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Welcome to my Blog!The lion roars!!!
I hope to share here my irrepressible thoughts on news, music, books, arts and such like. In general these will be items, events and issues which I feel have no place on my website (which focusses on aviation history and my travel photography).

The item immediately below this would be the latest posting.

Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. - Charles Baudelaire
Esse est percipi (To be is to be perceived) ¬Bishop George Berkeley

Not even I understand everything I am ¬Aurelius Augustinus of Hippo


In 2013 I started a series of photo albums on Blurb.com, named '36Exp' (a subject adressed in 36 exposures, a reference to the exposures on most common rolls of 35 mm film: 12, 24 & 36.).
The books can be ordered directly from the Blurb.com website or Amazon.
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ENDEAVOUR, SEASON 6 (208) | TV CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Endeavour (Morse) season 2018 - series 6

Endeavour (Morse) season 6 (2018)
Another fine season consisting of 6 episodes, against the backdrop of the Oxford City Police (Cowley Station) to be merged into newly formed Thames Valley Police and other themes of  changes in society.
Because Morse has become a DI, the Cowley policestaion gets a new Detective Constable, 23 year old George Fancy. Who soon has eyes for WPC  Trewlove. Morse has trouble with his role as coach here.

First we see past and present collide in Oxford, as the auction of a priceless Faberge Egg gets underway
at Lonsdale College.
Then we have the unexplained poisoning of a former detective sergeant leads Endeavour and Thursday
to a local cinema. And again we see the future presenting itself with a classic movie theatre up for demolishment, for a new building project.
Episode 'Passenger'  has the railway takes center stage as Endeavour investigates the disappearance of a local woman - with initial fears linking it to the unsolved murder of a teenager, killed several years earlier. More than once we see people such as Fred Thursday's wife Win and Chief Superintendent Bright wondering about what the world is coming to.
A photo-shoot on an army base turns sinister when one of the models is found dead. But the investigation is complicated when Sam Thursday, Fred's son, is revealed to be involved.
An assassination attempt at an international sporting event opens a new case for Endeavour and Thursday, but their investigation is quickly brought to an unexpected end when Special Branch appears on the scene.
The 6th and last episode sees a mysterious disappearance of a teacher. Endeavour finds himself investigating the dark and secret world of a public school in an undercover role as teacher.

Fred Thursday is preparing for early retirement because he has no stomach for the transit to the newly formed  Thames Valley Police Force; too set in his ways, he says. His daughter Joan makes regular appearances, she is developing a taste for activism and Fred, who was hoping to see her life develop in a more traditional manner with husband and kids, has trouble to reestablish relations with her.
Between Morse and Joan the magnetism remains, attraction and distancing. Joan hooks Morse up with a French photographer.
Local criminal Nero sees his turf being threatened by a new kid on the block, ruthless Cromwell Ames. A final showdown brings a tragic ending.
Closing scenes sees the cast clearing out their desks, Cowley Police Station is being closed down and an uncertain future awaits them while they await reassignments. We will have to wait until 2019 to see who will reappear in Season 7 of the Endeavour series.

Each episode is of exceptional high quality in terms of plot, cast and locations.

Shaun Evans --- DC Endeavour Morse
Roger Allam --- DI Fred Thursday
James Bradshaw --- Dr. Max DeBryn
Sean Rigby --- DC Jim Strange
Anton Lesser --- Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Caroline O'Neill --- Win Thursday
Sara Vickers --- Joan Thursday
Abigail Thaw --- Dorothea Frazil
Dakota Blue Richards  --- WPC Shirley Trewlove
Lewis Peek --- DC George Fancy

www.imdb.com
en.wikipedia.org:_Endeavour_(TV_series)
[20MAY2018]

 
SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY - PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TV CRIME COMEDY

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators


'Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators' is a comedy mystery tv-series, produced by the BBC, set in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Former DI Frank Hathaway, now a debt-laden private investigator, meets Luella Shakespeare when she employs him to investigate the fiancé she met online. Hathaway and his assistant, RADA-trained struggling actor Sebastian Brudenell, discover that her fiancé is a con-man, and report back to Luella ('Lu'), but she is reassured by her fiancé and the wedding goes ahead.
When her new husband is killed at the reception, Luella is suspected of murder by local DI Christina Marlowe who had been Frank's junior. Luella is thrown together with Frank and Sebastian to crack the mystery of what has happened, and after her name is cleared she uses her recovered savings to buy into Frank's business.
Frank's only employee is Sebastian; a young aspiring RADA trained actor who uses his acting skills when undercover investigations are required.

