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Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to
talk about himself. -
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.).
LOST WHEELS by DIETER KLEIN | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
Strange and isolated places aren't everyone's cup of tea - but they are where photographer Dieter Klein gets to work.
This artful book on abandoned cars in forgotten places truly hits the spot with me. A dedication in superb photography, magnificent.
LEICA Q | DIGITAL COMPACT PHOTO CAMERA
Ever since collecting books of famous photojournalists and street photographers, I am fascinated by the Leica brand. Some 20+ years ago I used a Leica SLR and remember how reliable it was while built as a brick (and as heavy!).
The Leica Q2 has the specifications and price that rekindled my fascination, though comparisons by e.g. DPReview and experts through their YouTube channels indicate that while the Leica scores top marks other similar cameras come close for a (much) lesser price.
I took two similar photos with both cameras today and sat down to compare: the Leica Q ('Typ 116') and the Panasonic DMC-G80.
I am not one to go & show for the biggest, best or most expensive camera (or maybe it is too early for me to admit as much).
Indeed, I would rather have acquired the Leica Q-P, with the red dot changed to black and placed less conspicuous.
LINE OF DUTY, SEASON 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Season 2 is called The Ambush.
VIVIAN MAIER - THE COLOR WORK | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
Vivian Dorothy Maier (b.01Feb1926 - d.21Apr2009) worked for about 40 years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago's North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time.
Maier was privat to the extreme. Also in her presentation and dressing
she was seen was as 'typical'. She remains a bit of an enigma for she passed on before she became famous for her photography and can't be asked for what exactly motivated her.
She had hoarded so much stuff, she needed to rent storage space, but she failed to pay the rent for a number of years so the contents were sold at an auction for a minimal amount of money, sight unseen. This included her negatives, prints, audio recordings, and 8 mm film. Some 150 rolls of film had been exposed but never developed.
Mostly known for her black and white photography, Vivian Maier is now an icon in American street photography. Maier’s observant eye as an unknown outsider and as a woman makes her work a significant addition to the canon of photography.
HET IS NOOIT LEUK ALS JE TEGEN EEN BOOM RIJDT by MARCEL VAN ROOSMALEN
Rarely do I feel the urge to laugh out loud when reading a book: Bill Bryson does that to me as well as Marcel van Roosmalen.
In this book we read about a weekend with 'the common man' in holiday park De Kempervennen, on safari with a group of journalists through the open-air museum Volendam, on the train on the way to the wedding of Frans Bauer.
REBECKA MARTINSSON, SEASON 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Over the past few years I've read the superb books by
ETCHINGS OF RURAL JAPAN by TANAKA RYŌHEI | ART
Ryohei Tanaka (born in Takatsuki, Japan, 1933 is a Japanese artist. He specialises in printmaking, through etching.
I came upon his work visiting a large exhibition in Japanhouse (Leiden,NL) earlier this year (MyBlog 2020Q1) and was blow away by the amount of detail, nuance in grey tones with only a rare etching with a dab of colour (equally stunning I must emphasize), quite is mind boggling!
In recent years I must admit that I sometimes struggled with some Japanese art and -photography, but with photography by Daido Moriyama (MyBlog 2018Q4), woodblock prints by (e.g.) Hokusai and these etchings by Ryohei Tanaka (also written as Tanaka Ryohei) I am enthused with renewed energy to seek out Japanese contempory art!
It seems the proper spelling is Ryōhei, but I think most gave up on finding the proper code for the Latin letter O with macron... I found it on altcodeunicode.com/alt-codes-letter-o-with-accents. My usual favourite for html keyboard characters is www.freecodecamp.org/news/alt-codes-special-characters-keyboard-symbols-windows-list/ but it failed me this time.
DONKERE DAGEN by MARTIN BRIL | COLUMNIST
Donkere Dagen ('Dark Days') - nieuwe berichten uit het land; Martin Bril
PARIS by PAUL ALMASY | PHOTOBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a book I recently acquired for the subject of nostalgic streetphotography, for I had not heard of Paul Almasy before. And so pleased I ordered this book! Ca. 116 amazing photographs, a book that will be forever a pleasure to pick up and browse!
Paul Almasy (1906-2003) was a pioneer of photojournalism. For more than six decades he traveled the world with his camera and during this time took about 120.000 photographs.
At the tender age of 17, Paul Almasy left his native Budapest and after various interludes, among others in Vienna and Munich, he ended up in Paris.
LIAR, SEASON 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Liar is a British thriller tv-series co-produced by ITV and SundanceTV.
The first series saw Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as two people whose initial attraction leads to far-reaching consequences for them and their friends and families. This series was broadcasted on ITV
The programme was renewed for a second and final series, Liar 2, which premiered on 02Mar2020.
