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"From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academies, That show, contain and nourish all the world.” - William Shakespeare - 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1595) act 4, sc. 3, I
More and more each day we find ourselves entangled inside our smartphone digital screen.
They call it CPA: Continuous Partial Attention.
That means that we are all paying simultaneous attention to a number of sources of incoming information, but at a very superficial level.
Smartphone and Social Networks take us somewhere else from where we are and to someone else from who we are with; so we lose sense of time, place and priority. We end up being nowhere alone.
Scientists say that 84% of human communication is unspoken. This is called Semiotics: the study of signs and symbols. In particular, Linguistic and Cultural semiotics investigates sign systems and modes of representation humans use to convey feelings, thoughts, ideas, and ideologies as they communicate. Symbols are better observed in art, literature, anthropology, sociology, and mass media. Semiotic analysis looks for cultural and psychological patterns that underlie language, art, and other expressions. In ancient Greece, Prodicus, then Plato and Aristotle recognized the instrumental nature of the linguistic sign. Then Augustine of Hippo elaborated the role of signs in human learning. Roger Bacon in his De Signis (1267), described the relationship between a sign, its object of reference, and the human interpreter.
Then F. de Saussure explained how all elements of language are part of a larger system of language, called semiology. Peirce studied logical reasoning, different categories of signs and the manner by which humans extract meaning from them.
Umberto Eco in his A Theory of Semiotics jokingly suggests that semiotics is a discipline for "studying everything which can be used in order to lie" 1976. So let’s take the time to look in the eyes of the person we are talking with. There are many more words that those we actually dare to say. 👁Music 🎶 #thedrunkenboat by #wordsoundpool by #freemusicarchive
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3. at CROSS+STUDIO Milano
"All great and precious things are lonely."
John Steinbeck -East of Eden
There was a time in my life when I was not happy when I was alone.
It took me many years and quite a bit of sadness to realize that one’s happiness shall not depend on anybody else. On the contrary, solitude is the real cradle of creative work.
Today in Paris everybody, myself included, is super busy mingling with perfect strangers, pretending to love all sorts of weird or awkward looking piece of clothing presented on the catwalk by the giant designer name brands. Don’t get me wrong: there really are some amazing creations and cool not mainstream ideas. But there are also some items who make you wonder why anyone on earth would ever wanna wear them. I guess journalists, bloggers and VIPs don’t want to feel alone, blowing the whistle. So they pretend: yet everyone’s is alone as well. Alone in the crowd.
So today’s post goes against the flow.
No fancy runways, no congregated multitude of iPhone witnessing fashion fans.
Today post features only one person.
She doesn’t WEAR fashion; she MAKES fashion come alive through her body, her movement, her class, her attitude, her elegance.
In a way the creativity required to invent and execute dance, spreads out allowing fashion to transcend fabrics and stitching, and become living and breathing matter.
If you wondered why nowadays dancers are more and more called upon as fashion testimonials, it’s because they spend a lot of time alone. Rehearsing. Repeating. Looking deeply in their own souls. Finding new energy and courage and passion and willpower. They accept to represent the concept of art, and to be seen in all their vulnerability, and loneliness and fragility. They are not only amazing #humans and #women: they become #muses.
🙏@petraconti @marieagnesgillot @deborah_gloria_lettieri @mistyonpointe @isabellaboylston @marachok @dusty_button @alealeworld @iana_salenko @melhamrick @katieboren1 @ruby.tear @skylarbrandt @misakuranaga @remy_dancer @kyliesheaxo @dorotheegilbert @federica_capra (who sooner or later will start posting some great stuff 😂) @__melissahamilton and all the countless others who I have no space to mention. at Fashion Week Paris France
“Dive deeper, my Siren, and sing,
All I crave is feeling you within.” ― Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.
Is desire really dangerous? Is passion a misdeed to be avoided at all costs? To the contrary of what old teachers told their students in the past, #Ulysses #sirens are the perfect example of improvement by ambition.
Ulysses knows the stakes but his hunger of knowledge is so burly, that he invents a way to escape death and to accomplish his mission. Once again intelligence and #creativity seem to be the keys to human progress.