I would rate this series in the same category as Midsomer Murders: more comedy and quaint English customs set in typical English countryside or manor houses than thrilling whodunnit.
Entertaining though, esspecially to anglophiles such as myself.

Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway
Jo Joyner as Luella Shakespeare
Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell

en.wikipedia.org:_Shakespeare & Hathaway_-_Private_Investigators
[20MAY2018]

 
ROBERT DOISNEAU |PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective

Robert Doisneau - Retrospective


Robert Doisneau was previously discussed on my blog 2017Q1, about his book 'Les Halles' and me being generally impressed by his work.
Robert Doisneau (b.14April1912 - d.01Apr1994) was a French photographer.
In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism. At the end of his career he also produced colour photoghraphy.

This photobook is a selection of the most well-known photos by Robert Doisneau, spanning his career while it also has several essays on Doisneau's work.
The exposition of this selection started in Musée d'Ixelles, 19Oct17 -- 04Feb18.

Likening himself to 'a fisherman of images' during his prolific career, Robert Doisneau did not limit just himself to capturing, revealing and printing certain aspects of an era or society or the people in it on photo paper. Instead he created his own poetic and generous, timeless and universal image of it, inspired by his profound tenderness and empathy for others.
Combining a wonderful selection of photos with original essays by specialists, this book highlights
the rich and varied aspects of a body of work that all too often has been reduced to a few photos that are engrained in our collective memory.

Looking back on 164 of Doisneau's photos collected in this beautiful book, some of these have rarely been displayed previously, such as the shots of his summer holiday in Palm Springs in 1960 (in colour!).

Product details:
Paperback, 272 pages (24x25cm)
Publication date: 24Oct2017
Publisher: RACINE

en.wikipedia.org:_Robert_Doisneau
en.wikipedia.org:_Les_Halles

[18MAY2018]

 
MODUS SERIES 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA FICTION

Modus, 2nd season

Modus is a Swedish television psychological thriller, a  2nd season, with Kim Cattrall and Greg Wise; started on TV4 on 02Nov2017 and was taken up by BBC Four for broadcast in February 2018. Where I watched it on recently.
I enjoyed it, as I did the first series.

In this second season, US President Helen Tyler goes missing during a state visit to Sweden.
Inger Johanne Vik, Swedish criminal psychologist and profiler, is partnered with police detective Nyman and detailed to work with one Warren Schifford, an FBI agent and Special Adviser to the president, to investigate. Vik and Schifford have an unpleasant history, dating from her time with the FBI.

We see Scandinavian actors here such as Melinda Kinnaman, Henrik Norlén, Annika Hallin, while Britain is represented by Greg Wise and the US by Kim Catrall and Billy Campbell (whose performance I enjoyed earlier this year in 'Cardinal' - a Canadian crime drama tv series). Truly an international cast.

en.wikipedia.org:_/Modus_(TV_series)
www.imdb.com


[13MAY2018]

 
NEW YORK STREETS 70s 80s 90s by CARRIE BORETZ | PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

Streets of New York 70s 80s 90 - Carrie Boretz

Streets of New York 70s 80s 90 - Carrie Boretz

Streets of New York 70s 80s 90 - Carrie Boretz

Streets of New York 70s 80s 90 - Carrie Boretz


After graduating in 1975 from Washington University in St. Louis, Carrie Boretz began her life as a New York City photographer a week later, landing an internship at the Village Voice.
Over the next decade she photographed for The New York Times Magazine, New York, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and Life.
By the 1990s she was shooting almost daily for the New York Times's 'Day' beat, one picture that revealed a slice of the city on that particular day. The streets were her 'office'-life, but after 25 years of shooting, she traded it in to start life in an actual office and became a photo editor at S.I.'s Golf, (2003-2013) where she was the only one on staff who didn't play the game. Street is her first book of photographs.

