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Martha Rosler: Runway, from the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, (c. 1967–1972)

I nearly fell out of bed last night while listening to the Modern Art Notes podcast.  Interviewee in the second part of the show was artist/feminist/activist Martha Rosler (b.1943) and, while making herself lunch during the phone interview by the sounds of it, she casually mentioned Lewis Baltz, in the context of them both photographing landscape as land-use. I know he was a fairly marginal figure for most people into photography, so as a loooOooooong time fan it's a super-special moment for me when he gets a mention out there in the world.

Photograph of Robert T. Lincoln, (c.1865) and Edwin T. Booth (c.1879)

Robert, son of US president Abraham Lincoln, and the man who saved him from possible serious injury at a train station, Edwin T. Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.

Blood afterwards

There was a ton of wildlife around today. Usually I see a few small birds hopping around under the hedges for safety but as I walked along pheasants would repeatedly burst forth and flee into the sky with a frantic whirring sound. But what gave me more of a fright each time were big, rabbits that leaped from cover but only when I was practically putting my foot beside them. They were very brave waiting till I was so close and were perfectly invisible (at least to me anyway). They were big creatures and I don't know who was more shocked at our meeting them or me (it was probably me, actually).

I knew they weren't rabbits but hares when I got back to the road and set off and saw one, fresh roadkill by the verge. In the moment I passed the detail that caught my attention was the rim of blood, bright and new, around the white of its eye.

Hedgerow after cutting

Site C:the war landscape hedgerows, again.

Seeing the Ralph Meatyard video earlier I was motivated enough to get off my wuss ass and go do some more hedge photography, even though I had decided enough was enough with that series. It's not as if anyone apart from Noam Chomsky has given the pictures the time of day - (but if anyone was to, I'm more than happy that it was him... he was probably only being polite, though). The rest of the world was proving perfectly capable of carrying on without the need for hedge photographs. Well mine, anyway.

There's a hill to the south of town that has to be ascended to get out to the airbase a few miles beyond where these particular hedges reside. Last year I could cycle half way up that hill but this year, probably due to unpublicised earth movements, it has now become almost vertical and so I stop at the bottom, strap my bike to my back and scale a cliff face. I suppose it makes sense building an airfield up there beyond, as it would be nearer the sky.  As it is the Reaper dron…

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Check out this Modern Art Notes podcast on The Lexington Camera Club. (It's the second interview in the show so you might want to skip the first 40 minutes or so). It explains how it came about that in a small town in 50's America a group of amateurs became committed art photographers - including local optician Ralph Meatyard.

Cranston Ritchie: Ground Ties, (c. 1956-61)

Modern Art Notes podcast:The Lexington Camera Club

'Run Silent, Run Deep', (1958)


Replay: Aug 2012

Factory: Components

the battlefront

'and then the angels forget to pray for us' (Leonard Cohen)

After the war

Site C: Sunday 13th November 2016

Alison Rossiter

Yossi Milo

"Made from 1950s papers designed for military use, this Alison Rossiter 4-piece composition is among the largest she has ever made. Its simple geometric shapes in white, grey, and black feel almost sculptural, the subtle evidence of her dipping process seen in the rippled undulations of the middle tones." - Loring Knoblauch

Viktoria Binschtok: Orange Wings

Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah, (Leonard Cohen)

John Cale - Shrek: Hallelujah, (Leonard Cohen)

Lana Del Ray: Chelsea Hotel No. 2, (Leonard Cohen)

Nina Simone: Suzanne, (Leonard Cohen)

Leonard Cohen: Dance Me to the End of Love

Tomas van Houtryve: Blue Sky Days @Anastasia Photo

How things can be misconstrued from the drone point of view, collectordaily review and Artforum

Suspect Behavior, 2014