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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.).
TOYS FOR BOYS: CAMERA EQUIPMENT
I WILL NOT BE SHAMED by VERONIQUE JANSEN| PHOTOGRAPHY
Slutshaming. All women and girls may have to deal with this at some point; for their confidence, sexy clothing or behaviour different from others values they can be labelled 'a slut'..
The series of photographs were made by Veronique Jansen. She portrayed proud young women standing up for their own identity, making their own choices.
Excellent portraits and a relevant subject.
2017 CANON ZILVEREN CAMERA | AWARD WINNING PHOTO JOURNALISM
The 'Zilveren Camera' (EN: Silver Camera) is a Dutch photojournalism competition. It is a initiative (started in 1949) of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Fotojournalisten (NVF), a section of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten.
REMEMBER THE TIMES...? | GOLDEN OLDIES
It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had effectively superseded it by around 1912. Records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed.
By the late 1980s, digital media, in the form of the compact disc, had gained a larger market share, and the vinyl record left the mainstream around 1991.
Phonograph records are generally described by their diameter in inches (12-inch, 10-inch, 7-inch), the rotational speed in revolutions per minute (rpm) at which they are played (8 1⁄3, 16 2⁄3, 33 1⁄3, 45, 78), and their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed (LP [long playing], 12-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 rpm; SP [single], 10-inch disc, 78 rpm, or 7-inch disc, 45 rpm; EP [extended play], 12-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 or 45 rpm); their reproductive quality, or level of fidelity (high-fidelity, orthophonic, full-range, etc.); and the number of audio channels (mono, stereo, quad, etc.).
Vinyl records may be scratched or warped if stored incorrectly, but if they are not exposed to high heat, carelessly handled or broken, a vinyl record has the potential to last for centuries!
NO IS NOT ENOUGH by NAOMI KLEIN | BOOKS POLITICS ENVIRONMENT
Klein's 5th book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need was published in June 2017.
It has also been published Internationally with the alternative subtitle Defeating the New Shock Politics.
Klein's new study in shock politics is a warning of the enormous toxic potential of the Trump presidency and a call to oppose it. Refusal needs to turn into resistance.
As the title suggests, Klein wants her readers to move from refusal to resistance, from a passive stance of opposition to engagement in a programme of action. Turbulence is, at least for the foreseeable future, our new condition, and we must learn to function within it. We have to teach ourselves to stand upright on a moving deck.
In 'Trumpworld' there are only two existential categories: winners and losers. Trump stands for winning, and if you oppose him, you are a loser. His support is curiously immune to scandals and failings that would have sunk other politicians, a curious fact that Klein ascribes to the migration of branding into politics.
Trump has shown that "you don't need to be objectively good or decent; you only need to be true and consistent to the brand you have created". Trump's brand is that he's the boss and part of being the boss is that the rules don't apply to him.
The shock of 9/11 was exploited by various actors to inaugurate a 'security bubble', in which police and security powers were extended and vast resources were diverted from other uses to fight the war on terror.
In The Shock Doctrine (2007), Klein argued that there is a playbook for exploiting shock events such as 9/11 and the Iraq war. As she puts it in No Is Not Enough: "Wait for a crisis (or even, in some instances, as in Chile or Russia, help foment one), declare a moment of what is sometimes called 'extraordinary politics', suspend some or all democratic norms - and then ram the corporate wish list through as quickly as possible."
Klein notes that Trump's cabinet is packed with "masters of disaster", men whose careers have been based on exploiting shock.
Trump's unselfconscious reaction to 9/11 was to see it as a marketing opportunity, remarking to a journalist that he now had the tallest building in Manhattan... Intentionally or not, he has shown himself adept at creating instability, not least in his own workplace, and the fear, as Klein underscores, is that he will be tempted to deliver the ultimate shock in the form of another war!
Klein's book is ultimately optimistic, because she believes the power to make change lies in the popular will. She calls on us to recognise that this will has enemies, and they are making havoc.
CZAR PETER HOUSE in ZAANDAM,NL | HISTORY
LONGER WAYS TO GO | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO EXHIBITION
This collaboration between Phoenix Art Museum and the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP), Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road delves deep into the complex dialogue that photography can enter into with a subject dear to many.
