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Karnataka: The confusion of alter-narrative

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“This is almost a government of Mysore state, we, the people of north Karnataka, have zero investment in this government” explains Madhav Rao, a retired school teacher and an eminent sociologist of Hubli, who is widely described as a ‘Kuruba by birth, a Kshatriya by vocation and a Brahmin by intellect’. “…Our vote for Congress was a reluctant one, because the previous governments (of BJP & JDS-BJP alliance) were too busy sorting their ego battles” Prof. Rao continues, “but this government has shown glorious inability to provide even basic decency of day-to-day governance in just 6 months”.

We are living in strange times, people’s expectations from their rulers are quite high and most political parties are yet to come to terms with these new realities. This governance gap has led to considerable shrinking of the “honeymoon period” that incumbent governments of a bygone era enjoyed for at least the first…

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1866: A Children’s Play (Bluebeard’s Wives) Staged photograph

Amanda January 28, 2014 1800-1899, Art & designFavourited 8 times
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John C. Browne (American, 1838-1918) A Children’s Play (Bluebeard’s Wives), ca. 1866, printed ca. 1975, modern gelatin silver print from the original collodion negative, George Eastman House.

“This plate was created by John Coates Browne around 1866. Browne was an amateur photographer with a prominent role in the Photographic Society of Philadelphia.

“The morbidity of the image may come as a shock—five of the six young girls are play-acting dead. Hung by their hair, their faces are painted white, matching their ghostly gowns. The play is based on a French fairytale about a nobleman who has a penchant for killing successive young wives. An outcast, he is feared for his ugly blue beard. He has been married several times, and each of his young wives mysteriously disappears, frightening the village girls. The story takes place when his most recent wife, still alive, discovers his secret cellar where he keeps the bodies of his murdered former wives, and recounts her attempts to escape.”

– Anne-Marie Walsh

SOURCE: Eastmanhouse

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Incredible Composite Photographs Inspired by Edward Hopper

Richard Tuschman created this incredible series of composite photographs inspired by the work of seminal American painter Edward Hopper.

Tuschman builds painted dollhouse-size dioramas that he photographs in his studio. When he photographs the dioramas, he always takes the shots with small mannequins as placeholders for the live models to help map out the lighting. The models are then photographed against a plain backdrop and the two images are made into a digital composite in Photoshop. Besides accurately scaling and placing the figures, the image is largely done by the time he gets to post-production.

The soft, slightly grainy texture of the images and the natural, contemplative lighting is evocative of Hopper’s oil paintings. Explaining his influences for Hopper Meditations, Tuschman says, “I have always loved the way Hopper’s paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address some of the psychological mysteries and complexities of the human condition. I love the humble nature of the works and their sense of quietude. The characters’ emotional states can seem to waver paradoxically between reverie and alienation, or perhaps between longing and resignation.”


Richard Tuschman’s website
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