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A Tour of East Asia with Messy Nessy Chic

January 30th, 2013 No Comments
Coat of Arms of North Korea

Coat of Arms of North Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Step aside Picasso and your ‘Blue Period’, here’s famed NatGeo photog Steve McCurry with his ‘Blue Period’ – with a little help from Jodhpur, India.  Messy Nessy Chic serves up a charming set of photographs in their photostory Steve McCurry’s Blue City.

Unlike a painter’s palette, a photographer doesn’t have much control over his ‘palette’.  While Nature photographers, of course, can work with a green-based palette, a blue-oriented palette is a rarity so this delightful one is especially enjoyable.

Here are three figures, none facing the viewer, in an image that is photojournalistic, artistic and serene all at once, and that tells a little story.

The locals seem to have a yen for reddish hues (besides – at it again – playing chess).

Here’s one that’s a joy in its activity, the composition, the strip of colour, the swath of clay-brown, and – natch – the shades of blue.

 Staying in the East Asia and with Messy Nessy, you’ve heard of the Forbidden City but what about the ‘Forbidden Country’ – North Korea – from back in the 1970s? 

Here are some ‘Postcards’ showing a way of life that is quaint, universal and charming at turns, plus what we have come to see as being classically Communistic.

The photographs are not works of art here, what’s of value is the rarity of the underlying images which show, both, a secretive country from a bygone age, albeit in such colours as were permitted by the authoritarian powers-that-be.

Still staying with Messy Nessy and in East Asia, let’s close our tour in Japan – we have ‘Postcards’ once more, these of Apprentice Geishas.  

Don’t these girls seem mature behind their years?  And these?  Does this one appear old before her time?

A Prozac victim had titled her biography, ‘Girl Interrupted’.  Can we call geisha girls (and others in similar circumstances) ‘Girl Accelerated’?

Be that as it may, as the title of the article says, a few of these photographs are indeed ‘haunting’.


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