Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Flowers for Jams

Here is Sapovnela, a short film from 1959 by Georgian director Otar Iosselaini. The now-deleted YouTube page where I first saw this included the following note:
‘Sapovnela’ means ‘the flower that nobody can find.’ We present this film without subtitles (the voiceover was forced on us by the censorship in the Soviet times but the film was banned anyway due to its ending). This was my first attempt at combining music and colors. Also, this is a story about the old florist Mikhail Mamulashvili who created wonderful compositions in his small garden.

- Otar Iosseliani

The first person that came to mind as I watched this was blogger Jams O’Donnell, AKA Shaun Downey, whose own flower photographs I’ve always enjoyed, and so I sent him the link last week as a whispered hello. Today I read the sad and unexpected news that Shaun is gone. He was a humane blogger, a good online friend, and a very nice man in person.

Ní beidh a leithéid arís ann.

Below are some examples of Shaun’s flower photographs recently posted on his blog.

Images copyright © Shaun Downey.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace. My condolences.