Laszlo Bilki | urbanphotomag

… it was inevitable that I loved photography from a very young age.

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As far as my photographic style goes, I am yet to settle on a genre, but I love the soft light of night, and making something beautiful out of something that is not. The more I travel down this path, the less “generic beauty” appeals to me. Occasionally I still feed my soul with a beautiful vista, or the splashing of waves, but generally, give me a dirty alley or a minimalist urban scene any day. “

via Laszlo Bilki | urbanphotomag.

Which evoked my words ….

well beauty is what is seen as beauty; it’s just an agreement with one’s culture, education or with one’s own findings …. What’s important and interesting for me in photography (and art in general) is the way one goes from one pic to another, how one trains one’s eye and perception in mind. The learning steps ….

I enjoy the way you make use of space in these examples. I agree with Ragnar about “Chep” , although i recognize a bit of my eye in “Ikea Colour 2″. Photography has made me love the combi’s of grey and color.

Personal Flickr Top Score

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More than 1000 views @flickr.com in one day for this pic

Reaching for a Kiss

Reaching for a Kiss

which is a personal top score for me. My most popular pics needed months to come only close to this result!

But this was only one pic from a series i also presented here yesterday. Look at my 56 Barrels – Christo page. The other pics did only receive a few visits on Flickr.

i am very curious how you would divide your attention among these pics !

Site Update … My Photography

strange that one cannot add tags or categories to a page.

At least …. i don’t know a trick and i read that it isn’t possible.

So just another announcement here.

I changed my About in a page for My Photography with a first contribution.
In the coming series The Art and My Eye a contribution about 56 Barrels by Christo and some parts which attracked my eye.

Interview with Sonny Rollins, Pt. 5

zeze57:

Give me the five ! Thx again, Larry !

Originally posted on Let's Cool One:

IMG_7994This interview with Sonny Rollins was commissioned as an NEA Jazz Masters oral history in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Oral History Program, recorded on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Rollins, who was 80 years old at the time, seemed to enjoy the questions and the flow of the conversation, which stretched to nearly 3 hours, pausing only to change tapes. Pt. 1 of this interview is here, followed by Pt. 2, Pt. 3 and Pt. 4.

 

Appelbaum:  You did an interview with Arthur Taylor–very interesting interview–that

was published in his book “Notes and Tones.”  And in the interview, you say, “I don’t have

the greatest opinion of myself.  I recognize a lot of my faults.”  And I guess, first, I need

to, I’m obligated to ask: What do you think those faults are?

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Interview with Sonny Rollins, Pt. 4

zeze57:

Part 4 of this continuing story …..

Thx a lot, Larry !

Originally posted on Let's Cool One:

IMG_8050This interview with Sonny Rollins was commissioned as an NEA Jazz Masters oral history in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Oral History Program, recorded on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Rollins, who was 80 years old at the time, seemed to enjoy the questions and the flow of the conversation, which stretched to nearly 3 hours, pausing only to change tapes. Pt. 1 of this interview is here, followed by Pt. 2 and Pt. 3

 

 

Appelbaum:  Let’s jump ahead a little bit to your first recording session.

Rollins:  Okay.

Appelbaum:  I assume it was with the vocalist…who was…?

Rollins:  Babs Gonzales.

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A Thousand Words

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… On many occasions, after receiving an email that seemed to be aflame, I have walked over to the persons office (…) to find out what they were really saying.In many cases what appeared to be a problem turned out to be poor communications in written form. How we use words can be very powerful. I have concluded that nothing in life can replace the face-to-face discussion to truly convey one’s thoughts and feelings.

Reblogged from : A Thousand Words | Redneck Garage.

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my reply at the original post:

of course in communication and in understanding eachother a face to face contact can be irreplaceable, especially in business-like matters i think.
I am not so sure that this is also true for a discussion, when getting a deeper insight. is at stake. For me reading and especially writing is the better speed to be able to follow my own thoughts and to deepen them.
Face to face contact can also be very disturbing. Social interaction is not always to the point ; both partners can be unequally prepared for a fair debate; being proved right is often more important than getting a clarified perception; and without this “struggle” having a pleasant time together can be the more important thing.
So i think it’s not one side or another; both ways can have their advantages, depending on the context and the subject.

Imagination « Cristian Mihai

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“Imagination is the voice of daring.
If there is anything
Godlike about God
it is that.
He dared to imagine everything.”

Henry Miller

Maybe that’s the most  quality an artist should have:
the ability to see more
than what others can’t see,
to see all the billion things hidden in plain sight,
to see what others are too busy to see.

Cristian Mihai

via Imagination « Cristian Mihai.

inner conversation 4

i: Sometimes the difficulty of a problem is not so much the complexity of its nature or of its solution, but more the question how to get the simple idea which is the right key to its understanding..

