Geoff Franklin

Posts tagged “Folklore

Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

All civilisations have myths and folklore about twins, some half the whole others good and bad.Its said some villages killed one at birth to give magical powers to the other  twin. #folklorethursday #myths #narrative #storytelling


from a distant land

from a distant land

I am continually asked how long an image takes to build. My usual reply is from a day to a month. This one started some three years ago and i got distracted and its one of six that i have used these cold dark days to finish. Jan 2018

I parked the initial version of the masque section on the main website but it was always my intention to finish it in this way.  London 2018

 

All images on www.geoff-franklin.com and www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog ©Geoff Franklin 2000-2018 No reproduction without permission


6 -a perfect number

6 -a perfect number

In maths 6 is a perfect number. It also occurs in many of the worlds religions . From man being created on the 6th day, to the Buddhist Samsara, the wheel of life where there are 6 spheres of existence . The Christian bible is littered with references to the number 6

In Rome they had 6 Vestal Virgins. Girls chosen from noble birth to be charged with keeping the soul of Rome. This meant keeping an everlasting fire alight. Should it go out would mean bad omens for Rome and its armies.

The goddess Vesta was the goddess of fire. Vestals were chosen from the age of 6six and were married to the city of Rome.  To break from their virgin vow meant death. In 114 BC the Vestal Marcia took a lover. As punishment she was condemned to death and buried alive


Transformation of the plural souls

Transformation of the plural souls

Transformation of the plural souls.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2017


Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Ghosts of the Marsh, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch from the series Brightling to Dymchurch

 

Other from the series  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/wishing-tree-of-winchelsea/

 


Waiting out Time

Waiting out Time

Waiting out time on Mount Oylmpus

The summit of Mount Olympus, stands the meeting place of the gods. The mountain in northern Greece was said to be where the gods and goddesses built their palaces. Any of the gods could live on the great mountain summit, but no human was ever allowed there under any conditions.

The image was made with a different sampling technique. The source was shot for a rotating gif.

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

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Four Corner Riddle

Four Corner Riddle

Four Corner Riddle : On the High Road To Rye.

Last in the series From Brightling to Dymchurch

Many but not all have been posted on the blog. I shell be loading them onto the website in the near future.

Others from the series can be seen:  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/wishing-tree-of-winchelsea/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

all images ©Geoff Franklin 2016/2017

 


The Storyteller

The Storyteller

The Storyteller.

One of the great experiences in life is sat around a camp fire in the woods telling stories, the scarier the better. There is always ambient noises of nature all around to add to the atmosphere, the vulnerability of your back to the darkness with someone weaving a tale into your imagination.


The Dymchurch Smuggler

The Dymchurch Smuggler

“From Brightling to Dymchurch”

“Remember to Forget” – The Dymchurch Smuggler

When I was a young lad my father took me to the cinema to see Disneys Sword in the Stone, which was great, but what caught my imagination was the ‘B’ movie. It was Patrick McGoohan in Dr Syn Alias The Scarecrow. It was about smugglers on Romney Marsh. I thought it was brilliant, even more so as we went on holiday there and my brother and I could act out the roles of the smugglers in the sand dunes of Camber.

Although Dr Syn was a fictional character created by the author Russell Thorndike. The story was  inspired by historical smuggling that was rife on the south coast. Gangs such as the Hawkhurst Gang  frequented the Mermaid Inn in Rye once the centre of smuggling on the marsh.

The whole of this part of the coast in the South East of England is full of stories of Brandy and Wool smuggling from the 18th Century.

I used to read the Thorndike books of the adventures of Dr Syn of Dymchurch, as a pirate in the Americas and as the Scarecrow the smuggler on the marsh. Far better than Robin Hood.