All posts filed under ‘Germany

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

“The universe tends towards maximum entropy, the condition of ultimate disorder from which there is no return. The eggs will all have scrambled, the sand castles blown down, the sun and the stars faded to uniformity.” – James Gleick, Time Travel

The Fourth Dimension

After a summer break, here’s the third episode of my podcast, Available Light. I produced it after thinking about Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment, what it means for originality, and remembering a sentence I heard in an interview a while back. You can listen below – or click “Read more” to continue to the transcript.