Oh, how I dislike being illOctober 4, 2015
Remember how I last week talked about feeling a bit ill? Well it got worse, and I ended up bed ridden for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), oh, how I dislike being sick. Even now, a week later, I still have a running nose and a light cough.
This also means that the remaining time of the week, I’ve tried to stay home to recover. Though that would be a pretty boring blog post (of which there have been many lately). So when I woke up on Saturday, I decided to take a walk from Lauttasaari to down town Helsinki bringing my camera with me in hope of finding something to write about. The walk in itself isn’t that long, but a good twenty minutes.
I also decided to not take a direct route, but instead go out on Jätkäsaari and visit Verkkokauppa, just for some casual window shopping. Because I still wasn’t a hundred percent well, I was well clothed, which worked against me. I overheated and felt like I had a fever all over again. Anyway, didn’t find anything of interest at Verkkokauppa, nor did I find anything really interesting to bother with the camera during my walk.
The only thing that I did find, or rather, I’ve wanted to shoot, is an ice breaker docked in the west harbor, the Murmansk or Vyborgskiy, depending on which site you check the IMO, I’d venture a guess and say that the name Murmansk is the working name, whilst once it’s finished, it’ll be renamed to Vyborgskiy.
I’m really fascinated by ice breakers, and after spending some time on youtube watching clips of ice breakers, eh, well, breaking ice, I really want to be on one as they open up the sea ways (there’s a clip in the movie “A year on ice” which the sound as the boat crushes the ice is just spectacular).
Magnum: Contact sheets
For a couple of months now I’ve been looking at getting hold of a copy of “Magnum: Contact Sheets”, or rather, ever since I saw a video by Ted Forbes where he went through the images/contact sheets that he liked the most.
I hadn’t bought the book mostly because of its price. Adlibris, which usually sell books at an affordable price, listed it at 60€, and Akademiska bokhandeln, the book store I’ve talked too many times about, sold it for a staggering 120€ (I checked the price online a couple of months ago), far more than the recommended list price (£45).
But as I was randomly looking through books at Akademiska this weekend, I noticed that they had lowered the price to a much more sensible 45€, and naturally, since I’ve wanted this book for quite some time, I decided to buy it.
The book is large and heavy, containing pictures and contact sheets from the beginning of Magnum in 1933 up until 2010. Some of the pictures are known world wide, and some are pretty unknown. I spent Saturday evening, well in to the night, just reading and examining the pictures, I actually got through the book cover to cover. Through admittedly, I didn’t pay equal amount of attention to all of the pictures.
What has always fascinated me the most with still photography is photojournalism. Even though I’ve lately learnt to appreciate fine arts photography, I’ve always thought that the realistic nature of photojournalism makes images a lot more captivating. And since photojournalist seldom have the luxury of time, makes their work a lot more impressive. Magnum being a consortium of photographers generally leaning toward journalism makes this book even more interesting to me.
My absolute favorite picture (or rather, an image I’ve been thinking a lot about) in the book was by Larry Towell in Canada ’96. The picture depicted a child sleeping on a table surrounded by baskets filled with what looks like pickles, here’s a link to the search results on Magnum’s website for the image, sadly they don’t support a direct link to the image (with description).
A fun thing I do when I don’t really know what to write, is to go back and see, what I was doing this week last year, or the year before that, etc. and the wonderful thing with writing each week, is that I have everything documented.
For example, in 2012, we had finally gotten the decision that we’d be able to rent the apartment in Årstadal, little did I know that I was going to spend the next couple of years in that same apartment.
And last year I picked a location from “One hundred cool places in Stockholm” and ended up in the City Church, which I to this day still regret. I never really got through that book, and there were a lot of places that I would’ve loved to visit.
I wonder if there’s a similar book about Helsinki?