Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Beautifully Bizarre – The Warped World of Bodypainting

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, European Bazaar, Festivals, Media, Travel

The guy in the corner of the bar has a gaping headwound. It looks as if someone has only recently removed the axe. Yet even so, he’s chatting happily with his wife – cupping her hand in his – and with two others people at the table. This would probably seem strange under normal circumstances but the fact is that things are going to get a hell of a lot stranger over the course of the next week in this little Austrian town. Our axe-attack victim was no doubt a model for this afternoon’s prosthetics workshop and I’m having my mind blown at the World Bodypainting Festival.

Empires come and go, but your backyard is Forever

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, History, Home, Politics, Society

Once upon a time the world seemed more fluid than it does today. The borders of countries waxed and waned with their fortunes; nations winked into (and then out of) existence in the blink of a historian’s proverbial eye.

Yet these days we look at our maps and such things feel far more fixed. With the exception of an East/West Germany here, and a post-Soviet ‘Stan there, it hardly seems like the borders on our modern globes have changed very much. Yet you would be very wrong to assume so…

The Art of Paul Compton…a few of my favourites

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, Books

It’s an important thing not to throw off our memories of childhood. They remind us that we too were once naive, that we believed in mystery and a world less bound by cause-and-effect. Anything was possible because we had not been taught the adult lesson of the impossible.

It can be easy to glorify the years of our youth as carefree and frivolous but those years were inherently a very scary time. The world loomed above us on every side, there were monsters under the bed and witches in the woods. Even sleep was as likely to mean sweet dreams as it was the vague shadows of nightmares.

Ball of Light – Life: next right turn

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, Nature, Photography, Society

Have you ever felt like life was something that was happening to you, rather than an opportunity that you are given the responsibility of governing? Felt like a leaf on a river rather than the river itself?

If you’ve ever wondered whether your life can take an abrupt right turn then have a look at this inspirational short film on a local photographer I’ve had the pleasure of meeting recently.

The Forgotten Art of Listening

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, Books, Media, Society

Last night I experienced something that had a more profound effect on me than I would have expected.

For over an hour last night I sat in relative silence, in the middle of a park, surrounded by the silhouettes and quiet shadows of people who, on the most part I assume, were also doing this for the first time.