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Public phones collection


I once wrote that photographers tend to be collectors. I have that corner store collection and recently a friend pointed out that I should start a public phone photos collection as well. To be honest, I didn’t even realize I had one until I started going through some of my photographs. Apparently I do have one. Weird.

This is a public phone in Dublin, Ireland.

Hockey gang and a yaffle of links

I developed another five rolls of film last night – no surprises any more – it’s all recent stuff. I like this photo a lot. It’s somehow such a Canadian thing to do, to go play hockey in the middle of the summer.

I am trying to purge my links-to-blog folder. Here is a set of completely unrelated things.

The first two links come courtesy of one of my favourite websites –

On the day Albert Einstein was to be buried, only one photographer was allowed to witness proceedings, Life Magazine’s Ralph Morse. The photos were not published for 55 years at the request of the family, but they are available now. Check them out.

If you were a dictator, what would your private jet look like? You can take a peak inside the jets of some of the world’s dictators here courtesy of an enterprising photographer Nick Gleis.

Really nice work from various Japanese illustrators at Tokyo Illustrators Society website.

As somebody who photographs corner stores, I really, really, really like these whimsical photographs of small train stations in former East Germany by Schilling Holger.

Don’t miss Stephen Doyle’s unique paper sculptures or Margaret Shepherd’s beautiful calligraphy art.

Croatian word of the day: željeznička stanica train station [zhe lye znee chka stan itza]


Root cellar, Change Islands, design links

A root cellar on Change Islands, Newfoundland. There is another one here.

A bunch of design links today.

Absolutely stunning covers of eight Penguin Classics developed in partnership with AIDS awareness fund (RED).

Three posters developed for a waxing salon. The funny thing is that when a friend originally posted these on her facebook page I did not clue in that there is more to that particular choice of animals…. My mind just does not work in dirty ways. Sorry.

An interesting blog about design from Australia.

Top ten in custom letters for 2009.

Work of Croatian designer Vladimir Končar.

And Thinking for a Living is a site/magazine about all sorts of things. Check out the different sections on top of the page. Navigation takes a bit of getting used to, but then it seems like the most natural thing in the world.

Croatian word of the day: slovo letter


[Old Blog] Change Islands store, Arab logos, Eastern European book covers, Vonnegut on style, Wonderwall

From the outside, you’d be hard pressed to identify the set of white structures as a general store, but that’s what this is. This is the largest store on Change Islands and here you can buy everything from Purity Jam Jams (sorry about the auto-play music) to fiberglas boats.

A set of miscellaneous links today:

Here is 20 examples of modern Arab logos.

A flickr set of weird Eastern European book covers, although I don’t see anything weird in it 😉

A website for an interior design firm called Wonderwall. The experience can cause slight seasickness, but it’s an interesting concept.

And here is what Kurt Vonnegut has to say about writing style. While I agree with most of what he says, I got to admit that I am having trouble getting through his Slaughterhouse-Five. It just doesn’t quite work for me.

Croatian word of the day: stil style [still]


[Old Blog] Woody Island Tickle, cardboard sculptures, graffiti stickers, Lightning Fields, Design Observer, social campaigns, Scandinavian logos

A bunch of design links collecting digital dust in my To-Be-Blogged folder.

Check out these ridiculously amazing cardboard sculptures.

Michael Anderson collected at least 40,000 graffiti stickers and used them to create a mural in a hotel lobby.

These 26 social campaigns range from weird to brilliant, but they are all worth checking out.

Design Observer makes for an interesting read.

I am not sure I’d call it photography, but it certainly is beautiful: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Lightning Fields [h/t kottke].

Here is a flickr set of Scandinavian Design Logos from the ‘60s and ‘70s [h/t/ Quipsologies].

The photo: old style lobster traps on Woody Island Tickle, Change Islands, Newfoundland. Woody Island Tickle was once the site of a small fishing community that at one point even had a school. Today, there is nothing left except a few logs marking the place where the fishing stages once stood.

Croatian word of the day: zamka trap


[Old Blog] Change Islands, creative cups, deranged dentists, visual complexity, comic books, commercials and strange old ads

Getting up at an ungodly hour has its rewards – this is gorgeous early morning light on Change Islands, Newfoundland. The red buildings, the stages and stores as they are called around here, are sheds where fishermen store their equipment and where they used to prepare and dry cod.

