To many people, "geek" and "nerd" are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase "sports geek" — an occasional substitute for "jock" and perhaps the arch-rival of a "nerd" in high-school folklore. If "geek" and "nerd" are synonyms, then "sports geek" might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, "sports nerd" either doesn't compute or means something else.)
So these are some of the things I did on my Switzerland tour. First, I went to Amriswil to shoot with the legendary Dan Fehr, known as artofdan. We worked at his impressive studio in the beautiful countryside where amongst other things I became one with some sand and had the dirtiest bath ever. And then for something completely different we made a little excursion to water some tulips in a greenhouse.
My next big project in Switzerland was a couple of days of workshops with Fabien and Anya Queloz of Ellestudio at their comfortable studio and at some stately houses. Fabien is French Swiss and Anya is Russian. One of the most hospitable couples I’ve met, and a really top notch dynamic duo. These are some of Fabien’s photos from the studio, all taken on film camera. The picture in front of the stately home was a challenge because the place was more crowded than it looks, and I do avoid *actual* public flashing; if I want to make a political statement that’s something I can do on my own time ;-). I used the censored version of this pic because I think it has more comedy value.
Luzern – the outrageously pretty town which features in this video - is where I met Klaus P. Grabner. He picked me up in his eccentric yellow van and we drove to his beautifully quirky wooden house where I also met and conversed with his brilliant, glamorous French wife. Since Klaus’ English was about as good as my German, I had a chance to actually converse in half-German and realized that I really need to invest in some courses. Klaus makes incredible haunting landscape photos which I recommend seeing…
I’ve been almost perpetually in a state of being ‘on tour’ since the beginning of this year, but now I’m back at my base in Berlin for just about long enough to sit down and record some of my adventures on the bloggy thing. I also started using tumblr within the last 24 hours, and much of the content between this blog and that one will overlap, though this one will involve more discursive writings from time to time, and tumblr will be for piccies.
So I started the year with a Europe tour beginning in Switzerland. A short documentation of my little excursion, starting with Zurich, featuring Amriswil and concluding in Luzern.
My second installment of iPhone vid tributes to cool cities. Reykjavík, capital of Iceland, veritable world-class partying town, a considerably cool and cute city on that eccentric island floating in the North Sea. This is Reykjavík’s New Year celebrations which they take very seriously (in so far as they take anything seriously). Music is ‘Reykjavík’ by Sykur. The lyrics in the chorus ‘Reykjavík ϸú vekur mig’ mean ‘Reykjavík you wake me (up)’.
So here are some results from the first couple of shoots I did in Berlin.
For these photos by Frank Obloch I took a long bus ride into the Wintery depths of easternmost Berlin and found my way into a mysterious abandoned primary school where we used one of the classrooms as a studio.
These pictures were meticulously choreographed by Holger Diedrich in a grand venue in Pankow, with the help of a make-up artist from Hungary.
Shortly after moving to Berlin I embarked on one of my Europe tours, this time comprising Zurich, Luxembourg, Bonn, Nijmegen and Amsterdam. Watch this space for footage and pictures from my Swiss adventures in the next installment.
Rumours of my disappearance have not been exaggerated. A couple of months ago I somewhat mysteriously vanished from Cambridge and to my own surprise migrated into Continental Europe. The short answer to the question why is ‘for fun’, but there’s also a longer back story involving – in a convoluted way – a handful of adventures in the Icelandic mountains, targeted advertising, and Wittgenstein. I’ll eventually tell this fascinating tale in a later instalment. For now, here’s a short video I put together in answer to the question ‘How’s Berlin?’ The music is by the Icelandic band Sykur.
Yep, there’s no denying it; my boyfriend and I are, de facto, those 20-something expat Künstler (see below for alternative spelling) who sit in cafes with their MacBooks wearing scarves, hanging out in abandoned warehouse basements with kids who knit, and contributing in our own helplessly irresponsible way to the gentrification of one more not quite formerly-east-of-the-Wall urban quarter. Imagine this. I’m a self-employed creative and my boyfriend runs a software startup – the embodiment of a stereotype if ever there was one. The inevitability with which my spontaneous free will led to participation in a well-known statistical trend, though totally unsurprising objectively, does give me a faintly strange sense of Oedipean paradox. Know what I mean?
Clearly I haven’t quite got the hang of blogging, because posts are usually about the recent past; here’s one about the near future. Yes, that’s right. I’m advertizing.
Dale Strickland-Clark is holding a studio day at MWM Studio in Wokingham, Berkshire on April 17th, a whole day devoted to facilitating the taking of naked photographs of Rebecca Tun.
I literally mouthed the words that ‘OMG’ stand for when I saw this photo, and for me that’s a big deal.
The most beautiful woman in the world, photographed by the most talented female portrait photographer in the world…genius. One thing I really like is that Ellen von Unwerth really knows how to use blown out highlights to great effect. The portrait is almost like an ink drawing in the way it uses so few lines and such little shading.
|Winona Ryder – photographer Ellen von Unwerth|
By way of wishing everyone restful holidays and a peaceful new year, I thought I’d feature a collection of some pleasant pictures depicting lying down on beds, resting, reclining, sleeping, snoozing, and generally having a relaxing time. These pictures all suggest to me a feeling of peace.