PowerHouse Books released this book STREET by Carrie Boretz, a coverage of almost 30 years of streetlife in New York, seen through the eyes (and photographs) of Carrie Boretz. 
The full title is STREET: New York City - 70s, 80s, 90s.
The photographs reflects a city in flux, her focus with the simple gestures of everyday life in neighborhoods and communities that were familiar.

I had not yet come across her name since my interest in streetphotography started a few years ago, but am glad I intercepted it with Skylight Books in LA recently.
Inspiring work!

http://lenscratch.com/2017/10/carrie-boretz-street/ - by Aline Smithson (01Oct2017)

[13MAY2018]

 
FRANKENDAEL PARK IN AMSTERDAM

Park Frankendael

Park Frankendael

Park Frankendael


As Amsterdam rapidly grew in the 16th- and the beginning of 18th, the real estate in the city became so expensive, that rich people --who wanted to enjoy a bigger property-- had to move further away from the town centre here in Amsterdam.
The Park Frankendael (7 acres) in East Amsterdam, was originally one of these wealthy estates.

The entrance to the park with an old ornamented gate is at the Middenweg, less than one mile (1300m) from the famous Tropenmuseum.
The beautiful old land house Frankendael (built in 1659) is visible from the street – it is one of the few of these estates remaining in Amsterdam.
Today was my first visit and could trigger another project: the parks of the city of Amsterdam!

www.amsterdam.info/parks/frankendael/
More on www.flickr.com

[08MAY2018]

 
KASTEEL SYPESTEYN | HISTORY GARDENS

Kasteel Sypesteyn

Kasteel Sypesteyn

Kasteel Sypesteyn
Davidia involucrata, NL: Vaantjesboom
EN: the dove-tree, handkerchief tree, pocket handkerchief tree, or ghost tree...


Just 40 minutes from bustling Amsterdam a hidden gem awaits the visitor: Castle-Museum Sypesteyn.

Set amidst 12 acres of formal gardens and parkland, the apparently mediaeval castle is the charming result of a young nobleman's dream.
Jonkheer Henri van Sypesteyn believed that his ancestral seat had stood on this spot and it was his overriding wish, at the beginning of the last century, to rebuild the castle to honour his family and house and exhibit his impressive collections.
Eastern and rare Dutch porcelain, clocks, weapons, and paintings by artists from Holland's Golden Age are among the items on display.
He put his expert knowledge of historical gardens into the creation of an estate which seems to step right out of the 16th century; a garden complete with exotic trees, orchard, topiary, maze and small wood, an unexpected oasis.
Sypesteyn, Holland's youngest castle, warmly welcomes its visitors to share in Jonkheer Henri's vision.
A visit made complete with a tasty snack or meal in the café-restaurant.

We limited ourselves to a visit to the grounds, seeing it was such a beautiful day. The castle can be visited through a guided tour.
We enjoyed the stroll and treated ourselves to refreshments and apple pie, in celebration of this fine day in april.

www.sypesteyn.nl/info-in-english
More photo on Flickr.com

[03MAY2018]

 
SIGNS by WALKER EVANS | POTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS

Walker Evans - SIGNS | Photography

Walker Evans - SIGNS | Photography

Walker Evans - SIGNS | Photography

Walker Evans (b.03Nov1903 – 10Apr1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.
I already have two books of his work: Decade by Decade and Lyric Documentary', but I could not resist picking up this book 'Signs' when I visited the Getty Center (the book is produced by the Getty Center).

