Sit down. Relax. Enjoy a Long Play.
The record player you see on this photo is an old “Rølex” (seriously, that’s the name of the brand!) and, if you were in doubt; Yes, it’s old.
“…and bitterness. And a wandering eye, and cucumbers in my head.
Don’t you remember?”
Yes kids. Today we’re gonna learn how to pickle our own cucumbers. “Why?” you might ask.. Well it’s so that when the war & famine breaks out, you’ll have some pickled cucumbers to suck on while you’re hiding in your basement, listening to the bombs fall over the city. The screams of fright and terror from your neighbors might seem disturbing, but you won’t mind, because:
You’ve got pickles! (yay)
The theme for the weekly photo challenge is “Urban”, in addition to that Miz Roket had a post called “Pieces of a Home” where I wrote a comment were I said: “Perhaps I’ll borrow your idea and shoot some photos around the apartment”.
Here are my plants, growing in my urban garden:
Today one year has passed since the first post in this blog.
Blog-wise, what has happened this last year?
Since I started this blog one year ago I’ve posted 201 posts (this is the 202nd) and 204 people have decided to follow the blog. Most of these followers are passive (they stop by every now and then to read a post and perhaps say hello or click the like- button), while some are more active; always reading my posts & leaving comments. I also follow many blogs and of course it’s only natural to be more active in some blogs and less in others.
My first post was about Mexican photographer Daniela Rossell, an article I wrote many years ago and decided to open the blog with. First I published the Norwegian article, then I followed up with an English translation few days later. Throughout the year this has been my most popular post – both in terms of ratings, search terms and clicks – which is very satisfying considering the fact that there’s a lot of work put into the article: both research and translation. Let me specify: the English post about Daniela Rossell is my most popular post, while the Norwegian version is among the least popular.
My plan when I started the blog was to write all posts in both Norwegian and English, but I quickly realized that the Norwegian posts don’t generate any visitors. So I decided that I wouldn’t waste my time and energy on it. The only positive thing is that when I write my mother’s tongue, it raises the level of my writing, because my vocabulary is better. Translating the stuff I write into English also helps my English vocabulary.
But. like I said, I won’t be writing for the Norwegians; they enjoy stuff like clothes, fashion and sports, and their favourite conversational subject is the weather. Research actually prove that they are a bunch of conformists (Stanley Milgram): If Norwegians are placed in a group, and the majority of the group agrees on a subject – most of the Norwegians will also agree, just to fit in (even if he/she didn’t really agree on the given subject in the first place).
Other popular posts have been my series about The History of Tattoo (it took a long while before the stats started increasing on those articles, but after the second article was published it created a synergy effect, so now both of them are improving in terms of readers and popularity.
So, where will the blog go from here?
Like every single other human being that has ever walked the surface of this earth, I’m not able to predict the future. The only ones that can somehow vaguely predict the future is the meteorologist and the best thing they can come up with, is a chaos theory about what the weather will be like the next few days.
This is not a prediction and as you can see it’s definitely not chiseled in stone, but I was thinking about posting less frequently and write longer, more researched posts (like the ones I’ve mentioned), but I haven’t really decided on anything in particular, because I also like sharing photos: sharing photos is quick and easy, while writing a good post takes time.
I’m also considering removing the like button, because basically it’s like a digital dog taking a piss on a blog corner: “I was here, I clicked like, I moved on”. The like button isn’t even a guarantee that people actually liked what they read/saw. I’ve experienced publishing a long post and almost instantly received a “like”, even when there’s no way that anyone could have read that fast!
Well, at least for a while, I will try a new life without the like button which means that from now on, if you want to let me know that you’ve been here, you’ll have to walk the extra mile and go through the hassle of leaving a comment.
Apropos comments, feel free to leave one and tell me what you would like to read about in this blog. Do you prefer photos or long, written posts?
P.S. Right now we’re travelling in the Azorean Islands of Portugal, but I ‘ve saved up some drafts to post while we’re travelling. So you can still expect new material while we’re on our journey.
Some photos for you. Brand new ones. None of that old, vintage stuff.
All brand new. Shot today.
Here’s a music clip that suits this post (hopefully you can view it in your country so you don’t need to go through a proxy site):
10 photos from Jerusalem.
Previous posts about Jerusalem:
Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art. - Cheri Lucas, Weekly Photo Challenge, WordPress
Super-excited about the Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Last week I had a look at the History of Tattoo, this week I’ve chosen 3 photos that represent the theme “Merge”.
1. To cause to be absorbed, especially in gradual stages.
2. To combine or unite: merging two sets of data.
1. To blend together, especially in gradual stages.
2. To become combined or united.
How about you, did you like the WPC this week? Please share a link to your post if you’ve posted for the challenge this week.
Fellow bloggers interpretations:
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- Flickrcomments.wordpress.com: Merge
- Windagainstcurrent.com: Merge
- Betigaklaten.wordpress.com: Merge
- Eagerexplorer.wordpress.com: Merge
- Laavventura.wordpress.com: Merge
- Warmhotchocolate.com: Merge
- Brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com: submerging
- Bukaningrat.wordpress.com: Merge on panoramic
- Annarashbrook.wordpress.com: Merge
Here’s a quick scan & restore of another old family photo. I followed the same recipe like before, but I also added a levels layer for the car color & a brightness/contrast layer for the windshield. I believe the car is a 1970′s Ford Transit.
If you want the full tutorial on how to restore your old photos, follow this link:
Two pictures from this weekend:
“When I get down to my last dime I’ll just walk over to skid row.”
“There are some real weirdos down there.”
― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
Mixed technique: digital drawing / Photoshop. The street is called Storgata and it’s in Oslo.
It’s a rather boring street and there’s nothing exciting going on there. Sometime around the end of the 1990′s this street held an illegal nightclub that was open all night, but after a while the police closed it down. That’s all I have to say about this drawing and this street. If you have anything to add that I haven’t already mentioned: feel free to write a comment.
EDIT: Decided to add the original photo.
I didn’t know what to name this post, but I ended up with a Charles Bukowski quote. Anyway, yesterday there was a dramatic fire in Oslo, so I went to shoot some photos. There are a total of 92 people registered at the address and the police said a total of 38 people were evacuated. Most of the people are elderly and many had to be carried or wheeled out of there. There were no casualties and the fire department quickly extinguished the fire.
Here’s the continuation in my series The History of Tattoo, originally written in Norwegian for an international tattoo chain. Did you miss The History of Tattoo Part 1: Polynesia and New Zealand? If so: I recommend that you read Part 1 first because, like most historical lessons, this one is also in chronological order. In the first part we learned about the Maori traditions and how Captain James Cook and other explorers & sailors unknowingly brought “ta-tu” or “tatau” from Polynesia & New Zealand to the Western world. Now we’ll have a look at the cultural appropriation and the growth that took place in these early days of tattoo.
Played around some more with the digital drawing board and made this retro looking ad. They say that advertising is all about sex…
As you can see I’m still getting used to my digital drawing board. The lines are a bit all over the place…
- Back to the drawing board (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)