The signs as nice words

Aries: Vitality, springtime, untiring, full of life, dynamic.

Taurus: folksy, rustic, of the earth, unyielding, yearning.

Gemini: airy, balmy, bellowing, pleasant, fickle.

Cancer: delicate, powerful, serene, of the sea, zealous.

Leo: fearless, unwavering, luminescent, spirited, radiant.

Virgo: bucolic, dreamy, astral, celestial, intuitive.

Libra: fluttery, harmonious, adored, exalted, enchanting.

Scorpio: luxurious, opulent,
protective, dignified, regal.

Sagittarius: vagrant, enigmatic, electric, astir, compelling.

Capricorn: abstract, deep thinking, mysterious, frugal, sensible.

Aquarius: ethereal, divine, intangible, heavenly, of the sky and stars.

Pisces: imaginative, quixotic, poetic, amorous, whimsical.


Someone once asked why I take so many ‘dark’ photographs and perhaps instead I should try some ‘light, happy’ ones. 

I look to the drama in landscapes and powerful atmospheres to try and capture the bucolic beauty of the countryside that was so instrumental to romanticism. I try to find a way of showing a powerful emotional connection. 

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All afternoon these lovers lay
Until the sun turned pale from warm,
Until sweet wind changed tune, blew harm :
Cruel nettles stung her angles raw.

Rueful, most vexed, that tender skin
Should accept so fell a wound,
He stamped and cracked stalks to the ground
Which had caused his dear girl pain.

Now he goes from his rightful road
And, under honor, will depart;
While she stands burning, venom-girt,
In wait for sharper smart to fade.

—  Bucolics, Sylvia Plath

There are rumours - and I repeat that they are rumours - that a Vanity Fair photographer accompanied the SW crew to Ireland, presumably for an exclusive photoshoot. That Vanity Fair photographer is almost certain to be Annie Leibovitz, who has shot exclusive photo spreads for Vanity Fair for every Star Wars film since The Phantom Menace.

And why do I share this information in conjunction with these appealingly bucolic photos of Adam Driver posing hunkily in rural Ireland with a model and an assortment of livestock? Well, I share them because Annie Leibovitz is the woman who took them. (Incidentally, the new photo shoot - if it indeed happened - will have taken place in Co. Kerry, which is exactly where the pictured Vogue photo shoot ft. Adam Driver was done.)

Prayer circle for how to repeat some of the same techniques for the Episode VIII shoot. Especially the techniques that produce photos that resemble nothing so much as trashy romance novel covers. Sample dream dialogue:

Annie: “So, Adam - would you mind taking your shirt off?”

Adam: “I’m not sure that’s appropriate for the character-”

Annie: “Trust me - it’s necessary.”



First preview of my upcoming book exploring the bucolic beauty of the British Isles. 200 pages at 30x30cm. Coming Spring 2016.

Book by Frederick Ardley Photography - www.freddieardley.com

The Signs as Pretty Words
  • Taurus:Bucolic- In a lovely rural setting.
  • Gemini:Mellifluous- Sweet sounding
  • Cancer:Efflorescence- Flowering, blooming.
  • Leo:Lilt-To move musically or lively.
  • Virgo:Panacea- A solution for all problems
  • Libra:Gossamer- The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk
  • Scorpio:Cynosure- A focal point of admiration.
  • Sagittarius:Eloquence-Beauty and persuasion in speech
  • Capricorn:Penumbra- A half-shadow.
  • Aquarius:Inglenook- A cozy nook by the hearth.
  • Pisces:Lagoon- A small gulf or inlet.
  • Aries:Quintessential- Most essential.

actual facts about Vergil, according to Suetonius:

  • he was dark skinned (”aquilo colore”; of dark color)
  • he was very tall and had a “rustic face” (whatever that means)
  • my poor boy had a terrible health and he suffered from headaches and stomach problems
  • he really, really liked boys (”libidinis in pueros pronioris”, “he was given to passions for boys” like me too son) and his faves were Cebes and Alexander, whom he calls Alexis in his second Bucolic
  • he was very socially awkward. once he became famous for his Bucolics, he hated going to Rome and if he absolutely had to, he “would take refuge in the nearest house, to avoid those who followed and pointed him out”
  • he worked as a lawyer only once and apparently he was terrible giving speeches, bless him
  • he had a very soft and beautiful voice, and he would get really excited while reading his poems. according to Suetonius, he was once reading the Aeneid (not yet finished) to Augustus and Octavia, and she was so affected by it that she fainted