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« Reply #160 on: March 23, 2013, 08:44:23 AM »
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Proper coffee has been spreading like wildfire here in London over the last couple of years, LaMarzocco have just opened a showroom here and there is a coffee festival in a couple of weeks.
That's what I like about London, we don't turn up our noses at things from other countries because we think ours is better, we take the best bits from wherever and make something new. It's like wine and beer, we make both but will bring the best stuff from all over the world so we have more choice. I can walk in a pub and choose a craft beer from various different countries and regional beer from the U.K.  Try doing that in France where the local produce is 'the best',  try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  Grin
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« Reply #161 on: March 23, 2013, 08:53:40 AM »
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... try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  Grin

Very thruth ! I'm french and live in Madrid. I was never been able to just order a good Rioja in Paris. Nor a "ibérico" ham. They just bloody don't know what it is. Not even tried with a Ribeira del Duero.

That's indeed what I love about London. You find whatever you want almost everywhere.

Ps: and all those clichés french people have about England, that the food is crap and the girls are hugly and dress like bags are completly false. Girls are gorgeous and hornies, food is excelent everywhere, even in the remote Devon that I love (I wouldn't mind having a house in Devon). There is a lot to like about England. Well, except the climate maybe...

Ps2: very strange, in Madrid is rather easy to find british products in local supermarkets without having to go to a "british pub or specialized drugstore".
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« Reply #162 on: March 23, 2013, 11:25:43 AM »
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That's what I like about London, we don't turn up our noses at things from other countries because we think ours is better, we take the best bits from wherever and make something new.
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So no "campanilismo" in the UK? Lucky you. I have an other friend who is born close to the scottish border. He says: "If your rich in the UK you eat really good, if your poor you eat very bad."

My own experience with the UK is from the last millennium. But I know a lot of people from the island living here on the continent, some for over twenty years. So my view of the UK might be not a very recent one.

Back to the image of the expresso machine: When I first saw it, I thought I post a comment. Then I thought twice and didn't post anything in fear of censorship ;-)

Is a link allowed? I try
http://rationalist.org.uk/articles/2702/the-revolution-is-coming

So I comment your image with a link. Disclaimer: I hope my link does not harm anyones feelings. It is meant to be funny.

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« Reply #163 on: March 23, 2013, 11:38:50 AM »
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... Girls are gorgeous and hornies,...

Funny, I always thought that there beer is warmer than girls Grin
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« Reply #164 on: March 23, 2013, 11:46:04 AM »
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"So I comment your image with a link"
i didn't read anything more into the machine/my image than shiny chrome espresso porn. you pull on the lever and the get a lovely shot.
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« Reply #165 on: March 23, 2013, 11:56:51 AM »
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"So I comment your image with a link"
i didn't read anything more into the machine/my image than shiny chrome espresso porn. you pull on the lever and the get a lovely shot.
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It makes a big difference who is operating the leaver.

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« Reply #166 on: March 23, 2013, 12:02:45 PM »
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"So I comment your image with a link"
i didn't read anything more into the machine/my image than shiny chrome espresso porn. you pull on the lever and the get a lovely shot.
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« Reply #167 on: March 23, 2013, 12:06:19 PM »
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Lever-based machines are still the best - they allow more pressure than some of the modern machines.  Having said that, I've seen some super-automatics in local cafés that look like they'd be capable of launching a small satellite.  Saw an intriguing machine a couple of years ago at a coffee show, for people who are backpacking.  It's about the size of a portable bicycle pump and uses a similar action to build up pressure but it works really well.  Anyway, none of that has anything to do with photography (except maybe that many photographers run on caffeine!)

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« Reply #168 on: March 23, 2013, 12:38:34 PM »
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Proper coffee has been spreading like wildfire here in London over the last couple of years, LaMarzocco have just opened a showroom here and there is a coffee festival in a couple of weeks.
That's what I like about London, we don't turn up our noses at things from other countries because we think ours is better, we take the best bits from wherever and make something new. It's like wine and beer, we make both but will bring the best stuff from all over the world so we have more choice. I can walk in a pub and choose a craft beer from various different countries and regional beer from the U.K.  Try doing that in France where the local produce is 'the best',  try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  Grin

We've all but adopted Indian and Chinese food and created our own out of it! London is a total hotchpotch of very old and very new buildings and will go on changing, seeing the Tower of London in sight of the modern buildings in The City makes some tourists heads spin.
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« Reply #169 on: March 23, 2013, 01:13:32 PM »
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Johnny doesn't seem to like the "new" London very much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SkUPM_T7FE

He's not wrong in many things though.
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« Reply #170 on: March 23, 2013, 01:46:34 PM »
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I've been going to London since I could get on a plane.

