Tag: photography histor.

Sunday Music

A little stroll through the greenery yesterday. The water in the small new lake was black from tadpoles.

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Trillions of Tadpoles
Trillions of Tadpoles

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They swam against the very modest stream and munched on the algae – at least I think that green stuff are algae.

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Tadpoles Feasting on Algae
Tadpoles Feasting on Algae

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If you look closely you see the first small leaves on the vine stocks.

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First Delicate Green Leaves
First Delicate Green Leaves

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Of course I forgot Their Name
Of Course I Forgot Their Name

The flowers were shaking in the gentle wind, I tried my best.

The village – or better, the local committee of conservationists – tries to keep the inhabitants informed about owls, Käutzchen and other night birds.

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All About Owls
All About Owls

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I Always Knew That These Things Do Have a Life of Their Own
I Always Knew That These Things Do Have a Life of Their Own

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And while you are so patient and made it until here, let’s have some nice Sunday Music and put a spring in our step, San Francisco in the 1936 Tommy Dorsey version – hope you enjoy it !

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Silly Pictures

It’s snowing. A gentle thunder rolls by.

I took some snaps of a thing that sits on the shelves for ages.
How would you call it ?

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Thing 1

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Thing 2

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Thing 4

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Thing 3

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Ruins

Now and then I meander towards the bookshelves and take out something that grabs my attention.
This time it was a book with photographs of old things:
Tote Technik. Ein Wegweiser zu den antiken Stätten von Morgen. Fotos Manfred HAMM (Ger.). Herausgeber Rolf STEINBERG (some books he edited). Einleitender Essay Robert JUNGK [they should realy re-work their site!] (Ger., Eng.), Berlin 1981.
I think it was not yet called “urban exploration” then. And it hits me like a ton of bricks, its 32 years since this book was published!

They show
– “Gemäuer des Krieges” (Verdun, Maginot-Linie, Atlantikwall, (Ger., Eng.)),
– Barry Docks (Eng., pics,  flickr),
– “Versunkene Häfen (New York, Brighton, Port Winston),
– England’s last aircraft carriers (Ark Royal and Eagle in Cairnryan),
– “Ruinen der Montankrise” (“the ancient age of coal and steel”),
– “Die neuen Pyramiden” (heaps of dead cars in Philadelphia and the West Side Elevated Highway in NewYorkCity),
– “Tod in Tucson” (the airplane cemetery in Arizona),
– “Frühe Stätten der Weltraumfahrt” (Cape Canaveral after Apollo), and
– “Morsche Mailer” (ruins of the “atomic state” (Atomstaat (Ger., Eng.) as we used to call it back then, before the Green Party even existed; nuclear power plants at the end of their life cycle) – everything becomes history).

There’s noting to it, just a book and some links. And 32 years.

f 64

Now and then I grab a picture book out of the heap of books that slowly but steadily builds around my bed. This time an Aperture monograph fell in my hands:
Edward WESTON. The Flame of Recognition. His photographs accompanied by excerpts from the Daybooks & Letters. Edited by Nancy NEWHALL. 2nd edition NewYork 1971.
The f-number (Ger., Eng.) (Blendenzahl in German) rules the Schärfentiefe (Ger., Eng.), depth of field. (Schärfentiefe is not exactly the same as Tiefenschärfe, but this is not a camera workshop and I would face serious difficulties to explain it even in German.) The f-number is a number without dimension, it does not come with a unit like centimeter or lux, it describes the ratio between focal length and aperture diameter. Large numbers allow more depth of field, 64 is a very large number. WESTON (a quick glance at his pictures) used for most of his works a Medium Format camera, Mittelformatkamera (Ger., Eng.).
f/64 (Ger., Eng.) is also the name of a group of photographers that formed 1932 as a kind of opposition to the mainstream pictorialist style (Ger., Eng., examples here), as represented for example by STIEGLITZ (Ger., Eng) and located around 291 (Ger., Eng., history here, don’t forget Georgia O’KEEFE).
To this group belonged A. ADAMS (Ger., Eng., essay, works), I.  CUNNINGHAM (Ger. , Eng., trust, heritage),  J. P. EDWARDS  Eng., his estate should be in the Oakland Museum, but I can find nothing there), S. NOSKOWIAK (Ger., Eng., estate at the CCP), H. SWIFT (Eng., his estate should be in the SFMOMA, but it is not shown),  W. VAN DYKE (Ger. , Eng., link here and there), E. WESTON (Ger., Eng., works (!)); HOLDER (Eng.), KANAGA (Eng., work),  LAVENSON (Eng., estate, her mining town pictures) and Brett WESTON (Ger., Eng., archive, gallery), Edward’s son, were associated.
More later.