Walker Evans photographed signs throughout every phase of his career.
From the 1920s to the time of his death in 1975, Evans was obsessed with the signage he found in modern America--from billboards to gas station pumps to street graffiti to handmade announcements of a Saturday-night dance.
This book features photographs of signs from the Getty Museum's collection, presented with an essay by Andrei Codrescu.
Some of the images included come from the place and era most closely associated with Evans: the rural South of the 1930s. But also included are photographs that are less familiar, such as his images of New York City street scenes and advertising signs, or pictures he took in Havana and in Sarasota, Florida.

en.wikipedia.org:_Walker_Evans

[01MAY2018]

 
FARGO SERIES 3 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION

FARGO, tv-series - season 3

Fargo, series 3

Fargo, series 3


Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the eponymous 1996 film written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series alongside Hawley.
Each season shares a common chronology with the original film.
The first season, set in 2006 and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman, was met with critical acclaim.
The second season, set in 1979 and starring Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, and Ted Danson, was also met with critical acclaim.
The third season, set in 2010 and starring Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Goran Bogdan, and David Thewlis, premiered on April 19, 2017.[4] It was met with similar reception, and received Emmy nominations including Outstanding Miniseries and three Golden Globe nominations.

Personnally I liked Season 1 best, esspecially the role by Billy Bob Thornton. The 2nd series came close.
The third I found the sought after absurdity damaging the storylines. Still a great series, but I am not sure what to think of the intention to produce a 4th series.
Except, "OK then.."

en.wikipedia.org:_Fargo_(TV_series)


[01MAY2018]

 
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | PHOTOGRAPHY

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Aperture Books

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Aperture Books


This is the 2nd Aperture edition I bought at the Getty Center. I had been previously shopping at Barnes & Noble and at LA bookstores such as Skylight Books and the Last Bookstore, with little success. So I was
glad I was able to make some nice purchases at the wonderful Getty Center!

I wasn't familiar with aperture.org, obviously less well known in Europe. Pity Aperture magazine is not featured on our newsstands. I suspect a subscription is too expensive, with overseas postage. Anyway,
the boxes for a subscription can't completed for lack of US State or Canadian province...

Anyway, I am glad I came across these publications 'Aperture - Masters of Photography' and will keep
my eyes peeled for others while travelling.
I have have several books on Henri Cartier-Bresson, some heft ones. But this publication is very readable and includes a very nice introduction and photo comments by Clément Chéroux.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (b.22Aug1908 – d.03Aug2004) was a French humanist photographer, considered a master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film.
He pioneered the genre of street photography and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. His work has influenced, and continues to do so, many photographers.

Cartier-Bresson and photo agency Magnum has been discussed on my blog before, e.g. 2012Q4 and 2017Q2.

en.wikipedia.org__Henri_Cartier-Bresson

[.....2018]

 
DOROTHEA LANGE | PHOTOGRAPHY

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange - photography

Dorothea Lange - photography


Upon a visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles Center recently, I acquired these two monographs in a series of famous photographers. Such fine publications by Aperture, I could not resist buying them.

Dorothea Lange (b.26May1895 – d.11Oct1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

The book includes an introduction and commentary by Linda Gordon.
It had been a while since I've read of this fine photographer, good to revive the biography in this handsome edition; how Lange suffered from polio aged 7, emerging with a wizened lower leg and cramped foot - it certainly did not slow her down. Her parents' seperation made her so angry, aged 13
she was, she adopted her mother's maiden name, Lange.
Lange made a career for herself in photography and married a popular artist, Maynard Dixon. She workied diligently in her studio and developed herf own style in portraiture.
When theDepression hot in the 1930s and the streets were teeming with the hungry, the homeless, the destitute and the angry, she found her studio stifling and suffocating; she had to go out into the streets and became fascinated with photo documentary. She became a streetphotographer.
By a turn of events, she accepted a job for the government and a profesor of economics, Paul Schuster Taylor, became fascinated by her photography, they met and fell in love. Lange divorced her arty and unfaithful husband and married Taylor.

Taylor landed her a job with a new project for the Farm Security Administration, a chapter in her life that is well documented.
One of the two photos I have included is a less famous photo by her, but the look of desperate craziness
of the husband behind the wheel and the tearful eyes of his wife, beyond hope, is so striking to me.
The other photo I included is because of Lange's anti-racism photography. I very much liked this photo
of a black woman, because of the strength against all odds this woman shows.