 Me: woow, sounds well, but don’t understand what you mean; i think the problems with your pc have troubled you too much !

 I: [ sound laughing]  well yes they did and all the usual tricks didn’t work , no matter how many times i tried them over and over again ….

 Me: you sound fanatic ….

 i:well yes, in a way i am … in certain circumstances. Not being able to solve a puzzle , only makes the puzzle more challenging :lol

 Me: and how did it work out …

 I: in the end i was convinced the memory card was defect, so i tried to exchange them for some old ones which i  had kept in reserve from another pc.

 Me: and your problem was solved ….

 I: no …. and …. yes …

 Me: now you turn into a sphinx for me !

 I: well …..  the older memory cards didn’t fit; so i put back the original ones.

 Me: problem not solved …

 I: well, that’s what i thought too. Nevertheless i tried to start up the computer again …. and now it all worked …. well in such a way that i could refresh the system again.  Apparently there had been some  amount of static electricity upon those memory cards, which i have taken away by trying to exchange them for the other ones ….

Me: ahhh … think i’m gonna understand your riddle with which you started our conversation

I: yes, had i been able to think out of the box immediately or at least a bit earlier, i wouldn’t have lost such a lot of time !

Me: … but always glad with a happy ending

[both laughing loudly]

Beauty will save the world

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Dostoyevsky once said that beauty will save the world. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn kind of agreed with him in his 1970 Nobel Lecture. (that’s just an excerpt but it’s so worth reading.)Beauty will save the world.But what exactly is beauty? How can you define it?I believe beauty is not just an abstract notion, but an experience. Impossible to define, it can just be felt.What I find to be truly fascinating about “beauty,” and not just in the world of arts, but in our day to day lives, is that it doesn’t necessarily provide answers or raise questions. When we say about a painting being beautiful, or a person, a flower, a house, a city, a monument, we talk about something we feel. It’s irrational, illogical, and, quite frankly, I believe that our capacity to feel or experience beauty is the very foundation of your humanity; the most primordial aspect of what it means to be human.I know a lot of artists who say they make art because they want to create something beautiful. They feel the urge to create beauty, to be able to project it on a canvas when there was nothing, to put some words together, to give a rock a different shape, and so on.Now for the big question: how can beauty actually save the world?Solzhenitsyn tried to answer this question in his lecture, and in a way, I agree with him, but I also believe there’s also a much more simpler answer: beauty brings the best in us, because experiencing it is never meaningless.Beauty itself does not provide answers, or raise questions, it’s not a call for action, it’s not a plea. It just is. It can last forever, or just a few minutes, like a beautiful song. Or a sunset. And not only do we derive pleasure, but we also construct meaning from the experience.Based on our own ideals and beliefs and set of skills, we absorb beauty and we want to do something with it. It’s rarely a passive experience. We see a beautiful painting, and we may feel the urge to make something just as beautiful. Or simply tell everyone we know about it. Or photograph it. Or just cry.For whatever reason (or for no reason at all) beauty fills our minds and souls with emotions and thoughts. And in that moment of simple contemplation, we feel as if all of life’s questions have been answered. Pointless worries and petty frustrations are discarded. Time seems to stop, and all that’s greedy and dark and vile about our humanity evaporates.And in that moment, no matter how long it lasts, we catch a glimpse of our own greatness.

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my reply at the original post:

First of all, thx for your visit. Very much appreciated …. a beautiful thing :)

I do agree with your title and well in a certan way. Although in some sentences you do speak about our experiences and you do give some place to our mind, in the end i think the used definition of Beauty is a common one, but a resticted one. I think Beauty is a positive sensation what we lend to a piece of art, of nature, of another human being etc.

If it was an internal characteristic of sth/someone it needn’t change in time and place. But to appreciate a work (to speak about art) as a Beauty we have to learn to see, to experience it in a certain way. The work of art remains the same, but in the course of time our appreciation can change. So we play a much more active role in the thing that we call Beauty as often is suggested by essays about this subject. Of course there has to be some qualities in the subject itself to evoke our appreciation, but …. as said …. that’s surely not a guarantee that we will lend our esteem.

Back to the title. Yes when we will see more Beauty in our world, we will surely treat it with more respect and so the world will become a safer place and will be saved from our destructions !

ps i maybe would use some other entries, but i think you’ve written a great thoughtful , evocative and inspiring article. I don’t mean to break it down. On the contrary ! Thx a lot !

inner conversation 3

Me: I expected you here one of these days with a new post

I: yes you’re right, i really had some plans but …

Me: … you’re already tired of blogging around here all the time …

I: no, no, not at all, I was really starting to acquire a taste for it but …

Me: oh yes, other more important things to do like …

I:  no no no but it’s hard to blog when your home computer crashes again and again  … 

Me: oh I’ve heard much better and more original excuses among all these bloggers here … some of them even fill their blogs with a paper about their writer’s block … so no reason to be silent !