The exhibition includes work by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Ed Ruscha, Joe Deal, Stephen Shore, Richard Avedon, Richard Misrach, Christopher Churchill and Scott B. Davis.
See my roadtrip America Southwest 2017
WYNN BULLOCK - REVELATIONS | PHOTOGRAPHY
Wynn Bullock (1902 – 1975) was born in Chicago and raised in South Pasadena, California.
In 1938 Bullock enrolled at the Los Angeles Art Center School. Three years later, his work was showcased in one of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's early solo photography exhibitions.
Bullock was deeply inspired by fellow photographer Edward Weston, who he met in 1948, and Weston’s work motivated him to investigate straight photography.
During the early 1960s, Bullock departed from the black-and-white imagery for which he was known and produced a major body of work, Color Light Abstractions.
Along with Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer, he was one of the founding photographers whose archives established the Center for Creative Photography in 1975.
In the last decades of his life, he lectured widely, participated in many photographic seminars and symposia, and was a guest instructor for the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops. Bullock died at the age of 73 in November 1975.
THE FAMILY OF MAN | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIION CATALOGUE
UNIFORMED JUSTICE by DONNA LEON | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
Uniform Justice (2003) by Donna Leon is where her faithful policeman Brunetti faces an unsettling case when a young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy. The boy is about the age of his own son.
On the one hand Brunetti is sympathetic to the bereaved family - it's obviously a terrible loss to them - but cannot help feeling nothing but contempt for the attitudes of the boy's teachers and his fellow students.
This is the 12th book in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti-series. I've read them all well out of order, but found that all the Brunetti books read well as standalones.
Donna Leon (b.1942- in Montclair, New Jersey) is the American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.
FANGAR (PRISONERS) | TV SERIES CRIME DRAMA DVD
Linda is sent to serve time in Iceland's only women's prison for a vicious assault that leaves her father in a coma.
Relationships, relationships... Linda's sister was married but her husband left her for a man. We see Linda struggling during her first days in prison; she is obviously from a rich background and regards her make up kit as a critical necessity. Linda is sensitive to the social fabric in the prison and conquers her space; ties to the outside world make them vulnerable.
LIAR TV-SERIES | TV FICTION CRIME DRAMA
'Liar' is a thriller series stars Joanne Froggatt (as Laura Nielson) and Ioan Gruffudd (as Andrew Earlham, suspect as a rapist) and debuted on ITV on 11Sep2017.
Excellent roles by Zoe Tapper as Katy Sutcliffe (Laura's older sister who works with Andrew at the local hospital), Warren Brown as PC Tom Bailey (Laura's ex-boyfriend) and Shelley Conn as DI Vanessa Harmon.
THE LONELY CITY by OLIVIA LAING | BOOKS NON-FICTION
The book is divided into 8 chapters, with each chapter beginning with Laing's experiences being alone in New York, before devolving into reflections on artists and the way in which loneliness permeated their work. In order, the artists discussed are:
Straight off I have to say I was immediately taken in when the book started about Edward Hopper ('Nighthawks'!), whose work informed Laing’s own sense of isolation.
Olivia Laing (b.1977) is a British writer and cultural critic. She is the author of three books: 'To the River' (2011), 'The Trip to Echo Spring' (2013) and 'The Lonely City' (2016). In 2014 she received the 'Eccles British Library Writers Award'.
THE AMSTERDAM CANALS by CRIS TOALA OLIVARES | PHOTOGRAPHY
In spite of knowing Amsterdam pretty well, having walked along these famous canals frequently, now seen through the eyes of Ecuadorian photographer Cris Yoala Olivares I see so many new perspectives!
Cris Toala Olivares is a Dutch-Ecuadorian photographer born in 1982 in Manta, who has followed an education in Amsterdam.
THE RAIN IN PORTUGAL by BILLY COLLINS | POETRY BOOKS
Billy Collins is absolutely one of the best contemporary poets, and his latest collection 'The Rain in Portugal' does a lot of work to show off his strengths.
The title of the book is a play on the traditional rhyme, "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
This poetry collection of 160 pages (56 poems) would be a great primer for anyone who wants to try to experience poetry. While Collins does play around with convention, he does not take it to the extremes as some contemporary poets do. He is one of the most accessible poets that is out there, and he is perfect for beginners.