Her anti-racism particularly showed when, in 1942, the US War Relocation Authority hired the wartime internment of Japanese Americans. Influenced by Taylor's conviction that the internment was unnecessary and unconstitutional, she made very critical photographs.When the US Army brass saw her photographs, they fired her and impounded the photos for the durations of the war. It is small wonder why Americans have an inbred distrust against her federal government, it continues to repress, lie and falsify facts.
The photos Lange made of the Japanese internment in the USA did not get published until 2006 in Imponded, Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment.

She produced An American Exodus in a collaboration project with her husband Paul Taylor (the publication was lost in the outbreak of WW2), Lange also worked with Ansel Adams, she focussed on documentary series rather than single photos, continued her work for Life magazine (a strained relation) and travelled extensively in the late-1950s and early-1960s. This last chapter is less known, she visited South Korea, Vietnam, Palestine and Egypt.
Her work and travel, long roadtrips in the US and her foreign exploits, was complicated because of bouts with illness such as ulcers, post-polio syndrome and, finally, esophageal cancer. Her drive and productivity is nothing short of admirable.

Dorothea Lange steeled herself in her final years with designing in every detail her exhibition, with help of curator John Szarkowski, in the MoMA; she lived long enough to prepare the exhibit, but died before the opening.

en.wikipedia.org:_Dorothea_Lange

[.....2018]

 
VERLIES / DE MENSEN DIE WEGGINGEN - NICCI FRENCH | BOOKS THRILLER

VERLIES - Nicci French


I like to visit fairs and fund-raising events for secondhand books and this is one I picked up not long ago, a fundraiser for restoration work on a church.
This little book has two short stories, about 'Loss' and 'People that left'.
This small (truly pocket-sized!) but very nice hardcover edition was published in 2002 as part of a promotion for thrillers and detective novels.

The story about loss, is a fascinating account of how a family (father, mother, 10 year old child) deal with the drowning of their 5 year old, in a swimming pool.
The 2nd story I liked even more, told from the perspective of an 8 year old child; she muses about the family in her innocence, about her father being often on the road in his truck, her sick mother, the way her siblings treat her, the safety she finds in her room and her secret hiding places, her kitten. There are unexplained disappearances and people visiting asking questions.

Both stories were a joy to read and I am glad I picked this dimunitive book, for I don't expect to ever come across it again. I will bring it in circulation, however, so others can enjoy it too.

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together.

en.wikipedia.org:_Nicci_French

[30APR2018]

 
BENEATH THE BLEEDING by VAL McDERMID | BOOKS CRIME FICTION

Beneath the Bleeding - Val McDermid


During my vacation earlier this month I had the pleasure of reading this crime fiction novel. I've read two novels by McDermid before, but this was the first connected to the tv-series 'Wire In The Blood', which I so much enjoyed.
Wire in the Blood was a British crime drama television series, created and produced by Coastal Productions for Tyne Tees Television and broadcast on ITV from 14 Nov2002 to 31Oct2008.
I so much enjoyed Robson Green in the role of Dr. Tony Hill.
And with this book I saw with my mind's eye Robson Green argueing with DCI Carol Jordan.

The residents of Bradfield are devastated when Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, dies; he seems to be the victim of a bizarre, seemingly motiveless murder.
In hospital, recovering from injuries, criminal profiler and psychologist Dr. Tony Hill struggles to make sense of the fragments of information he can gather in order to help his ally, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, bring a killer to justice.
Then an explosion rips through a soccer stadium, leaving dozens dead and many more injured. DCI Jordan, ambitious, resists her team being removed from this inquiry, moved aside by the national terrorist squad. Scretly she persues her own line of inquiries, circumnavigating the heavy handed methods by the 'special forces'. But DCI Jordan can't find herself in the conclusions Tony draws from the bomb attack.
Meanwhile the murder investigation into the cause of death of Robbie Bishop, brings to light a serial killer is on the prowl.

Tony is visited in hospital by his mother, someone he had taken great distance mentally. In the fumes of medication he does not see the dark motives of his mother.

