Colors

by Fruzsina Benyei-Anirudhan

 

With black pen

I write red thoughts

In a gray notebook.

I wave blue dreams in a cruel

Dark brown world.

I’ve long lost my rose-colored glasses.

Have always seen people’s true

Color spectrum.

In the chosen one’s

Milk white fog, I am

Doomed to eternal solitude by

The purple sages. Only my

Bourbon thoughts, loyal

Green friends, and pale

Beige hope sustain me in my

Orange life.

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The Savages

by Fruzsina Bényei-Anirudhan

 

I did it again,

I have become their  bloody prey.

I’m slowly getting used to how the

Savages

Approach,

Chase, and

Overbear me.

 

My pleading eyes stare at the distant nothingness.

I have become their struggling snack.

A being easily replaceable, who the

Firece savages

Snatch,

Drag and throw away.

 

Sharp teeth dig deep in,

My still throbbing body.

I am already unconscious, the

Frenzied predators

Toy with me

Pin me down, and

Tear me into a thousand pieces.

 

I am dying an agonizingly slow death, leaving a bitter

Taste in their mouth.

I’m still alive, but soon will be gone.

With a wide malicious grin, the barbarous

Savages feed on me.

Munching approvingly.

 

Bending over a me a red-brown

Pair of eyes. With the most tender look that

Calms me down. But it is still him who finishes that the

Other savages

Have begun.

His eternal kiss of death takes

My meaningless life.

Ryohei Hase - The Chase

Tokyo based artist Ryohei Hase latest creation comes in the form of an album cover, for the Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel. Hase created an intricate and finely detailed illustration to represent the hit song on the album titled Chase, where he shows a half-man-half-wolf desperately embracing an ethereal woman. Hase is a multidisciplinary artist, his work has been featured globally in magazines, websites, advertisements, CD covers, and video games.

I Am Amélie Poulain…

Well maybe not all the way and not in each and every aspect, but we definitely have a shared liking of little things and a resemblance in being able to notice these little things.87116574012324026_US1goaK7_b

“I like to look for things no one else catches.” Amélie Poulain

Amélie, the movie, is a celebration of details and small pleasures. They are sprinkled throughout the narrative like potent seasoning. They make up the common thread that weaves the story’s characters together in a single tapestry. Upon first encountering a character they are defined by the narrator in terms of their likes and dislikes, which is followed by a captivating, unpredictable list. The kind that makes you the target of a random smile in search of a face, directed at some ineffable delight. A list that is brief, particular and wonderfully distinctive. Do you remember too???

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“On the other hand, she enjoys all sorts of little pleasures, putting her hand in a bag of seeds, piercing the crust of crème brûlée with the tip of a spoon, and plays ducks and drakes on the Saint-Martin-Canal.

Amelie - Audrey Tautou As Amelie Poulain Innocent N Naive Girl

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Sometimes, Amélie goes to the movies. ‘I like to turn around in the dark to see the faces of the people around. And I also like to spot the little detail nobody will ever see. But I hate the way drivers never look at the road in old American movies.”

The world of little things can pull you into its orbit as easily as a dust buster would a speck of dust. It’s likely to reprogram you to read far more into things than you thought yourself capable of, by surrendering the reins of life to imagination. As John Guare wrote in Six Degrees of Separation, “I believe the imagination is the passport that we create to help take us into the real world. I believe that imagination is merely another phrase for what is most uniquely us. “

This got me thinking about those odd little things that I like and dislike. I did not want to focus on general annoyances and irritations (of which I have a lot), but instead wanted to figure out some particularly unique things that get to me in either a positive or a negative way. So here it goes Amélie Poulain style:

“Fruzsina is a hopeful writer, a tamer of cats, and an acrobat of endless ideas, who dreams her way through life with eyes open wide.  She vehemently dislikes price stickers that are not easy to remove, when people lean against a subway car pole as if it were private property, and to see strands of hair on or hanging from people’s clothes. She likes to dig her toes into warm beach sand and when a few notes in a song give you goose bumps that make all hairs stand on your arms. She likes to imagine a soundtrack playing while he walks down the street and noticing spelling mistakes in all possible form of print that has slipped through the scrutinizing gaze of copy editors and proofreaders.”

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Budapest Time Lapse

I come from the breathtakingly beautiful capital of a country full of potential, natural and built splendor. Budapest is the city that is deeply embedded in my chromosomes and imprinted on my soul for all eternity.

This time lapse by Peter Dancso clearly shows that my problem with Hungary in general has never been and will never be of geographic or topographic origin, but rather the unfortunate coexistence of certain circumstances in this otherwise spectacular country…

Christmas – That Magic Blanket…

Christmas is that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. – Augusta E. Rundel

Christmas CardI wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas!

Ammamma – Grandmother

Ammamma is everyone’s grandmother – the oldest living female member of the family. Just look at her face, those wonderful wrinkles of time, age, and wisdom…

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I took this photo last May at a pooja (a religious ritual performed by Hindus) in Edathua, Kerala, India last May. My husband is Indian and his family is from Kerala in the south of India. The pooja was held for all members of the family who passed away and to purify the living of the lingering negative energy of the deceased.

