Archive for July, 2004

eMachine Shop

iRobot:Taking the MyPublisher approach one step further, eMachine Shop is an on-demand fabrication shop that lets sculptors & designers laser-cut or extrusion-mould their own designs in a variety of durable materials.

eyestorm shop opens in Warwick

Storm in a High St.:eyestorm opens its first High Street art gallery – in the West Midlands.

Snappy Canvas

Snappy canvasThe Japanese have a new invention that prints full-range colour photographs directly onto fabrics. Of course, there’s now a new commercial British service offering everything from personalised deckchairs (a nice touch for your gallery opening), to fabric wallpaper.

8342 visitors in June

8342Mmm…. not bad; D’log got 8342 unique visitors last month.

Shed spotting

Shed spotting:On a long train journey today, I indulged in some ‘shed spotting’ with my newly-repaired pocket digicam…. (large version, 65kb) (large version, 85kb) (large version, 75kb)

Interviews with photographers

Be Frank:Interviews by Frank Horvat with famous photographers.

Con-temporary

Con-temporaryA gang of contemporary art thieves have stuck for the third time in Birmingham, England.

Traditions, invention of

Trad:“One of the great British traditions is the invention of tradition.” Just thought I’d make public a phrase that popped into my head while talking with Mark Wood, about someone who’s recently moved to North Staffordshire and who has ‘invented’ a new annual ‘hedgehog rolling’ event for their village’s local hillside.

Folkstone

Folk art:Folkstone; another success-story for artist-led regeneration.

Long exposures (photos)

Long exposures:Two experimental night photos, made using long exposures (30 seconds or more) & a tripod, with my new 300D camera …. (large version, 65kb) (large version, 85kb)

Folk

Folk: In a Stoke-on-Trent pub tonight with Mark Wood and David Rizk, I could sometimes hear an archaic folk tune floating in from another room, being sounded on what seemed to be an accordian. Once I heard a very old-sounding song sung in between the notes. On the way out I located the player; he […]

Photography books from the USA

Photography books:Powell’s, the huge American booksellers, have a useful listing of forthcoming photography books, with shipping to the UK at $12 (about £7, and even lower if you order more than one book). Very reasonable, when you consider how heavy some photography books can be. Sadly, it seems that there’s no way to filter out […]

Creative America

Creative America:The USA’s first nationwide Creative Industries Study has just been published by Americans for the Arts. The ranking by state is:- California, then New York, Texas, Florida, then Illinois. Interesting, yet there is a potential methodological problem with counting ‘businesses & institutions’ by geographical area. Firstly, by using out-of-date paper directories you overlook a […]

If it’s not online, it doesn’t exist

If it’s not online, it doesn’t exist:New research from BRMB; 80% of 21-year-olds say they rely on the internet for information. It’s even higher, at 85%, among 15-year-olds.

Educashun

We dun’t kneed no Educashun:In the past six weeks, report after report has confirmed that the poor have got poorer under New Labour. It now seems that arts education hasn’t escaped either. A damning new report from the Clore Duffield Foundation yesterday revealed just how bad the divide is when you strip away the box-ticking […]

S’nooze

S’nooze:Is it something to do with the fear of piracy that causes online newspapers to use photography so badly? Either they tuck it away in a naff little slideshow of fuzzy 300-pixel x 200-pixel images, or they use one tiny thumbnail image inelegantly strapped on the top/top-side of the column of text.

Back stage

Back stage:(large version, 65kb) (large version, 130kb) (large version, 130kb)

Derek Jarman’s garden

Derek Jarman’s garden:Still thriving, still providing an example of how the response of a single artist can change an area’s image from ‘wasteland’ to ‘austere beauty’.

Photography is…

Photography is…Photography is… a hard-disk hog; I’ve just deleted 8Gb of unprocessed ‘contact sheet’ shots from photo-shoots. But capital-p Photography is also…. “…an austere and blazing poetry of the real” – Ansel Adams “…the recording of strangeness and beauty with beguiling precision” – Sebastian Smee “…the preservation of the world” – Eliot Porter “…[a means […]