May 16
“Water is essential for all dimensions of life. Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year.” world bank

Apr 24

tumblr search results for landart

tumblr search results landart

i remember that somebody blogged my image on tumblr a while back, but i had absolutely no idea that it had become so popular.

here’s a link to the search: www.tumblr.com/search/landart

here are links to the bloggers:
ndotn.tumblr.com/
magic-carpet.tumblr.com/
limadean.tumblr.com/
arakawamemo.tumblr.com/
yusukenakanishi.tumblr.com/
mashiron.tumblr.com/
typicalauthentical.tumblr.com/
keyskey.tumblr.com/
mercynoise.tumblr.com/
cvaldaisnotbig.tumblr.com/
spoony.tumblr.com/
ogino9.tumblr.com/
handa.tumblr.com/
etc. etc.

handa.tumblr.com/ has 57 notes that trace how the picture was reblogged.

Apr 22
“Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.” Rudyard Kipling

“And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves “‘It’s pretty, but is it Art?’” The Conundrum of the Workshops Rudyard Kipling

Google image search results for landart when sorted by red orange yellow and green respectively

I love it when google improves its image search results, especially when my images float up to the top. (Sorting image search results according to their color is only available for google.com, the rest of the world is going to have to wait). vi.sualize.us is the site that helped my images climb in the google results. And vi.sulize.us is still the best place to go if you looking for landart images on the web. I’ve linked the screenshots to their relevant search results, which will probable stay similar for a week or longer.

“I think our TV news editors are still sometimes using the language of government propaganda. We still hear the term ‘war on terror’ for an illegal war. We’re still hearing the words reform and modernization when what we really mean is privatization and public greed.” Ken Loach

“If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don’t need an enemy.” Kurt Vonnegut

Karl Blossfeldt “Wundergarten der Nature”

Karl Blossfeldt is a hero of mine. He was a professor at the “Universität der Künst” here in Charlottenburg about a hundred years ago, and he didn’t consider himself an artist or a photographer, but rather took photos of weeds he collected on the outskirts of Berlin to use as subject material in the University. So he worked for decades teaching students how they could learn about architecture and art just by studying plants, and then Nierendorf, a gallerist from the opposite side of the Hardenbergstraße where he was teaching, went and organized an exhibition for Blossfeldt, who was already 61. Two years later Blossfeldt’s book ‘Urformen der Kunst’ was published, and he became famous overnight. His second book ‘Wundergarten der Nature’ was published in 1932, and he died on the ninth of December of the same year. I admire how unassuming he was. He wasn’t interested in becoming recognized for what he had done, he just wanted to take good pictures of plants.

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow

Experimentation

Everything I do is an experiment. If the picture I make is good or not is of little importance in comparison to what I have learned. If the experiment ‘works’ I have the feeling of arrival, of completion, I am finished with the idea. If it doesn’t work I often learn far more; it makes me think about why I failed, and often gives me dozens of new ideas.

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