‚Somewhere between the two poles – living a life of vital lies and speaking simple truths – there lies a skillfull mean, a path to sanity and survival.‘
This sentence ends the book ‚Vital Lies, Simple Truths‘ by Daniel Goleman from 1985, in which he describes the so-called ‚blind spot‘ that actually exists, namely where the optic nerve penetrates the retina. You can try it out. Instructions can be found in the book and on the web. How did I come up with this? A few days ago there were elections. I admit, I voted for the first time in years. The Green Party. I voted for them. It used to be the SPD. It was a family tradition, without much thought. Then I thought more and stopped. With voting. I think that was when Oskar Lafontaine predicted what reunification would cost and Helmut Kohl promised, nothing. It was clear that only one person could be right. I was never good at maths, but that bringing millions of people together would not cost nothing was immediately clear to me even without a calculator. I wondered how people could be told such crap. But even more I wondered how people could believe it.
On Sunday evening, when the result was foreseeable, I did a ‚Berlin round‘ for the first time in years. I was curious. After about 20 minutes I fell asleep. This also happens to me when I listen to CDs on continuous loop. Has anyone ever investigated to what extent politicians‘ answers differ over the years? If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would believe that there is a cadre school for politicians in the catacombs of the Bundestag. ‚School for speeches without content – lulling, babble, lavate! Here you will become a professional!‘ As I was falling asleep, I was still thinking what kind of people would believe them after the election if they opened their mouths just to move the air. Disappointed? Nope. After all, it was a spontaneous decision to vote. More like expectation as usual or quod erat expectandum. Maths was good for something after all.
By the way, you can only see the blind spot at a distance of about 25 to 30 cm. The distance to the TV should be much greater. Otherwise it‘s bad for your health anyway…
Did you know, that…
the earliest photographic process was the photogram, also called light drawing (around 1830)? For this, small objects were placed on light-sensitive paper and exposed to the sun. The negative silhouette remained on the surface. Without a camera. The Hungarian Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy, the most important representative of this technique, experimented extensively with it in the 1920s and laid the theoretical foundation. For him, it was „the real key to photography“. One of his most famous pictures is the tea-egg with a long handle, which was made by one of his students from the metal class at the Bauhaus. In the end, he often created abstract forms that only hinted at the original object.
…inspired and tried…
If you want to learn something about ‚photographic vices‘, you should take a look at Hans Windisch‘s book „Die neue Fotoschule“ (1st ed. 1937). There is a whole table divided into ‚Stinginess, Forgetfulness and Disorderliness‘ and ranging from the ‚Dim light in the Darkroom‘ to ‚Forgot the Shutter – Best Moment missed‘ to ‚Dry negatives touched with sweaty fingers‘. Windisch was a graphic artist, but also trained as a photographer. Until the technical changes in the 80s, his books were world successes. His concern was to make photography accessible to the layman. Title of his first book: „Knipsen – aber mit Verstand! Ein Wegweiser f. Amatöre, die gute Bilder machen wollen“ (eng. Snap a shot – but with understanding! A guide for amateurs who want to take good pictures.)
After a long time I am represented with a picture in a contest of the LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy. ‚Signals and Connections‘ was the theme, ‚No EXIT!‘ my only submitted photo. To be honest, I was puzzled because it was meant more as a joke. But of course I‘m still pleased. The exhibition will be in Rome from 9 to 17 December 2021.
The 2022 Landscape Calendar is here! It was again a „joint project“ of my Facebook community. This time there were 120 pictures to choose from. As in 2020, one was raffled among all voters. This year it goes to Brazil. It is printed on thick black art cardboard in DIN A3 and costs € 35,- incl. shipping within Germany. You can order it directly from me or in my shop. It is possible to send it abroad, but then shipping will be added.
There is also a second calendar: From my ongoing project ‚MüllDepponie‘ I have selected 12 pictures, all in 1:1 format. However, the calendar comes in portrait format, i.e. upright, also in DIN A3, on black art cardboard and costs € 35,- incl. shipping within Germany. It can be ordered from me personally or in the shop. It can also be sent abroad. Shipping will then be charged according to the country. Please also note the shipping time to foreign countries.