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Monthly Archives: May 2008

In the West Kootenay on the upper end of Kootenay Lake another run of the river power plant is being proposed.

This is near the Fry Creek Lardeau area north and east of Kaslo at Glacier Creek. Of course it is pristine. The firm is from Montreal. Some of the best and biggest trout in the lake spawn in these creeks. If you have a chance go there this summer its pretty wild you can hike from the Lardeau area to scenic Jumbo Pass or up Fry Creek to Grey Pass?……

Ever heard of these places? Probably not that is why they stand a good chance for development. Do you care will your kids care? Where will you go to see nothing but nature in 50 years.

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NYC from the top of the Met. I like this softness here and contrast of nature and the skyline.

Jeremy Scahill’s book
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books)

has just come out in softcover … a recommended read and asks a lot of pertinent questions about war
and mercenary security. These people operate with impunity without rules of engagement or honor there are 100,000 of them in Iraq they get paid 1000 dollars minimum per diem per person. 50% of every dollar in taxes goes to the military. (There is a movement afoot to not pay taxes to force a decision on Iraq.
They were also in New Orleans after Katrina.)

The Author speaks here excellent piece that explains the situation very well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqM4tKPDlR8

and see the Empire State Building in the background too.

A totally cool artful ecological installation space.

www.halikonlahti.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&amb;id=22&Itemid=98

Interesting fact I found while recently in NYC. Small time book dealer from Philadelphia purchased a collection of old photos in 2003 in Brooklyn. Some of them were depictions of obese women in Tutu’s and dancers with pythons stuff the american writer Greil Marcus calls “Old Weird America”.

Turns out many were Arbus’s she used to frequent Hubert’s Dime Freak Show in the 1960’s. It was located in Times Square but has since disappeared. Bob Dylan and Tom Wolfe also used see the odd (ha) show.

Check out this book recently published by Gregory Gibson

Hubert’s Freaks: The Rare Book Dealer, The Times Square Talker and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus.

Its a good read about freaks, curators, underground history and Arbus.

A Southeby’s Action sold one of here works in 2004 for just under half a million.

Susan Sontag in On Photography wrote ” the most striking aspect of Arbus’s work is that she seems to have enrolled in one of art photography’s most vigorous enterprises – concentrating on victims, on the unfortunate – but with compassionate, purpose that such a project is expected to serve.”

Checked out the Lee Friedlander show in NY at the Met his series of black and white profiling landscape architect Olmstead. So it’s Friedlander rendering nature. My fave isn’t on the net an erratic and some bush….but I like this one F’s style shows here without question…..go to Nymag.com for some more examples…

Books to get inspired by…

Travels with Herodotus
Ryzard Kapusciski Vintage Press Polish Journalist travels with Herodotus in mind Excellent from translation

Kem Nunn Dogs of Winter and Tijuana Straits Both excellent novels Lit bent imbued with surfing passions

Brooklyn Posters detail alpenglowpro

Trying really hard to subvert a few tropes just outside NYC with a bit of ambiguity.

Moma in NYC two modern works juxtaposed.
Recommended to visit. Loads of ART Dali to Klein etc etc a great trip. More images to come.


Take your time: Olafur Eliasson my interpretation MOMA… Pinto man talk soon

More Olafur…..I loved this Icelandic artists installations. There were more at PS1 but photos were strictly prohibited. The up flowing waterfall and the mirrored disc in the sky were outstanding transforming space and giving it outside dimensions. Where is your place in the world. Maybe we should all ask that? More coming.


This building has such great space. 100asa 4.5 @ 15thsec so sez the meta data