At first I found it so different than anything I knew and I loved it.

Then there was a period where I believe the country looked too inward and was a little xenophobic.

Now I think it's one of the world's great cities.  It's modern and traditional and has embraced almost every culture.

Sure there's problems, (too many damn street cameras) and driving like I drive is expensive, actually all of London is quite expensive, but it's a great city.

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« Reply #171 on: March 23, 2013, 02:22:28 PM »
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Yes, London is a great city in many aspects. Like Johnny Rotten, I can't really relate to the glass buildings stuff they overdid. I like Foster, I lived years ago in a building designed by him, but too much bad Fosterism in the new arquitecture. The tower really looks like a dildo and Johnny's scooter helmet is spot-on. I particularly hate the hugly "Brighton's" Wheel. But it's a vibrant place.

The expensiveness was always there, but they went crazy in the late 80's. A friend of mine who passed away, suddenly went rich after he sold his appartment in London because the district he was living turned fashionable. He stopped to work with all the money and left London to live in a indian ocean island near the sea the rest of his life.
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« Reply #172 on: March 24, 2013, 05:25:45 AM »
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Yes, London is a great city in many aspects. Like Johnny Rotten, I can't really relate to the glass buildings stuff they overdid. I like Foster, I lived years ago in a building designed by him, but too much bad Fosterism in the new arquitecture. The tower really looks like a dildo and Johnny's scooter helmet is spot-on. I particularly hate the hugly "Brighton's" Wheel. But it's a vibrant place.

The expensiveness was always there, but they went crazy in the late 80's. A friend of mine who passed away, suddenly went rich after he sold his appartment in London because the district he was living turned fashionable. He stopped to work with all the money and left London to live in a indian ocean island near the sea the rest of his life.


Well that was considerate; usually, they move up to the nicer parts of Scotland or out to Cornwall and Wales and the locals there have to live with their parents for the rest of their lives because they themselves can't afford to buy locally anymore.

In many ways, it's the same in Mallorca: many farms were sold off and became big gardens for foreign industrialists or estate agents... and who made the money? It isn't that easy to tell: the ex-farmers who sold were long ago outwitted by inflation and can no lpnger buy back what they thought they'd sold at a huge profit, and those of us who bought at those prices now can't sell without going broke because just like the washing machine when you are in a hurry and need to go out, the system’s ever at the wrong place on the programme. I know for a fact that all of my life I have been too late for the best deals by a regular gap of ten years. Would I have traded being ten years older in order to have been able to take advantage of the correct space/time frame that I should have occupied? Probably, yes. Better older than feeling a fish out of water most of the time, and one can’t escape the fact that if you are going to get, say, eighty years in total, then what difference does it make when you spend it? You probably get the same balance of good and bad regardless; but maybe, if you have choice,  you’d get to be in synch!

I enjoyed the Johnny Rotten video, for which, thanks.

Though a far smaller place, Glasgow is just the same as London appears to be. I was last back there eight-and-a-half years ago for a funeral. I hardly knew how to drive around the city anymore: the streets have disappeared or been changed to one-ways; the  compass of landmarks has vanished behind new structures or been totally turned into history. Even the local park where I used to walk the pooch for an hour twice a day, rain, sun, freezing fog or snow has altered beyond spiritual recognition. The pond where I shot pix of models in rowing boats has lost its charm and sense of calm, and last time I was there it offered all the glory and solitude of walking around a huge puddle in a city. Perhaps that’s what opening up the world to everyone does: ruins those moments of reflection, floating swans (some have been beaten to death there in recent years) and proud mums pushing high prams around the water’s edge as they point out nature to the sleeping babes. (I can vouch for the latter from memory and snapshot.) It’s all fucking gone, along with the immediate post-war boom that created so much of that one-time prosperity. Maybe that’s why wars exist: to reboot economies. The generally unrealised natural way to prolong life on Earth could well exist in just this type of human pruning: perhaps it’s why we have not quite outgrown the world’s resources – yet; perhaps that’s why, as a species, we have this built-in structure of gratuitous violence: it keeps us culled to sustainable levels.

