Friday, 28 December 2012

Just a minute...


...in December.
From Norway to France.





Watching... The Hobbit.
Reading... Norge, et lite stykke verdenshistorie.
Attending... the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
Making... two new dresses with Madame Maman.
Eating... loads of cheese.
Drinking... a glass of red wine a day. Just because I can.
Buying... a Christmas jumper.
Loving... this video.

Recommending:
A lone piano stands curbside in NYC, 
and a short documentary chronicles the interactions of passers-by.
Fascinating article about a NYC exhibition of damaged art,
which visitors are allowed to touch.
Israel and Palestine: war explained.



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Monday, 19 November 2012

A Portrait of a Tintype Portrait Photographer



"A tintype is a unique, physical, one-of-a-kind object. It doesn’t sit on your hard drive, and it’s not a negative that you can print as many copies as you want from. These are heirlooms, meant to be taken care of and passed down generations. Each one is filled with personal significance - we spent about 5 hours with Harry and wound up with 11 tintypes. If your head wanders a little too much during the 15 second exposure, you have to do it again. The process took about 20 minutes per photo. There are issues on Harry’s end as well- exposure times, chemical balances. Once you get it right, you’re thrilled. It really makes you appreciate how accessible photography is now, and also has made me take a little more time taking photos."

- Matt Morris.





Found via PetaPixel - read more here


Monday, 12 November 2012

[Oh Hello Oslo] Design Without Borders at DOGA





Why don't wheelchairs produced for Western countries necessarily work well in Guatemala?
How can juice packaging bolster Ugandan agriculture?
And what in the world do UNICEF and Norwegian People's Aid need designers for?







The interactive exhibition Design Without Borders - Creating Change presents both the products and the work methods of the programme and illustrates how fruitful the connection between design and development aid can be.


Read more about Design Without Borders here
And if you happen to be in Oslo, pay DogA a visit!



Friday, 9 November 2012

London Tattoos - by Alex MacNaughton.



"Why have blank, uninteresting skin when you can adorn it with color and pattern?" 
- Hayley Hayes.






"It's like reading a diary you kept as a child, years after you have written the words." 
-  Amanda Burzio.


"I am a PhD-educated art historian. My doctoral thesis was on tattoos as art. I find the very concept of tattoos having 'meaning' a problematic one. The framing of this question - which presumes tattoos do have a meaning - encourages the construction of a plausible narrative even for tattoos which might 'mean' very little in simple, direct terms. Also, asking the question this way negates the fact that even when a tattoo does have a meaning, that meaning can change over time, or be obscure even to the person upon whose body it is tattooed. Some of them are, almost literally, meaningless as far as I'm concerned - the tattooists who produced them had more at stake in their symbolic message than I did. A better question, perhaps, is 'What does being tattooed mean to you?'. Being tattooed is an expression of my own history, my passion for tattoos and my commitment to and love for the art form. I'm a collector."
- Dr Matthew Lodder.





http://www.londontattoosbook.com





Monday, 5 November 2012

[Oh Hello Oslo] Grass Roots Square




Grass Roots Square by the Korean artist Do Ho Suh.

If it hadn't been for Twitter, I wouldn't have heard of this installation. As Aurélie was visiting me for a few days, I thought it was the perfect occasion to go on a photo safari and find out what it really looked like. The installation consists of 50.000 bronze figures symbolizing diversity and solidarity but also that people are stronger when standing together.






Address: Teatergata 9, Oslo.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Just a minute...



...in October.




Listening... to The Paper Kites and Hanne Kolstø.
Watching... The Matrix Trilogy... ahem... for the very first time.
Eating... these bad guys.
Visiting... Kaja in London.
Meeting... Naomi in person. Finally.
Showing... Aurélie around Oslo.
Making... a bunting paper garland for Marine.
Downloading... the Silent History.


Loved links:
• How do you balance analog & digital in your life?
Is your work photoshopped?
"You don't own me." - Your vote is your voice.
Paper Iceberg Installation.
Ethereal Photographs from Wonderland.


And on the blog... Saving the world, one a smile at a time - Spending some time in my hometown - Painting it gray - Constance.




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Friday, 26 October 2012

Constance



Waiting for the train at Ixopo Station. Natal, South Africa. 1949

Constance Stuart Larrabee was born in Cornwall, England but moved to South Africa with her parents when she was three months old. Constance’s interest in photography began in 1924 when she was given a Kodak Box Brownie for her birthday. After graduating from Pretoria High School in 1933, Constance spent three years studying in England and Germany. She is one of the first South African women to study photography abroad. 
On her return to South Africa in 1936 she opened her own studio where she photographed the leading statesmen, generals, artists, writers, society and theatrical personalities of the time. She also enjoyed travelling through South Africa and taking photographs of the numerous ethnic cultures of the country: Ndebele, Bushmen, Lovedu, Zulu, Swazi, the Basotho and the Xhosa peoples. Constance became South Africa’s first woman correspondent when the Director of the South African Military Intelligence, appointed her to cover the war for Libertas magazine. During this time she covered Egypt, Italy, France and England photographing with the American 7th Army in France and the South African 6th Armoured Division in Italy. 
In 1949 Constance married Sterling Loop Larrabee in the United States and the following year they moved to Chestertown, Maryland. She then stopped taking photographs.