4 Responses to “Illumination”

  1. 1 O3
    March 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    “The Egyptian Building, designed by Philadelphia architect Thomas S. Steward, was completed in 1845. The building was the first permanent home of the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College (later the Medical College of Virginia). Originally the building housed medical lecture rooms, a dissecting room, an infirmary and hospital beds for medical and surgical cases. The building is constructed from brick, stucco and cast iron.

    The Egyptian Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. It is considered to be the finest example of Egyptian Revival architecture in the United States. The building was restored in 1939 by the architects, Baskerville and Son. At that time the interior of the building was remodeled to carry out the Egyptian style.

    The most significant architectural features of the building are: its battered walls-thinner at the top than at the bottom to give an impression of solidarity and height; the diamond paned windows incorporated without a style break; the columns of reeds bunched together with palm leaf capitals; and the cast iron fence with mummy cases forged by R.W. Barnes of Richmond, Va. The external ornament is the disc of the sun goddess who joins the sun god, Re, in his journey across the sky. The sun disc represents eternity, the serpent represents wisdom and the wings represent spirit.”

  2. March 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    It’s a beautiful spot and I’m glad they’ve started featuring belly-dancing there…….

    • 3 O3
      March 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Well not exactly but a great idea. This is more a tribute to the dawn of spring and better vibes ahead.

      I’m surprised you don’t have a gig with an Oud player, really wonderful sound. All that latin scene you are embedded in is hard to beat though.

      Keep us imformed here, I’ll keep posting!

      • 4 O3
        March 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        Since I heard about Khalima performing in town I’ve tried to photograph her when possible and have been somewhat successful getting some beautiful images. This image was taken at her studio where I had the honor of photographing her not made up.
        It’s hard enough to make women look good with out this challenge and was honored that I was chosen to try. It really gives a clue to her character and love of promoting a dance that is sometimes treated jokingly as a novelty.

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