Posts Tagged ‘photographs’

A blurred view

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

My bag is remarkably empty of crochet projects at the moment (I purged it of the four I had been carrying around, but evidently went too far) so now that Luna’s bag is well and truly finished I began a log cabin style table mat from the same string. If I don’t fall asleep first I’ll take and add some pictures once I finish writing this entry.

216. Women’s Costume of the Ancient World by Paul Louis de Giafferri

This book is a great idea, pulled together (so far as I could tell) from extant murals, statues, bas-reliefs and so on of a few thousand years ago. The problem for me is the ‘flowiness’ of many of the costumes. I don’t believe images of wild Bacchante tell us how women actually dressed. But this is a very impressive collection indeed.

217. London: The Panoramas by Mark Denton

Fabulous photographs of London on the larger but still human. I really enjoyed the section at the end with brief notes on each photo. Denton appears to prefer long exposures which turn movement ghostly. I especially like the Impressionist appearance of “Autumn, Tavistock Square” and “Horsechestnut, Thames Path” which both show leaves in a blaze of colour. The Tavistock Square one features several people sitting reading on park benches, so they are all in focus, not having moved particularly, but the branches overhead were evidently swaying in a wind, and float as a beautiful mass through the air.

218. Great Lives: Marie Curie by Philip Steele

A very important woman whose family devoted themselves to the greater good. The science you need to know is explained clearly, and there’s lots of context on the state of women’s education and the changing political status of the countries Curie lived in. (And yes, the ‘Great Lives’ moniker is backed up rather than argued against in this instance.)

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Chol Hamoed Photos

Monday, 28 April 2008

Capital Ring Distance Sign
As I mentioned yesterday, I finished off the Capital Ring on Wednesday last week, so here are some of the pictures from the walk. I began at Wimbledon Park Station and walked to Boston Manor Station a little beyond Syon Park, so about nine miles according to this sign, although the book seemed to suggest it would be nearly eleven.
Wimbledon Park tennis courts
From the station I walked through Wimbledon Park, which is attached to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, although I couldn’t work out how many of the multiple less prestigious court belong to the club and how many to the park.
Queen's Mere, Wimbledon Common
On to Wimbledon Common, and Womble territory!
Golf
Up the path, and one of the Met‘s finest nobly assisting a Londoner to retrieve her lost property. In this case a golf ball in the bushes! (I felt shy to take the picture when next to the participants, so waited until I was across into the next set of trees.)
Deer in Richmond Park
When I took this picture I noticed my battery was dying, so didn’t take any more until near the end of the walk, unfortunately.
Hounslow advice to dog owners
Hounslow Council evidently don’t pull many punches.
Turn-off for Boston Manor Station
And this is where I met up with where I’d walked before on the Ring. The funny angle is the only one where I didn’t get glare on the sign.

Thorpe Park mug
On the Thursday I went with some friends to Thorpe Park and had fun on some roller-coasters, despite the rain, hail, thunder and lightning.

It’s Snowing!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Snowy garden with swing

Isn’t it pretty? (She says sitting indoors, and certainly not on the swing!)

Bare snowy tree
I love looking at trees at all times of the year. They are just beautiful.
Snow clumped on trees
Even when the bare structure of the tree doesn’t show through there is beauty.
Snow on yellow flowers
And here’s a little subtle colour in the snow. I think these are yellow catkins, but I haven’t gone close enough to check.

95. 62% More Awesome: The Third Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

96. A Blizzard of Lizards: The Fourth Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

Finished the reread, and I’ll have to make do with the daily story for the time being. There’s a great non-verbal story about Oso the Pug going on at the moment, which I’d recommend highly.

History’s Bigger Picture

Monday, 17 March 2008

73. England: An Aerial View by Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn
74. England: The Mini-Book of Aerial Views by Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn

These two books contain nearly all the same photographs, in a very similar order, but not precisely, and the pictures sometimes have different proportions or other final editing. The first book is a large (and heavy!) coffee table book, with very good historical overviews of the regions of England, with good captions next to each large photograph.

The Mini-Book has similar (but abbreviated) overviews and without the detailed captions, just the briefest few words giving the name and rough location of each. The photography in each are beautiful, and there are a few pictures that literally took my breath away (at least in the larger size). (NB I dithered over counting these as one read, but they aren’t precisely the same and I did read both.)

There is a Britain version of this pair of books, which I look forward to reasonably soon.

75. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Toward Genocide by David Downing
76. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: The Nazi Death Camps by David Downing
77. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Persecution and Emigration by David Downing

I’m going to summarise the review of the three of these together as well, as reading them had me in tears, and I don’t want to go into the detail again right away. This is a very well put together series however (we have three more I haven’t got to yet), that gives plenty of sources (plenty for the purposes of teenagers and personal readers, at least) showing some of the major trends and effects of the Holocaust. It’s for a general audience, and ‘explains’ what happened briefly, explaining how much the individuals actually knew at the time, as well as what we know with hindsight. It’s clearly written, and allows for people dipping in and out of the book, although each of them reads well straight through. It quotes personal testimony, but doesn’t tell individual stories, as most of the Holocaust literature I’ve read does.

I amn’t looking forward to reading the rest of these, but I think it’ll be worthwhile.

New Pictures at last!

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Thanks to some discussions on the CLF board on Ravelry awhile back I finally thought of scanning some of my smaller projects, seeing as my camera is no closer to being fixed.

My NatCroMo piece before

Guided Freeform 003

and after

Guided Freeform 004

today’s instructions.

The scanner isn’t good at depth, it seems, but you can get a decent impression, I think.

The FrouFrou is too large for the scanner, but here’s the new cuff, at least:

FrouFrou

And the February mat is now too large for the scanner bed, so I’ve done it in halves:

Guided FreeformGuided Freeform 001

Again the focal length isn’t quite right, but it’s better than no pics at all, I hope. (It’s a shame the two halves don’t quite match up, but if I had the patience to make that work I’d have better pictures for you altogether!)

Great Visions

Monday, 3 March 2008

60. The Shul Without a Clock by Emanuel Feldman

This collection of essays covers a huge range of Jewish and topical issues by a skilled and well educated writer and community Rabbi. R’ Feldman does not shy away from controversial issues, and unashamedly gives an Orthodox Jewish opinion to social issues in the wider world, and a personal one to potential controversies within the Orthodox world. He argues well, and writes entertainingly, and I enjoyed the whole book, where I agreed and where I didn’t. (I’ll admit my favourite essay is “Tefillin in a Brown Paper Bag”, about the importance on books being well written and edited.)

61. Through the Lens : National Geographic Greatest Photographs

This is an absolutely beautiful book, which I would definitely have read (or perused) at the earliest possible opportunity if work hadn’t got it. The editors have chosen a selection of the best of a magnificent collection from the archives of the National Geographic magazine over the past century or so, and then ordered it by continent (the oceans and islands of the world, as well as outer space also get their own chapters), each with an introductory few pages. The reproductions are fantastic, as one would expect, and certainly justify the considerable weight of the book.

62. International Organizations: European Union by Petra Press

This is part of a series for American schools about the major international organisations, and that American background does come through occasionally in the comparisons made, but it is a good introduction to the history and work of the EU up to 2004, when this book was published. That isn’t so very long ago, but enough new countries have joined since that a new edition might be worth having already!