This has been entertaining me this week:
Category Archives: Photography
Do check out these great photos from the Holi festival at Battersea Power-station earlier this month.
Holi is the Hindu festival that heralds the arrival of spring on the subcontinent, and is traditionally celebrated by showering your friends and family (indeed anyone you come across) with brightly coloured powder. It’s enormous fun, but the powder does seem to find its way into the strangest places! Check out the rest of the photos here.
I thought I would share this image with you. Once it has been seen, it can not be unseen! The MGM lion is standing on a box!
Judging by the technology, and the clothes of the technicians, I assume the photo comes from the 1921 or 1924 lion. I wonder how long they had to film while waiting for him to roar? Also, he does not seem to have any leash or rope on him… I hope he had a go at the camera man!
Incidentally, for the real (reel?) geeks out there, MGM have used nine lions over the years:
Goldwyn Pictures Lion #1, 1921
– Goldwyn Pictures Lion #2, 1924
– MGM – Slats the Lion, 1924
– MGM – Jackie the Lion, 1924-1928
– MGM – Jackie the Lion, 1928-1929
– MGM – Rusty the Lion, 1932
– MGM – Tanner the Lion, 1934
– MGM – George the Lion / Brief Mane, 1956-1957
– MGM – Leo the Lion, 2008
I’m off… time for a lie-in….
Yesterday was the 69th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the massive Allied Invasion of France, that was known as “D-Day.” Events on both sides of the channel have commemorated the bravery of the troops who fought their way up the beaches, as well as honoured the fallen.
It all got me thinking; what were the blood soaked beaches (think of the opening sequences of Saving Private Ryan) like the day afterwards? On D-Day +1?
Well, having done a little research I can show you… while the massive Mulberry Harbours were being constructed on Omaha Beach and at Arromanches, this photo shows that there was a continuous landing and deployment of Allied troops, supplies, and equipment to the beach heads. Barrage balloons can be seen keeping watch overhead for German aircraft while scores of ships unload men and materials. The sheer activity of it is impressive, and if you ever get to go to Arromanches, do be sure check out the remains of the harbour. They are genuinely impressive, and very moving.