had some language podcasts and a phrase book.  There were times when that was great, times when the basics and hand gestures were enough and a couple times when conversation wasn’t even needed but I still felt like I was following story.  This is one example of the latter.

fisherman in Anadolu Kavağı

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A Surrealist House?

surrealist apartments

Exterior of the Orbis South Melbourne “Surrealist” condo building

I recently found this article (via this blog) from Melbourne’s The Weekly Review about a new 48-condo unit Surrealist-inspired building.  It is supposedly based on the work of “international sculptor Anish Kapoor and Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte”.  This may sound like bizarre inspiration for home design but before you judge, let me give you a tour of the apartment amenities!

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Star Wars Recreations of Famous Images

I have a special place in my heart for parodies of iconic works of art but Dave at 365 Days of Clones has taken tribute parody to the next level.  After posting a new photo of Star Wars Clone action figures everyday in 2011, Dave has started a series “52 Weeks of Star Wars” in which he combines these already well-known characters with pop culture spoofing movies, albums, photographs and paintings.  I’m not even a big Star Wars fan but these images are incredibly creative and superbly executed!

“Princess with a Pearl Earring” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver) – if you link to it full size, you’ll see that there is even craquelure

“Our Only Hope” by Dave Eger (Flickr, Eger)

"A New Hope" - Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“A New Hope” – Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“Trooper vs Trooper” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

I was blown away to see a version of “Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump” by Lewis Hine.  This is one of my favorite photographs because of its composition and the juxtaposition of industrial factory elements and the human form.  I recognized it immediately!  The Clone version of “The Falling Soldier” by Robert Capa is amazing too.  The picture is really well done, mimicking the soldier in mid-air and the hazy gray of the landscape.  It’s also an interesting choice to duplicate since the original image was criticized for being staged.

“Han Solo Working on the Hyperdrive” by David Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“Death of a Clone Trooper” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

365 Days of Clones is definitely creative enough to fill out the remaining second half of the year with awesome images.  But if I can offer some unsolicited advice, here’s what I would parody with Star Wars characters.

Rene Magritte "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"

René Magritte’s surrealist classic “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” is an easily recognizable image and would be so simple to stage with action figures.  I’m thinking “Ceci n’est pas un Ewok” would be good.  But an even better version would be C-3PO and R2-D2 with text that reads, “Ceux-ci ne sont pas les driods que tu recherches”!  This is appropriately enough Obi-Wan’s famous line and the classic Jedi mind trick.

The Scream - Edvard Munch

If you didn’t already know “The Scream”, it has been in the news recently after one of the four versions was sold for almost $120 million.  Given C-3PO’s anxious nature, the panic and desperation captured in “The Scream” makes this a logical Star Wars portrait of the protocol droid.  And really, with the big eyes, oblong head shape and golden skin, this guy looks a little like C-3PO already.

Washington Crossing the Delaware - Emanuel Leutze

La liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) - Eugène Delacroix

There are big heroic themes in Star Wars and so I’d also like to see the characters do something grand and historic like “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze or “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix.  I imagine either of these could be done with good guys or bad guys.  I can picture Vader or Obi-Wan in the first image as Washington, while a pile of dead clones would be good in the second image.

I got plenty more where that come from but I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy what 365 Days of Clones comes up with!

Istanbul Ice Cream Show

Who doesn’t like ice cream? (Photo: Daydream Tourist)

Turkish ice cream, or dondurma, is thickened with mastic and flour so that it takes on a wholly different consistency.  It stretches like taffy and is kneaded like dough but is still essentially milk and sugar.  Because of these sticky properties, ordering a cone in Turkey usually comes with a string of “think fast” tricks in which the vendor moves ice cream back and forth over two cones and flips your dessert away as you reach for it from the serving stick.

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Miracles and Russian Icon Copying “Errors”

Take a good look at the icon below (without reading its name).

Holy Virgin of the Three Hands (Museum of Russian Icons)

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