Here is some internet ephemera:

Creative use of white styrofoam cups.

Andrew Sullivan recently run a list of ‘Deranged Dentist names’ in two parts (onetwo).

Visual Complexity is a project trying to create visual representations of complex networks and data. Some of them are surprisingly beautiful. [h/t Gizmodo]

Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). (You are welcome comic book fans and you know who you are.)

Clever condom packaging and an even more clever condom commercial.

Speaking of commercials, here are some wicked pharmaceutical ads from the past – look at the ingredients. Coca Cola is not what it used to be – or is it?

Here are some creepy ads from the past– you have been warned.

That’s it.

Croatian word of the day: izlazak sunca sunrise


[Old Blog] WW III propaganda, NYPD typewriters, disappear, cell phone video, ceilings and violin maker

Today a combination of links weird and wonderful.

What would propaganda posters for World War III look like? Scoot over to this Flickr set and find out.

Did you know that NYPD is still using typewriters. Apparently so, according to CNN.

And speaking of police, Financial Times (I guess their readership has keen interest in this stuff) had a fascinating story about a man whose job is to help you disappear. He says he wouldn’t do anything illegal…

These days, however, it’s hard to hide when every dolt with a cell phone can produce broadcast quality video.

Have you ever wondered what you’re going to do with your ceiling next time a major renovation is in order? Me neither. Here are some ideas anyway.

Rodney de Vries is repairing a corner on a violin.

Croatian word of the day: strop ceiling


[Old Blog] Cape Spear, Quipsologies, cardboard art,, do it yourself fixes and Urban Prankster

Strategically positioned outhouse at Cape Spear light ensured prompt and efficient waste disposal. What it might have been like to actually use it in the middle of winter with winds howling at 200 km/h I’ll leave to your imagination. I will also leave to your imagination what it was like to live here in the mid 1800s with your spouse, an assistant and 11 children (which is a actually the size of one of the light keeper’s families) for the long six winter months that the occupants were cut off from the rest of the world. I shiver at the thought.

Quipsologies is my new favourite web stop. Thanks to them, here are a few of cool and amusing links: Berni Valenta with his 100 cardboards, cleverly designed and There, I fixed it, which ranks right up there with Urban Prankster as your most likely morning laugh… Enjoy.

Croatian word of the day: zahod toilet


[Old Blog] Jonathan Green

This is another portrait I made for work. (There is actually quite a bit of photography I do for work and I have no idea why I don’t post more of it here.) Jonathan Green is a young print maker and a graduate of Memorial’s fine arts program at Corner Brook campus. I interviewed him for the university’s paper and one of his etchings is on the cover of the next issue of alumni magazine which I am just about to send to printers.

Tomorrow, I am leaving for a short weekend trip to Fogo and Change Islands. I expect a lot of photos…

Croatian word of the day: gravura etching


[Old Blog] Violin maker, Kodachrome, Don McCullin, Weegee, HCB, darkrooms of London, Nick Cobbing’s ice

Rodney deVries is Newfoundland’s only professional violin maker. He is working on one of the many instruments awaiting his expert touch at his shop in St. John’s.

Kodak has taken the Kodachrome away. Once the favourite of National Geographic photographers (check out the interview with Steve McCurry on that link), Kodachrome has become a niche product almost impossible to acquire and even harder to develop. The demise of Kodachrome will have little impact on today’s photo community, but, for those who keep track of such things, this certainly feels like the end of an era in the history of photography. Kodachrome is also the only film that I know of that has been featured in a song by no other than Paul Simon:

And with demise of film, darkrooms are disappearing as well (not mine, which is still boxed, but I have started clearing up some space in the basement). Richard Nicholson has created a remarkable record of London’s remaining professional darkrooms. Each darkroom is unique and, I think, tells you a lot about its owner.

And now from the gloom and doom to truly inspirational stuff.

