Week 4 – Marilyn Monroe

From last week´s natural scientist and great observer Charles Darwin to this week´s person for our challenge, it may seem a long way- yet it´s just a week. Let´s put our hands together for an actress, a singer, a model and a film producer.

Welcome Norma Jeane

Human being of the week for #SiPgoes53 was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1962. Many will know her baptismal name, Baker, better. And probably everyone will know her as Marilyn Monroe.

Just a naive blonde?

In a lifetime of “only” 36 years Marilyn Monroe managed to become an icon. She started her career as a model. Having been a very ambitious woman she moved on to become an actress. Dying her brunette hair to blonde and straightening the curls may have added to her appeal, but the roles she was offered led to the image of a “naive blonde”. In a man-dominated business MM still managed to convince her critics and the audience with her talent and her repartee.

Her eventful life had it´s ups and downs. A difficult childhood, stays in many foster homes and an orphanage may not have appeared to have been the best basis for a career that was to follow. Yet she managed to become the most photographed woman of her time. MM was married three times, won a Grammy and was immortalized by artist Andy Warhol. Her early death in 1962 still remains mysterious.

Iconic screen prints Marilyn from 1962 by Andy Warhol in ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. Yes, Aarhus, the city of this year´s toyphotosafari. A coincidence?

A Penny For Your Thoughts

What pops up before your inner eye when you think of Marylin Monroe? Is it the woman in a white dress standing on a subway grate? Or do you think of the famous Warhol paintings? Maybe there´s a song that comes to your mind? Her seductive “Happy Birthday, Mr.President”, her happy “Diamonds Are A Girl´s Best Friend” or rather Elton John´s “Candle In The Wind”?

We are definitely looking forward to seeing your ideas.

When posting your images on social media please do not forget to add the hashtags #SiPgoes53 and  #SiP_Marilyn_Monroe so it´ll be easier for us and everyone else interested to find your contributions.

Happy thinking and snapping!

Week 3 – Charles Darwin

This week, our human being is the father of biological evolution, Charles Darwin. Originally a naturalist and geologist, his famous voyage around the world in the 1830s led him to make observations. As a result, he noticed differences between species and varieties of living organisms and fossils. These observations led him to conceptualize natural selection as the mechanism responsible for biological evolution. Moreover, it led him to believe that all living organisms descend from a common ancestor.

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The Elves are going 53

At the end of 2018, while I was about to complete #SiPgoes52, I was already looking to what was coming next. As soon as we started to discuss #SiPgoes53, I was excited. But at the same time, after putting so much effort in #SiPgoes52 during 2018, I didn’t know whether I could do it again for a whole year.

Like last year, I wouldn’t be home during the holiday season, and defining a project revolving around a rather specific idea (like Julien did) wasn’t really an option as I wouldn’t have time, energy, motivation and/or inspiration for taking new photos.

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Week 2 – Cleopatra

For this second week of #SiPgoes53, our human being is the oldest woman of our list.

Cleopatra

Descendant of Ptolemy I, a general of Alexander the Great,
Cleopatr
a was the last Greek ruler of Egypt. She is also the first member of the Ptolemy dynasty to have learned the Egyptian language. She is famous for having had an affair first with Julius Caesar, and then Marcus Antonius. In addition, Caesarion, the son she had with Caesar, was the last pharaoh of Egypt. Following her suicide (with a snake), Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire.

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Week 1 – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

As the first of the 52 human beings we will explore in 2019, we chose J.R.R. Tolkien as a relatively easy one.

Tolkien is most famous for being the father of modern fantasy literature and creating the world of Middle-Earth, filled with Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and Dark Lords. The books of the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion have inspired for the past 70 years, generations of movie makers, modern fantasy writers, illustrators, role players, game makers, musicians and of course… toy makers an photographers.

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In every end, there is a new beginning.

Soon 2018 will be over. It means SiPgoes52 will be, too.
Almost.
One week left.
But it’s not the end.
A new year means a new challenge.

Here comes SiPgoes53!

For 2019, we have gathered another list of 52, well, words. This time no values or emotions, but people. People who shaped the world. Shaped humanity and our culture.

Read more about our new project for 2019