Self-aware. Self conscious. Self induced.

Weekend Links, 18 May, 2013

It’s amazing how fast time is passing right now. We’re already halfway through our time in Berlin and the next six weeks feel all too short. Our project is beginning to come together, we’ve got travel planned, we’re hoping to host a guest or two… We’ve had to make a list of the things we want to do and see in the city and make sure that we start knocking it out systematically, otherwise we’re going to run out of time.

Let’s be honest. We’re still going to run out of time.

It’s kind of amazing how time on the ground adjusts pace. If we were in this city for three days, I’d be pretty unimpressed. It is, after all, fairly dirty. There’s graffiti all over the place. It’s kind of run-down. Some Berliner friends at dinner last night were talking about how strapped for cash the city is. But being here for three months, we began with the thought that we were going to explore the nooks and crannies, and then we moved to a different neighborhood and and and… Once you get into nook-and-cranny territory, there’s an awful lot to explore.

So yeah. Time. Nooks and crannies. Filling one with the other (is time a container to be filled?).

With space in mind, the first link is to What Was There, an interactive mapping site that is, with users’ help, trying to create a geocoded visual history online. It’s pretty great – type in your map coordinates just the way you’d do on any mapping site and see what images have been uploaded in the region.

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Next is travel/photography site Atlas Obscura, which looks very cool in general. Here, though, I wanted to link to this story about root bridges in northeast India. Yes. Bridges made from roots. Clicking on the picture will take you to a different site

More photography – this from a former dancer who left the art behind due to knee injuries. Carrying on, Ingrid Endel picked up a camera and started work. The story where I came across her work is here. Click on the picture to go to her Flickr page, which is full of goodness.

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Ingrid Endel photography

These images are all pretty big, though, so to turn small, along the lines of nooks, here’s a 2008 link to photographic microscopy and artificially colored images. Danger!

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Lastly, here’s a link to an excerpt of an essay by Susan Sontag, “On Photography.” A friend who’s been reading our Berlin Diary pointed this out to me after my post last week.

That’s it for the week. I may be a bit slow on the fairy tale this week – I know where I’m going, but carving out time these days is super, super hard. (Is time something that can be sculpted?)


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