Check out these three interviews: Don McCullinWeegee and, lower down, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

For the end, enjoy truly remarkable photographs Nick Cobbing made on Greenland.
Croatian word of the day: led ice


[Old Blog] Quidi Vidi, E-P1, Bessa III, Holga transformers and riflestock camera mount

Cuckold’s Cove Quidi Vidi (thanks Karen), NL. There are so many beautiful places within 20 minutes walk from our house…

Some photo links today.

Recently, two new and interesting cameras made an appearance on the market. No words need to be wasted on Oly E-P1. It’s everything I’ve been asking for in a digital camera for years. It will be interesting to see if Panasonic releases something similar with a viewfinder – even an EVF is better than nothing.

Now, viewfinder is certainly not a problem on this beauty. The price is. But would it ever be fun to work with it.

And here are two more odd pieces of useless gear info. I have no desire to mount any of my cameras on a riflestock, but a transformer Holga would sure be a conversation starter,
Croatian word of the day:glupost foolishness


[Old Blog] 2009 Convocation, world’s inequalities, WorldMapper, the Earth from Mars, Olympic losers, and anti-facebook videos

Life is beyond crazy at the moment. Besides busy work and school schedules, and some freelancing, I also managed to get horrendously ill with a massive sinus infection and a bronchitis. This is the first time in 10 years that I actually have to take antibiotics. The best thing I can say at the moment is that weather has been fantastic, except on last Tuesday when it actually snowed. That was the first day of Memorial University’s 100th convocation and it was somewhat surreal, to be honest, to see large snowflakes falling on all those black gowns. This is a photo from that day.

Here are a few links that have been lingering in my post-it-to-blog folder:

Dark Roasted Blend, a collection of strange and wonderful things, has an excellent selection of maps showing the world imbalances – everything from income, to HIV prevalence, to toy exports. The maps originally come from WorldMapper project which also features some interesting Flash animations.

What on Earth is a 1967 cartoon that imagines what would our planet look like to Martians.

And here is a worthwhile project documenting the stories of those who came last in the Olympics.

And for all of you with facebook accounts, here are a couple of videos poking fun at the facebook ‘friends’.

Croatian word of the day:prijatelj friend [pree ya tel y]


[Old Blog] Quidi Vidi village, kinetic sculptures, photo links

There is a lot I’d like to post, but over the last couple of weeks I have been so busy with so many different things (work, freelancing, grad studies) that at one point I thought I might develop multiple personality disorder of some sort. For now, here is a photo from this weekend’s stroll through Quidi Vidi village and around Cuckold’s Cove. and a whole bunch of links.

First of all, thanks to my brother, here is the incredible work of Theo Jansen, a Dutch sculptor, or as he would say, kinetic sculptor.

And some random photo links:

New York Times has what looks like an amazing section of their website called Lens, which I am looking forward to exploring.

CBC recently published a short interview with Canadian photographer Donald Weber. A slideshow of his recent work in Russia accompanies the audio.

Croatian Press Photo 2009 winners have been announced and you can see the photos here. Great to see some familiar names winning.

Scientists at Cornell University mapped some 35 million Flickr photos and found out that, for example, Apple store in NYC is more often photographed than Statue of Liberty – consumer society indeed.

Here are some of the very first colour photographs ever (h/t to Andrew Sullivan)

And last, but not least, visit Visura Magazine. Some beautiful photography over there…

Croatian word of the day: kipar sculptor


[Old Blog] St. John’s bookstores, my brother’s been busy…

There are many things that Newfoundlanders do right and Sweet Relic is one of them. Those who know us can imagine what a little slice of heaven a place that sells books, coffee and chocolate is to us. This also happens to be one of the oldest standing structures in the city.Granny Bates is a children’s bookstore that is just as lovely. We haven’t been in Chapters since we moved to this neighbourhood four months ago.

My brother’s been a busy bee and is wrapping up the work on a short animated film. Here is the trailer:

Most of what you see is his work. The kid is amazingly good at what he does, eh.

Croatian word of the day:crtić cartoon [tzr tee ch]


[Old Blog] First post from Newfoundland, Josef Koudelka interview, stupid Met Police ad campaign, telescopic text, and Halloween jars

I was in a taxi the other day and the driver asked me if I knew how to tell Newfoundlanders apart from everybody else in heaven. “They are the only ones who want to go home,” he laughed. You can’t blame them. This place is beyond beautiful.

