The four faces of Time

The Four Faces of Time

The Four Faces of Time

What is behind?

What is behind?

What is behind?

The mystery of an Angel

Gabriel

Gabriel

A couple of days ago I saw this photo of mine on a friend’s wall and it brought me back to the memory of why I took this picture. It was the mystery of the angel’s demeanour : he seemed to be in a different reality, so involved was he in his own ritual.

It was during a yearly festival in La Paz that I chanced upon him with thousands of other dancers.

If you wish to ‘participate’ in the festival of Gran Poder, please view this e-book: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/granpoder/index.html

Mudejar and Azul tiling

Mudejar at its best

Mudejar at its best

It is an overpowering feeling to see such abundance of patterns,  yet there is order in that apparent caos.

Water, Fire and Air

Symbolising the moment of creation

Symbolising the moment of creation

The fiery skies, water, dark and deep, and suspended in Air a symbol of a DNA strand  in the  three-dimensional Möbius triangle , each cube reflecting the whole , each triangle being the whole: Air, Water and Fire, for some the basic elements of creation.

A fanciful connection

Wagner in the middle

Wagner in the middle

As part of my present job at Henry Sotheran Ltd, the longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world (York 1761), I get to design the catalogues. In this particular occasion we had a beautiful collection of engraved books of  Wagner’s operas for the Performing Arts catalogue. A colleague as a challenge said: I dare you include Wagner and the Beatles as a cover design.

I came up with the above design: Siegfried and the iconic representation of the Beatles by Richard Avedon in the form of a postcard.

Gran Poder: a colourful festival

Gran Poder book cover

It is difficult to imagine a cultural event such as the festival represented in this book if one has not previously witnessed a similar  Andean religious/folkloric manifestation. What catches the eye is the abundance of vivid colour as the groups dance their way down from the streets on the hillside  to the commercial centre of the city of La Paz in an organised and relentless fashion, singing to the sound of wind instruments, cymbals and large bass drums. The parade begins early in the morning, at about 6:30 with the votive offering to the Ancestors to end past midnight. There were about 40,000 participants representing 16 types of dances when I witnessed this event.

The origin of the celebration of Jesus of The Great Power dates back to December 8, 1663, with the foundation of the convent of the Immaculate Conception and sister Genoveva Carrión who brought the image of the three-faced Jesus representing the Holy Trinity. Interestingly enough Pope Benedict VI banned this image in the XVIII century.

There is much to be said about this cultural event: the modality of Andean faith,  community spirit, the Ayllu concept, etc. etc.  but perhaps this is not the place to expand.

This e-book can be found at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/granpoder/index.html (the reader might take a little time to load…. please be patient)

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