Friday, 26 November 2010

Photo Friday: hands

Henna Tattoo painted hands

To save a life...



Thanks Giving


We give thanks for another year;
Of provision and opportunity for growth.
We give thanks for time shared;
family and friends, health and strength.
We give thanks for hope assured...
We give thanks for Jesus Christ.

Give thanks

A hymn... [Author Unknown]

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son


And now, Let the weak say "I am strong"
Let the poor say "I am rich"
Because of what the Lord has done for us


Give thanks !


six word fridays

Rue's Friday Fragments #11

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!


30 before 30 update
I did it! I tried my hand at golf (well I hit the ball anyway...err on the second try! Lol!) and you know what, I think I may just take it up! Look out for my post on the day coming soon...


On the road...
I am in Africa at the moment and eagerly waiting for an opportunity to get out there and take some pics to share with you (but as I have not been too well my mother has me taking it easy and pacing myself so you may have to wait a little while but watch this space!!!)

10. Picture of the week


9. When should we let sleeping dogs lie?
I was watching the American Music Awards tonight and almost feel out of my chair when two groups of really old men took to the stage going by the names, 'New kids on the block' and 'back street boys'. Now seriously, I thought those guys grew up!?!?!?! Am I wrong? The thought of clutching at straws comes to mind here...

8. Dad's humour
My dad is a lawyer and enjoys lawyer jokes, this one in particular crosses professions and I thought was particularly special so I thought I would share :)
' A doctors mistakes are buried;
 A lawyers mistakes are put behind bars;
 A teachers mistakes are seen walking around the street and in every work establishment across the city!' Lol!

7. United States of Africa [USA 2]
Seriously? Where do I start on this one???? Maybe we should start by talking about the dictatorships and civil wars present on the continent, or maybe the debt, or lawlessness / bribery  / corruption that is rampant across boarders... Unifying this mixed bag of political disasters will do one thing, spoil the good ones, the democratic and fair ones and the ones really trying to get there...so in a word? NO! This idea does not get my vote!!! 

6. North vs. South Korea
Well I just don't know but I think it is safe to say that the Koreans fighting each other is a bad idea! The complexity of how this squabble affects the whole region can be simplified by thinking of the world as a role of London houses. If one catches fire then the whole lot will eventually go down too! What am I saying? Well the Korean fight affects Russia and China and they have allies and enemies who will be affected who have the same and so on until we are all in it! This is also the way world wars begin so here's hoping this will end and quickly...

5. Happy Thanksgiving America!

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a good one! Guess that means Christmas is around the corner! Oh dear, already! 


4. Mining tragedy 
My heart goes out to the miners and their families who were lost in the New Zealand disaster...After the success in Chile, I had taken for granted that these miners would be successfully rescued so it was a shock indeed to hear of the second explosion that took place this week. My prayers are with all the families and those directly affected by this sad event.

3. Malawi 2010
An art exhibition in Malawi, southern Africa by Dutch photographer Arjen van de Merwe was showing from November 17th - 26th which showcased a collection of images staged for this event. Included in this artistic work was a local clothing designers whose clothes the female models wore. The exhibition was designed to raise awareness of social and cultural issues that seem to be causing a generational divide in the country by getting the models to pose in various positions typical of gender roles in Malawi. It was interesting to observe and get into discussion about each image with the photographer and fellow exhibition attendees.
It made for an interesting evening and most certainly left food for thought...



2. Longoria / Parker divorce
Eva ' Desperate housewives' Longoria is divorcing her toy boy husband Tony Parker due to his infidelity... Honestly I am surprised it lasted this long in the first place! Not to be mean but its Hollywood and in Hollywood the odds of marital success are low, and even lower if the wife is older e.g. Madonna and Guy... and therein lies my point.

1. Video of the Week
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes - Time of my life
This pick is due to the new remix of this song by Black Eyed Peas which reminded me how great this song is.