We had a rather rocky start with a nightmare of a move. It took weeks to get our furniture, internet access, phone and cell phones and, in fact, it was only today that I finally got my work laptop working properly. If you are contemplating a move, just do it yourself. Trust me on that one. I wish I packed everything in a rental truck and drove the 1,700 km myself. A long ferry ride and the drive across the island would have been a lot more fun.

It was only this last weekend that we managed to get out of the city. St. John’s is stunningly beautiful, but driving only 15 minutes in any direction gets you to some truly incredible places. This photo is from Pouch Cove, a small fishing community north of the city.

I think we all feel like we are dreaming and are expecting to wake up. To so suddenly end up here, on this beautiful island, feels unreal.

I am still too stunned to actually write something coherent so here is a bunch of links:

Josef Koudelka interview in the Guardian some time ago.

Unbelievably stupid anti terrorism campaign by London’s Metropolitan Police from sometime earlier this year (a .pdf of a particularly stupid ad concerning photographers).

And check out telescopic text by designer and jack-of-all-trades Joe Davis [h/t to Bagelturf Blog whose collection of halloween jars is worth checking out.]

Croatian word of the day: otok island


[Old Blog] Entry 83

The interior of Market Square in Saint John. This is the office space for several companies that operate out of the square.

I was trying not to, but my desire to brag is stronger than me, I am afraid. The South End photo essay was featured in the Telegraph-Journal with really, really good feedback. I had to built a quick portfolio site so that I can convince somebody to let me photograph something else so you can folks actually see some tearsheets.

If all goes well I am going on a boat trip, but I am afraid it is not going to be nearly as spectacular as Susan’s. In fact it’s going to be pretty gross.

is very, very good news if you ask me.

And this is good news too. Today’s colleges (and universities) are more about issuing certificates than actually providing open forums for exchange of ideas and knowledge. So it is very cool when some enthusiastic people decide to fight back with such great success.

Remember when I said this could happen only in Canada. My, my was I wrong! 🙂

I realize that almost nobody who visits here can read this, but it’s still very interesting – you have to trust me on this one . It’s a story about how much more vivid the world is through women’s eyes – quite literally. About half of all women have significantly increased ability to differentiate between colours and virtually all women will see more shades of certain colours (especially red) than men. The study was published in The American Journal of Human Genetics and (although it’s pretty darn hard to be sure from the abstract) it seems that this is the actual article. Unfortunately, no full text is available… However, good person that I am, I did find this link.

[Old Blog] Entry 64

This is so stupid I am just speechless. There are places in this world where people seamlessly switch between half a dozen languages. The fact that I spoke Croatian with my family while learning English did not prevent me from learning the language. This New Brunswick bigotry and pigheadedness about French and English is absolutely mind-boggling. When we lived in the north of the province my wife got rocks thrown at her because she was an “English b!tch.” There is a guy occasionally protesting in front of the local brewery because a label on one of their lagers reads “Bier Lager Beer.” He wants English word first – well pal its called grammar. Arghhh…

This is photo of my friend Tom from Germany climbing a spire at the Cathedral of Koeln (Cologne). It’s a long climb, but worth the effort. A sign at the bottom, though, warns people with heart conditions not to attempt climbing the stairs. The passage is in places so narrow that medical personnel simply would not be able to help in an emergency. NOTE: The photo was originally a colour slide because I run out of black and white film. It has been slightly cropped and turned into grayscale image in Photoshop.)

The largest organ in human body is skin. And if you thought you own your own skin – well, think again.

By now you probably figured out that SUVs annoy me for so many reasons that I won’t even bother listing them here. Here is a French way of dealing with it…

[Old Blog] Entry 63

This is Koeln (Cologne) Cathedral. Dom of Koeln is one of the most astonishing buildings I have ever seen. It took over 600 years to build and I believe it was never considered quite finished. Today, Koeln Cathedral is in danger from surrounding development.

And since we are in Germany here is an excellent German photoblog called Staring at the Sun. Enjoy it. Also visit a Canadian who posts some beautiful images here.

