Archive: February 2016

Hasselblad cameras on the Moon

hasselblad_198x198The medium-format cameras by the Swedish manufacturer Hasselblad, enjoy a legendary reputation and were – at least back then – probably the best cameras in the world. Not surprising that NASA chose exactly this brand during their equipment selection for their Moon missions. At that time, everything revolved around photographic quality of taking the pictures and moreso, around the reliability of the cameras. Back then, you did not have the opportunity to immediately examine whether a photograph turned out well, because all material could be developed only after the return to Earth. So, with regards to cameras there was the need to hedge one’s bets – inconceivable, if those photos would have turned out a complete flop.   [read more]

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»Ghost Clouds« by Richard Riemerschmid

riemerschmid_198x198Richard Riemerschmid (1868–1957) was a German artist and architect and a major figure in Jugendstil (German form of Art Nouveau). Further, he worked in arts and handcrafts and created furniture, fabrics, wall paper, and dishes, and was the co-founder of the German Association of Craftsmen – an association of artists, architects and business men. [read more]

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The full moon in »Koyaanisqatsi«

koyaanisqatsi_198x198»Koyaanisqatsi« is a film by the American director Godfrey Reggio, which was made between 1975 and 1982. The term »ko-yaa-nis-qatsi« derives from the language of the Hopi tribe and means »life out of balance« or »life in turmoil«. The movie manages without words, conveys its message with powerful images and haunting music by Philip Glass. It is a critical film that serves as eye-opener for the dark side of our civilization through comparing of poetic impressions of nature and images of the consequences of human activity. »Koyaanisqatsi« is the first part of a trilogy, followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). [read more]

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