A click of the shutter is only what pauses the physical ephemeral world around us. To show the world what we just saw, is incredible! Perhaps, a photograph so powerful that it could change the world, make the viewer stop for a while and think; travel back in time to re-live it or push it forward in time to bring a change or just stay still in time to admire it. These 10 photographs simply steal the show.
1. The One when the World became a small place
Starting off with a mere 120 feet coverage, 20 feet off the ground, the Wright brothers changed the course of history with the first ever successful flight in December 1903. As we now live the Wright brothers’ dream, all it takes is a ticket to go out and venture into the world.
Captured by the photographer John Thomas Daniels, this was the only photo that stood out of all the blurry pictures taken because he couldn’t squeeze the bulb that triggered the shutter as he stood there in awe and bewilderment that man has successfully realized how to “fly”!
2. The One that created fear thereafter.
Days after the twin towers were brought down, a cloud of dust silhouetted its powerful presence as a remembrance of September 11, 2001; a day satiated with horrors and heroism. Does it end there? No. Its reactions sprouted gruesome wars in the middle east creating colossal amount of refugees and countries that are now nothing but just rubble stained with blood.
3. The One where it took a Princess to teach us that it’s okay to touch them
It is true that Princess Diana reigned the hearts of multitudes. A rare photograph, yet incredibly touching, of Princess Diana making a courageous move to shake hands with people suffering from AIDS. So powerful was this picture that it changed the concrete mindset of world that considered patients with AIDS, untouchables. Her gesture showed that there should be nothing stopping us from showing love to people who are suffering and are closer to their end.
4. The One With the comical pose of the genius!
Taken in 1951, right after his 72nd birthday party, exhausted Sir Albert Einstein was requested to smile for one last photograph before he called it a night. He stuck his tongue out! An iconic picture of a legendary scientist. His theories are unfathomable and baffles us all still today.
5. The One With our home away from home.
We could get used to seeing the sun rise right out of the window, or climb up altitudes to get the perfect viewpoint of the sun rise or maybe even roll up the shutters while flying to catch a glimpse of the first rays. But how often is it that we get to our earth rise? Clicked by the astronauts of the first manned Apollo mission to the lunar orbit, this picture captures the tranquility of our beautiful planet against the pitch black ocean of the endless space beyond.
6. The One where neither your children nor the sky are the limits!
This working mother decided to “drive” away into the space! Being a role model to many women and mothers, superbly determined Anna Lee Fisher was among the first women astronauts working for NASA in 1978 and then again in 1984, when she boarded on the space shuttle discovery being the first mother in space.
7. The One that showed the ultimate miracle
Lennart Nilsson, photographer who changed the way of looking through the lens. In 1965, using his background as a scientist, he devised the miraculous endoscopes to photograph human blood vessels. Famously captioned as ‘how life begins’, his photograph religiously justifies the marvel of how human life is created.
8. The One when we become ashamed of our race.
Nature’s fury is inevitable. It lashes onto us taking away many. But we start to realise how benign it is, the moment we compare it to the fury of man. Perhaps, his greed? This famous photograph was taken during the ravaging seal hunting season in Canada. Taken just before a baby seal was ruthlessly beaten to its death in the presence of its mother. Killing seals for its fur is still legal in parts of Canada, although after repeated protests, the hunting of baby seals have been forbidden.
9. The One that restores faith.
There is still the shining ray of hope through the cracks of humanity. Care worker Anja Ringgren Loven found a malnourished ,scrawny toddler in the streets of Nigeria, shunned by the neighbourhood and called a ‘witch’. Knowing that the toddler wouldn’t survive another day if left on the streets, Anja rescued him. Following which, he has recovered to a healthy little boy!
10. The One Where we should change our camera because it looks like a gun!
Treated unfairly, their childhood is snatched away. Adi, a traumatized girl living in the rubble of the war torn Syria mistook the long lens of the camera for a gun, raises her hands and is seen as whimpering in the picture. The world has changed. But we are not sure if it is still a better place for everyone alike.