And that's it for this week folks! A day late but well worth waiting for I think! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com



Friday, 19 November 2010

Rue's Friday Fragments #10

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!
10. Picture of the week
New Forest, England
9. The next royal wedding...awwww...
Yes it was a pleasant 'non' surprise (in a good way) to hear of the pending nuptuals between Prince Wills and his lady love...I wish them every happiness :)

8. Who needs the internet when you can have this?
OK so maybe the internet is an easier option! Saw the picture online and smiled to myself thinking that is exactly what books would look like if we crammed all the information available on line into hardbacks.

7. Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma freed!
It is fantastic news to hear that Suu Kayi the pro-democracy oposition party leader in Burma has been released from a military impossed house arrest for the past 15 years. Now I am a home body and love being at home, but if I was forced to be there day in and say out every day for 15years, no trips to the supermarket, drycleaners, doctors etc I would feel at best uncomfortably oppressed and at worst imprisoned. Now if this was done because I had commited a crime, fair enough, but because I am speaking out peaceably for the rights of a nation seeking nothing for myself I would be super angry and ready to declar war on my captures. Aung San Suu Kyi came out and told the crowd outside her house moments after her release that the nation needs to be unified to establish true democracy.... Wow...one can only hope that this is a positive step in the right direction.

6. Public transport can always be worse...
If you have had the joys of tube strikes / delays (in the UK) and other challenges in your local area when it comes to public transport service, or lack there of, this video clip should encourage you that your situation where you live is not that bad and it could be significantly worse....Furthermore, for all of you who are anti health and safety, your opinion may be altered, even slightly after viewing...

5. American Express Ad
I absolutely love what American express and Conan O'Brian are doing in this advert and the spirit behind it. I love how Conan goes through the process of making his stage curtains and connecting with every stage (and people) of the production process along the way showing that nothing comes easy but it can come if you work hard at it (or use your plastic I guess). Finally I like how he speaks to the native Indians in their mother tongue. This marketing tool totally worked on me (however it did not sell the product to me) I actually believe in what this organisation stands for because of the way they are represented in this ad... Good will eventually leads to customers right so I would say mission accomplished, I am totally a fan. 


4. Death on honeymoon
This is the saddest story of the week. A honeymooning couple were attacked in South Africa and the new bride was murdered. I love South Africa and have never experienced any violence there myself but when you hear stories like this it causes one to fear and worry....my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


3. Wow!
A friend recently went to Africa and was speaking to a local girl who thought she would like to be fixed up with a local man (this is South Africa again btw). As this girl was trying to sell this guy to my friend she stated that he was nice, successful and (I quote), 'Don't worry he wont beat you'! So she stop her at this point with her mouth wide open! I then did exactly the same...So basically the impression we have is that in South Africa, one should expect to be beaten by a man in a relationship unless it is disclosed that the said man does not beat women! OMG! am I the only person on the floor trying to pick up my jaw?????


2. 'Thou doth protest...but is it too much?
Rioting students in the capital was a big story I read and talked about this week. The riots were in aid of the new structure of university fees payments. The government of the land has decided to open the flood gates and allow universities to pretty much set fees as they wish for undergraduate (first) degree courses meaning that where local students currently pay £1 000 a year for their course, they could not potentially pay upwards of £6 000 a year. This is a big swing and so I can see why the students are not so happy but destructive and violent behaviour is not cool at all!


1. Song of the week
Michael Jackson - Gone too soon
Time flies when you're having fun! This is my dedication to everyone who has been a part of the last decade of my life in the UK, my 20's are definitely gone too soon but our friendships will last forever :)


And that's it for this week folks! A day late but well worth waiting for I think! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com


Home not away...

Home is where my heart goes...
Home.

Home is where my heart goes.
When I think of good days...
When I think of past times...
When there is a quite moment...

Home.

Home is where I really belong.
Where I can be just me...
Where I can express my passion...
Where there is no conditional love...

Home. 

Home is where I am loved.
How I need to be loved...
How I love to be loved...
How one ought to be loved...

Home.

Home is just where you are.
You...the fruit of my womb...
You...the sisters of my heart...
You...the brothers of my protection...
You...the parents of my days...
You...the love of my life...

Home is you...yes its you.






Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I - Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Sunset beach play







Remembrance...A little everyday

This post is as a memorial...
To all who have stood or died in every civil disobedience, war, or protest against, oppression, tyranny, dictatorship and genocide, no matter the magnitude. Without these heroes of our free world it begs not to think where we would be today...
Poppies on a monument
In honour of the heroes who fell before us
Liberty
            Freedom
                          License

Words that are tossed around protest marches, petitions and rallies. Language that is not unfamiliar to the masses yet with little appreciation for their magnitude and gravity. Each letter is drenched in blood... blood of white and black and yellow... all peoples alike... Every corner of the earth has bled to give birth to the ideology that these words represent. Bled for the reality of these words, bled for the hope that one day the whole world would embrace not just their meaning, but the sacrifice that birthed them.

To have liberty.
To walk in the street when you want, go where you want, with whom you want, without a curfew or military presence as an unspoken caution to restrain your choices...
Being in a position to be open hearted, open minded and open armed...giving room for all peoples, sharing the stage not dictating its possession.
Having the choice; No the right to freely surrender every expressive element from within your being...to have control of you...to be free...


To have freedom.
To know who you are, where you came from and not be denied leave to proceed to where you are going.
Roaming the wilds of imagination, riding the tides of free speech, dancing in the light of opportunity.
Possessing the ability to exercise your will, choose what to believe and whom to follow, if indeed follow at all...the right therein one decides.


To have license.
The right to be unapologetically human, to be a citizen of one's soul without shame or reproach...to feed one's brain with knowledge and body with sustenance to bring strength. 
To hold the keys to one's destiny and utilise them without restraint, fear or inhibition. 
To be without hindrance...without muting... without master, ball or chain.


Freedom...Liberty...License...these are the bedrock of all we hold fast to as free men. Without these tyranny and lawlessness will prevail there is no doubt. 
For these, many stood and fought
For these many more lay down and died
For without this sacrifice;
None would be born free...
None would live free...
None will die free.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Meaning of a rainbow...

Rainbows mean hope...
A rainbow in the simplest form of its meaning is hope.
Hope of another day; a new day;
Hope of another opportunity;
Hope of a second chance;
Hope of things to come 
Hope...
Background
After the flood that subdued the earth (see scripture below), God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the earth by flooding it. God made a covenant with Noah and it is signified by a rainbow after rainfall as a memorial (reminder) of the covenant:


Genesis 9:13–17
'I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'

ShutterDay: Square

Derelict building in Bristol, UK

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Positive [Resigned]


Positive.
How can I be positive? 
Look at the destruction and desolation that plagues this place...
Peace is no longer; hope has fled, there is almost nothing left!

Positive.
How can I be positive? 
Feel the life drain from me and seep into the floor boards...
Joy is a stranger; happiness a story of old, can this really be a life?

Positive.
How can I be positive?
Touched by no other, faithful from the start, that is me...
Trust has dissolved, faithfulness is a myth, how could he bring death to the pot?

Positive.
How can I be positive?
Commitment failed, vows broken, lies told consistently...
Health is gone, vitality is no longer; how will I look after my children?

Positive.
HIV Positive, yes that is me.
Sickness will come, death is inevitable but there is one hope to hold.
Drugs and good food and care mean life will be preserved.
I will cope, I will find strength to be mother and daughter, sister and friend.
Yes I am positive;
That being HIV positive;
Does not have to be the end of me...





ethosphotographic@gmail.com

Friday, 12 November 2010

Inspire



Inspiration...where does it come from?
A place deep within a person...
A specific event in one's soul...
Its from a whispered word encouraging...
A light bulb that sparks the mind...
Images that take your breath away...
Words that strike a chord...ignite...
Love that is given without condition...



Photo Friday: Liquid Sunset

Golden




Weekend in Black and White: Church on the Corner

Rue's Friday Fragments #9

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!

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The Next Baby Modelling Competition 2010
Today's shout out is for my nephew Tozivaishe (Tozi for short) who we have entered into the Next Clothing store's 2010 baby modelling competition!!!


