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I will taste no other wine tonight by stefangrosjean
I will taste no other wine tonight
“I have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine tonight.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Gotico Fiorito by stefangrosjean
Gotico Fiorito
The Italian term "Gotico Fiorito" is usually translatet as "flamboyant Gothic" but a more literal translation would be "flowery Gothic". When it comes to Venetian Palaces I like the literal translation much better. Can you see how the top of the windows are decorated with abstractions from flowers? On top we have a row of four-leave flowers seen from above and just below it we have three leaves of a flower seen from the side, all made of heavy stone.
This architectural style emerged probably for the first time on the Palazzo Ducale in Venice but then a lot of architects picked it up, making their own variations. Which one is the most beautiful? Palazzo Ducale? Ca' d'Oro? Palazzo Cavalli? There would be many more to name here, but right now I think the facade of the Palazzo Giovanelli (on the photo above) is one of the most interesting.
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Radiant as the sun by stefangrosjean
Radiant as the sun
"Who was this creature that rose like the dawn, as bewitching as the moon, radiant as the sun, terrible as an army poised for battle?"
~Song of Solomon 6:10

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political-erotical-mystical by stefangrosjean
political-erotical-mystical
"I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum."
~Claes Oldenburg

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Why is death such an important step in the career of an artist? You would think to die is the worst career decision you can make in your life but for an artist sometimes the opposite is true. Maybe Michael Jackson didn’t actually “choose” to die but it certainly helped his popularity. Before his death he was ridiculed by the media over and over again but ever since people are ready to remember him for what was truly amazing about him: His talent to sing (and dance!) like no one else.

Other examples are Amy Winehouse or Tupac Shakur and their stories show how it basically works: The death of a famous person creates a lot of media coverage which is like a huge advertisement which then leads to more records sold. Of course there are also artists who weren’t famous at all while they were living and only reached fame long after they died. There’s a number of painters who barely sold a painting in their lifetime but now their artworks sell for millions. And then there are artists who don’t get famous after their death but trough their death. The English playwright Sarah Kane is a disturbing example of this. Her play weren’t wildly recognized until she committed suicide at the age of 28 which became her breakthrough. All of a sudden people realized that maybe she had something to say. We seem to expect that a true artist has to suffer which is why suffering can become a way of proofing you’re an artist.

What is it all about? Is only a dead artist a good artist? Once I talked with an unsuccessful musician and after it was late at night and we had a lot of wine he admitted that he always indulges in this fantasy: After his funeral they clean up his apartment and someone discovers all his tapes with his compositions no one ever listened to. And now that he as a living person is out of the way people finally open themselves to his artistic vision and really start to appreciate what he’s done. Later I found out that this fantasy is not uncommon among artists. So here we have yet another case. In this example dying is not so much about getting attention or proofing you suffer enough to be a true artist. It’s more about solving a conflicting roles. To be a citizen and an artist are conflicting roles and as long as you’re alive people will always try to push you into the role of the citizen. One way of doing this is not recognizing your role as an artist. Jesus famously sais in the Bible "a prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home." Maybe this applies for artists too if you replace “his own town and his own home” by “his own life and his own time”. Circling back to the example of Michael Jackson I do believe the artists persona can get in the way of appreciating his artwork – which might be yet another reason why death can be disturbingly an important step in the career of an artist.

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Why is death such an important step in the career of an artist? You would think to die is the worst career decision you can make in your life but for an artist sometimes the opposite is true. Maybe Michael Jackson didn’t actually “choose” to die but it certainly helped his popularity. Before his death he was ridiculed by the media over and over again but ever since people are ready to remember him for what was truly amazing about him: His talent to sing (and dance!) like no one else.

Other examples are Amy Winehouse or Tupac Shakur and their stories show how it basically works: The death of a famous person creates a lot of media coverage which is like a huge advertisement which then leads to more records sold. Of course there are also artists who weren’t famous at all while they were living and only reached fame long after they died. There’s a number of painters who barely sold a painting in their lifetime but now their artworks sell for millions. And then there are artists who don’t get famous after their death but trough their death. The English playwright Sarah Kane is a disturbing example of this. Her play weren’t wildly recognized until she committed suicide at the age of 28 which became her breakthrough. All of a sudden people realized that maybe she had something to say. We seem to expect that a true artist has to suffer which is why suffering can become a way of proofing you’re an artist.

What is it all about? Is only a dead artist a good artist? Once I talked with an unsuccessful musician and after it was late at night and we had a lot of wine he admitted that he always indulges in this fantasy: After his funeral they clean up his apartment and someone discovers all his tapes with his compositions no one ever listened to. And now that he as a living person is out of the way people finally open themselves to his artistic vision and really start to appreciate what he’s done. Later I found out that this fantasy is not uncommon among artists. So here we have yet another case. In this example dying is not so much about getting attention or proofing you suffer enough to be a true artist. It’s more about solving a conflicting roles. To be a citizen and an artist are conflicting roles and as long as you’re alive people will always try to push you into the role of the citizen. One way of doing this is not recognizing your role as an artist. Jesus famously sais in the Bible "a prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home." Maybe this applies for artists too if you replace “his own town and his own home” by “his own life and his own time”. Circling back to the example of Michael Jackson I do believe the artists persona can get in the way of appreciating his artwork – which might be yet another reason why death can be disturbingly an important step in the career of an artist.

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xxEllixx Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So much beautiful photos
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AxlReyko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr... You Are Awesome!!!.
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n3rd-dude Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry this comment comes late. I actually spent three separate nights "wading" through your gallery. Dude, you've got an absolute gift. It's like, if you took a shot of your thumb by accident, you'd make it look professional! I've no idea how you do that but all I can say is, the difficult thing to do about your gallery is to pick something I *don't* like. Now that's real hard! Because every single image speaks for itself. It's quite amazing! Keep up the good work! :D

Edit: Oh yeah, thank you sooooo much for sharing!!!
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RopeFun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your gallery is gorgeous, greetings from Italy!
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DreamerOfExistence Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member
: ) 
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DjKold Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Aside from your awesome skills as a photographer, I noticed a lot of Depeche Mode references - kudos for that as well :D Have a nice day!
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meatmaiden Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Is it alright if I do some studies of your photos, if I credit you? c:
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stefangrosjean Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
sure.
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Like2jest Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist
You are an fabulous artist and should I say, your philosophy is equally beautiful. Thank you for sharing work. I am a new hobbist painter and would love to use a couple of your pieces as inspiration. If I every get the nerve to share them I would of course reference your work. Would this be okay?
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