If you do not have the habit of reading, you probably wouldn’t know that incredible feeling of getting lost in the pages of a good book. The experience of an avid reader upon a good book is far reaching. The ability to create a virtual world based on one’s imagination skills is priceless! Its crazy how one can travel to places no one has ever been to, beyond all boundaries, defining new spaces and beautiful destinations;creating one’s own version of the world. However, the exploration is highly dependent on the kind of book. Cheers to those authors who let us paint a beautiful world out there. written by: Aysha Zehra
“Do you write?” I’ve been asked, innumerable number of times and all I’d say is “I don’t really know”. It’s true, I don’t know because nobody has ever read a piece of my writing. Was I not confident to let anyone read? I guess so, I never had the courage to show my writings to the world. I wrote only to get the burden off of mind. My words were a medium for me to vent out my anger or my rebellious thoughts. Then one day, I happened to read an article that said write for the world because there may be several hundred out there going through the very same phase in life, just like you. Sometimes, it’s good to know you are not alone in the journey. Man up and write for the world.. Just like I did. My first piece of writing…. For people who are reluctant to show to the world their life in words. WRITE.
A remarkable piece of art by the great Leonardo Da Vinci that has inspired artists since its inception!
Ever wondered what it was all about ?
Well, according to sources it is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo! The model, Lisa del Giocondo, was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany, and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. The painting is thought to have been commissioned for their new home, and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea. This very painting that has lived for over 500 years is an ideal example of the life of one’s creativity! Its pretty ironic, how the painter or the lady who was painted or for whom it was actually painted are all ghosts of the past and yet the essence of the painting lives on kindling a few other trillion hearts maybe!
Art speaks a universal language. It breaks all barriers and touches you in a way like never before. One such form of art that screams out loud without really making a sound, is Graffiti art.
Graffiti’s are generally writings or drawings found on walls and they can range from a few words to elaborate paintings or sketches.This vibrant form of expression is considered illicit in many places as it is used to present views on political and social issues. But we consider it as a form of expression!
The weapons of new age graffiti include spray cans and markers.”New Age” because graffiti is an ancient art form that has evolved and become the colorful impression the aerosol sprays create today. Surprising isn’t it? Yes. Graffiti has been around since time immemorial.
The first form of modern graffiti can be found in the ancient Greek city called Ephesus (Present day Turkey). The symbolism is that of a heart or a palm, a footprint and a number. The folklore has it that these images depict prostitution or a brothel near by. You can find ancient forms of graffiti in the ruins of the ancient roman empire, Saudi Arabia and even Egypt.
These ancient forms of historical depiction carved onto walls and on age old surfaces generally symbolize political inclinations, love declarations, lovers lament and in Pompeii you will be surprised to find latin curses and magic spells too.
Sigiriya in Sri Lanka, has inscriptions and graffitis that date back to the period between the 6th to the 18th century. Yes! That old. If you ever travel to these places, you maybe able to find over 1800 graffiti impressions etched on the walls.
With the dawn rock n roll during the 1960’s, a fan in London took to the walls to spray paint the phrase “Clapton is God” in reference to the guitarist Eric Clapton. This saw the advent of aerosol spray cans! During the late 1970’s, the world saw the rise of hip hop culture. It is said that hip hop culture has had a massive impact on Graffiti works around the world.
Even to this day, these colorful pieces of art has found their space on subways, latrine walls, underside of bridges letting the viewer catch a glimpse of the creator’s mind. You can call them rebels or criminals. But for art lovers they are and will be artists!
Art is everywhere.It inspires everyone.
Nobody creates art. Art is what makes one an artist. It gives rise to, what the world calls an art lover, art enthusiast or sometimes art criminals!
Art inspired us too and it made us what we are today! We are a crazy bunch of art fanatics, devoted to masterpieces and their creators. For the love of creativity and contributing our bit towards the world of art and craft, we present to you “That Semicolon”. A platform to breed artists and spread art. We like to promote, exhibit and share works of art.
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