10. Picture of the week
Vote for Tozi!!!!
9. Post US Primaries thoughts....the good, the bad and the voice of the people...
The US primaries have concluded now I beleive and I must admit I am not one for politics, let alone politics in forign lands unless there is a human rights issues associated with it, its just not something I feel qualified to have an opinion on. Having said that I came across a few interesting things about the US primaries and Us politics that I would like to share more than comment on.... The good is that it has been a truly democratic display with the voice of the people being heard. The bad I guess is having the current government backed into a corner as they lose control to the Republicans which will make for tough governing I am sure...Just looking at the Mickey Mouse way in which British politics is playing out, I am sure there will be plenty to say on this dynamic in the future. But this fragment is really about the voice of Americans. I do admire how Americans use their vote to give sound to their voices and their politicians know that they cannot ignore the voice of the people or they will lose and lose big as Obama's team discovered. I will say no more but to bring your attention to the voice of one American man whose video clip was sent to me by a friend last week.I must say that I am a great believer in free speech and exercise my rights thus 
but this guy rendered me speechless....



8.Mammy Rock [aka Ruth Flowers]


This is Mamy Rock, the oldest DJ (Disc Jokey) rocker grandmother on the planet (as far as I know anyway!) and she is really into it! She plays at raves / gigs / clubs and generally is a hit! So there you go! Ruth is 69, from Bristol, England and plays in the UK, Europe and now America. She was recently interviewed on sky news and she is interesting to listen to [see interview here] and For all those who say there is a) an age limit on working, b) certain jobs are for certain people and c) older folk dont get modern music...Mamy Rock should put an end to your assumptions and well prejudices! Good on you Mamy Rock!!!!

7. Turkey mayor wants his town demolished!
At a glance this may sound like a disgruntled government official but the reality is far worse and so sad. This town called Tuzkoy and its surrounding villages have been built my loacl soft yellow rock which is used for chimneys, cave churches and other structures. They are so beautiful and are a big hit tourism wise. However the town has always suffered from a high rate of respiratory related infections causing almost half the deaths in the area. A Dr Baris who has had a keen interest in the medical dynamics of the town after much study discovered that the towns folk were in fact suffering and dying from mesothelioma 'which is a virulent form of cancer' which is caused by exposure to asbestos the real tragedy is that many of the towns people cannot afford to move to a safe place so they continue to live in these building and let their children play in and around them in spite of now knowing the risks. [See more here].

6. Spirit of Australia up in smoke
The Quantas QF32 was reported as being a 'flying wreck' 
The air bus' engine exploded mid-air shooting chunks of metal through fuel tanks and flight control system. Thank goodness no one was hurt and that the plane returned safely to Singapore where it had taken off from. My note is about the picture featured on an Australian news website that depicts the plane's engine burnt out and keeps the 'spirit of Australia' tag that Quantas uses which is incredible suggestive and is a very loud message all in one image...it brings a whole new meaning to the saying,  'a picture is worth a thousand words'.

5.Water-boarding terrorist suspects...the American way?
Bush memoirs storm the book stores and stir human rights activists. So its official! At some point they did torture people and they used inhumane ways to do it. Wow, who publishes that even if its true? 
So now the world has been officially notified that America will so go there if you get them vexed!  

4. Kids Rule
Maybe a slight exaggeration but in the UK it may as well be true as parents and teachers in particular are so restricted when it comes to disciplining children that the government is 'The Gun' the kids use to ward off adults!

3. Charity: Water
This is an amazing charity! Please log onto their website have a look around and do what you can to support them -- http://www.charitywater.org/


2. Gwynth Paltrow sings live....finally! 
Now I am a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow since way back when it was Gwyn and Brad, before Jen and Brad that was succeeded by Brangelina. Anyway I am so a fan and for years there has been rumours of Gwyn being a crooner (singer) and yet no albums or singing career came through so it was always a mystery. Well the mystery is over, Gwyn can sing and did sing the other day at the CMA Awards 2010. Many have completely overlooked her great voice with the debate about if and why she was pretending to play a guitar and the accent she sang in but I say good on you Gwyn for singing live for the first time! [See her sing here]

1. Music video of the week
Casting Crowns - Praise You in the Storm
A song to cheer up anyone in a bad place or having a bad day



And that's it for this week folks! A day late but well worth waiting for I think! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com

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