12 great quotes about money for maritime folks

12 great quotes about money for maritime folks

Money makes the world go round, the song goes. As far as shipping is concerned, it can make the world go up and down and even sideways. Money or the love of it is what fuels the expansion of shipping fleets and port facilities and the development of new technologies. Unfortunately, it has also led to the commodification of seafarers and to shipowners cutting corners in the name of profit. The following quotes reflect different attitudes toward money. Enjoy reading.

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world
It’s a rich man’s world

~Swedish pop group ABBA (“Money Money Money”)

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.

~Albert Camus

The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.

~P. T. Barnum

The capacity for true enjoyment of idleness is lost in the moneyed class and can be found only among people who have a supreme contempt for wealth. It must come from an inner richness of the soul in a man who loves the simple ways of life and who is somewhat impatient with the business of making money.

~Lin Yutang

Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal — that there is no human relation between master and slave.

~Leo Tolstoy

Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.


The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn de Morgan, 1909

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

~Dorothy Parker

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

~Jonathan Swift

While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.

~Groucho Marx

Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.

~Louisa May Alcott

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

~G.K. Chesterton

Wall Street, New York City — 1915 photograph by Paul Strand

…as a cousin of mine once said about money, money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money.

~Gertrude Stein

~Barista Uno

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World of coffee: an invitation to photographers

World of coffee: an invitation to photographers

As a break from things maritime, I am inviting all and sundry to share their photographs for an upcoming Marine Café Blog coffee special. The best picture on the subject of coffee will be awarded a cash prize of US$100 and featured in the blog along with other finalists.

Why coffee? Aside from the fact that Marine Café Blog takes its inspiration from coffee, the beverage has a historical connection to shipping. Lloyd’s of London had its beginnings in a coffeeshop around 1686. Almost three centuries later, in 1971, Starbucks was founded. The company took the name of the chief mate in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, ‘Moby-Dick; or, The Whale’. It even uses a nautical logo, a twin-tailed mermaid.

Guidelines for participating photographers

1) The photo should depict the world of coffee — e.g., people drinking coffee, the interior or exterior of coffeehouses, espresso machines and other coffee ware, etc. It can be in colour or black & white/monochrome. Still lifes and so-called street photography are welcome.

2) You may submit a maximum of three pictures with a width of at least 1024 pixels. They should be original photos taken by you. If possible, please provide a caption or title. DEADLINE is on 19th December 2018 at midnight (Manila time). Post your pictures using the form below.

3. Photos will be judged according to originality, creativity, composition and overall impact (visual, emotional, etc.).

4. The winner should be able to receive payment via PayPal or any online payment system. Otherwise, the prize cannot be delivered.

Enjoy clicking!


Gallery of Photo Entries

The many names they call seafarers

The many names they call seafarers

Why do officials of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) talk of seafarers being invisible? It’s downright silly. How could they be invisible when the English language itself has been enriched because of them? Consider some of the words used to refer to those who work on board merchant vessels:

Jack tar
sea dog
water dog
old salt

The Spanish language has several words as well for seaman or seafarer:

hombre de mar
lobo de mar

Invisible seafarers? It’s fake news, a myth. The men and women who toil at sea are invisible only to maritime bureaucrats and executives who sit in airconditioned officers, attend conferences and whip up new training requirements for ship crews. Sometimes they are not even called “seafarers” but “the human element”. For some reason, the phrase is music to the ears at IMO London.

~Barista Uno

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Interior sea: the photographic art of Judith in den Bosch

Interior sea: the photographic art of Judith in den Bosch

The sea has been Judith in den Bosch’s muse since she was a little child. ”When I am there, I start making poems,” says the photographic artist from Alkmaar, The Netherlands. “I love the power…the feeling of being small, a part of the whole.” Her work entitled “beyond feeling” sums up, more potently than words, her long-time fascination with the sea.

beyond feeling   © Judith in den Bosch

Judith started taking pictures with a “very old” mobile phone about six years ago. Her mobile remains her artistic tool. But unlike most smartphone users, she is not interested in simply capturing the moment. In lieu of sharpness, which the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson called “a bourgeois concept”, she recreates reality to offer her own subjective view, transporting us to the inner world of imagination, dreams and feelings.

“I use editing because I find out that the photo is how I look at things, and the editing is what i feel,” Judith says. “I don’t look with my eyes but with my belly.” The entire editing process is done with an app on her mobile phone. The result can be startling. In one composition (“sound in silence“), Judith deconstructs reality to convey the sound of the sea, reducing the water to an eerie image akin to a sound spectrum.

sound in silence   © Judith in den Bosch

All great works of art and literature boil down to sublimated angst. Judith has had her fair share of it. In 2015 she was diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy. Now free of the disease, the memories of her struggle are writ in “with the waves” — a poetic statement of acceptance, of living in the moment, and of the human spirit seeking the light. This theme is reprised in another piece entitled “breaking the waves”. Here, a nude female figure lies on the beach to create a sense of surrender as well as defiance.

with the waves   © Judith in den Bosch

breaking the waves   © Judith in den Bosch

Many of Judith’s works are sombre and they often portray solitude. Yet, it is in this condition of being isolated from the madding crowd that the artist finds solace and strength. The point is driven home in “sense of security” — a gripping image of a woman lying on the strand in fetal position. On another level, the picture symbolises humanity itself: we remain ineluctably connected to the sea and Mother Nature; the umbilical cord has never been cut.

sense of security   © Judith in den Bosch

Land and sea are one, and humans are part of it all. Judith concretises this idea in “water and earth” by fusing a picture of some ornamental carp with a landscape suggestive of the richness of the earth, vegetation and rain. In a world filled with the ugly, the artist seems to suggest, beauty can be a source of salvation.

water and earth   ©Judith in den Bosch

Digital manipulation of photographs is a contentious issue. Some would have none of it. Others consider it desirable and a normal part of photography. Whatever one’s opinion, there is no denying that such artistic intervention is justified in Judith’s case. No gimmickry on her part nor a conscious attempt to impress. Judith has no need for either. Her creations have emotional and intellectual depth and reveal a sensitive soul.