A special thank to my dazzlingly beautiful #muse #deborahlettieri also known as #gloriadiparma for playing #siren while being conscious of her own allure and for abstaining from capsizing any passing vessels. 💂🏻♀️🤩😱😂🚢🛳⛵️🌊💃🏻
#crazyhorseparis #crazyhorseparis_official #albertobaracchini #fashion #bikini #thisisitaly #shooting #beach #amalficoast #summertimesadness Thanks also to #grandhoteltritonepraiano for their super location and great hospitality 🙏🔝👍👌
Music 🎶 #waves by #mrprobz cover by #soundcloud
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ at Grand Hotel Tritone Praiano
“THE FLESH COVERS THE BONE
AND THEY PUT A MIND
IN THERE AND
SOMETIMES A SOUL,
AND THE WOMEN BREAK
VASES AGAINST THE WALLS
AND THE MEN DRINK TOO
AND NOBODY FINDS THE
CRAWLING IN AND OUT
THE BONE AND THE
FOR MORE THAN
THERE'S NO CHANCE
WE ARE ALL TRAPPED
BY A SINGULAR
NOBODY EVER FINDS
THE CITY DUMPS FILL
THE JUNKYARDS FILL
THE MADHOUSES FILL
THE HOSPITALS FILL
THE GRAVEYARDS FILL
ALONE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE -
CHARLES BUKOWSKI 📝 - It’s almost impossible to spend time at #chelseahotel in #newyorkcity and not get carried away thinking about the #poems #charlesbukowski wrote while in town. Here is my humble tribute to the #loneliness he so well describes. A special thanks to #tomobedlam for his interpretation 🎤and to #freemusicarchive for the open license archive: a real treasure chest 🎼🎯🏆 #poetry #writing #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #poetsociety #typewriter #emotions #fellings #editorial #fashionphotoshoot #thought #creative #poetryisnotdead #poetryislife #art #spilledink at Hotel Chelsea
"As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become,so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.”
Constantino Kavafis - Ithaka 📙📯
The reason I love collaborating with artists is exactly the very same element that makes working with them so difficult.📌
They have, more or less consciously, fully grasped that in order to convey a deep meaning, to pass a message that is universally comprehensible, they need to dig deep into their own arcane profoundness. 🔍
And to do that, they must accept to become very exposed, absolutely vulnerable. ❣️
In simpler words they need to accept uncertainty, risks, emotional exposure.
But that process, that inner voyage, is a daring and long one. 🙏 Keep reading in the comments... 🙌🏻
#deborahlettieri #albertobaracchini #gloriadiparma #crazyhorseparis #tommassinivirtualfamily at Galley Bay Resort and Spa
“We checked ourselves in the mirror before we left. We were flushed and a little rumpled, but in a good way. We looked vibrant, wild, happy. The hair and the clothes and the makeup made me feel like someone new, but the happy is what made me unrecognizable.” @allielarkinwrites -Why Can't I Be You -. ✒️📚📌📖 Girl meets guy. Girl falls in love. Guy, immature, betrays her. Girl seeks vengeance.Everybody sad. Guy realizes he loves her too. Girl and guy get back together. Everybody happy. They live happily ever after.
In reality women relationships are much more complex that that. Female friendship has been the bedrock of women’s life since the beginning of time. Recent studies found out that women are able to share a sense of intimacy that only comes from the bond of deep friendship. This need to partake their experiences has been a source of strength and comfort upon which they build their daily lives. Women learn from each other, take care of each other, count on each other, in a way that is not yet possible for men according to century-old gender related imprinting. “Friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriages (or partnerships), and help us remember who we really are.” –Gale Berkowitz–
Here is my small tribute to real women friendship @deborah_gloria_lettieri and @ennygmatic share much more that their artistic careers and love for dance on @crazyhorseparis_official stage 💂🏻♀️💂🏻♀️💃🏻👯♀️: they know they can count on each other, always 🎩🙌🏻🔝👍❤️ #allielarkin #womenpower #friendship #femalefriendship #feelingblessed #champagnetaste #crazyhorseparis #crazyhorseparis #forevercrazy #muse
#albertobaracchini #gloriadiparma #deborahlettieri lensed by yours truly @albertobaracchini #galeberkowitz #parisianglamour #paris #tommassinivirtualfamily at Hôtel Costes
“Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires.” William Shakespeare - Macbeth -
Act 1, Scene 4, Page 3
In just a few minutes, the magic will happen again. An Artist, in this case @deborah_gloria_lettieri , will be the link between what is human and what is beyond human grasp.
In ancient Greece Calliope, Clio, Erato, Terpsichore, Urania, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Thalia were called Muses: sort of perfect imperfections, damned souls who sacrificed their divine flawlessness to explain Heavens to mankind.
Nowadays the Muses of Neo-Feminism have much more down to earth names: like @emrata @madonna #astrosamantha @nicolelyonspoetry @bebe_vio @emilysears @elisabettafranchi #aldamerini
They are not ashamed of showing their beautiful bodies, or singing their desires, flying to space, designing dreams, telling their stories.
