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Six Reels of Joy

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*In Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish enclave in Northern Syria, an old-fashioned cinema with red velvet seats and golden drapes is filled with children that have never seen a movie before. It turns out to be a silent film: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for those kids to see this film on the big screen. Not just because they live in a dangerous world, but because Chaplin’s […]

China Girls

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I had never heard of them, but a little subplot in Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers was a first hint; meet the China Girls. Nowadays color timing is done digitally, but from the beginning of cinema until the 1990s film technicians used gray scales and color strips as reference to create a uniform color balance and tonal density for each reel. They also used the color of the China Girl‘s skin tones. These women (often lab […]

Interesting Ladies 12: The Dahomey Amazons

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  In what is now the Republic of Benin in West Africa (formerly Dahomey) there used to be an all-female military regiment; brave women called  Mino (“Our mothers”), these women warriors were recruited among the Ahosi (“King’s wives”). They were trained to be disciplined fighting machines, with much emphasis on endurance and physical strength. Knives, clubs, and later rifles were part of their arsenal. If you were unlucky and captured, you were likely to lose […]

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves – William Shakespeare

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“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos Cool fact: The Apollo astronauts were sent to the moon with modified Hasselblad cameras strapped to their chests. © NASA Images Song for today: Madonna – Lucky Star

Cool Dude 1

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When I came across this picture, my mind was blown; how much awesomeness can one man posses? Larger than life he has inspired a new category on this blog. Arctic explorer, author, journalist, anthropologist, Peter Freuchen (1886 – 1957) is the real deal and some of his adventures simply sound fantastical: When caught under several feet of snow he dug himself out by crafting a chisel from his own poo (a native technique). He married […]

The Beauty of Sadness

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In Victorian times (childhood) mortality rates were very high and after the invention of the daguerreotype memorial portraiture – postmortem photography – became a common way of remembering the dead. Grieving families would commission these sad portraits of their recently deceased loved ones. Some of these photos can be very disturbing to the modern eye, but others are incredibly moving.   PS. There is some debate whether the photos of the woman with her eyes […]

Moved to Tears

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This is a diffrent kind of post, but lately I have been feeling very sensitive to all the injustice in the world in a way that cannot be cured by simply writing a check to some charity or relief fund. I sit uncomfortably in my own privileged skin as I read about Syrians, child brides, refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean in leaky tubs. In this frame of mind I came across a Ted Talk […]

Interesting Lady 9

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Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) was a writer, journalist, inventor and industrialist. Perhaps most famous for her trip around the world in less than eighty days, she undertook the trip to see if Jules Verne’s famous book could be turned into reality. In 1889 she started a journey of almost 25,000 miles around the globe that took her to England, France (meeting with Jules Verne), Italy, Ceylon, Singapore (buying a monkey), Hong Kong and Japan. […]

The Most Beautiful Suicide

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On May first 1947 Evelyn McHale commits suicide by jumping of the Empire State Building. Photography student Robert Wiles happens to be walking by and hears a loud crash. Only minutes later he takes a picture of the young woman who seems oddly at peace among the broken glass and warped car roof, almost as if she is sleeping. Tragic and beautiful. LIFE magazine published his photograph and is now known as The Most Beautiful Suicide. […]

Autochrome Beauty

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More than a hundred years ago photographer Mervyn O’Gorman took pictures of his daughter Christina using the autochrome process which enabled him to capture her in vibrant colors. When I think of the past, I think of it being in black and white, even if I rationally know this to be untrue. These stunning photos prove me wrong. ᔥseamlessphoto * If you’re in the neighbourhood, you can see these images with your own eyes at […]