Archive for July, 2004

Starry starry night (photo)

Starry starry night: (large version, 70kb)

More abstracted (photo)

More abstracted: (large version, 100kb) percent of UK adults now have access to the web, according to a Mintel survey. That’s a strong jump from what was previously-assumed to have been a “peak & plateau” limit of around 50 percent. Interestingly, the number of 45-64 year-olds now equal those between 15-34.

Dragonfly (photo)

Dragonfly:My Fuji Finepix pocket digicam coped fairly well with getting a macro photo of a dragonfly. Sadly, I couldn’t get near one of the enormous six-inchers. (large version, 100kb)

Abstracted (new photos)

Abstracted: (large version, 85kb) (large version, 95kb) (large version, 110kb) (large version, 160kb)

Birmingham Open Studios

Open Brummies:Birmingham Artists (formerly Birmingham Arts Trust) are planning a Birmingham Open Studios for the autumn.

Drain art

Drain art:Artist-designed manhole covers.

William Eggleston interview

Observer:Today’s Observer magazine has a long feature-interview with U.S. photographer William Eggleston.

Shooting stick

Shooting stick:I flick through hosts of design magazines and go to product-design grad shows, but I’ve never seen a “re-designed for the zeros” shooting stick. Re-designed, I mean, for urban rather than rural living. For the kind of hideous ‘leisure landscapes’ that (for commercial reasons such as forcing you into their cafes to sit down) […]

Stoke on stilts

Stoke on stilts:Heavens preserve us from trendy architects turned planners. News just in: Will ‘greenhouse on stilts’ Alsop is working on a “visioning study” for Stoke-on-Trent.

Thrifty fifty (fiftymax)

Thrifty fifty:An old friend finally got a blog, fiftymax.

Eileen Darby Lester

Eileen Darby Lester:“a mother who takes pictures all the time”.

Shoot (, a new weblog on the increasing hassle that US street photographers are encountering. Will street photography even be an option for the next Robert Doisneau or Roger Mayne? In the UK, thankfully, the law on photography in a public place is still much as it was in the ’70s. And a photographer doesn’t have […]

Talent will out (Cox & Forkum)

Talent will out:Cox & Forkum have just made the breakthrough from weblogs into mass-circulation US newspapers.

“England, gone” – and back again

“England, gone” – and back again:The Times, on somewhere only about twenty miles or so from Stoke – Buxton, a Victorian spa town nestling in the Peak District. The town is being revived by high culture. (Free registration required). The second half of the article is a perceptive analysis of the rise of independent festivals, […]

Stuffed – D’log is full!

Stuffed:D’log has run out of space, finally topping the measly 60mb disk-space quota. So I’ve had to delete about 600 “individual postings on their own page”, and a few other things, and have freed up 13mb. The monthly archives still contain all those postings, so they’re not lost. Once the weblog gets within 3mb of […]

British Photography Books, 1945-1990

BritPhot:I’ve been researching a small & unique bibliography, and it’s now complete. British Photography Books, 1945-1990 runs to 52 pages. It list the books of over 120 art & documentary photographers (with price guides & annotations), as well as important critical anthologies and magazine issues.

AHRB – pardon me

AHRB – pardon me:I’ve been flicking through the AHRB‘s 2004 Research Awards. Among with a depressing number of obscurantist tracts with titles like “The transubjectivity of the subject: constipation and authorishit(s)”, there are a few more interesting investigations being funded. Such as: Design review and visual documentation of bicycle parking provision to catalyse future crime […]

Bug me not

In-site:Annoyed by news & magazine sites that demand you “sign up” before accessing free content? Even more annoyed by the tide of spam that follows? Then try this excellent site. If only the service could be extended to some arts & media sites in the West Midlands; I’ve lost count of the time I’ve ‘signed […]

Art sells buildings

Art sells buildings:The Telegraph, on using art & design to sell upmarket show-homes. The Independent, on property developers as art patrons. Both stories are mainly about residential property. It’d be interesting to see art photography included in the rush for art-for-the-affluent, and not just in the residential developments that are increasingly springing up in the […]