Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Zoom in





The State Library of NSW is a fantastic place to do some research on Australian history, and always has some great temporary exhibitions. Under the porch, three large doors. Let's zoom in to the right hand side door, and then zoom in again to a detail of the door: this is where we were yesterday. Each door holds ten squares, each depicting a scene of early Aboriginal life: spear fishing, kangaroo hunt, woman with child... the portraits are beautiful and offer a fantastic insight into the Aboriginal culture! Yet I don't think many people here know about these doors or take much interest in them.

La grande bibliothèque du NSW, un lieu fabuleux qui accueille toujours des expositions temporaires intéressantes et où le grand public peut faire des recherches poussées sur l'histoire de l'Australie. Sous le péristyle, trois grandes portes. Opérons un zoom avant sur la porte de droite, puis un autre zoom sur un détail de cette porte : c'est là que nous étions hier.
Chaque porte est divisée en dix carrés présentant des scènes de la vie traditionnelle des aborigènes : femme à l'enfant, chasse au kangourou, pêche à la lance ou au filet... J'ai trouvé ces portraits sont superbes et passionnants. Pourtant je crois que peu de gens ici en connaissent l'existence ou s'y intéressent.

12 comments:

Olivier said...

j'ai donc perdu ;o(( sniff ;o(( la porte est tres belle avec ces sculptures.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are beautiful photos. I am so glad to see these things I would not be able to see if you didn't post them.
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Kate said...

Time is a precious commodity which is the excuse we sometimes use to excuse ourselves, but I think it's more in inability to observe and to SEE. Blogging has given many of us the training we need to see our environment. Doors are such a wonderful topic for our photos! Nice job!

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I'd like to see photos of these doors.

Zsolt said...

ohh it looks very similar to our Nationa Museum in Budapest:)

richard said...

I think Kates got a very good point. Using our cameras every day (-ish) makes you look and see and find fascinating things in ordinary life everywhere. Similarly I think blogging is a great thing in this world of dumbing-down because it forces you to take these things, and thoughts, and try and articulate them for others, which is no bad skill and something a lot of people have lost in recent generations.
I like the door panels - couldn't help comparing them with the Baptistry doors in Florence(!) but I prefer them to yesterdays sculpture

alice said...

Penses-tu que ce manque d'intérêt soit lié au sujet ?

photowannabe said...

I would love to see these in person. the releifs are so beautiful and artfully done.

ruth said...

I so agree with Richard and Kate. Before I was in the DP family, I was less observant. Now I always think, "if I were still blogging about East Lansing, I would snap that . . ."

Plus now I am more observant in general.

Thanks for the zoom today, very effective and cool. I'm excited by this art depicting aborgines.

isabella said...

Seeing the latest photos here and on Sally's blog, I could've sworn I was in Paris! The architectural similiarities are uncanny...Am I wrong?

pastorrick said...

Yep there is tons of stuff to look at when you are looking.

M.Benaut said...

You have made us all think about what we don't see when we look.
I agree with Richard, too. Lorenzo Ghiberti's doors in Florence must surely have been the inspiration for this artist.