Trauma (the book)

 Today I received TRAUMA, a beautiful and very personal gift from Austrian painter Christian Bazant-Hegemark, for which I am deeply grateful. The volume spans fifteen years and tells the story of searching for a visual language dealing with trauma.

I was surprised how many of the paintings and drawings I still knew from my time in Vienna, some of which even appear in portraits I took in 2013....   READ MORE

When Inspiration Strikes

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When asked whether he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration, Somerset Maugham allegedly replied:

I write only when inspiration strikes.


Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.

The 500 Birds

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»It’s the 499 birds before the 1 that works.« (Alexia Sinclair/via)

or, in the words of Jacob Riis:

When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before. (via)

Cumberland Studios: Marianne Vlaschits & Mirjam Schweiger

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Die Künstlerinnen und Künstler standen kurz vor dem unfreiwilligen Auszug aus Ihren Wohnungen und Studios in der Wiener Cumberlandstraße, als Marianne Vlaschits und Mirjam Schweiger “$chwanger” Schweiger mich am 4. Juli 2014 in ihre Ateliers einluden.

World’s Largest Mobile Camera

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Ian Ruhter made his own camera – by mounting a lens to the rear end of a truck. What impressed me most is how, despite the scale of his instrument, it is so little about the gear and so much about the process. Everybody is excited to be part of the shoot and thus his alchemy reaches far beyond the outdated collodion-process.

This video introduces him:


Here you can see him work at his »American Dream« series:


In this clip about Madison (who was born weighing only 800g) he also uses his »time machine« for film:


Ian was a guest at Chase Jarvis Live (you can see what is going on inside the camera from 1h38m35s):


Images are on Ian’s website and his tumblr.






John Cleese on Creativity

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Watch for yourselves:

Some quotes:

Now, in the closed mode an uncultured [petri] dish is an irrelevance. In the open mode, it’s a clue.

To get into open mode, you need: space, time, time, confidence, humor.

If, while you’re pondering, somebody accuses you of indecision, say: »Look, Babycakes, I don’t have to decide until Tuesday and I’m not chickening out of my creative discomfort by taking a snap decision before then: that’s too easy.«

Alan Watts: »You can’t be spontaneous within reason«

Humor gets us from closed to open mode as quickly as nothing else.

There is a difference in between seriousness and solemnity.

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