farm city!

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March 27, 2011
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Nick the Tailor; ‘love’; Nanook; Gaia; city-heart.

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pretty.

December 14, 2010
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trapped.

October 28, 2010
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Cecil Day. Printmaker. Nova Scotia.

“In Traps, her most recent series, she looks to the subject of hunting in developing a suite of etchings that illustrate, to scale, traditional traps—box traps, snares, leg irons—alongside their related quarry.”

This is the only print from Day’s latest series that I could find, but I was lucky enough to see the entire series at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia during the recent Nocturne: Art at Night event in Halifax. You can see some of her other work here.


nacktkultur .

August 5, 2010
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Gerhard Riebicke. Photographer. Germany.

‘Nude Culture’ was a movement in 1920s Germany. Gerhard Riebicke was there, documenting scores of Aryans jumping, playing, shooting bows-and-arrows, naked.
I’m not so into nudism, but I frequently swim naked. And I less frequently bike naked.


coming through slaughter.

July 5, 2010
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E.J. Bellocq. Photographer. New Orleans. 1873-1949.

Like most good things, I first heard of Bellocq in a novel by Michael Ondaatje.
Bellocq’s photos feature the prostitutes of Storyville, New Orleans’ legalized red light district around the turn of the last century.
A good example of vernacular photography, I think.


build this city.

June 6, 2010
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Lewis Hine. American. Photographer. Sociologist. Labour Rights Activist. 1874-1940.

Lewis Hine took thousands of photos of workers in the United States. His work was instrumental in child-labour reform.
Needless to say, the subject matter is right up my alley and the composition, beautiful.
(I think my favourites are of the lone worker, constructing high above the city below).


skate usa.

June 6, 2010
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solidarity forever.

May 1, 2010
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May Day / Jane Jacobs.

Today’s May Day, International Workers’ Day.
I spent the day in Halifax, participating in a ‘Jane’s Walk’ – a celebration of cities, this city in particular. The walk takes it’s name from the legendary Jane Jacobs – a rad, inspiring woman. In the 1960s she wrote about urban communities, planning and design in ways that are still resonant today.
[The bottom photo is of Jacobs, riding a bike].
And so we walked. And talked. And it was good.


city-kids.

April 29, 2010
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Vivian Maier. French-Born American. Photographer. Chicago. 1926-2009.

I cam across Vivian Maier’s photos in a roundabout, blogabout way. She was an amateur photographer who took thousands of photos of her neighborhoods in Chicago and New York, most of the medium-format film and slides went undiscovered until John Maloof purchased her estate at an auction a few years ago.
Since then, he’s been developing the photos and posting them to this blog.. I’m really into these photos of kids playing, but there are hundreds more, most of them have caught my eye. I’ll certainly explore her work further, post more here.

(The final photo in the series is a self-portrait).


the cause.

April 10, 2010
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I.R.A. Murals – for a United Ireland.

I support street art, political spirit and a united Ireland.


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