~Barista Uno

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Top 13 seascape photographs by Facebook users

Top 13 seascape photographs by Facebook users

I recently invited Facebook members to share their seascape photographs (a maximum of three per person) for this special Marine Café Blog feature. I should like to thank all those who answered my call despite there being no prize at stake. Choosing a dozen outstanding shots from such a large field of talent was not easy.  In the end, I decided to make a gallery of 13 pictures as one was simply too good not to be included.

The following are, in my judgement, the best of the lot (not necessarily in order). They are all, without exception, remarkable. They have imaginative and emotional power. They show well-thought-out composition and skillful handling of light. Not the least important, they reveal a genuine and subtle connection between the photographer and his or her subject.

October Surf   © James Hesketh

The bird in the foreground appears oblivious to the onrushing waves. It sits at the edge of the water as calmly as the ship on the horizon. The twin images of stillness are set against the commotion of the sea to evoke, paradoxically, a sense of harmony and acceptance of things as they are.

Pevensey Bay Beach   © Andrew Hyldon

The interplay of light and dark and the symphonic variations in texture make this a memorable seascape. Sea and sky seem to be rivalling each other to prove which one has more grandeur. The tiny speck of black in the middle of the photo (almost touching the horizon) looks like some ship. However, a blow-up of the picture would show that it is actually a seabird flying just inches above the water.

Untitled   © Ana Valente

Ana Valente’s photograph is so exquisite that it could be mistaken for a 19th-century painting at the Louvre or Hermitage museum. The dark clouds look on the verge of unleashing rain but the sun seems to be quietly resisting. The way the photographer has rendered the scene with elegant subtlety leaves no doubt as to her technical skill and artistic spirit.

Waikiki, Hawai’i   © Bonnie K. Aldinger

The world is drowning in postcard-type, Photoshopped pictures. Bonnie Aldinger has gone off the beaten path with this sunset shot. The figures on the beach are shown only in silhoutte, but their movements convey a feeling of childlike joy. It is as though they are trying to squeeze the last drop of fun from the dying day. This is a good specimen of straightforward photography with human interest.

Upon Sand and Fog   © Kim Loftis

The photo has been stripped down to show only the strand with some birds and the very faint skyline of the city in the background. The result is a dreamlike atmosphere. Kim Loftis’ use of sepia as the dominant colour adds a certain nostalgic warmth to the scene.

Breakwater of New England Granite. New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts   © Dorrie Kimkaran

Dorrie Kimkaran chose the perfect camera angle to accentuate the massiveness and strength of the boulders that make up the breakwater. Plain yet powerful, the picture is emblematic of man’s capacity to keep at bay (doubtless, not all the time) the forces of nature.

100 km/hr wind gusts, blowing snow and rain, and a big sea surge. Islington, Newfoundland   © Paul Seymour

Beauty and terror spring out of this photograph by Paul Seymour to bedazzle the viewer The wind-swept waves run across the picture like Genghis Khan‘s horde of cavalrymen galloping on a great battlefield. This seascape blows many storm-at-sea photographs out of the water.

Atlantic Ocean. The temperment of the ocean as the storm approaches.   © Teresa Gilbert

“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea,” wrote James Joyce in his monumental 1922 novel, ‘Ulysses’.The sea may be terrifying indeed, but it is also magnificent. Teresa Gilbert pays tribute to its beauty in this stunning photograph — to “the flung spray” and “the blown spume” that so moved John Masefield in his iconic poem, Sea Fever.

Sea Smoke Bass Rocks   © Ned Talbot

This strangely beautiful photograph might remind some people of the third day of Creation as narrated im the Bible — God commanding the waters under Heaven to be gatherered together in one place to bring forth dry land. Others could see it as symbolic of evil rising from the present-day sea of bigotry and hate. However one looks at it, the image is haunting. It sticks to the mind.

Doing for life. Santo André, Portugal   © Maria Giro

Maria Giro presents a cool, refreshing view of the sea dwarfing the solitary old man in the foreground who is bending down to gather clams. It is a simple but powerful photograph that encapsulates the hard life endured by fisherfolk and the comforting idea of the sea as the Great Provider.

Pelican sunrise   © Michael Guess

Pictures of pelicans are a dime a dozen. This one stands out because of its sheer charm. The bird has its beak raised at a 45 degree angle as if to mimic the rays of the morning sun. It seems to beckon to the viewer to come and join it in welcoming the new day.

Sunrise at Long Sands beach. York, Maine  © Jim R. Wilton

The nuanced horizontal layers of colour in Jim R. Wilton’s photograph give one the palpable sense of a Venetian blind being slowly manoeuvred by an invisible hand. The sun is peeking through one of the blind slats. There is a feeling of expectation, of something wonderful about to unfold.

Untitled   © Rebecca Jolly

This minimalist photograph is notable for its stark beauty and striking composition. It is reminiscent of the style of Augusto De Luca, the gifted contemporary photographer from Naples, Italy (check out more of his work here). Rebecca Jolly’s own masterpiece speaks eloquently of peace and solitude whilst revealing her sense of design and balance.

~Barista Uno

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