The Swiss photographer Cyril Porchet we discover this impressive series of altars of baroque churches in Spain, Austria and Germany. Excessive detail makes disappear all sense of perspective and depth. Each altar is unique, with their symbols and mystical representations.
Oil on canvas, previously attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779;
Dido Elizabeth Belle is depicted here with her cousin Elizabeth Murray. This painting scandalised many of it’s 18th century audience due to its portrayal of Belle, a woman of colour, in a non-subservient position. Considered to be one of the first paintings to do so, it was probably commissioned by Belle’s father Admiral Sir John Lindsay in the late 1770’s.
Bran’s dream | A Game of Thrones, Chapter 17
❝He lifted his eyes and saw clear across the narrow sea, to the Free Cities and the green Dothraki sea and beyond, to Vaes Dothrak under its mountain, to the fabled lands of the Jade Sea, to Asshai by the Shadow, where dragons stirred beneath the sunrise. Finally he looked north. He saw the Wall shining like blue crystal, and his bastard brother Jon sleeping alone in a cold bed, his skin growing pale and hard as the memory of all warmth fled from him. And he looked past the Wall, past endless forests cloaked in snow, past the frozen shore and the great blue-white rivers of ice and the dead plains where nothing grew or lived. North and north and north he looked, to the curtain of light at the end of the world, and then beyond that curtain. He looked deep into the heart of winter, and then he cried out, afraid, and the heat of his tears burned on his cheeks.❞
"Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised."
I’ve been ruminating on where I fall on the aromantic spectrum.
When I view my past relationships through the lense of aromanticism, they make a lot more sense. They have all ended because I felt coddled and squicked by overt romantic affection.
Petnames kind of make my stomach turn, but I love nicknames. PDA makes me very uncomfortable, but I’m very comfortable being tactile and cuddly with my friends. Friendship has always been my first priority in any relationship. I do like being in “girlfriend”-ish relationships, but it is really hard finding one that fits.
I wonder how my aromanticism will factor into some of my future goals. I’ve always wanted to plan a small family. In my pipe dream, I have a coparenting sexual friendship (with Aubrey Plaza), two kids, and a dog.
Also, who knows. I might just find mainstream ways of showing romantic affection to be controlling and creepy. It might just be the petnames and PDA. However, I just feel like its not that simple.