While Waiting for Godot.

Berlin Black and White. Screenshot.

While doing a bit of waiting for Godot, I have set up a new blog Berlin Black and While. Please visit.

Maybe you have noticed that I have quite a lot of photographs from Berlin on barebones communication already? Why is this so since Berlin is not even my home town?

The answer is simple. Of all the cities I have visited Berlin is definitely the best I have found for photography. (And, by the way, it is not that far away).

Berlin is large enough to still explore every time I go there. Both spaces and places are really good, but most of all are the frictions of history still very much alive there. You can see that in the architecture  and you can sense it when you move around in the city. You can see it in the people.

Say it briefly: Berlin is an extremely photogenic city. My cameras love it. Very much so.

This is why there now is a special photo blog on Berlin. Black and White it is.


Yet this is a delusion.

Kids In Alley

Kids in Alley. Knut Skjærven.

“The world of perception, or in other words the world which is revealed to us by our senses and in everyday life, seems at first sight to be the one we know best of all. For we need neither to measure nor to calculate in order to gain access to this world and it would seem that we can fathom  it simply by opening our eyes and getting on with our life. Yet this is a delusion. In these lectures, I hope to show that the world of perception is, to a great extent, unknown territory as long as we remain in the practical or utilitarian mode. I shall suggest that much time and effort, as well as culture, have been needed in order to lay this world bare and that one of the great achievements of modern art and philosophy (that is, the art and philosophy of the last fifty to  seventy years) has been to allow us to rediscover the world in which we live, yet which we are always  prone to forget.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The World of Perception, Routledge London New York  2004. (Translated by Oliver Davis).

This is a barebones pitstop post. For more of the same, please go to pitstop puzzle.

Library Thing.

Walk of Life

Walk of Life. Copyright 2010: Knut Skjærven.

Walk of Life. Copyright 2010: Knut Skjærven.

Shot at National Gallery of Denmark. A wonderful place to combine art and people. The sculpture and the painting are both done by Danish artist Kurt Trampedach. Clearly “the pose” of this image is what gives meaning. And then we are, once again, being reminded of the powers of connotations.

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