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An Englishman in Copenhagen
After almost two years in Denmark, have I learnt anything?
Difficult to say, but I’ll give it a go:
He took up photography a few years back to the extent that he turned the cupboard under our stairs into a dark room.
Books about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the history of Leica started appearing in the house, as did some admittedly excellent shots that he had taken and had had blown up.
I remember coming home from university one year with my new girlfriend for the first time only to be confronted by my dad wielding a new camera and snapping away like David Bailey. The poor girl was a bit bemused at first but one of the shots my dad got of us ended up framed and on our wall for the next few years.
My trusty Panasonic DMC-FZ10 has a 12x Leica lens and, while the camera is as old as the hills and is only 4 mega-pixels, I doubt I could find a better lens now for less than a few hundred pounds.
Anyway, anyone who has more than a passing interest in photography will get a lot out of the article. Some famous Leica enthusiasts? Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Queen Elizabeth II, Diane Arbus, Spike Jonze, Albert Korda, Nan Goldin.
Availabot is a customizable model that plugs into your computer through USB. You can sync it with a friend of your choice on your Instant Messenging client and when that person logs on, the model stands up. When they log off, the model collapses in a heap.
Availabot is the brainchild of Schulze and Webb, a London-based design consultancy. It’s still in development though, so you can’t get your grubby little mitts on it just yet.
(Found at It’s Nice That)
John Maus is the keyboardist in Panda Bear, and seemingly a fairly tortured individual.
Last year he released an album called Songs which Vice magazine described thusly:
‘Apparently Maus spent five years working on this album, which is a shame because, frankly, it’s awful.’
I haven’t heard any of the songs from that album but I have heard a new track, Do your Best, which is beautiful.
It’s dark, and obviously inspired by early 80s synth like Giorgio Moroder, Flock of Seagulls, and Blue Nile, and it’s just lovely.