am sure that many are aware of drag queens through programs like RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, another drag show has truly proven to contain almost every walk of life found under the LGBTQ+ banner. This show is Dragula, which can be found on Netflix. It is about celebrating the more unusual and extreme drag through grueling competition that are often the things of nightmare. At the end of the series, they crown one drag winner.
Photography is more than just a moment captured. The art side of photography is a complex calculation. Photography is about the light setting, subject, focus, and so much more. It may be hard to see if you have never tried your hand at trying to artistically photograph a subject. That is why I think the Netflix Series, Tales by Light, brings the world of photographers to the public.
Leonardo Di Vinci is probably one of the most famous artist that emerged out of the Italian Renaissance. He was fascinated by a variety of academic subjects outside of his artistic pursuit. He traveled all over Italy completing work for some of the most powerful families at the time. People can recognize his unique style on sight. Some can name and describe several of his most famous masterpieces. I personally love his unique style towards painting and pursuing several subjects of study. So when I landed in the city of Milan this summer, I was determined to see one of his most famous pieces of work. This master piece was the Last Supper in the Convent of Santa Maria.
Art is created and displayed all over the world. It is studied in school and celebrated by many. However, it seems like some of the world’s greatest masters come from the Italian Renaissance era. Masters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Micheal Angelo. People study these works, and almost every person on Earth can recognize the styles that were created on sight. Seeing these pieces in person are on people’s bucket list. So when one is in Italy, how can one see many master pieces that rose from this great Italian period? Well, I may have found paradise. A paradise that contains pieces from the Medici Archives, artwork from the greatest religious churches, and pieces created by the greatest artist of their era. Where is this paradise? Let me introduce you to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Venice has the reputation of being a tourist run city especially in the summer. It seems like every year there is a new news report stating the ongoing battle between Venice and the tourism industry. So when I descended into the city of Venice, I was not surprised to see the throngs of tourist. But where were the locals? It seemed like each cobbled street led to more signs of the tourist industry in Venice. It was starting to feel like the Venetian hotel in Vegas, but a hop, skip, and boat ride away I found my piece of local paradise.
I find summer is when I spend the most time listening to music. I spend time flipping through old albums on the long road trips and vacations. Songs I haven’t listen to in awhile become new favorites again, and new discoveries are added to my ever growing playlist. So I decided to share my top 10 songs I am playing this summer.