Thursday, January 29, 2009

Altered Peripheral Vision III

Experiments with hand-made lens caps.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Altered Peripheral Vision II

Experiments with double exposures.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Altered Peripheral Vision I

Photographic Experiments to represent that our peripheral vision is black and white (1) and that the first colours we see are yellow and blue (2). Combination of black&white and colour negatives of same shot (1), combination two negatives of same shot with differently died lenses (2).
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Go and See...

...The Reader.
Ok. Hold on. What happened here? German book, English film maker. German setting, English speaking. English actors speaking English with German accents, German actors speaking English with...yes: German accents!?
Was it assumed that there were no good German filmmakers to make a German film? Or was it assumed the English speaking audience was going to be too lazy to read subtitles like in any other film?
Why, Mr. Daldry, don't you make a film with the undoubtedly talented Mrs. Winslet, that doesn't require long-loved German actors like Bruno Ganz (The Downfall) to make a complete monkey of themselves by speaking a foreign language with their own accent in their own country?

On a lighter note, it was nicely photographed, and David Kross' performance was outstanding. Ralph Fiennes, who I actually like very much, had to do a bit much of his 'I just bit my tongue/bit into a lemon/ lost a loved one'-face. (As seen plentifully in The Constant Gardener).

I read the book in highschool. And I remember somehow you were not supposed to like it; while the book was considered to be important, Bernhard Schlink was accused of 'cultural pornograpy'. He was critisised for manipulating the reader into identifying and ultimately liking a nazi. The question of Hannah's guilt and her involvement in 'the final solution' is not dealt with sufficiently.
My main criticism of the film is that Stephen Daldry had the chance to deal with those problems, but did the opposite: The end is just completely ridiculous.
According to its international success it seems hardly anyone in the audience notices that. I assume: Sad ending + tragic music + Fiennes' hurt face = Emotional overload -> audience unable to judge film rationally.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The landlord's cat

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Go and See...

...Che: Part One
Directed by Steven Soderbergh with Benicio Del Toro as a very believable Che Guevara.
On at the Curzon Soho and Renoir.

Self Portrait I

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Go and See...

...This Is War! Robert Capa at Work, Gerda Taro, On the Subject of War at the Barbican.

Robert Capa, Segovia front, Spain, Late May-early June 1937 © International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography.

American soldier landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day, Normandy, France, June 6, 1944 © Cornell Capa International Center of Photography

M-246 Semi Automatic Weapon, Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, Iraq, 2007. Image courtesy: Murray Guy, New York.
[Photo by An-My Le, part of the exhibition on the ground floor.]

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Photographer on ice

(shot by my aunt).

Monday, January 5, 2009

Camera drawings

for new film about 16mm and 35mm relationships.