An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

Friday Photo: Face

May 20, 2016


This week, the WordPress photo challenge takes a look at getting to know people as an artist by studying their Face. This week for the photo challenge, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the faces I’ve come across in my travels.

Many works of art masterfully depict faces to convey a message, an emotion, a brief snapshot of a period in time. I love to stroll through the galleries and piece together the past through the work of the great artists, marveling at their ability to capture so much within their canvas. But for this challenge, I decided to look at some of the faces of folk art and art in public spaces I encountered in Germany.

For me, the great art provides a glimpse of the epoch, the themes that prevail on the larger scale. I find that the art people make, the art that they keep in their homes and erect in their communal spaces, allows you to see the individuals. It shows you how they choose to honor what is most important to them.

As George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, “you use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”

In Pfullendorf, a small town in southern Baden Württemberg we see the faces of the past in the local cemetery.

And in the water park, we see the faces of the future.

In Burglengenfeld, a small town in Bavaria, we find the faces of the people in the local folk art.

And the faces of the community in the public spaces.

And a glimpse into the soul as we view the faces in the Kunstwald.

To find more Faces, head over to The Daily Post challenge – Face

 

 

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Let me take you back in time to a cold midwinter’s eve early in 2011. It is early in our second calendar year living in a small German town in Southern Baden-Württemberg, and we are in the midst of our first pre-Lenten celebration in Germany. It is the last night of Fasching and the witches are jumping over a bonfire. …

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It was a beautiful day, the first day in a week that everyone was healthy and the sun was out. Over the week prior, sick children and foul weather had left us housebound. We were running out of things to do. We were ready to explore. Earlier in the week, I noticed a list of upcoming Easter Markets, …

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One thing you quickly learn about living in Germany, is that there is no shortage of fests. People here celebrate everything. Of course you have Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets, but you also have fests for vegetables, fests for fountains, fests for saints, fests for wursts, fests for seasons, and fests for strong beer just …

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Friday Photo: Achievement

November 21, 2014


This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge is Achievement. My interpretation of this week’s theme takes me back to Baden-Württemberg, to the city of Ulm.

Ulm is home to the Ulmer Münster. This building is a grand Achievement to say the least. Construction on the church began in 1377, and continued until it’s completion in 1890. For a period, it was the tallest building in the world, and to this day it remains the tallest steeple in the world. Many mistakenly refer to the Münster as a cathedral, but it was never the seat of a bishop. Although it was initially built to serve the Roman Catholic Church, as Ulm became Protestant during the reformation, so did the Münster.

One of my Achievements that day was climbing the 768 steps to top of the steeple. It was at times narrow, often steep, and enough to leave you breathless, but it is definitely worth the visit. There are signs to guide you, and many parts of the climb have a separate staircase for ascending and descending visitors – although many people do not heed the signs. The last section, was probably the most nerve-wracking for me. There is one final staircase to the last vantage point. Visitors press themselves against the sides to allow one another passage through the steep narrow stairs. The climb is worth it, the view from above is spectacular. From here, you can see much of the city below you, including the Donau (Danube) River. At that point in my journey in Germany though, the only thing I recognized from above was the IKEA located a slight distance away.

 

There are a lot of attractions in Germany that you won’t find anywhere in the States. I’m not talking about the castles, medieval walled cities, or towering cathedrals. While those are all uniquely European, I am talking about places like Affenberg – Monkey Mountain. Paying it a visit when you are newly arrived in the …

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