Wm. Goldberg Invites You Upstairs
Night View, New York
...only one location (the top of the Empire State Building), only one day (the December solstice) and only one time (between 4.30 and 5pm) before the city workers would leave their offices, turning off the lights that illuminated the city.
still photography, of a general sociological nature
Love Before Breakfast
Floyd wears a frayed working shirt and a pair of overalls, which Agee called 'a map of a working man'...
the Case Study House Program
expressiveness of concrete
The sheets were classified in a branching system: by building, then, within each building, by theme or by spaces.
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Top row, from left: Germany, Germany, Germany, France, Germany, Germany, France
Middle row, from left: France, France, France, France, USA, Great Britian, Belgium
Bottom row, from eft: Germany, Belgium, France, USA, France, Belgium, France
Taylor Street and West Fifth Street
Church and Second Streets
Second Street, East and South Main Street
Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue
Town & Country Restaurant
Horseshoe Bend Motel
Lexington Avenue and Sixty-Fifth Street
...injecting a female point of view...
...the long extended line of pink and azure...
'You could compare it to the pas de deux in ballet. The total image is made out of two bodies; you can't separate them....'
achievements, strength, pathos and fragility
monument and past
nature and future
Istanbul, Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Dubai
A watchtower guarding a street of foreign embassies in central Kabul. For the British army these improvised fortifications are called 'sangars', although the term is Dari for 'barricade' and is one of the few words the British brought home from the Anglo-Afghan Wars.
On the very northern edge of Kabul. A shipping container is re-purposed as home to men working in a yard casting concrete blast walls. Each section, when sold to foreign embassies or the military, fetched $1000 per piece.
The swimming pool that crowns Tepe Wazir Akbar Khan, built by the Soviets in the 1970s and restored in recent times at great expense by USAID. It is uncertain if it will ever be used.
Unfinished, speculative property development near Kabul Airport.
A cellphone booster-station built on the wreckage of buildings that once housed a market.
Some of the nonsensical property development taking place in Kabul. The district of the city, Karte Char Chateh, is remembered by Kabulis as that part of the Bazaar which was burned by the British in 1842 as collective punishment for the killing of the British Envoy.
Some of the astonishing new architecture mushrooming up in cities all over Afghanistan. Part Disney, part wedding cake; inspired by Bollywood but reverential to Greek classicism; it represents a new, architectless kind of architecture
The bombed, burned and looted Ministry of Planning, Baghdad
Yangtze - The Long River
In summer 2014 the residents of Torre David were evicted.
I went to Paris in the last week of July with a friend who is visiting and here are some things I saw and did.
The mood of Paris.
While researching for things to eat, I noticed a few new-to-me gluten-free places that I'll like to try. Will Paris be just as delicious sans gluten?
My first stop was for a salad lunch at Pinson in the 3rd.
Dries Van Noten: Inspirations at Les Arts Décoratifs. "The unprecedented project is a an invitation to take an intimate and emotional journey through his personal univers and reveals his creatif process." The inspirations: Klaus Nomi, Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood, Sex Pistols, The Duke of Windsor, military, cavalry, traditional garments of Asia, Francis Bacon, Qing China, flowers!
Another bit of text I saved on my phone:
"Gold, the most universal of archetypes. Its allure gleams in liturgical traditions and pagan rituals, royal celebrations and alchemical transformations. The splendour of this precious material has limitless visual potential. While its use can veer dangerously close to signalling excess and kitsch, gold is nevertheless flamboyant and resplendent - a spectacle to behold. Somewhere between elegant and overpowering, it becomes a catalyst for creativity, suggesting the transformation of a raw material into a work of art to be admired."
Interesting to see which of these "foods" we have come to consider dangerous and which we have accepted as safe which probably makes them quite dangerous!
A bit I saved on my phone from what I managed to read:
"Medieval Europe was one of the most constipated, neurotic, and woman-hating societies ever to exist....It as a society chained to the land, ruled by gouty, beef-eating men wearing dresses but suppressing women."
Another visit to another Pinson, this one in the 10th. Yogurt made from European soy beans and gluten-free madeleines just baked.
At Musée Guimet in a circular room, koinobori hung from the ceiling.
I enjoyed walking through the collections of China, Japan and Korea - picking out what appealed to me, drawing parallels in the aesthetics of these three cultures and working out the nuanced differences.
Back to gluten-free eating, I love Chambelland! Their sourdough breads are made of rice and buckwheat flours. They're very well-made and presented just right. I love their comforting mattress-like appearances.
I tried almost everything and my favourite is the one on the right, athlete's bread, filled with dried fruits and nuts. It is so good you don't have to be eating gluten-free to want to eat it. Absolutely delicious in its own right!
For something sweet, gluten-free, and dairy-free, crystallised ginger covered in dark chocolate at Jacques Genin is something I still think about now, back in London.
Most of my shopping was done at le Retour à la Terre - so much I wanted to bring back to London - grains, legumes and seeds grown in France such as black camargue rice, millet, coco beans, flageolet beans, hemp seeds, etc., trompette de la mort, dried chestnuts, all kinds of mono-floral and regional honeys...
I just love it so much. Primal energetics in classical spaces. Shambolic, confrontational, playful, melancholic and funny at the same time. It made me feel like a child again - fascination with trepidation. Wonderful.
Tip: On the first mouthful, it seems bland but chew slowly, alternating with sips of the broth, and the fragrance of the wheat noodle, mung bean vermicelli, lean lamb, fat lamb and lamb what-not will gradually fill the mouth. This sweetness that comes naturally lingers long after the bowl of noodles is gone. Best enjoyed on its own on a rainy day.
P.S. The noodles were lovely and I ate all that I reasonably could.
Chang's Noodle 老常家面馆
36-38 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1EP