Tony and Carol have an akward relationship, but share a strong ambition to find the truth about these unspeakable crimes.
This is the 5th book in the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid, the first I've read and I will certainly endeavour to read more of this enjoyable series.

www.austcrimefiction.org/.../beneath-bleeding-val-mcdermid
en.wikipedia.org:_Val_McDermid
en.wikipedia.org:_Wire_in_the_Blood

[28APR2018]

 
C'EST LA VIE - MARTIN BRIL | BOOKS COLUMNS RETROSPECTIVE

C'est La Vie - Martin Bril


In a recent sale I came across this book by Martin Bril. I don't share his enthousiasme for France but I have read and enjoyed a number of his books. Brill passed away in 2009, the year this book was compiled and published.

Marten W. (Martin) Bril (b.21Oct1959 – d.22Apr2009) was a Dutch columnist, author and poet. He had a keen skill of observation, of people and situations, mixing it with his dry humor and style for "Laissez faire'...

When Bril sits behind his desk, he writes in the introduction, he notes he establishes he does not have a photo of his wife & kids on his desk, but he does have a postcard there of a small French village: it shows
a church spire, some houses with trees and bushes, a meadow with some French cows in the shadow of a mighty oak; all covered by powerful blue sky.
Bril always carried in him a longing for France.

This book bundles previously published columns, but a number were re-editted by Brill shortly before
his death.
It was indeed again a pleasure to read and enjoy the peculiar style of Martin Bril. Even while I abhore
the French in general.

nl.wikipedia.org"_Martin_Bril (NL)

[27APR2018]

 
SOMBERMAN'S ACTIE - REMCO CAMPERT | BOOKS NOVEL FICTION

Somberman's Actie - Remco Campert


Remco Campert (b.29Jul1929) is a Dutch author, poet and columnist. He recently announced he would
stop writing due to his advanced age. And I had to admit I had never read something by him, except his colums (as CaMu) in De Volkskrant (which I enjoyed).
Soon after I came across this little book, Somberman's Actie, which he had written for the Book Week ('Boekenweek') in 1985.

By the end of the 1970s, Campert had written very little. He explained to journalist Jan Brokken of the Dutch newspaper Haagse Post: "I couldn't write for years on end. I didn't feel like it. I felt a physical repulsion towards it. I thought about it, but I was paralysed by doubts."
He resumed writing in 1979. He wrote Somberman's actie in 1985. From 1989 until 1995, Campert starred in theaters throughout the nation and beyond in a play he had created together with Jan Mulder (author and ex-football player). Their shows were based on both their literary works.

The book features some 4 or 5 persons, with funny names, going about their business in life.
Somberman (Gloomyman) is 'in between jobs', having been laid off when a major store went out of business - of which he is resentful. His wife Bezig ('Busy') does have a job and they grow apart.
Somberman's only friend is Domoor ('Fool'), a dreamer and resented by Bezig. Somberman finally decides on a course of action and joins an initiative to occupy the abandoned warehouse with a few anarchists and when the police enters the building, Somberman lamely sets fire to some papers in the office he worked in for many years. This became known as Somberman's action.

en.wikipedia.org:_Remco_Campert

[27APR2018]

 
FREEMARKET KONINGSDAG 2018APR27

Koningsdag 2018APR27

Koningsdag 2018APR27

Koningsdag 2018APR27

Koningsdag 2018APR27

Caught a glimpse of 'Koningsdag' this morning.
Koningsdag, or King's Day, is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (26 April if the 27th is a Sunday), the date marks the birth of our monarch.
Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt ("free market"), at which the Dutch sell their used items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, a kind of frenzy named for the national colour ('House of Orange').
I noticed an overwhelming amount of languages on the street, a wide range of (original) nationalities
both among buyers as well as sellers.
Today it seemed busier to me than last year, both in sellers as well as browsers; this in spite of the chilly, grey weather.

