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Selfridge’s  – London

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Heian Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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Buddhist Temple – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church

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Travel Theme: Indoors

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Each week Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” invites bloggers to share travel photos based on a particular theme. This week’s theme is Indoors.

I knew I’d have to share a photo of the interior of Beijing’s first Stock Exchange. It’s been long forgotten and is now just a tenement, where you can hear people cooking, kids playing, etc. Thanks to Jeremaiah Jenne’s walking tour or Tiananmen Square and the area southwest of it, I knew that this isn’t just some old building, whose exterior you can see here. If it hadn’t been for this tour, I would have just walked by this building without giving it a second glance.

Now if you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome to join in!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Indoors
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes.
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Sepia Saturday

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I wasn’t sure what this week’s prompt picture depicted till I read the description. It’s a typesetter at work. So I decided to look for printing devices and a printer at work on Flickr Commons. All the images I’ve used come from the Internet Archives’ Flickr Commons collection. For more Sepia Saturday photos, you’ll find links to several here.

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1918, from a book on industrial education

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1920 From a book on Canadian printers and printing

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Circa 1920, from a book on preventative medicine. Go figure.

Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt made me think of fountains and real sepia tones. So I went with both.

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According to the Library Company of Philadelphia, the image above is probably taken at the entrance of Fairmont Park and no date is given. My guess is 19th century.

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According to comments on Flickr Commons, this Cornell University Library photo is most likely from Mexico City. The library holds the image in the A.D. White Architectural Photography collection and estimates the date at 1885-1895.

 

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The week’s final fountain photo is from New South Wales. It’s a drinking fountain that was taken before 1885.

Visit Sepia Saturday for more fountain-inspired photos from days gone by.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundary

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts.

Other great photos:

Travel Theme: Mellow

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Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? invites bloggers to post photos on a weekly theme. This week it’s Mellow.

If you want to join the fun, it’s simple. Just follow these guidelines:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: “Mellow.”
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too.
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

On Sunday I got to visit a friend who lives is Sonoma County in Northern California. We walked through some woods with redwoods. What a serene, sacred space.

The Two of Us

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C’est magnifique film!

Claude Berri’s autobiographical, The Two of Us is a gem set during WWI in France. It opens with Claude, a mischievous boy, stealing a toy tank from a toy store getting chased all around. Claude finds trouble at every turn driving his father to distraction. Because since they’re Jewish, the safest path for the family is to lay low, but Claude constantly calls attention to himself with his troublemaking. A family friend arranges for Claude to go live with her Catholic parents.

The problem is that “Grampa” is quite a bigot and spouts all sorts of anti-Semitic slurs. Claude’s parents coach him to hide is religion so he’ll be safe in the countryside, but there are some close calls, which give the story suspense. Nonetheless, he’s mercilessly bullied for being the new kid from Paris. You just can’t win.

Based on the director’s own childhood experience, there’s a sophisticated treatment of a close relationship that grows in spite of prejudice. Played masterfully by Michel Simon, Grampa loves this boy and takes him under his wing, dealing with his troublemaking with patience Claude’s father couldn’t muster. Berri chose Cohen to play Claude while visiting a Jewish school and seeing him getting into trouble in class and later hiding from the principal behind some curtains. His shoes poking out from under the curtains gave him away. A natural actor, Cohen brings a realism to his understated performance.

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The Two of Us, as Truffaut commented, shows how most French people lived during the war, those who weren’t in the Resistance or collaborating with the Germans. People just going about their business; people who could be both kind, loving, and yet be hindered by ugly beliefs. It’s a deft film that can portray bigotry without supporting it, all the while showing the goodness mixed in with the prejudice. The film masterfully captures the truth of this experience.

The Criterion Collection’s DVD, as usual, includes insightful short interviews that deepen one’s understanding of the film.

If you liked Claude Berry’s later films, Jean de Floret or Manon of the Spring, you’ll love The Two of Us.

Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt urges Sepia Saturday bloggers to find and post images of old advertisements (or those with horses or carriages). I can’t resist the charms of vintage ads.

If you need a cheap suit

If you need a cheap suit

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my other favorite

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This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt inspired me to search the archives for photos with motorcycles. I found the three below which charmed me for different reasons.

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The first man in Singleton NSW to get a motorcycle. He added the passenger seat himself. Source: NSW Library

Japanese American Boys with bikes 1909. Source: University of Washington

Japanese American Boys with bikes 1909. Source: University of Washington

Chicago Water & Sewage Works. 1913. Internet Archive

Chicago Water & Sewage Works. 1913. Internet Archive

How does the prompt inspire you? If you want to join, find a photo with a tent, a motorcycle or two or whatever strikes your fancy. To see more inspired entries, visit Sepia Saturday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

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