Montag, 30. Januar 2012

I heart...

Tom McRae: My Vampire Heart. Because of the lyrics and the voice. It's oldish and wonderful:


horses with dots
the sad horse

bad ass photographers who manage to capture a fly flying
FLy by Arief Perdana (Ariefperdana)) on 500px.com
FLy by Arief Perdana


elephants
... by Mark Podrabinek (Mar4ello)) on 500px.com
... by Mark Podrabinek


calmness
3 by Sarah M (sarah_M)) on 500px.com
3 by Sarah M

Samstag, 28. Januar 2012

Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2012

Frost

 

 

Dust of Snow


    The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.

    (Robert Frost )

Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2012

Walter Moers: Der Schrecksenmeister

Der SchrecksenmeisterDer Schrecksenmeister by Walter Moers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eigentlich wollte ich mich beklagen, dass ich einfach dieses Mal nicht in seinen Stil gekommen bin. Und überhaupt waren mir die Beschreibungen teilweise viel zu langatmig und der Erzähler hätte sich ruhig etwas kürzer fassen und das Ganze etwas zügiger erzählen können. Aber dann kam das Nachwort von Moers und alles ist gut. Er hat sein Bestes gegeben, Mythenmetz Erzähltempo zu beschleunigen.

Ich schließe das Buch also mit einem wohligen Gefühl und voller Liebe zu Echo. Ich will auch ein Krätzchen (wobei.. wenn ich denke dass meine beiden Mietzen anstatt zu miauen diskutieren könnten und noch klüger wären als ich...mh).

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Montag, 23. Januar 2012

Speyer in black and white


Come, take a trip with me and my old Revueflex to Speyer. As you can see, Speyer is a rather old city. It has a cathedral, the Speyrer Dom, which is really beautiful.

It also has wonderful little shops and bookstores.


And of course many more things to do: museums, its very own Sea Life, food and atmosphere. So if your are ever in the area, have a look.

Samstag, 21. Januar 2012

Mittwoch, 18. Januar 2012

George R.R. Martin: A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Half of them are probably praying for a good raping.
This annoys me so much. In my opinion a bit more thought on rape would have been helpful. No woman would seriously think that, not even Cersei. It has been made clear that this is a world full of evil and apparently all good must perish. The people have no regards for life, animals, women. Obviously. They are also disrespectful. I get it. But I think these 'hints' or ways of showing the cruelty of the world have to be used with care and don't have to be flung about wildly and all the time. Tyrion doesn't always have to waddle. I take offense increasingly. Rape is not something you lightly add. Have it matter or have consequences. I have understood very quickly, that the majority of characters do not share this view. But the author should not have such careless narrators and even though it is the 3rd person narrator... that one isn't very consistent either (I have spotted him slip into the omniscient or switch POVs during one chapter).

Also.. please stop comparing the author with Tolkien. Tolkien's work was about good defeating evil, we all know what historical time it is referring to. In Tolkien's books people are tolerant and work together out of love and respect. This is Tolkien's message. To me, so far, the message of these books is: go ahead and rape and maim and slaughter, it doesn't matter, the world fucks you up anyway and the bad and most scheming people win no matter what you do.

Anyway... continuing to read now. (Also please do not introduce further random character's POV.. because if I have never even paid a mind to them or heard of them before, I do not want to read about them. I want to read about those that I have come to know over the last thousand and more pages.)

EDIT: I'm finished and boy this one was a waste of time. In the author's note he said "that the readers would be better served by a book that told all the story for half the characters than half the story for all the characters". Well, I think you made the wrong choice.

Because:
a) I wasted 900 pages on a story of mostly side characters which could have been told in 100 pages. The story did not progress. I was forced to witness the loooong events happening to and destroying some of the characters I previously haven't invested any second thought in. (And yes Arya and Sansa, who has now a personality disorder it seems, turned up briefly.) What do I care for the Princess of Dorne? Can you tell me that? I know it serves a purpose but it could have been told quicker. Length is not always a good thing.
b) I have to re-read it again in the next book... in a way. The timeline will repeat itself. Seriously, bad decision.