More on MyFlickr.com

en.wikipedia.org:_Koningsdag

[27APR2018]

 
ALL ALONG THE CONTROL TOWER, VOL.3 | PHOTOBOOK AVIATION HISTORY

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

All Along the Control Tower, Volume Three (Barten & Barten)

In 2015 Frans and Theo Barten, professional Dutch photographers, published two photobooks on a wonderful project: dealing with their visits to 52 control towers in the UK, their 'All Along the Control Tower' Volume I provides 218 pages of hi-quality photos and stories how Frans & Theo found them.
The volumes One and Two are discussed on my blog 2017Q2.

The book depicts their history (e.g. open: 1942 - closed: 1946), aircraft based and possible present use.
The structure is most often depicted in two photos plus a satellite image (with coördinates) and, something I really like, crosshairs to find the location on the sat image.

The objective of the Barten Bros. is only to show them in the state as they are today in the surrounding landscape, with no military purposes (though some of them still see military use).

Almost all airfields themselves have gone (mostly agricultural today) but many towers (sturdy, austere) still remain. It is wonderful to see vague traces of runways on the sat. images or see hardstands remaining.
Some of the Control Towers are still in use as such (quite rarely, I must add!), often they are in a derelict state, left to its dismal fate or in some use at a farm, some are turned in a museum and some are (oh joy!) renovated to a house people live in!
One was turned in a B&B! Check out: www.controltowerstays.com
Frans & Theo Barten often found their way blocked by barricades of industrial estates and had to proceed on foot along pathways and fences, some people were quite unwelcoming while others invited them in and many a muddy trek had to be made to document the Contol Tower...
The Goshill Tower was even exported and reassembled for Virgina for the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia, USA! The project is documented on the last pages of Volume II.

Volume III was published in 2017.
It has 230 pages in full colour, hardcover (ISBN 978-90-817110-9-8) and its dimensions (the same as the two previous editions): 22 x 25 cm.
And the text is again in English, because on the British Isles is where by far the most interest in their histories is shared.
I applaud their effort!

www.narwal.eu
www.warhistoryonline.com/reviews/all-along-the-control-tower-review-by-mark-barnes.html
www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk


[10APR2018]

 
DE ROMANTIEK IN HET NOORDEN - VAN FRIEDRICH TOT TURNER

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

De Romatiek in het Noorden - van Friedrich tot Turner

Waarom maakt het werk van nog steeds zoveel indruk? Omdat we niet alleen het landschap zien maar ook een gemoedstoestand voelen. De romantiek in optima forma!
Why do the paintings by J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, Johan Christian, Barend Koekkoek en Andreas Schelfhout still make such a forceful impression? Because it is as much about a mood, a longing, than the illustraion of (e.g.) a landscape.

Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. In most areas it was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.
Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical.

The book has too many names to list here, I illustrated some closest to my heart, though I enjoy Constable and Turner too!
This catalogue was published in light of the exhibition in the Groninger Museum, an exhibition I, alas, did not attend.

This exhibition (09Dec2017 - 06May2018) presented Dutch Romanticism for the first time in an international context and shows how important Dutch artists such as Barend Koekkoek, Wijnand Nuijen and Andreas Schelfhout relate to their famous foreign contemporaries.

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (b.11Oct1803 – d.05Apr1862) was a Dutch landscape artist. He came to be known during his lifetime as the 'Prince of Landscape Painting' and was by far the most applauded landscapist of his time and regarded as the founding father of Dutch romantic landscape painting.

Andreas Schelfhout (b.1787–d.1870) was a Dutch painter, etcher and lithographer, known for his landscape paintings. He belongs to the Romantic movement.
His Dutch winter scenes and frozen canals with skaters were already famous during his lifetime. He became one of the most influential Dutch landscape artists of his century.

en.wikipedia.org:_Romanticism
en.wikipedia.org:_Barend_Cornelis_Koekkoek
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Schelfhout

[10APR2018]

 
SCHULD EN BOETE - IAN RANKIN | BOOKS CRIME FICTION

Schuld en Boete (Ian Rankin)


Small but nice: 11.5x17.5cm, 91 pages. Published (2006) in Holland to advance reading of crime fiction books.

