Saul Leiter had passed away the same day. I thought it an amazing coincidence. Every now and again I take a picture and I can see as I frame it that I'm trying to channel Leiter's amazing (and in my humble opinion the best) eye, and this was one of those times. No other photographer's images has such an emotional impact on me and has me sighing in respect - the man took PERFECT pictures. He also seemed like a very nice man who didn't understand why people were making such a fuss about his photographs.
Here's one of my favourite quotes of his:
"In order to build a career and be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it."
Read the Guardian obit here
And here's a little film of him walking around his on retrospective in Hamburg last year (I so hope it'll be shown here one day). The documentary In no great hurry will very soon be out on DVD, in the mean time there are some screening dates here.
|Woke up to find that the cupboard weirdly had some presents in it.|
|And then rode on one of them in the park (such a proud moment!)|
|Woody then drove us to lunch...|
|... which knackered him out.|
|We left quietly.|
|The Tower was pleasantly quiet. One of the very few perks of a November birthday.|
|One way of keeping warm I guess.|
|An old-school loft conversion :)|
|Guess where we're going for his fifth?!|
How apt that the blog fell a-slumber on the previous post... Our household has been hit by endless colds and the like, but today I finally feel a bit better, so it's time to catch-up. Oomoo turned four a couple of weeks ago, and last year on his third birthday (right after we'd been to the London Eye) he asked if we could go to the Tower of London on his fourth. So we did.
Halloween wasn't something we celebrated in Sweden when I grew up (we did something similar at Easter where we dressed up as witches/old ladies), and it wasn't even particularly here in the UK either, but in the past few years it's become very popular. And I for one appreciate any sort of break from the everyday dreariness that envelopes us at this time of year. For several days before, Oomoo (who for the second year running dressed up as a cat) was so excited about going trick or treating with his cousins and on the night we all had great fun. Luckily he's already forgotten about his big bag of sweetie swag :)
P.S. How creepy is that witch in the fifth picture?? Answer: very. She opened the door like that and then continued to cackle until each trick or treater had left.
Just had a roll of film developed that took me almost a year to shoot! These four are from last winter when we stayed at my father-in-law's, when we were between houses. I decided to keep my Pentax MX with me and send the other cameras to storage - a mistake perhaps. I think I prefer my Canon film cameras as I find them much quicker and easier to focus, hence not using the Pentax so much. But that doesn't take anything away from the joy of getting a film back from the lab. I wish I shot more film; maybe I need to set myself a challenge where I don't shoot anything but film for a couple of months?!
I don't tend to spend much time on the internet these days, but I thought I'd share some links, as I've found myself surfing a bit more recently.
This song is on constant repeat on my Spotify.
Some of the pictures on this blog are so beautiful and inspiring - they're the perfect antidote to our chilly and rainy days that we're having here at the moment.
If I felt a bit more flush I'd add stuff to my winter wardrobe from here.
Home tours in Japan - yes please!
Didn't have any plans on Sunday, which in our household is quite rare. Since having Oomoo we always try and get out of the house, no matter what. After a while you feel like you've been everywhere (which of course isn't true, but we do tend to rotate the same places we go to), and so on Sunday we were stumped. In the end we walked to our local farmers market, bought some lunch and went to sit in our local park and had an impromptu picnic. The weather was amazing and so after we finished, we continued to Hampstead Heath, where Oomoo got to have a go at climbing trees, still being way off what the older kids can do :)