I [laughing] ah you don’t trust me ; I can’t help you …. it’s in your character …. but  $^%%&^^*&$%%65 there is that  very damned  blue screen again …. 

Me: [serious] oh, sorry …

Interview with Sonny Rollins, Pt. 3

zeze57:

well, after a reblog of Pt 1&2 , i simply think i have to be fair and go for another reblog. Even without pre-reading this time … i am too curious myself !

Originally posted on Let's Cool One:

IMG_8065This interview with Sonny Rollins was commissioned as an NEA Jazz Masters oral history in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Oral History Program, recorded on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Rollins, who was 80 years old at the time, seemed to enjoy the questions and the flow of the conversation, which stretched to nearly 3 hours, pausing only to change tapes. Pt 1 of this interview is here. Pt. 2 is here.

 

Appelbaum:  Let’s continue.  When you were at a certain crossroads, you were playing the

horn, you loved this music so much, you knew you’re going to dedicate your life to it, but

in terms of style, many people of your generation–horn players–went either

towards Coleman Hawkins or towards Lester Young.  And I wonder if you ever felt you

had to make a choice, and if so, how did…

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inner conversation 2

Me: I would never have thought to fill up my blog so much with reblogs

I: (teasing)
well seems the others have more inspiration as you do have yourselve …

Me: you know, i just hope to giv’ it a quick start and i think I learn most when putting all these new things in practice rather instantly … ans yes there are some interesting things there outside here !

I: i guess you can be right …. and in this mosaic of choices you do show us something about yourself  ……. :D
but try to find a balance. Now you’re talking about photography in your   A b o u t   and you’re showing us your taste of music in your posts. You promised us    m o r e    there but …. you just let us wait for your story (the musical one, I suppose)

Me: oops… there is still a long way to go …

I:  a  very damned  long way … 

Jazz & Blues Experience on YouTube

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zeze57:

Not all music here i would like to call Jazz or Blues and a rather strange experience on youtube … i have hardly found any real video …. but nevertheless … just for the music …. a nice find and certainly a worthwhile link to keep an eye on !

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I’ve always been a fan of Jazz & Blues, unfortunately not in a knowledgeable way, I know some of the important names but only a few songs, and I’ve always wished to expand my knowledge of these genres.

Apart from TheEllenShow and JennaMarbles, I don’t usually subscribe to anything else on YouTube (tragic I know) and on the day I decided to broaden my subscriptions a bit I found the Jazz and Blues Experience YouTube Channel.

This is a great channel for beginners and fans alike, and I like that some of the playlist are arranged by artists, as I type and as you can tell by the above video, I’m having a mega Etta James sesh! Enjoy!

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zeze57:

very damned true ! What about the word “great” :)

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Never use the word, ‘very.’ It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn’t mean anything. If you feel the urge of ‘verywriting tips‘ coming on, just write the word, ‘damn,’ in the place of ‘very.’ The editor will strike out the word, ‘damn,’ and you will have a good sentence.

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William Allen White

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inner conversation

Me: I thought i would have shown my flickr pics; here on this blog

I: well apparently it’s more easy to show your taste of music and what you liked in other blogs

Me: still have to think about the idea behind this blog and my real intentions

I: let me put it so,  planning is not your strongest characteristic, as far as i know you !
But take care ; this blog will be running its own way and will leave you by the wayside :)

zeze57:

part two of the interview

Originally posted on Let's Cool One:

(© Larry Appelbaum)

This interview with Sonny Rollins was commissioned as an NEA Jazz Masters oral history in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Oral History Program, recorded on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Rollins, who was 80 years old at the time, seemed to enjoy the questions and the flow of the conversation, which stretched to nearly 3 hours, pausing only to change tapes. Part 1 of this interview is here: http://larryappelbaum.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/interview-with-sonny-rollins-pt-1/.

Pt. 2

Appelbaum:  I meant to ask…how did you acquire the nickname “Sonny?”

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zeze57:

Another Colossus , certainly for the Saxophone ….

A “primitive” way of talking, what also makes his music great ….

Originally posted on Let's Cool One:

with Sonny RollinsThis interview with Sonny Rollins was commissioned as an NEA Jazz Masters oral history in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Oral History Program, recorded on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Rollins, who was 80 years old at the time, seemed to enjoy the questions and the flow of the conversation, which stretched to nearly 3 hours, pausing only to change tapes.

 

 

Part 1:

Appelbaum:  Let me begin by just asking some basics to establish some context.

Tell us first of all the date you were born and your full name at birth.

Rollins:  Oh, I was afraid you were going to ask me that.  Ok, my full name at birth was

Walter Theodore Rollins, and I was born September 7, Sunday morning, 1930 in Harlem,

America on 137th Street between Lenox and 7th Avenues.  There was a midwife

that delivered me, and…

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