Women power is finally reaching the point where they stop being concerned with what their are supposed to be, supposed to look like, supposed to feel according to century-old gender-oriented education, and be whatever they want to be! 🔥💥🌟💃🏻💂♂️🧠💋💄💪👠🎓👑😍❤️🌟🍾 #crazyhorseparis @crazyhorseparis_official @teatronuovo_milano @louboutinworld #dddance #tv8it #foxlifeit #albertobaracchini #deborahlettieri #gloriadiparma #forevercrazy #tommassinivirtualfamily at Crazy Horse
“But even now, especially now, it seems to me that women have a strength about them that men never had. And I wonder how did men always get portrayed in the movies and such as the strong ones? How did it come to be that women are made to look like the weak ones who need protectin'? Truth is, it's men who need the protectin'. Really they do. Women have the strong thing inside of them and the can get through anything. They just can. They're used to pain of child birthing - pain no man knows - and some women being battered around and not treated right through all the centuries and having to learn at a real young age how to stay alive on the inside when the outside is being hurt real bad. Most all women know that. But men. Those poor men. They just don't have the inside strength the women do. It's harder for men to feel pain.”
Sarah Felix Burns - Song Over Quiet Lake 💪 Here is my very small tribute to #womenpower 🙌🏻 Time passing gives me a much deeper appreciation of the super human strength women put out each day. Not only physically but also psychologically. Each time I’m in #newyorkcity I try to stop by at @matansmethod to get a class, and I’m always amazed by the gender-free attitude of those classes. In #parma @matteoazzalitraining has the same mindset, and guys and girls train and boxe together. Anyway the most amazing place if you are looking for women power is on @chasejarvis #creativelive in the last few months, people like @elleluna and @susiehervoice opened up for me an amazing insight of WE as #humans #feelingblessed #training #girlspower #albertobaracchini #chasejarvis #boxe #superheroes #photoshoot #amazinghumans #sarahfelixburns at Wellfit Gym
“I don't know if mama was right, that we each have a destiny, or if... if was Lt Dan, that we are all just floating around, accidental, like on a breeze, but I think... I think... maybe... it's both happening at the same time.”
Winston Groom - Forrest Gump
Sometimes professional actors are a bit too posed, too set up, too much at ease with being uncomfortable in front of a camera, and I seem not to be able to get their personality through the lens The character they want to play is perfect. The little spark of truth of their real being is nowhere to be found.
In this case it was different. #fabriziocroci this time put on #diesel jeans, #hilfiger light sweater and we started talking while sipping a cold beer. 🍺 It was just like having found a long lost friend. This is the first #fashionsoot where I had to remember picking up the camera once in a while and shoot some frames. 😁 Great to create cool portraits effortlessly 🙏👍🔝 #art
#fashiondesigner #film #feelingblessed #movie #actor #fashionphotography #albertobaracchini #editorial 😂☺️😅😂 #fashion #menswear #dieseljeans #tommyhilfiger #mynewyorkislove #winstongroom #valerialottimakeup at The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park
“The circus had been unlike anything I could ever imagine and I could not walk away. I wanted to be a part of the magic, create it and wield it with such skill that it looked effortless. I wanted to fly.” -
Laura Lam, Pantomime
#movies #theatre #video #film #videos #actress #cinema #dancer #star #circus #hollywood #performer
#fashion #lookbook #editorial #challenge #instafashion #albertobaracchini #valerialottimakeup at Circo Medrano
“Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way”.
Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. 📕
While cleaning out the house and going through boxes, I stumbled upon a book I red when I was a kid, albeit without actually grasping its content: Alice in Wonderland.
In the very same box I also found a long forgotten VHS camcorder and some still wrapped tapes. 🎥
While I was still smiling at the strange occurrence, I found my old 35mm SRL camera and some expired rolls of film, both bw and color. 📸
Next thing I know, I’m back in pre-digital era, filming dazzling @deborah_gloria_lettieri playing #aliceinwonderland through the #lookingglass at #misencage #paris and creating some amazing #art
#fashiondesigner #heavenlybody #35mm #film #vhs #crazyhorseparis_official #feelingblessed #deborahlettieri #dancer #lafilledo #fashionphotography #albertobaracchini #gloriadiparma #louboutinworld #editorial #forevercrazy feeling sort of #davidhemmings in #blowup movie by #michelangeloantonioni 😂☺️😅😂
#lingeriesexy #fashion #crazyhorseparisforever #dddance #dancedancedanceitalia #tommassinivirtualfamily at Crazy Horse (cabaret)
“Just like any woman, we weave our stories out of our bodies. Some of us through our children, or our art; some do it just by living. It's all the same”. -
Francesca Lia Block - The Island of Excess Love. #shoesaddict #fashionstyle #beauty #parma #fashion #jeans #attitude #quiet #italianstyle #shoeporn #laidback #parmacapitaledellacultura #beautiful #dancer #valentinabuia buia lensed 📸 by #yourstruly #albertobaracchini #editorialfashion at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
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