There is a new and quite exceptional exhibit of Chinese photography at the Chinese National Art Museum called Humanism in China. The only photograph from the exhibit that I could find online was part of this magazine piece. I would be very grateful if somebody could pass on a better link with more photographs since I cannot quite afford a trip to China at the moment 🙂 By the way, browse through That’s Guangzhou Magazine. It has quite a few interesting stories.

This is just a sad story.

[Old Blog] Entry 62

Here is another photo from the Loyalist House (no more- I promise) in Saint John. These are really just an excuse to post a few wacky links. The screen in front of the fireplace, aside decorative, had another purpose to serve. It prevented the direct heat from reaching the ladies’ delicate faces. Why was that important? Apparently, the 19th century make-up was wax based and it would, of course, do what wax does when exposed to higher temperatures. Melting make-up was not in vogue so the screens ensured that it stayed solid.

If you would to visit the servants’ quarters and the kitchen, you would also notice a special set of platforms that look something like sandals or flip-flops which you could put over your shoes. These were meant to provide women in delicate, long, Victorian dresses with extra few inches. As gross as that is, they were precursor to this, which, I am pleased to report, has been in place for quite some time in Saint John.

And to continue along the transportation story lines here is an interesting link to Leonardo’s CarHere is the model of the splendid thing. All of you Da Vinci Code lovers (terribly, terribly written book – I must say) may enjoy this. It’s in Italian and if you don’t speak any you can just scroll through the links – plenty of illustrations.

Also, Canadian elections are over and not much changed. Everybody’s fussing about Liberal minority government as if the rest of the world is not ruled by minority governments. It’s not a biggy, as long as you have a group of grownups around the table who can work and negotiate day to day solutions in the atmosphere of mutual respect… Hmmm… Yeah, there could be a slight problem…

Happy July 4th to all visitors from the U.S.

[Old Blog] Entry 61

We moved! Arghhhh! That was so much work and it still is – but it’s done and we really like our new place. And no this is not it, although we do live in an old Victorian building. This is the interior of the Loyalist House in Saint John. With the cruise ships regularly visiting the city, I thought I should do my part in promoting the city’s considerable heritage 🙂

The Loyalist house is really worth a visit. The guides dressed in 19th century attire provide lovely tour. This beautiful piece of furniture is located in the lady’s parlour and it’s called swooning couch. It was there for the ladies to collapse on and they did that a lot – in large part thanks to this.

And here is an eclectic collection of links for today.

I do like Spiderman and always liked X-men. It’s actually quite interesting that despite very different childhoods we led ( I spent mine in former Yugoslavia – today Croatia – and he spend his in BC and Alberta) my good friend and I have no problem discussing our favourite comic books. We could have been next door neighbours as far as comic books go. I hope this makes sense to you. Anyways, here is a link to current comic book wars.

This is scary stuff no matter where it happens. Mixing religion and state is not a good idea. Those who wrote the U.S. Constitution were a heck of a lot smarter than the current bunch.

And here is a politician that gets it and, it seems, knows how to go about it:

“This technology is the future. Let us put it this way, if we do not switch to green energy, then our whole future as a human race is in jeopardy, or even more simply, we are doomed.”
Peter Hain, the secretary for Wales

Read the rest of the story here.

The most dispassionate review of new Michael Moore’s film so far. I am no big fan of Michael Moore – never managed to get through any of his books, for example – but he does have a nack for making provocative movies. If the media were doing what they are supposed to do, we would not have to rely on pseudo-documentaries such as Moore’s new film. Having said that, I am looking forward to seeing Fahrenheit 911.

Here is an example of an intelligent way of creating a multicultural society.

As you probably all heard Marlon Brando died. Here is a photo tribute to his acting career.

[Old Blog] Entry 39

Happy belated International Labour Day (May 1) comrades! A college friend accused me once of being “if not red, at least pink.” Hmmm… I believe that everybody deserves equal access to medical care and the right to get a Ph.D. without going bankrupt (elementary school education is not even opened for debate). I also think that if you are obscenely rich, you should pay higher taxes than obscenely poor. If that makes me a communist – well, so be it. To end this rant, here is a photograph of St. James Cathedral in Sibenik in Croatia. It was built between 1431 and 1535. This is a magnificent piece of architecture – a mix of Gothic and Renaissance elements that leaves you breathless. Note a figure in the lower right corner for the size 🙂