Monthly Archives: June 2010

50 Congolese Portraits by Stephan Vanfleteren

On the anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s independence from Belgium, the BBC presents a selection of 50 Congolese photographed by Stephan Vanfleteren. Each photo is accompanied by a short quote from each individual, adding depth to the captivating portraits (via @michabruinvels).

Soccer City Stadium: Germany versus Ghana

Second best to working with the amazing journalists of Twenty Ten here in Johannesburg has been watching the Germany vs. Ghana match last night at Soccer City Stadium. After nearly one week in South Africa, it was my first World Cup match. And what a match it was. A happy ending for Germany, who won the match, and also Ghana, who advanced with Germany to the next round as second in their group.

Fans from both sides were ecstatic with the end result.

Art in Motion Film Festival

Since February, the Goethe Institut Amsterdam and Smart Project Space have been presenting an on-going film series exploring the multifaceted history of experimental filmmaking in Germany from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day. Art in Motion concludes with a three-day festival starting today.

Vintage Stamps for World Cup Countries

My life the last week has revolved almost entirely around football and the World Cup. Posting photos and stories from South Africa on Twenty Ten, arranging the last-minute details for my flight to Johannesburg on Saturday morning and watching as many matches as I can handle. I enjoyed this artistic approach to the World Cup fever by Karen Horten. She gathered together vintage stamps from the countries: “Most of the postage stamps below are from between 1900 through the mid-1930s, with a few as recent as the early 1970s.”

These are some of my favorites, but there are lots more here (via constantwanderlust: dailydesigndiscoveries)

Then It Happens

I’m not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It’s drowning yourself, dissolving yourself, and then sniff, sniff, sniff – being sensitive to coincidence. You can’t go looking for it; you can’t want it, or you want get it. First you must lose your self. Then it happens.

— Henri Cartier-Bresson (via spaceships: south-paw)

A World Cup weekend

The World Cup is off to a great start and South Korea has probably been my favorite so far. In 2006 I was watching in Seoul and couldn’t believe the enthusiasm of the Korean fans, crowded onto the streets to watch the matches and celebrate together. They were probably quite happy about the great start yesterday, visualized above by The Guardian’s Twitter replay, which shows the reactions on Twitter for each game (via Ardy)

I celebrated the kick off to the 2010 tournament in Amsterdam at the Tropenmuseum, along with the opening of the exhibition Africa Scores!

Germany plays today and I will be cheering along. Unfortunately Biergarten Die Heimat, which hosted fantastic screenings for the 2008 European Cup, is no longer open. Two nice alternatives are Biergarten De Goede Hoop and Trouw. Viel Glück Deutschland!


The beautiful multimedia production Snowbound by Lisa Robinson (for Fotofest) begins with the sound of crunching snow. As we stand now in the thick of summer, humid and cloudy here in Amsterdam, I loved this peek into the quiet season  of winter.

For five long winters, Lisa M. Robinson photographed in snow from New York to Colorado. The resulting color photographs become almost monochromatic in the snow and ice, distilled to their essential parts not unlike the deepest states of meditation.

While on the surface, these images seem to have captured moments in time, there is an implied suggestion of time passage and life cycles. Within the heart of a spare winter, other seasons emerge. These scenes suggest, upon contemplation, the temporal nature of all things. In the midst of seeming emptiness, layers of life and contrast slowly emerge.

(via mediastorm)

Stumptown in Amsterdam

A bit of home across the ocean. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, native to Portland and a favorite brew of my dad, is taking a holiday here in Amsterdam through the end of July. You’ll find them at Sid Lee in de Pijp. Thanks for the reminder Stef!

Colouring of Pigeons

A song, in preparation to see Tomorrow, In a Year, an opera by The Knife, playing tomorrow in Münster.

The Countdown Begins

Just one week left until the 2010 World Cup kicks off in South Africa. I’ll be heading to Johannesburg during part of the championships (yea!) to work with the journalists from Twenty Ten, who will be providing a uniquely African view of the event with multimedia productions, articles, radio broadcasts and lots of beautiful photography.

The above image is from a photo series by the South African photographer Simone Scholtz called Transformations, which captures the evolution of Black Stars fans from average Ghanaians to painted supporters ready to cheer their team on.

The Streets of Tokyo

This video by Vincente + Sara of the streets of Tokyo is serene, lovely and full of slow movement. It makes me want to visit again, to see again the small things hidden within the bustling city. But I actually debated whether to post this video because it’s essentially a promotion for Zara, which was one big chaotic mess last time I was there. Here’s to the hope that good advertising erases a blah experiences (via GOOD).


der:die:das: is a new magazine out of Zurich “which examines items, objects and various ‘things’ from everyday life, trying to get to the bottom of their meaning to newly orchestrate them. Next to their meaning in everyday life the items will be put in an art- and design-discourse, in order to reveal the bizarre and the established all at once.”

“der:die:das: calls for the new in everyday life and the ordinary in the novel and assembles the various perceptions of different disciplines in art and design by various artists, designers and authors in one magazine. According to the alphabet the things will be selected, dissected and analysed.” (via thepostfamily)

Traveling Denim

50 countries, 2 years. A video from Takayuki Akachi documenting the wear and tear of a traveling girl’s denim. (anothersomething: edwin)

A Bit of Reading

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know that I like reading. I usually keep track of the books I read by season, but I haven’t seem to posted a reading list since August last year. It was a busy fall/winter/spring and here are some of my favorites.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. A present from my older sister that was inspirational and caused me to do a lot of reflecting. Highly recommended.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. A mystery thriller that sucked me in from the first pages. A gift from a great friend and perfect for the wintertime.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. A historical mystery that scours the streets of post-war Barcelona. Absolutely beautiful.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I think this is a youth novel, but no matter. A story that immerses you in a one-of-a-kind adventure with four extraordinary kids.