Have a nice day.

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« Reply #173 on: March 24, 2013, 05:33:22 AM »
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Damn Rob,

Don't you think with all this over positive, joy and sunshine outlook you might be sidestepping reality just a bit?

Ground yourself man.

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« Reply #174 on: March 24, 2013, 05:42:31 AM »
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Rob, as much as we love you, there are times you'd make Victor Meldrew seem optimistic.

I've all but given up trying to get you to look forward rather than backwards, but nevertheless still live in hope.
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« Reply #175 on: March 24, 2013, 06:47:40 AM »
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« Reply #176 on: March 24, 2013, 08:31:34 AM »
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... I've all but given up trying to get you to look forward rather than backwards, but nevertheless still live in hope.

Rob, just remember that today you are younger than you'll ever be Wink

P.S. If only you could forget that you are, at the same time, older than you've ever been Smiley
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« Reply #177 on: March 24, 2013, 08:43:06 AM »
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Though a far smaller place, Glasgow is just the same as London appears to be. I was last back there eight-and-a-half years ago for a funeral. I hardly knew how to drive around the city anymore: the streets have disappeared or been changed to one-ways; the  compass of landmarks has vanished behind new structures or been totally turned into history.

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Hi Rob,

here are a view short thoughts about what you wrote, very personal. Don't understand it like, it is so. It is my personal interpretation of the past. So I put it in multiple quotation marks:

" " " " " " " " " " " " " " "
Feelings similar to yours produced already some of the greatest art. "À la recherche du temps perdu" by Marcel Proust for example. The world changes and everyone changes. How you react is the question.

André Kertész was very successful in Europe and the Americans threw him in the dust bin for 20 years because he didn't want to do what the client told him. He had his own vision. And today he is named  an "American Master" (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/andre-kertesz/about-andre-kertesz/645/). He had to endure this. See, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10U_eI34kEI (there is a part 1 and 2). Then you'll find it very ironic, calling him an american master.

Robert Capa said, to be a good photographer talent is not enough, you must also be hungarian.

Marcel Ducamp destroyed the art world because he had no success in his youth when he wanted to have success. Later in his life he watched only comedies, because he could not stand dramas any more.

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What has that to do with your post? I don't know. It just came to my mind, when I read your post.

AND. Man – am I jealous about the images you took in your past. All these beautiful girls on the beach. Which brings me back to the image of the espresso machine. I originally wanted to post: "This is what I see, when I wake up in the morning." (I hope I'm not banned from the forum now.) I think the french would say: "Je me suis réveillé sous un arbre". Is that right  fredjeang2?

Best,
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« Reply #178 on: March 24, 2013, 09:39:49 AM »
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Gentlemen, gentleman, I simply can't find my tinted glasses these days!

I see reality where once I didn't is all. Or, as likely, the reality that I see today as a negative turn in the world state is the only reality our younger members know, and so natural youth prevents the comparisons with earlier realities from being made which is only normal, but if memory is long, then there's no hiding place from the knowledge of how it was.

One only has to consider how fast food has become the norm of many... I remember vividly coming home after midnight from a long stint in the darkroom and my wife having a gorgeous fillet steak, chips and beautiful fresh vegetables ready for me to enjoy! Today, that would either return to choke me to death in my sleep or give me another heart attack.

Frankly, there's little that a generous lottery win wouldn't help relieve: time spent drifting through a list of the Relais & Châteaux establishments would certainly contribute to the adoption of a new set of shades... dammit, might even go turncoat and buy Canon and a 17mm Tilter/Shifter!

Just think of me as an old bottle, and then forget new wines.

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« Reply #179 on: March 24, 2013, 09:57:24 AM »
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One only has to consider how fast food has become the norm of many...

This, for example, is just one part of a reality in wich we can decide to focus-on, or not. It's not a universal truth.
US has a HUGE problem with obesity. I've never seen so many obese people per meter-square anywhere else and the last time i was it litterally shocked me how bad it incresed to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes soon a US governement strategical concern. It of course has to do with garbage food habits, not to do with richness, with some first world obliged decadence.
Simply look at the japanese. Top developped country, you'd have hard time to find some obese people in the streets.
Genes? No, simply look at what they eat. They don't eat bloody burgers, Coca Cola and donuts, no.
Even the UK fish and ships with vinager is a sweet joke compared to the US industrial food habits.

Sorry, didn't mean fish&ships but fish&chips
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