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Ernst Haas is considered by many to be one of the first true masters of color photography. In honor of color, this beautiful rose purchased for my wife, is a poor attempt to shoot a Rose as an homage to one of Hass’s most enduring images.
I also find it astonishing that in a new survey from the National Retail Federation projects, consumers will spend a total of $2 billion on flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day. “A Color is joy. One does not think joy. Learn by doing or even better unlearn by doing.” –Ernst Haas Haas made the image that has become the stereo type, often imitated, but for me I can not stop looking and photographing them when I see them.
In honor of #ValentinesDay.
The concept of the heart as the center of love and emotions has a long history. Besides the idea of a broken heart or a heart that swells with love or gratitude the heart has meant different this to different groups of people.
In the West, the heart has evolved as a symbol of love, in both romantic and religious spheres. In the East, it is seen as a symbol of wisdom and spirituality.
The iconic heart symbol was identified in the culture of the Cro Magnon hunters of Europe before the last Ice Age (10,000-8000 BCE). The inference of the icon to the hunters remains a mystery.
The ancient Egyptians (3500 BC-1000 BC) believed the heart controlled the mind and soul, and that it was the center of morality. It was also considered the source of memory, emotions, and personality. They believed that God spoke to individuals through the heart. There was concern among Egyptians that after death, that the heart might testify against the deceased; to prevent this, the ancient Egyptians often wrapped a heart scarab within the bandages to prevent the heart from speaking.
The 5000 year old ancient Chinese culture believes that the heart is the root of the body, mind and soul of life. Additionally it controls joy, reflects facial expression, and has important roles in the psyche.
The Jewish culture goes back 5000 years as well. The Old testament, originated around 1500 BC, and references to the heart abound . It is viewed as the organ of conscience, the origin of human action, imagination, determination, emotion, love, virtue and vice, good and evil, humility and pride. The heart is revealed as the "inner" person.
I photographed this heart at the #MutterMuseum in #Philadelphia for a story about the human heart for @natgeo and the modern efforts to heal it. This heart is from the 1800's and has all the fat stripped away from it for that we can see the muscular organ. #heart
Happy Birthday Charles Darwin! One of the greatest scientific minds the human race has ever produced. An English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. The most fascinating stories I have been able to work on for @NatGeo. Darwin established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s, the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life science.
How do you get to #carnegiehall? As the saying goes, “Practice, Practice Practice.” You never know what you might see while looking for a parking space in NYC. #LawrenceDiBello a French horn “gigger” (a gun for higher) warms up for a #NYChoralSociety concert on his ” #FrenchHorn.