Doodling with Google

By Sidrah Ahmad
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The friend we turn to the moment we are in need. When faced with an uncertainty, or needing some clarity in life, we feel absolutely no hesitation in reaching out for help. Without fear of judgement or persecution, we confide all our weaknesses. We confess our flaws, and admit to not knowing enough. Such is this friend that never leaves our side, and is always there for us.

In fact, this friend’s name is now so ingrained in our lives that it has become a verb in our vocabulary.

Don’t know something? Just Google it!

Apologies, I couldn’t help the melodramatic description of this phenomena which has become a lifeline for so many of us. How many of you know, then, that the daily banners on the Google homepage are actually called Google Doodles? These are artistic versions of the Google logo, representing holidays, anniversaries and current events, which can be country-specific or global.

For your random pleasure, every month, FUCHSIA will pick out a Google Doodle to add to YOUR trivia database. Very soon, you will be able to start showing off to your friends and loved ones your dearth of knowledge and information. (And FUCHSIA won’t even ask for credit, because you showing off is success enough for us!)

FUCHSIA’s choice of Google Doodle of April 2015: Sir Norman Parkinson’s birth anniversary on 21 April.

Source: Google.com

Norman Parkinson (1913 – 1990) was an iconic milestone of sorts in fashion photography. Many claim that it was Parkinson’s style that completely changed the face of fashion photography in the twentieth century. He was also well-known for his professionalism and interesting quirks he displayed during his photography sessions, apparently putting his subjects and colleagues at ease. He had a long standing connection with Vogue, and many other international magazines. Parkinson apparently reinvented himself for each decade of photography that he did, and was influenced by the historical events taking place around the world at that time. He has photographed celebrities, the British Royal family and other famous portraits. Interestingly enough, Norman Parkinson died on location in Singapore shooting in 1990.

“A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.” – Norman Parkinson

Allow FUCHSIA to walk you through some of Norman Parkinson’s iconic photography.

Bath, United Kingdom, February 1948

Audrey Hepburn, 1956

Anne Gunning

Pamela Minchin, Harper’s Bazaar, 1939

Harper’s Bazaar, 1930s

U.S. Vogue, 1949

Wenda Parkinson, 1956

Nena von Schlebrügge, 1958

Celia Hammond

Queen, 1960s

Life Magazine, 1963

Jerry Hall, British Vogue, 1975

Jerry Hall, British Vogue, 1975

Sri Lanka, 1980

Apollonia van Ravenstein, Seychelles

British Vogue, 1956

British Vogue, 1950s

All information and photographs in this article are sourced from NORMAN PARKINSON ARCHIVE at www.normanparkinson.com, accessed on 1 May 2015.

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About Sidrah Ahmad

Having written casually for informal audiences through her blog for several years, she now writes for herself, and edits for FUCHSIA. Sidrah’s favourite things include spending time with her crazy family (the Pagalkhana), photography, poetry, reading, music, dance, clouds, rain and the night. She has a deep love for connecting with strangers, and believes that stories, and story-telling, have the power to change the world. She dreams of a world where boundaries and differences are only celebrated, and not a cause for divide. She currently works for the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), planning and developing social services for vulnerable children and youth.

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  • nash

    Well written piece, just want to point out that dearth of knowledge actually means lack of knowledge.

    • Sidrah Ahmad

      Thank you Nash. You are the very first comment I have had on any article of mine, making it an extra special one.

      Thank you for pointing out the error; apparently I have just shown off to family and friends my dearth of vocabulary 😛 I will make the change. Thank you again for pointing it out. You don’t happen to be an editor by profession or occupational hazard do you, by any chance?