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"From womenโ€™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.โ€ - William Shakespeare - 'Love's Labour's Lost' (1595) act 4, sc. 3, I ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ“• 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 letโ€™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. ๐Ÿ‘Music ๐ŸŽถ #thedrunkenboat by #wordsoundpool by #freemusicarchive creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3. at CROSS+STUDIO Milano

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"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 oneโ€™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. Donโ€™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 donโ€™t want to feel alone, blowing the whistle. So they pretend: yet everyoneโ€™s is alone as well. Alone in the crowd. So todayโ€™s post goes against the flow. No fancy runways, no congregated multitude of iPhone witnessing fashion fans. Today post features only one person. A creative. A dancer. She doesnโ€™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, itโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™@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 ๐Ÿ˜‚) @__melissahamilton and all the countless others who I have no space to mention. at Fashion Week Paris France

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SIRENS ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œDive deeper, my Siren, and sing, All I crave is feeling you within.โ€ โ€• Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series. ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ 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. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿง—๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ 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. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿ“• 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. ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ›ณโ›ต๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป #crazyhorseparis #crazyhorseparis_official #albertobaracchini #fashion #bikini #thisisitaly #shooting #beach #amalficoast #summertimesadness Thanks also to #grandhoteltritonepraiano for their super location and great hospitality ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ Music ๐ŸŽถ #waves by #mrprobz cover by #soundcloud creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ at Grand Hotel Tritone Praiano

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โ€œTHE 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 MUCH AND NOBODY FINDS THE ONE BUT KEEP LOOKING CRAWLING IN AND OUT OF BEDS. FLESH COVERS THE BONE AND THE FLESH SEARCHES FOR MORE THAN FLESH. THERE'S NO CHANCE AT ALL: WE ARE ALL TRAPPED BY A SINGULAR FATE. NOBODY EVER FINDS THE ONE. THE CITY DUMPS FILL THE JUNKYARDS FILL THE MADHOUSES FILL THE HOSPITALS FILL THE GRAVEYARDS FILL NOTHING ELSE FILLS.โ€ - ALONE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE - CHARLES BUKOWSKI ๐Ÿ“ - Itโ€™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 ๐ŸŽคand to #freemusicarchive for the open license archive: a real treasure chest ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ† #poetry #writing #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #poetsociety #typewriter #emotions #fellings #editorial #fashionphotoshoot #thought #creative #poetryisnotdead #poetryislife #art #spilledink at Hotel Chelsea

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"As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, angry Poseidonโ€”donโ€™t be afraid of them: youโ€™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 Poseidonโ€”you wonโ€™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 kindโ€” 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 wonโ€™t have fooled you. Wise as you will have become,so full of experience, you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.โ€ Constantino Kavafis - Ithaka ๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“ฏ The reason I love collaborating with artists is exactly the very same element that makes working with them so difficult.๐Ÿ“Œ 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. ๐Ÿ” And to do that, they must accept to become very exposed, absolutely vulnerable. โฃ๏ธ In simpler words they need to accept uncertainty, risks, emotional exposure. But that process, that inner voyage, is a daring and long one. ๐Ÿ™ Keep reading in the comments... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป #deborahlettieri #albertobaracchini #gloriadiparma #crazyhorseparis #tommassinivirtualfamily at Galley Bay Resort and Spa

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โ€œWe 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.โ€ @allielarkinwrites -Why Can't I Be You -. โœ’๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ“– 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 womenโ€™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. โ€œFriendships 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.โ€ โ€“Gale Berkowitzโ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ: they know they can count on each other, always ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ #allielarkin #womenpower #friendship #femalefriendship #feelingblessed #champagnetaste #crazyhorseparis #crazyhorseparis #forevercrazy #muse #albertobaracchini #gloriadiparma #deborahlettieri lensed by yours truly @albertobaracchini #galeberkowitz #parisianglamour #paris #tommassinivirtualfamily at Hรดtel Costes

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โ€œStars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.โ€ William Shakespeare - Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 4, Page 3 ๐ŸŒŸ 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! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‚โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿพ #crazyhorseparis @crazyhorseparis_official @teatronuovo_milano @louboutinworld #dddance #tv8it #foxlifeit #albertobaracchini #deborahlettieri #gloriadiparma #forevercrazy #tommassinivirtualfamily at Crazy Horse

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โ€œBut 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.โ€ Sarah Felix Burns - Song Over Quiet Lake ๐Ÿ’ช Here is my very small tribute to #womenpower ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 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 Iโ€™m in #newyorkcity I try to stop by at @matansmethod to get a class, and Iโ€™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

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โ€œI 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.โ€ 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. ๐Ÿบ 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. ๐Ÿ˜ Great to create cool portraits effortlessly ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ” #art #fashiondesigner #film #feelingblessed #movie #actor #fashionphotography #albertobaracchini #editorial ๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ #fashion #menswear #dieseljeans #tommyhilfiger #mynewyorkislove #winstongroom #valerialottimakeup at The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

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โ€œThe 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.โ€ - 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

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โ€œAlice 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 wayโ€. Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. ๐Ÿ“• 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. ๐ŸŽฅ 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. ๐Ÿ“ธ Next thing I know, Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ #lingeriesexy #fashion #crazyhorseparisforever #dddance #dancedancedanceitalia #tommassinivirtualfamily at Crazy Horse (cabaret)

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โ€œJust 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 sameโ€. - 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 ๐Ÿ“ธ by #yourstruly #albertobaracchini #editorialfashion at ร‰cole nationale supรฉrieure des Arts Dรฉcoratifs

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