During the whole read I felt that the narrator (and thus the author.. yes I know, not the same thing) has been telling me: "Hey, look these are the protagonists, I call them the Starks and we will focus on their lives. That over there is the evil enemy (remember the Others anyone?). And also, winter is coming." Only to then go: "Naaah fooled you. Let's what else we can talk about and who else and oh, snow will wait..." I feel cheated. I really do. And I'm annoyed.


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Montag, 16. Januar 2012

I heart...

Owls:

http://daily-owls.tumblr.com/post/14993602323
http://daily-owls.tumblr.com/post/14993333202/submitted-by-maybetheyreninjaturtles  (even though that one frightens me...)
Owl charm

http://gingerlivingpurposefully.tumblr.com/post/15118685895/look-a-leaf


Kanincheneule.

http://daily-owls.tumblr.com/post/15062133250


http://daily-owls.tumblr.com/post/14993763069

Sonntag, 15. Januar 2012

Shop Update: Iphone

I took detailed photographs of some of my paintings. Rendered them black and white or left the color and uploaded them to my Society 6 Shop. The cases are also available for laptops and as prints.

I'll upload more in the course of the next weeks. If you like them, please tell your friends :-)

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2012

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012

365 project

Two years ago I did the 365 photo project. Last year, sadly I decided against  it but this year I gave myself the challenge to shoot 365 double exposures.

I'm not very good at those and I really want to learn how to rock them. So I loaded my first film into my pimped Diana+.

My Diana Edelweiß Edition is now adorned with the 35 mm wide angle lens and the appropriate view finder.

Hopefully I will have minimized cut off heads, since the Diana is originally intended to function best with 120 film.
Furthermore I added the 35 mm back because it is way to expensive to shoot rollfilm on a daily basis. I keep that one for my Hasselblad.






Sadly.. on Monday said 35 mm back just dropped off exposing the previous two shots I have taken to light and also the next two or three frames. It was my fault I think. I didn't lock it properly. But I stood there for a second wanting to sob and give up.

But then that's the thing about film. You never know what will happen. It is also extremely difficult to stop shooting. Because I really want to only shoot one frame a day with the Diana. And not everything else that I find interesting.. so I guess I'll just take two cams with me. :-)

Do you have any art projects planned for this year? Or other daily excersises?

Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

Look what I did:



I set up an account over at Society 6. These are the first prints I have uploaded and I really like it over there. I shall keep you posted.

You know that I already have set up a prints account on Deviant Art, but I like to have all the options available that are out there.

Now... heads up. There will be a give away soon. I'm still thinking through the details and then I shall keep you posted. I'm excited, it's my first.

Until then, why don't you just have a look around Society 6? There are wonderful prints out there.

Mittwoch, 4. Januar 2012

Lomography: you're doing it right

The Lomography community is all about communicating and the appreciation of photographs. You can search the site using different methods to find photos that could be of interest to you (because lets face it, not everyone is that crazy about cats as I am). You can look for tags, type of camera or film, the time when the photo was taken etc.

Now there is also the Hex option. This means you get a palette of colors and once you have selected a color you like, you get all the photos that have that color in them.

Have two examples.

1. The color is called "Shakespeare" (happy accident or what?)

this is the randomly selected blue color

and these are shots that have it

2. You don't like blue? Have some random green.






That is so neat. I could spend entire weeks with the thing. I have to go there at least once a day, pick a random color and add all the pics I like to my favorites.

What do you think? Helpful or not? And don't you just wish this was available for other digital shots?

Montag, 2. Januar 2012

I heart...

because it is refreshingly different



red lips



wolves

wolves-speedwell forge_0224

this



her photos:



Society6 because it has the best prints available
http://society6.com/product/Dream-hKR_Print/