DI John Rebus is upfront, stubborn, curious, emotional and tenacious as a pitbull. His many failings get him into trouble but he is good at what he does, bringing criminals to justice and 'failure is not an option' for Rebus.
Here we have a dead person with two mobile phones, a stalker of a radio presenter, family secrets, fraud, adultery, abuse of elderly in home care centres, and historic detective work in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes...
Rebus' job does not merely evolve around murder cases!

The booklet contains short stories published under the following English titles: Atonement, The Acid Test, Tell Me Who To Kill and Talk Show.

Books by Ian Rankin are frequently discussed on my blog:
blog-2011q1.htm, blog-2014q2.htm, blog-2015q1.htm, blog-2015q3.htm, to mention but a few!

en.wikipedia.org:_Ian_Rankin

[07APR2018]

 
BRUCE DAVIDSON - PHOTOGRAPHY

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer

Bruce Davidson, photographer


'Bruce Davidson | American photographer', was a retrospective exhibition I visited last year. And where
I bought this fantastic book, a retrospective account of Mr Davidson's photography.

Since the 1950s, Davidson (b.1933) has devoted his time and energy to photographing those for whom
the ‘American Dream’ has turned out to be unattainable and who have attempted to hold their own in society.

Davidson depicts major themes as civil rights, violence, poverty, racism and immigration, all from a personal perspective.
For many years, for instance, he tagged along with a street gang in Brooklyn and travelled with civil rights activities to the South to take part in The Selma March. This approach has given him first-hand experience with the subjects of his work and enabled him to poignantly show what the ‘American Dream’ has meant for them.

The exhibition features almost 200 photographs, including work from his famous series 'The Dwarf', 'East 100th Street' and 'Subway'.

www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/10920152/Bruce-Davidson.../
en.wikipedia.org:_Bruce_Davidson_(photographer)
Profile at Magnum Photos


[02APR2018]

 
SNOECKS 2018 | BOOKS PHOTOGRAPHY ART

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018
Shinya Arimoto - Overleven in Tokyo (EN: Surviving in Tokyo)

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

Snoecks 2018

In November or December each year I buy the new edition of Snoecks, a yearly publication. And again Snoecks managed to deliver a new edition of inspiring photography and an international selection of art, architecture, literature and fascinating articles.
There is new and first published work in th 2018 edition (by e.g. Jan Fabre), as well as weird and wonderful work by Levon Biss, who managed to photograph insects in extreme detail.
There are photo documents on the French Manouche and Lagos Island, embedded in Mongolia and
places like Tunesia and Haïti (beyong the earthquake).
What about poverty in... the USA?
Next to work by established names (Eamonn Doyle, Zanele Muholi, Holly Andres and Rodney Graham), Snoecks introduces younger talents with photography by (o.a.) Olivia Locher, Kim De Molenaer and Chad Moore. There is an essay by Rebecca Schiff, first published in a Dutch translation.

Work I particularly liked:
Yann Gross - The Jungle Book
Rune Guneriussen - Postkaarten uit de wildernis (EN: Postcards from the wilderness)
Hamid Sardar - Eén met de nomaden (EN: One with the nomads)
Shinya Arimoto - Overleven in Tokyo (EN: Surviving in Tokyo)
Matt Black - Geografie van de armoede (EN: Geography of poverty)
Dougie Wallace - Sympathieke taxikitsch (EN: Road Wallah)
Brent Stirton - Witgoud is bloedgeld (EN: Whitegold is blood money)
Mark Neville - documentairemaker vol empathie (cover) (EN: documentary photography w/ empathy)
Margi Rotiers / Corentin Fohlen - Haiti de beving voorbij (Haiti beyond the earthquake)
Henk van Cauwenbergh - Durbuy, een jongensdroom Marc Coucke (EN: A boy's dream)
Kim de Molenaer - Enkele reis Athene (portretten) (EN: Singe trip Athens)
Rodney Graham - Humor, ironie en melancholie

Snoecks seems to get better with age!

www.snoecks.be/snoecks-2018/

[02APR2018]

 

 

 
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