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Photolog: British Museum

Under - My Musings, Photography, Photolog

Royal Lion Hunt bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

‘Photolog’ is a new series of posts with predominant focus on photographs rather than text. I’ll be posting a selection of images from my photographic endeavors that are mostly around travel, nature, landscape and urban photography.

Starting with one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture the British Museum London. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1887… more

Bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

Royal Lion Hunt bas-relief details, Mesopotamian Collection

Roman Sculptures

Crouching Venus, Roman, circa 1st century AD

Crouching Venus, Roman, circa 1st century AD

Parthenon marbles from the Acropolis of Athens – 447 BC

Colossal statue of Ramesses II, the ‘Younger Memnon’ – 1250 BC

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5 minutes of Syria

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography

A glimpse into Syrian life, people and land. An excellent video travelogue by Ruslan Fedotow.

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Richard Mosse and a desire to rewrite traumatic cultural histories

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography

Undoubtedly, some of the best short-films I’ve seen lately came from Richard Mosse. Born and grew up in Ireland he is now based in New York. Mosse studied at Yale, Goldsmiths and the London Consortium. He is driven by an ambivalence toward photography and a desire to revisit and even rewrite traumatic cultural histories.

Cast Lead

Shot in the ruins of Gaza and the West Bank, August 2009. Cast Lead, the IDF codename for the Gaza war of 2009, is a term derived from Haim Nachman Bialik’s Hannukah poem about a game played with a spinning dreidel made of lead.

Cinematography and Editing by Trevor Tweeten. Colorist and Post Production by Jerome Thelia.


In an article written several years ago, Robert Fisk referred to the wreck of a Nazi-allied Vichy French U-Boat which lies beneath the waves off the coast of Beirut. The submarine was called Le Souffleur, and was sunk in 1941 by British destroyers which had followed it up the coast from Palestine.

Souffleur was made in sixteen hours as part of the 98 weeks workshop, Beirut, September 2008.

Theatre of War

Shot in Saddam Hussein’s hilltop palace in the mountains overlooking the River Tigris, Theatre of War is a slow, virtually static video piece redolent of classical history painting. Audio was recorded at the official US military hand-over ceremony at the nearby city of Saniya. A mullah’s prayer for unity among Arabs is spoken, after which the pan-Arab national anthem, Mawtini (My Homeland) is played, emphasizing Arab national solidarity and a pan-Arab territory. Made in Iraq in March 2009.

Cinematography and Editing by Trevor Tweeten. Digital Color and Post Production by Jerome Thelia.

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6 February Share your

‘Sky’ by Philip Bloom

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Photography

Interesting time-lapse short film ‘Sky’ shot on Canon 7D, 5D MK II and Panasonic GF1 in Dubai over five days and nights. This amazing piece of work by Philip Bloom is dedicated to his friend Sky Vassar, who died recently at a tragically young age.