I read little poetry and have yet to proceed beyond Bukowski and Collins. The latter is more cheerful and friendly. Poetry for different moods.
I'd like to quote just two poems, A Restaurant in Moscow (p.49)
'Even here among the overwhelming millions
and the audible tremble of history,
a solemn trout stared up at me
as it lay on its side on a heavy white plate
next to some broccoli and shards of broken bread.
I could tell from its expression,
or lack of expression, that it was pretending
not to listen to my silent questions about its previous
its cold-water adventures, its capable mother-
and that its winking at me was a trick of candlelight.
But soon, all that was left
was the spine and a filigree of bones,
so I sat back to finish off the wine
and survey this place that had comforted me
with its chests of ice where fish were bedded,
drawings of fish in frames on the white walls,
and the low music. Backed by a hint
of guitar sang a broken-hearted woman
I imagined to be my waitress
who had no English, no I any Russian,
and who never once smiled, yet she had waited
for me to close my notebook
and put away my pen before clearing my plate
as if she understood the provocative nature of this trout.
And how sweet to realize this only later
after I had put on my raincoat
and was back in the drizzle of the wide boulevard
among pedestrians on their private missions,
heading downhill to my hotel,
the onion domes of St. Basil's lit up in the distance.'
And here is 'Note to J.Alfred Prufrock' (p.69)
'I just dared to eat
a really big peach
as ripe as it could be
and I have on
a pair of plaid shorts
and a blue tee shirts with a h0le in it
and little rivers of juice
are now running down my chin and wrist
and dripping onto the pool deck.
What is your problem, man?'
My edition by Random House, New York (2016) is a lovely edition and I always appreciate a last word about the type used, in this case Garamond, described as clear, open and elegant.
DEMOCRACY INC by SHELDON S. WOLIN | BOOKS POLITICS USA
Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
While the book was published during the George W. Bush ('George II') Administration, the content also strongly refers to what we see happening during the Donal J. Trump Administration. Perhaps even stronger!
THE NETHERLANDS: OFF THE SHELF by HANS VAN DER MEER | PHOTOGRAPHY
Wherever you go, a country's unique character is more clearly visible in its small towns than in its major cities.
Small towns that adopt the aspirations of cities - marketing slogans suggesting a great experience, an amazing future or outstanding business opportunities. The truth is, most of what we see in the public domain is simply ordered from a catalogue - mail order shopping!
Hans van der Meer captures this world from a stepladder and shows the Dutch comfortable, common public domain: sometimes trite, often hiding its familiarity in a clutter of objects.
THE LOCH a.k.a. LOCHNESS | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA
The search for a serial killer (kept silent for a long time) is a once in a lifetime career opportunity for detective Annie Redford, who is trying to cope with her first murder case; her motherly-care for the well-being of her daughter does not sit well with her superior.
Laura Fraser is the local DS Annie Redford and Siobhan Finneran is DCI Lauren Quigley, sent over from Glasgow, to take charge of the investigation.
The Loch (also known as 'Loch Ness') is a six-part British television drama series, first broadcasted on ITV on 11Jun2017.
A small town police officer with the Scottish Highland Police is confronted with her first murder investigation, of piano teacher Niall Swift who is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the picturesque village of Lochnafoy, Loch Ness.
When it becomes apparent that part of Swift's brain has been removed, and a human heart belonging to another victim is found close by, Annie's team realise they are searching for a serial killer.
Supporting cast includes Don Gilet as psychological profiler Blake Albrighton, John Sessions as Annie's boss DCI Frank Smilie, Gray O'Brien as Alan Redford, Annie's husband, and William Ash as local tourist operator Leighton Thomas.
The series was filmed in the summer of 2016 and was shown in full in the Netherlands and Australia before its British broadcast. In both countries, the series was aired under its original title of Loch Ness. The reason for this change of name is unknown but may have been done so as not to confuse viewers expecting a series about the loch's famous inhabitant...
I liked the series, plenty of wide-eyed drama and a pretty good plot in a small village with personal parallel plot lines. Hope for a 2nd series.
PEAKY BLINDERS #3 | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA
THE MIND'S EYE by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | PHOTOGRAPHY MEMOIRS
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) began his career in photography in 1930.