Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0700“I will end… with a little scene that took place in the last months of peace. They were the most terrible months of my life, for, helplessly and hopelessly, one watched the inevitable approach of war. One of the most horrible things at that time was to listen on the wireless to the speeches of Hitler—the savage and insane ravings of a vindictive underdog who suddenly saw himself to be all-powerful. We were in Rodmell during the late summer of 1939, and I used to listen to those ranting, raving speeches. One afternoon I was planting in the orchard under an apple-tree iris reticulata, those lovely violet flowers… Suddenly I heard Virginia’s voice calling to me from the sitting room window: “Hitler is making a speech.” I shouted back, “I shan’t come. I’m planting iris and they will be flowering long after he is dead.” Last March, twenty-one years after Hitler committed suicide in the bunker, a few of those violet flowers still flowered under the apple-tree in the orchard.”
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I’ve been living in the Netherlands now for about six months, and one of my favorite things I recently learned is about the Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Steen. Here is an example of one of his works. His works largely portray rowdy-yet-cozy home life scenes and a “Jan Steen household” is a home which exemplifies both vibrance and mess, comfort and energy. I even have the privilege of knowing a Dutch family or two who I’d say have a Jan Steen household: children and pets running around, neighbors popping in to say hi, and hosts who are quick to offer a coffee, beer, wine, or tea.
To me, it’s also a reminder that the most modest, yet warm, loving home is preferable to the finest lifeless house.
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Unstuck. #ninelivesbitches (at Allenhurst Beach Club)
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:23:54 -0700(image)
A made up place #copenhagen (at Botanisk Have, SNM)
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:56:51 -0700(image)
The Dismal Fortunes of Old Bank Buildings
“The People’s Trust” is a series of photographs that document financial institutions across America, from the remains of grand, re-purposed 20th and 19th century structures to modernist glass structures to the financial institutions of today.
In the words of the artist Michael Vahrenwald:
I am drawn to former bank buildings because of what they tell about our culture, past and of the present— a lot of it is simply being struck by a time when money was more local, banks spread out & anchoring individual communities, thousands of solid stone structures in the place of a handful of glass skyscrapers downtowns across the globe. As I began photographing I couldn’t help but register the headstrong optimism in these buildings, the grandiose way in which they were fortresses built to last— all that in contradistinction to what they’re used for now. It fascinates me, that in their current state, these structures still project so much of their former authority. The project’s not about what I like or don’t like, but about the how odd these building are today in a world where the aesthetics (as well as the simple facts) of power, wealth, & class have all fundamentally changed.
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This gardening center is legit (at Merrifield Garden Center)
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I heard it takes 6 months to paint it and I’m not gonna fact check that.
#nofilter (at Golden Gate Bridge)
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:38:20 -0700(image)
i thought it was only hype. i was wrong.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:33:32 -0700“And it looks perfect, doesn’t it? It looks like they’ve got everything under control? Surely, they’re running a smoothly operating, well oiled machine?
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Abbas Kiarostami, 1990s
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Pure despair, in the rain, that the bounce house needs to get turned off as we go inside.