All posts filed under ‘Germany

Foreshadowing

From the excellent Iconic Photos blog, describing a photo Duncan Cameron of a seal hunt.: Photography as a medium is always at its most powerful when it deals with ‘anterior future’ — images which foreshadows a future event good or ill (but mostly ill), such as photos taken before executions, at firing squads, or in […]

Elegy

I have a picture of a Catholic saint leaning on my computer as I write this. It was given to me by an Italian colleague, who rushed to get as I told her that my camera had disappeared – “It has always brought me luck”, she said. This is the kind of reaction I have […]

Weekend Reads

1. Far Away From Here Teju Cole, about his half-year residency in Switzerland, which he spent traveling around the country, taking photos with a film camera, and pondering what makes one’s work good and a place home. Along the way, I felt the constant company of doubt: my lack of talent, my impostor’s syndrome, my […]

“I guess I want to do the impossible and therefore I do nothing.” – Tina Mondotti

“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” – Jorge Luis Borges See also: Moments of 2010, […]

The uncanny imagery of August Sander

Earlier this year, I stumbled upon a rather simply black and white image. It shows three young men, dressed in formal attire, and tilted hats, standing on an open field. It’s a simple enough historic image, but it has a way of grabbing you: The white colors and the pale hands jump out at you, […]

Take red-hot rivets and fasten me to central girders. Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper through blue nights into white stars. – Carl Sandburg