Das Schicksal II

Back in 2014 i posted a couple of digital shots of this statue. Mysteriously people are visiting most days. Of course i’ll never know why.

Here are two Hasselblad shots from the same day.

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Destiny is a cruel mistress, but i suspect she rewards serendipity…

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Susan Sontag On Photography

susan sontag_on photography_coverA series of essays that critique photography and the culture of images. A critical critique.

As someone who has taken a lot of photographs, but hasn’t really tried to understand the implications of the act of photographing, or the impact of the images themselves, it’s something akin to a slap in the face.

While i wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable read, it’s definitely thought provoking and in the end worthwhile for the new perspective.

If you ever find yourself wondering why certain photographs have the impact that they do, why people take photographs on holiday, if photography is art, if photographs are art, the relationship between image and memory, the impact of images on society, their role in society… this would be a good place to start. Just don’t expect to arrive at the end of the book with more answers than questions.

Street Art

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These are all over Sternschanze / Feldstrasse right now. They remind me of a Picasso style paste up that that i saw around Rote Flora a couple of summers ago. That was an isolated one off piece – at least i don’t recall seeing others, but it really stuck with me. Along with other examples like the above, there was also the following:

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referencing beg4cred, which in turn leads to a South London artist, Samuel Mead (see instagram, bigcartel). My assumption is they are the same hand… maybe i’m wrong?

The style makes me think of the Austin Osman Spare’s automatic drawings, but more minimal. The fine lines in the one above flow perfectly, must be wonderful to feel them come out onto paper!