With again sterling performances by Joanne Froggatt (as Laura Nielson) and Gruffudd (as Andrew Earlham), but the entire cast showed no weaknesses.
The 2nd series focuses on a whodunnit storyline involving the cliffhanger of the first series' finale: Andrew's dead body ending up in the marshes; this is where the 2nd series take off after a private pilot spotted the body when the tide was out.
DI Vanessa Harmon (Shelley Conn) who led the investigation in the first series is now suspended pending an inquiry for helping Laura to clear her name and DI Karen Renton (Katherine Kelly) has been dispatced the Metropolitan Police to lead the inquiry second time around. And from the start Renton suspects Laura for killing Andrew.
Laura started dating again but her distrust in men in general sees this breaking up.
Laura's sister Katy (Zoë Tapper) has resorted to drinking for the strained relation with Laura and the seperation with husband Liam and her two kids.
DI Harmon is pregnant but both she and Katy as well as Winnie Peterson, a nurse like Katy who was also raped by Earlham, they all help Laura to find the person who has planted evidence that suggest Laura is the killer.
The amount of energy Joanne Froggatt thows into her role as Laura, the desperation, anger and putting her friends under pressure to help her, is quite astounding.
We also find how Andrew became the serial rapist that got him killed in the end.
The second series is no less than the first series.
GO NO GO by AD VAN DENDEREN | PHOTOBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
'Go No Go' is photographer Ad van Denderen's acclaimed project on contemporary migration and European border politics.
Over a period of 12 years Ad van Denderen photographed migrants and refugees who were under way to the rich West. He stayed for weeks in squalid pensions in Istanbul, where Pakistanis wait for the human traffickers who will bring them to Greece. He joined police patrols along the border between Greece and Turkey, where it was primarily Sri Lankans who were arrested, and watched how men and women stepped soaking wet from their small boats at night near Tarifa, in Spain, after their rough sea passage from Morocco.
Ever more people make the decision to leave house and home. Aided by their families, they will journey for months, sometimes under dreadful conditions.
Sad to note so little progress has been made to this day by the EU on the subject of this immigration problem. A solution seems not in sight.
CARDINAL - SEASON 4 | CANADIAN TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION
Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama tv-series, which was 1st broadcast on 25Jan2017.
THE LEGACY by YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR | BOOKS CRIME FICTION NOVEL
Iceland’s Yrsa Sigurdardottir surprised me with a stunning crime novel not featuring the main protagonist from the two previous books I read by her: Thora Gudmundsdottir.
The Legacy is equal parts 'police procedural' and suspense narrative.
SUNSHINE (SUNSHINE KINGS) | MINISERIES TV CRIME FICTION
The story of 'Sunshine' (a.k.a. 'The Sunshine Kings') follows the life of Jacob, a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by US scouts for the US College league.
BEFORE WE DIE - SEASON ONE | SCANDI TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION
Before We Die (Svenska: Innan vi dör) is a Swedish thriller tv-series which premiered for Sveriges Television on 15jan2017.
Though some of the plotlines seem to disappear without a trace the 10 episodes have plenty of twists and turns, with dark aspects making it worthy of the label 'scandi noir'.
SOMMERDAHL MURDERS | SCANDI CRIME FICTION
A love triangle between Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind), his wife Marianne Sommerdahl (Laura Drasbæk) and their best friend Flemming Torp (André Babikian) occurs as they try to solves killings in Helsingør.
Police investigator Dan Sommerdahl and his wife, Marianne, are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary when Dan is suddenly called to work after a woman is found dead. Marianne once more feels her husband choosing work over her and her daughter.
Dan, Marianne and Flemming have to face each other at work for she is the forensic expert supporting their crime investigations.
While Sommerdahl has promised to be in time for their intimate anniversary dinner, he does not show up. However a friend from schooldays shows up and after much wine the two end up in bed together. Sommerdahl has not the insight that this is a result of many years of neglect and meanwhile there are murders to solve..
Not the best of Scandinavian crime series I thought, dialogues are not always convincing, the love triangle is a bit corny, entertaining nevertheless in a summer romantic sort of way.
LAST RESORTS BY MARTIN PARR | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
Leisure, in all its manifest forms, has occupied Martin Parr for his entire career. But from funfairs to food to flower shows, nowhere is the pursuit of pleasure more nakedly apparent than on the beach.
Martin Parr (b.23May1952) is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world.
Another book by Martin Parr, Small World, is discussed on MyBlog 2020Q2.
SANDSCULPTURES AT MARKELO | ART
A few days ago I visited this fine estate, Markelo (also referred to as Castle Markelo) near Diepenheim, in the province of Overijssel (The Netherlands). The grounds are open for visitors and upon our visit there was the special attraction of 16 sandsculptures on the theme of Dutch proverbs.