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Monday, July 07, 2003
Images of ship-breaking by Rune Larsen. The reproductions aren't quite big enough to get the effect, unfortunately. This particular location, Chittagong in Bangladesh, is a favourite spot of photographers, most notably Sebastiao Salgado's 'Worker' series. See also the incredible work of Edward Burtynsky (his other galleries are also worth clicking through, such as the eerie landscapes left behind by the Three Gorges Dam project in China).

Greenpeace has a good info page about the environmental impact ship-breaking - as one would imagine, this is a dangerous, dirty activity. From this we glean that theyíre breaking the Love Boat! (more about this soupy 70s television show).

Itís amazing, but perhaps not surprising, that the explosion of fotologs, photologs, whatever, has seen the creation of images of equal power and intensity to the work of professional photographers. Regardless of the apparent mundanity or familiarity of the subject matter, the combination of the digital camera and website has generated a quantum leap in the perception of abstract images, not just the narrative or event-based photography that the snapshot has been traditionally devoted to. It's as if all those random images that lurked at the end of photo rolls ('I'm just finishing up the roll of film, honey') have been suddenly thrust into the foreground, and everyone is looking, hard, at the role of composition, colour and light in their surroundings. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but the photographic weblog (Iím thinking of Slower, of course, but many, many other logs too Ė Kdunk, suejon, halftone, etc. - see more links on our photo page) is perhaps as important a stage in the history of photography (and image making and record keeping in general) as the introduction of the first mass market cameras (the Brownie, the Polaroid, the disc camera, etc.). We now know to look a little harder.

The photography of Finn Manford / Danish tintype photography ('those hideous, cheap-looking pictures...') / Lightningfield gets all Piranesian (Daniel Libeskind chose Piranesiís Carcineri etchings as his one book to take to his Desert Island last week: The Prisons (Le Carceri): The Complete First and Second States by Giovanni Battista Piranesi / Cost of War, a scary ticker thing / Michael Danner's beautiful photographs of Japan / related, Made in Toyko, with an amazing interactive Toyko model (via kottke) / perhaps it should be combined with this javascript traffic simulator?

Music to match your moods at CDbaby / the Minimalist Web project - sites that keep it sweet and simple / urban exploration photos, amongst others (more on UE at infiltration.org and this Australian site. There are countless others - UE is a very web-based phenomenon).

Elsewhere. The Architectural Review has put all its book reviews from the last five years up on its site, creating a valuable resource of contemporary architectural discourse. A top tip Ė the magazineís excellent directory is also well worth book-marking. Chances are, if itís bold or beautiful and was constructed in the past five years, then the AR has the architectís number.

The fatal exception error t-shirt (warning: modelled in a tight-chested size) / drawing the world, an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (via Caterina) / one of our favourite draughtsmen, Keith Vaughan / the video game hardware that no-one knows about (bits of kit that look like they've crawled from a William Gibson novel).

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