Noilly Prattle: September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Dysfunctionals

The view from the Dark Side

(He said, she said), WHO WON?

     It’s sort of a moot point in a way. Watching the 

Donald and Hillary in the first presidential “debate” 

(he just wants to do business, any business; she 

wants to take everybody who doesn’t agree with her 

out) was like watching a dysfunctional couple fighting

over their dysfunctional marriage--a pretty apt 

metaphor for this whole campaign circus.

     Looks like the American people are likely to be 

the losers.

The Dysfunctionals

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Deplorables

The Pot and the Kettle 

race for the White House

    One of these “deplorables” could be the next POTUS; 


old friends who seem to know each other only too well

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Peopled Spaces (2)

    A continuation of Peopled Spaces (1); all photos [except the "airplane artist"] shot in Bali, Indonesia in the Summer of 2016.

tourists at Tanah Lot Temple, Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

A Hindu holy man blesses the musicians
before a traditional dance performance 
woman appears to be taking
selfies with two cameras

Birds of a Feather

cooling off in the water palace gardens

helping an ailing old woman in the Sacred Spring of Tirta Empul Temple, Tampaksiring, Bali

village artist - Thengahnan, Bali

airplane artist - 37,000 ft.
over the South China Sea

trading cards -
Thengahnan, Bali

brave young women holding a constrictor
snake, and screaming a lot

 doing laps and cooling off - Ubud, Bali

timeless - an old woman walking by an old bridge 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Peopled Spaces (1)

         In the previous post I linked an article discussing how people react psychologically to visual spaces. Although the article title is  ”Why Do We Love Images Of Emptiness?”, the author, Katharine Schwab, points out that if there are people in the picture, the human eye automatically zeroes in on the people while the rest of the image may be overlooked. So I purposefully posted only images of “Empty Spaces”, landscapes and seascapes, in that post.
        I do, however, also like to take pictures of people, especially ones that are not posed. To contrast my “Empty Spaces” I have posted here only images with people in them. You can test Ms. Schwab’s hypothesis by monitoring your own reaction to the peopled images by following the movements of your own eyes. 

traffic jam in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

good way to retain a straight posture,
Ubud, Bali

roasting Kopi Luwak by hand

sunset glow, Tanah Lot, Bali

two Balinese dancers, Ubud, Bali

man selling coconut milk in the
Tagalalang rice terraces, Bali

Hindu temple festival, Lake Bratan, Bali

threshing rice grains by hand in the traditional way -
Ubud countryside, Bali
morning offerings of flowers and food just
about everywhere - a blessing, Ubud, Bali

restaurant owning couple relaxing
before dinner opening, Ubud, Bali

couple silhouetted at sunset, Candidasa, Bali

future traditional Balinese music musicians

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Empty Spaces

Article: Why do we love empty images?

     The following images are without the distracting influence of people within the frame. They are, essentially, images of empty spaces with the shadows or ghosts of humans who may have had an impact on them. 

Excerpts from the linked article:

      "In a sense, once people are in a shot, we can’t really ‘see’ the place for what it is," says architect Ann Sussman . "Our brain, because of its evolution, will not let us do this."

       Sussman and the writer Janice M. Ward set up a pilot study at Boston's Institute for Human-Centered Design that aimed to better understand how people mentally process the world around them. They found that perception is innately "humancentric": When tracking the eye movements of subjects looking at one image of Boston City Hall and its surrounding plaza, they found that people spent more than half of the time allotted to look at the image examining the other tiny, speck-sized human beings rather than the architecture.