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[PHOTO] Late winter blue (#dlws)

Late winter blue #toronto #clear #blue #winter #sky #dlws #derekjarman

Today was a beautiful day.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 15, 2020 at 11:00 pm

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[PHOTO] Afternoon sky a perfect Derek Jarman blue, north up Yonge

The sky that I could see above me at Yonge and Eglinton Saturday afternoon was the most perfect blue I could imagine.

Afternoon sky a perfect Derek Jarman blue, north up Yonge #toronto #yongeandeglinton #yongestreet #derekjarman #blue #sky #afternoon #dlws

Written by Randy McDonald

March 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

[OBSCURA] Yves Klein, “Monochrome bleu sans titre (IKB 81)”

For his birthday, Facebook’s Fabrice issued his readers a familiar challenge: “L’idée est simple et belle : occuper l’espace de Facebook avec de l’art et briser la monotonie de l’actualité politique, des selfies et du food porn.

Celui ou celle qui “aime/Like” ce statut se verra attribuer un artiste et publiera, s’il/elle le souhaite, une de ses œuvres accompagnée de ce texte sur son mur.”

I liked his post, and I was given Yves Klein. I picked his 1957 canvas Monochrome bleu sans titre (IKB 81). Blue is my favourite colour, and so was Klein’s–he even invented a shade of blue all his own, the ultramarine-dominated International Klein Blue. That this blue directly inspired Derek Jarman’s Blue is an added plus.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Blue Sky

Blue sky #toronto #blue ##

Written by Randy McDonald

July 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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[PHOTO] On a sky that was a Derek Jarman blue

Yesterday was a glorious spring day in Toronto. I was out early in the morning to do my laundry, and was walking around my neighbourhood. The warmth was glorious, as was the return of life, but the sky stood out. It was perfect, cloudless, what I called on Instagram and Twitter a “Derek Jarman blue”.

Sky of Derek Jarman blue #toronto #dlws #weather #spring #blue #derekjarman #Derek Jarman’s last film was the 1993 Blue, completed as he was dying of HIV/AIDS. Visually, the film was a constant blue, “International Klein Blue”, a manifestation on film the deterioration of filmmaker Jarman’s sight worn away by cytomegalovirus.

The words, spoken by actors including Jarman himself and the later-famous Tilda Swinton, are beautiful poetry, preserved at the website of the Queer Cultural Centre.

Blue Bottle buzzing
Lazy days
The sky blue butterfly
Sways on the cornflower
Lost in the warmth
Of the blue heat haze
Singing the blues
Quiet and slowly

Blue of my heart
Blue of my dreams
Slow blue love
Of delphinium days

Blue is the universal love in which man bathes – it is the terrestrial paradise.

Jarman has appeared on A Bit More Detail before: he manifested in a 2006 post looking at a poetic passage from Terry Eagleton’s script for Jarman’s Wittgenstein; a 2009 celebration of the video for Annie Lennox’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”, to which he contributed; a somewhat silly 2010 meditation on a photo that did not quite turn out; a <ahref=”https://abitmoredetail.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/photo-purchased-at-word-on-the-street-toronto/”&gt;2014 celebration of a Derek Jarman biography I bought at Word on the Street. (The Ke$ha book also photographed there was extra, free.)

I like the poetry of Jarman, his art. His life is also a wonderful example of struggle and survival despite everything. Yesterday morning, his blue mattered particularly to me. It was a hard winter, and I’m glad to be rid of it, and more glad to have proof of it.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

[PHOTO] Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

I got the Derek Jarman book for $C5 from the Glad Day booth. The Ke$ha book came free.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

[PHOTO] “23530008”

A goodly chunk of the pictures I’d taken on disposable cameras six, seven years ago developed wonderfully. Some didn’t develop at all. One developed interestingly.


Grey, perfect grey. Entropy won out, here; unlike some of the other, partial, photos, I can’t imagine any way that the image I’d snapped–I’m sure, based on the number of this batch of photos, that it was a picture of something in Charlottetown in 2003–could possibly be reconstructed. So: grey.

The homogeneous colour reminded me of Derek Jarman’s final film Blue.

Presumptuous? Of course. And yet, at the end–Blue‘s end, his career’s end, his life’s end–the narration made a lovely point.

Our name will be forgotten
In time
No one will remember our work
Our life will pass like the traces of a cloud
And be scattered like
Mist that is chased by the
Rays of the sun
For our time is the passing of a shadow
And our lives will run like
Sparks through the stubble.

Blue is still a statement; so is grey.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

[MUSIC] Annie Lennox, “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”

Annie Lennox’s cover of the Cole Porter song “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”, taken from the 1990 AIDS fundraising album Red Hot and Blue, is perhaps her most beautiful song.

The sound of her full voice against the sparse piano and Paris cafe accordion sends chills down my spine.

The music video is also interesting, filmed by Ed Lachman. Iconic British director Derek Jarman was originally slated to direct, but his HIV/AIDS-related illness forced him to withdraw, but not before contributing the home movies shown in the music video, old movies of him and his family, taken by his father. Lennox later performed the song in a cameo in Jarman’s 1991 movie Edward II.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2009 at 10:53 am