Monday, February 22, 2010

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It's late autumn, 1979.

I'm standing on Vesterport station in Copenhagen. I've drifted off into my own world and my dad is telling me to hurry up because our train has arrived and we can't miss it.

I'm thirteen years old.

I've just had an epiphany.

I've just seen the movie Apocalyse Now

at the big Palads Cinema Copenhagen, right next to Vesterport Station.

mind blowing.

At thirteen, I suppose you're just waiting for your mind to be blown by something.

For most people it's losing their virginity, or the first time getting drunk or stoned (in my generation, probably all three put together)

For me it was that movie.

I came out of the theatre thinking : I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

Well, it's a long time ago now and I never did become a film maker, but somehow that experience was part of my decision to become an artist, and I'm still waving that flag. Even if the wind died down and I lost the pole.

All-rightie, Lennard...another stroll down memory lane - so what's your favourite scene then?... the helicopter attack?..(giggle!)

yeah, yeah...but it's not the action...the moving camera...the use of Wagner... it's the part in the beginning of the attack where we cut from the inside of the Colonel's command helicopter to down on the ground, with the Vietnamnese about to be attacked.
It's very quiet down here (contrasting with the cacophonic noise inside the helicopter) ...you can hear the "choppers" approaching, and a female Vietcong in full uniform is ordering a female schoolteacher dressed in the traditional white long shirt of the vietnamnese to get the school children out of the little school house.

You've seen what's coming: Colonel Kilgore and his merry pranksters of death...and now you see where they're going: A humble hut with women, delicate like flowers, and sweet little school children.

You know it's going to get ugly from there, and you know damn well where to put your symphaties.

What a story teller, Coppola...what a romantic...what an Italian!

Many years later I saw the documentary "Hearts of Darkness" where Coppola predicts the video revolution of fifteen years later, with websites like YouTube : The great hope

yes,

what an artist:

Francis Ford Coppola

Maybe I should buy some of your wine and drink to you one day.

But I was never really into that type of thing.

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Panzer Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf D
Looks like a parade is about to take place at a tank production facility. Note the row of dark grey Panzer III's behind the dark yellow Panther, suggesting the photo was taken in early spring 1943 before the first Panthers were delivered to frontline units.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

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If you're as big a fan of the Underworld comic strip (by mighty KAZ) as I am, you'll enjoy these animated versions of select strips! - now available at www.mylittlefunny.com


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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf B
Some StuG men relaxing in wintry conditions. All are wearing the field grey version of the Panzer beret, as required for self-propelled artillery crews. The Death's head symbol was used both officially and un-officially by a wide variety of German units during and before WWII - most notoriously by the 3'rd SS-Panzer Division "Totenkopf", which these soldiers do not belong to.
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Monday, February 08, 2010

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If you are from a generation that dabbled i plastic modeling, you'll surely remember all of them fancy Box art paintings - displaying the model you were about to assemble in a dramatic action scenario! and though the art of plastic-modeling is on the decline, this genre of art is still alive with artists like Ukranian Gleb Vasilyev


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Panzer Tiger I E, early
Looks like a brand new Tiger about to enter service after being unloaded and readied at the railway station (the MG 34 usually fitted in a ballmount on the left side of the front armour plate has not yet been installed) The large number "9"is not the standard type of vehicle numbering and must have been applied by railway personnel or at the factory delivering the Tiger.
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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Children from Stalingrad returning to school after the battle.

The Battle of Stalingrad ended on February 2, 1943

Sixty seven years ago today.

The battle is widely acknowledged as representing the turning point of WWII and according to Wikipedia it was the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare with a total of 1,2 – 1,8 million casualties (killed, wounded, missing, and sick, counting both sides of the conflict)

The photo is from an remarkable series taken immediately after the battle by a Soviet photographer previously unknown to me: Strunnikov, the entire series can be seen here

Of special note is this one - I can't remember seeing a more grim depiction of military defeat.

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Panzer Sdkfz 250 & 251
Halftracks in a vehicle dump after the battle of Stalingrad. The 14'th, 16'th and 24'th Panzer divisions were completely destroyed in the battle.
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