The posters would accompany VHS tapes as they traveled from town to town for local screenings.
Some of these are amazing....
(From the article): At that moment, Wolfe had been exposed to what he would later clarify as the "Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana," an approximately fifteen-year period between 1985 and 1999 where original movie posters were created for an economically-driven, functional purpose: to accompany rare VHS tapes traveling from town to town like a circus sideshow. As Wolfe explains, "suddenly, with the arrival in Ghana of PAL tapes, video cassette machines, and portable gas generators, they had mobile cinema." Entrepreneurs would set-up a small television set, modest speaker system, and roll into town to introduce entire generations of moviegoers to martial arts, sci-fi, and horror films that otherwise would not have made an appearance until decades later. The posters were most often painted on the reverse side of recycled flour sacks—a makeshift cloth canvas—and then rolled onto wooden dowels for ease of transport. Since each tape required its own unique movie poster, "the best and brightest of a generation of sign painters became the people who created this work."
Teenage photography sensation Natsumi Hayashi takes pictures of herself seemingly floating in midair. Equipped with only a tripod or with help from a friend, these self portraits are taken with a 10-sec timer from a distance in various locations around Tokyo.e to edit the content.
The world lost another star yesterday with the passing of David Robert Jones, also known as David Bowie. The 69-year-old died just two days after his birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar.
Canadian alt-folk trio Good Lovelies has earned numerous awards and praise from the international folk music community for their melodic harmonies and delicate songwriting. The band released Burn The Plan earlier this year, which finds the trio venturing beyond the boundaries of old time traditions. There is a new spirit of adventurousness that gives Burn The Plan an extra spark; the album is permeated with textures and tones from various musical genres that flow seamlessly together. Watch the
Watch the premiere of the video for "Slow Road' filmed live at Burdock in Toronto, ON, and catch the band when they perform on the West Coast and Canada before the end of the year.
I know that this is a quirky song....but there is a story to it...
We caught the end of a set by Caravan of Thieves at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA a few nights ago. After their set was done - they left the stage for a small area nearby and the audience crowded around them. The band performed this song with the crowd around them, stomping, clapping, singing, and enjoying the tune. It was one of those magical moments that you will not forget...and the song stays in your head awhile. I was glad we were able to catch this moment in my memory...
Studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev makes his images come alive by adding dynamic elements like exploding flour. His photos span the range of dance, from ballet to break-dancing, but it was his flour-filled photo “Big bang theory” that has garnered the most recent attention.
The first flight of an untethered hot air balloon—humanity’s first really successful attempt at flight—took place in 1783 when “Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes” flew over Paris. The first real photograph was taken in 1826 when Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took a picture out of his window. It took more than 30 years for someone to put these two inventions together to bring us the world’s first photo from the air. That photo, an 1858 aerial image of Paris, France, captured by Gaspard-Félix Tournachon is no longer with us. But the next best thing, says PetaPixel, is in the caring hands of the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: an 1860 photograph of Boston captured from 2,000 feet.
To highlight human destruction of animal habitats in East Africa, photographer Nick Brandt shot giant panoramas of life-size animal prints in their former habitats. The project is titled Inherit the Dust.
Inherit the Dust Indeed!
(From the article): Brandt’s photos offer a stark look at how humankind has impacted places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. He found locations where explosive urban development displaced animals due to the building of new factories, wastelands, and quarries. He then erected one of his animal portrait photos on a giant panel, placing the animals back into the scene.
How to Enjoy Progressive Rock. Progressive rock, also known as "prog rock" or just "prog", is an absolutely exceptional genre of music, and to many the greatest genre that has ever emerged in the history of recorded sound. Extremely...
As a fan of prog rock, I enjoyed reading through this 'how to' enjoy wiki. I don't need any pointers on how to enjoy progressive rock.....I just enjoy it!
Almost 30 years before Kodachrome, two French brothers invented a way to take color photos. The autochrome process they developed gave the soft, slightly blurred images the feel of an Impressionist painting.
Orators of old used metaphors, similes, and analogies to persuade their listeners and to get a point across. These days, we have the internet meme and infographic to explain complex ideas through a simple and often humorous image.
I thought these were clever....and some were quite funny.
In the mid 1980s, Bob Dylan found his career hitting an unmistakable low point. In his autobiography, he recalls 'Everything was smashed. My own songs had become strangers to me, I didn't have the skill to touch the right nerves, couldn't penetrate the surfaces.
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