Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A White Corner View






The theme of this week's Corner View is white. The first thing that sprung to mind when I thought about this was the Krzytov Kieslowski film Three Colors: White. But, obviously that's been done. So then I started thinking about the significance of white clothes in various parts of the world. In much of the Far East white signifies death and white clothes are worn at funerals whereas in America and Europe, where white signifies purity, it is worn at weddings. In most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, white is worn by men while women wear black. The last country I visited was Qatar so my main photo is from there. The second photo is of a Vietnamese girl in a white ao dai and the third was taken at a parade in Seoul.

Visit the other Corner View bloggers for their take on the colour white.

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38 comments:

  1. Good shots !!! You'll see tomorrow we have some thoughts in common... Kieslowski was in my mind too, but... as you wrote, it's "déjà vu" and "too much" for a french (you know... bleu, blanc, rouge... are colors of my flag !) So... white as a symbol seemed important to me... too ;)

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  3. they are all beautiful but the first one really is outstanding in its simplicity (and in how much it conveys.)

    p.s. you don't have cv newcomers on your list either... sorry, attention-seeking? perhaps. ;)

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  4. these are wonderful! thanks ian! i love the first one. besos! p.s. diva isn´t on your movie list. have you seen it?

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  5. great photo's Ian. Especially the first picture.

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  6. Wonderful photos and interesting post

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  7. Enjoyed your take on white. And I love that I always learn something when I visit your blog !!

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  8. That films! Blue Red and White. I love the music of Blue. The passion of Red and White..was so extrem in feelings in situations...Thanks for reminding.
    Beautiful photos!

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  9. Nice photos ! I really love the woman on her bike !!

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  10. How interesting! I didn't know all that about white clothes! I always thought many wore white over there to tolerate the heat.

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  11. Thanks so much for the fantastic eye candy this morning-beautiful photos! I didn't know that white was used for dealth in other parts of the world. Thanks, and no I am not a big white chocolate fan unless it is paired with dark chocolate.

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  12. Fantastic CV, I absolutely love the second photo! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. It's so interesting how the meaning of color changes over time. Wedding dresses for example should be black a hundred years ago in Sweden.

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  14. How interesting to learn about different cultures. I didn't know any of those things. Thanks for sharing. The pictures are great, too.

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  15. Your photos are beautiful, as always! It is interesting how much meaning people give to color.

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  16. Oh perfect post. That temple shot. wow that boy is involved. great moment.

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  17. Great shots, I like the vietnames girl, so elegant on her bike !!

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  18. great! the third one is super!

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  19. These are terrific! I can't stop looking at the Vietnamese girl. Wow. What is on her face??

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  20. Very interesting post and nice pictures! I didn't know about Arab countries.

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  21. The meaning of white in clothing is an interesting take. Purity, mourning, etc...
    Kieslowski came to my mind as well - love his films :)

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  22. Gosh - it really is a world tour with you! I love all the photos and it is so true about the meaning of colours across the world......and funny how here in the UK we rarely wear white (and those that do probably shouldn't!)

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  23. As always, love your corner view! You always have such a great perspective!

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  24. Ian,
    We are so lucky to see the world through your eyes.
    I also thought of Kieslowski's "White" and mentioned it in my post!

    xo
    -J

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  25. would like to travel with you ;-) happy day and a wonderful week*

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  26. i think we should get the boy in the last picture together with my alpaca - that would be a sweet haircut shot!

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  27. wonderful!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  28. such a great angle on white! actually right here in israel the season brings out a lot of white clothes. it's traditional to wear white clothes on religious holidays, and we just had rosh hashana and yom kippur, and the sukkot holidays are coming up. seeing all the white in the streets and at parties in the kindergartens etc also made me think of the different symbolic meaning and use of white in the world.

    oh, and btw, you are so right: pomegrante juice certainly is the best :)

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  29. Especially love those first two shots! Thanks for your fun & unique view!

    Happy Day, Ian!

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  30. I love the shot of the woman on the bike. All of the fabric looks so soft and comfortable..

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  31. love the photos and the wealth of information. thanks. xoxo

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  32. What an amazing cultural insight into white clothes. In the desert they are mainly worn to protect against the harsh sun. Many thanks for these fantastic photos.

    Greetings from London.

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  33. i love the flowing white, head to toe. it is interesting what it means in each cullture...

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  34. i always feel a bit more educated about the world when i come here. great cultural tidbits - thank you!

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  35. Haha-- great point! It's something to do with people sick inside or something, or maybe an eligible daughter, but don't quote me on that :)

    Don't you LOVE insa-dong in Seoul?!

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