Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Spotlight - Inner Constellations: Photographs

In 1991, Italian-born artist Maïmouna Guerresi traveled to Senegal and was completely enthralled by the spiritual traditions that she witnessed there and soon converted to Islam from Catholicism as a result. Guerresi's work has increasingly taken on themes of influence from the iconography of Islam and its rich history. Within this influence she draws upon Sufi philosophy which asserts that the world's religions all come from a single divine source. Her amazing photographs are celebrated around the globe for their beauty and their brilliant joining of diverse cultural and religious influences.

Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, ©2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com, is the first book of photography published by the artist. Guerresi seamlessly brings together elements of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in a collection that is very pleasing to the eye, and which carries a textured depth within each image. The photographs in this beautiful book are incredible. I found myself lingering over several photographs as I studied the artistry of Guerresi's work.

San Francisco, 2010 - From Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

 The words regal and serene came into my mind
 over and over as I enjoyed this book.

Kalam, 2010 - From Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

There is a powerful theme of celebration of the divine power of the feminine form. Guerresi does an excellent job of presenting the human body as the sacred dwelling place that it surely is and there is a beautiful reverence shown on each page. In the foreword by Andi Potamkin, the preface by Michet Krifa, and introduction by Rosa Maria Falvo, readers are guided along through a deeper understanding of Guerresi's work. She is a truly gifted photographer and creative artist.

Surprise, 2010 - From Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


Yellow Signs 2, 2011 - From Inner Constellations: Photographs by Maïmouna Guerresi, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

I loved the way in which many of the people are draped in extraordinary garments and positioned in such a way to make them look very tall. Some appear to be hovering and each of these images are strikingly gorgeous. I also found the images which feature symbolically painted faces to be just beautiful. There are dual veins of authenticity and magnificence which run throughout this wonderful book.


Inner Constellations: Photographs can be purchased
 here or at Amazon UK.


*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Spotlight: An Embarrassment of Riches

Self-expression is one of the joys of life. We all come into this world as our unique selves. We express ourselves and who we are in one way or another throughout our lives. There are varying degrees of self-expression which range from the uniquely understated to the full-on, in full color expression. However we choose to present ourselves, it is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

Photographer - Adrian Buckmaster
In the new book, An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com , the amazingly talented photographer captures the beautiful essence of people in all of their varied glory, as they celebrate their self-expression within this collection of nearly 300 images. This hauntingly beautiful book is arranged into three movements: imposing, revealing, and inventing.

An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


The imposing movement is about Buckmaster imposing his own artistic vision on his subjects.

In the revealing movement, the subjects reveal themselves emotionally and physically.

And finally, the inventing movement presents an opportunity for subjects to invent and create new ways of expression.

It is interesting to think of each section of the book as three movements, as it brings to mind the performance of music. As I turned each page the striking images made me think of a beautiful piece of music playing in the background. To me, within creativity, whether it is in photography or music or other forms of artistic expression, there is a note of connectivity that binds them all.

Ali, The Fangsmith, Brooklyn, New York, 2007 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

I found this book to be visually stunning. I was drawn in by the ethereal quality of many of the photos. It was like visiting a wonderful 'other' place where the truly fantastic is celebrated. As I gazed at each image I was struck with the talent of Adrian Buckmaster. He has this ability to somehow reach into each person and extract a spark from each of them and help them to show their individuality. This is a gorgeous celebration of humanity and how we show up in this world.

Anna, with Shien Lee, for Dances of Vice, Central Park, New York, 2010 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

The Nanny from Corb, the Author, with Cynthia Altoriso, New York, 2008 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


An Embarrassment of Riches can be purchased here or on Amazon UK.


*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lesson Learned

Hi :)

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still here. It's been several days since my last post. I'm still very excited to get back to blogging, however, I haven't been feeling so good again. All will be well though. I feel pretty good today, but I think that I've been pushing myself to feel 100% better before it actually happens organically. So I'm having to learn to pace myself a lot better. It's all about balance.

This is actually a good lesson for me. My body is teaching me that sometimes you just need to slow down and catch your breath literally and figuratively and be in the moment :) This has been shown to me time and time again before, but THIS TIME I got it. Older and wiser maybe...hmm ;-)

Anyway, like I said, I'm doing fine today and will be posting again in a couple of days. Don't worry though. I'm not rushing myself...I've learned my lesson :)

Have a great day wherever you are!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Hello Again


When I started my break back in October, I didn't know how long or how short it would be. I just knew that I needed to take a break because to be perfectly honest I didn't know what in the world to talk about anymore. Lol. I  was boring myself a bit, so I figured I was probably boring the heck out of those of you out there who were visiting me :)

So I thought that it was time to take a step back and then come back here with a new perspective and fresh eyes. I know that I did the right thing. When I took my break, I was also not feeling very well healthwise at the time. I needed to take a break to feel better and I do now. Thank you for continuing to visit me here even while I was gone. I appreciate it so much!

I don't know if things will be any more entertaining or interesting this time around, but I'm going to give it my very best try :) This time I want to have a more focused concentration on the things that I love, such as:



That list looks quite full, but I think as humans we're drawn to many things, so I'll be doing my smorgasbord blogging over here ;-)   If I were a tree and I was able to 'show my rings', these are the things that would show up within my rings. I love a little of this and a little of that, so I figure why not embrace that and celebrate the variety of life. Also, my mind wanders, so I need a few different places to wander.

Oh and I almost forgot...how dare I. I'll be sharing some of my photos from time to time. I just have to get back out there and take some new ones. (By the way: Yes, I forgot to put it on the image above. Oops! Lol.)

I know one thing though...I'm so glad to be back! I hope you'll come back and visit me from time to time.

Have a wonderful weekend!