Ammamma is an amazing woman. Three years ago, when we got married in Kerala (with almost 400 people at our wedding—more about this in a later post :), she accepted me in the family with and open heart, no questions asked and without any reservations. This was not an obvious thing for every single member of the family as my flaws as an ideal bride were only multiplied by the fact that not only am I not South Indian, but I am neither North Indian, or Indian for that matter…

She is 87 years old. Look at her eyes, her hair, her face, her hands. Think of all the things she has seen and lived through. We don’t speak the same language, we do not have the same religion, we do not have the same background, I am almost 60 years her junior, and I want to hear everything she knows and has to say.

Serenity Is a Soft Blanket of Mist…

Today is one of those days, when I get that gut-wrenching longing to be back in my beloved Hong Kong even if only for a day to recharge my depleted inner batteries… (After having spent four years in Hong Kong it has left a void in my mind and heart that I am still hopelessly trying to fill.) This is one of my favorite spots in Hong Kong – Nan Lian Garden next to Chi Lin Nunnery. Both the stunning public garden and the nunnery were designed and renovated in Tang dynasty style.

The Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The Garden is a tranquil haven midst Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods.
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But most of all, Nan Lian Garden to me is a place of utmost bliss and complete relaxation. I know that the soothing sounds of Chinese flute come from strategically placed concealed loudspeakers. That even the mist and fog that floats above

the pond and coils around the tree trunks is artificial. But if you sit on one of the benches here, close your eyes, still your breathing, the rumbling noise of mad traffic will ebb away, and you can hear the universe as clear as droplets falling from a faulty tap in a still and quiet apartment… This is Nan Lian Garden to me, my safe and calm place…
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Cinemagraphs – Wonderful Living Moments Captured in a Still Shot

“A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.” Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW (New York Fashion Week) that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. These living moments captured in a still shot are more than photographs but not quite videos.

Beck and Burg named the process “Cinemagraphs” for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly.

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The Kettle Can Wait – Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

One of Beck and Burg’s first subjects was Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. As in so many of their images, here also NYC is the stunning backdrop.

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Coco Rocha – Balcony – Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

These evoke memories of pin-up girls from the 1940s and 1950s.

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Beck and Burg’s love and passion for this complex, crazy, restless, wonderful city is palpable in the following few images. It is a place always on the move, with daily little miracles happening around you.

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30 Rock Viewing – Beck and Burg

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Newspaper Subway – Beck and Burg

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Hot Dog – Beck and Burg

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Cab Window – Beck and Burg

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Fountain – Beck and Burg

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Barber Shop Pole – Beck and Burg

NYFW would not be what it is without Anna Wintour, the English-born Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, who has become and institution throughout the fashion world.

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Anna Wintour – Beck and Burg

Just look at the reflection of her dangling leg in the mirror… Purely amazing… 🙂

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Coco Rocha Desk – Beck and Burg

It’s somewhere between a photo and a video, a piece of artwork that seeks to perfectly capture a fleeting moment in time. Just like this one. A few seconds of motionless passing time captured for eternity.

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A Moment in Time – Beck and Burg

“I was shooting a building to make a cinemagraph one day, and nothing moved. I thought, well this is dumb, but then the light changed, a bird flew by, and I realized that everything is alive. I just had to start training my eye. I had to start visualizing cinemagraphs.” Jamie Beck

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30 Rock – Beck and Burg

And the last one for today. To be honest, although I have an infinite passion for photography, sometimes I feel something is missing. You capture the moment, but it is merely a snapshot of the moment that often fails to reflect the whole experience and meaning of that moment. A video would be too invasive and could ruin “the moment”. A cinemagraph is the perfect combination of the two. It raises the ordinary to extraordinary in the split of a second. Oh my… I can almost smell the sea, feel the wind in my hair, and the sun on my skin.

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Have a wonderful evening,

F

Hello world!

Hmmm…. Let’s see.

First of all, welcome to my blog Desert Monsoon Dubai a place for all things exceptional, extraordinary, and breathtakingly beautiful.

This place came to existence to find beauty and inspiration every day. We live in a world where it is far too easy to get caught up and not slow down and smell the roses, brewing coffee, summer rain, fresh linen on a summer afternoon, or your mom’s mouth-watering cookies that just came out from the oven.

I dedicate this place to all things beautiful that make it worthwhile getting up from your cozy bed on a dark, damp November morning. There is of course nothing wrong with curling up on the sofa or your bed under a soft blanket on the above mentioned morning, but if you climb out of that bed and tear yourself away from the magic spell off your sofa, you could experience small miracles everyday. I am on a mission to find these for my own and hopefully your enjoyment.

You will find here everything performing and picturing art, creativity, cooking, music, literature, architecture, life…in general everything that keeps me going on those dull and numbing days when I ask myself what’s the point of it all…

To end the first post and kick off my trip of (self) discovery, I’d like to share a favorite of mine. 

Have fun, enjoy life, and keep your eyes open…every day…always…

Love,

F

Ps: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”             Walter Hagen