The menu system on many digital cameras is a labyrinth of options and sub options and sub-sub options. Functions are often called unexpected things and it's easy to switch on (or off) something that should be off (or on). The moon was bright tonight so it was time to turn off auto-preview (which is like shining a bright flashlight after every exposure, visible for half a mile) and set up the mirror lock up thingie which reduces vibration, and tie string around my tripod (so I can lower it to the ground on the other side, when I have climbed to the top of a fence to get in), then go take pictures by the light of the silvery moon.
Once in whenever I hear a siren (I never knew there were so many) I worry someone has phoned the police having seen 'something suspicious' (some of the new houses overlooking the site are occupied now) - I bring ID - or when I hear an unexpected noise in the vicinity I wonder if there's someone else in there, too (but looking for something …
Throughout her career, photographer Laurie Simmons (1949) has staged
scenes with dolls, dummies and occasionally people for her camera. In
the fall of 2009, Simmons opened a new chapter to her work and ordered a
customized, high-end “Love Doll” from Japan. The surrogate sex partner
arrived in a crate, clothed in a transparent slip and accompanied by a
separate box containing an engagement ring... The first days of somewhat formal and shy
poses give way to an ever-increasing familiarity and comfort level as
time passes. A second doll arrived one year later. This new character,
and the interaction between the two, reveal yet another dynamic in
composition, both formal and psychological. In search of a stage for her
Love Doll, Simmons turned to her own home, transforming it into an
artfully staged, color coordinated, oversized dollhouse. A tale of
disquieting adult fantasy, desire and regret, The Love Doll accompanies
the complete photographic se…
Nearly everyone at work has suffered the bug in the last month or two. and last week during Session #3 (someone else's spare bedroom) I found I had it, too, the first signs. Eight days later I've still got it but tonight I made home made lentil soup as start of the fight back.
The BBC rarely risks the wrath of the Israeli lobby and their new DG will almost certainly be getting a kicking (and on a Sunday, too) for this, a story that expresses unambiguous sympathy for a colleague in Gaza who's baby son was killed.
Just lookng at the sky is one of the best things about being alive.
Last weekend I got unwell for a few days but then when feeling healthier again was accompanied by such an unexpected rush of life through the body. It felt for all the world like Spring had unexpectedly turned up one day, internally, and in late November. It was so surprising. And kinda nice.
Today I bought Hans-Christian Schink's book 1hr (a return to compulsive buying of photo books). They are elemental observations, studiously acknowledging the trajectory of the sun, a dark stain on the cold, ash gray paper. They may have some kind of beauty, meaning. I'm not sure. I think I may like them.
At a charity shop this afternoon bought a classic knee length pin-striped dark gray skirt and modern-cut pin-striped light gray jacket. (A return to compulsive buying of female clothes.) I got them despite realising I knew the guy who was working at the counter and that he knew me. As it was we talked a while and…
The construction site at the bottom of my road is two years into the build of a fairly big housing estate, on the site of a semi-conductor manufacturing factory. I usually photograph the work in progress, the point of transformation, with its debris, the heaps of earth and rubble and general organised chaos, but today I went to photograph the completed houses, many of which are already occupied. Strangely I was just as apprehensive simply walking down those brand new streets as when scaling a fence on the other side where there's no-one around, and after about ten minutes someone appeared from one of the houses, 'what are you doing?', 'what are you taking pictures for?'. He came up behind me just as I was having a total fail on the auto-focus.
A selection of the creatures documented from the
Temae Reef. The 392 creatures pictured here include species of fish,
crabs, worms, shrimp, algae, snails, and other marine invertebrates.
Location: Temae Reef, Moorea, French Polynesia
This might look like some kind of microscopic organism, but it’s
actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured
less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera,
which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one
nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from
roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and three times hotter than the surface of the sun.