Monday, December 19, 2011

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I have three words for you this week: Panzer! - Pinup! - Poser! and it's all happening at Riguel 3D

And with this, I wish you all a Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year, see you again Monday, 2 January, 2012.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 263 Fu (8 rad)
Serving with the Africa Korps, this vehicle has lost the prominent "bedstead" aerial normally hovering over the main superstructure (the supporting steel tubes are still in place) Rolls of telephone wire are visible to the left of the crewman poking his head out, and a sternantenne (star aerial) has been put in as replacement for the missing aerial. A vehicle typical of Rommels's troops who had to rely on makeshift conversions and captured equipment instead of factory fresh replacements if they wanted to keep fighting.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

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A photo taken out of the window of my old apartment, Abel Cathrinesgade 21B on Vesterbro.

This was just before the city-renewal of this part of Vesterbro began. The buildings are abandoned. The large building on your right is the old Saga Bio, a former XXX-cinema (before my time) and after that, it served as a music venue. I saw New Order play there back in 83' and later on, The Ramones.
The apartment block on the left side housed an artist's collective which took up several floors of that buliding. They gave great parties, and took an entrance fee when they needed money for the phone bill (or maybe their drug habits...)

Artist living and playing in freedom, such was the world of ole Vesterbro. Before money took over...

(I choose not to mention the drug dealers, the drug users, the prostitutes, the alcoholics, the bikers, the worn down, damp and cold, apartments, the alley cats fighting and ripping each other to shreds during the night - I'm being unbearably nostalgic, please stop me!)

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Panzer: Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.C mit Wurfrahmen 40
Designed for laying down smoke screens or heavy bombardments it carried six 280-320 mm rockets on the superstructure sides. A rare photo showing a rocket being fired.
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Monday, December 05, 2011

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Do you answer simple inquiries from your boss, fiancee or family with the words: CRASH! BANG! POW!.?..if the answer is "yes, and take THAT!" you are insane, but also very likely to dig this excellent place for downloading thousands of scanned Golden Age comic books: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com
(and it's even legal, bwana!..because all of the available comics are in the public domain)

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
A couple of troopers relaxing in front of a Stug. Note the mountain hiking boots with steel cleats worn by the men, placing them with a Gebirgsjäger unit.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

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Get your nerdy nostalgia at www.Wartimepress.com, a website specializing in WWII service personnel magazines and other publications, from both Allied and Axis nations.

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Panzer: Panzerkampfwagen V, "Panther" Ausf D
A very early production Panther. It lacks some features found on mass production Panther D's, such as tool racks on the hull sides and could perhaps be from the first pre-production run made in order to root out teething trouble, etc. Most likely photographed at a testing facility in Germany.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

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Abendland ho!

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Panzer: Pantherstellung
After WWII, German workers excavate the remains of a dug-in Panther used as a stationary gun platform during the Battle of Berlin. Worn-out Panthers with their guns intact but their wheels and engines removed, were dug into the streets of several German cities as a stop-gap measure during the last days of the Third Reich. A more elaborate version of the concept was the Pantherturm which consisted of a Panther turret mounted on a pre-fabricated steel or concrete hull which was used extensively in fortifications like the Gothic Line
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Monday, November 14, 2011

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And after these words from our sponsor, the Panzers:

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
No doubt a typical spectacle during the early days of the Barbarossa campaign when Hitler's armies were sweeping across western Russia. Note the capital "G" on the rear end of the Panzer II, placing it with Panzergruppe 2 commanded by Heinz Guderian
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Monday, November 07, 2011

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War of the Worlds no doubt...

Funny webpage where a very talented (presumably Russian) artist has taken the seventeenth century Russian tradition of making satirical woodcuts: Lubok, and applied the technique to present day Hollywood films.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/7 Ausf C Pionierwagen
Designed for Panzer division sapper units, this 251/7 is acting as tow-vehicle for a disabled Sdkfz 250 with a missing front wheel. Note the wooden bridge section carried on the side of the Pionierwagens's hull (another section was carried on the opposite side) and the divisional marking of the 2'nd Panzer Division - a trident, just visible between the men standing in front of the Pionierwagen.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

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I briefly explored this establishment back in the early nineties.

A trip to old London town when I was an art student had brought me on the trail of SOHO and its many peculiar, but interesting places. Slightly drunk after visiting the famous Marquee Club, me and a fellow student passed by the Compton Club which advertised "Peep Show". Intrigued, we went down a staircase and found ourselves in a tiny basement room where a heavily make-upped young girl dressed in suspenders and high heels asked us to join her at a table in the corner and buy her a drink. After two- or three minutes of meaningless conversation (the girl claimed to be a design student), a bearded leather-west clad character acting as the club's bouncer entered a small stage and told a rude joke (I can't remember how it went) Then we were presented with our bill: "drink plus company - £ 129" Apparently the "peep show" was our skinny friend at the table in her suspenders and despite our drinks and entry to the club being free, HER drink and company was NOT.

Screwed...

We were informed that we'd better pay or deal with the bouncer and that we should have realised what we were doing before we entered the place "- this is SOHO!" the design student/ peepshow attraction explained. Since I was the only one carrying any real money I sheepishly gave in to their threaths and paid... which meant giving up ALL the money I had for a five day stay in London, and this was our second day in town...

Luckily, I could borrow some money from another student and pay him back when we returned our non-worldly art student's arses to Denmark.

If you look at the area today on Google's Street View, you can tell how it has changed through gentrification. Who knows, maybe that tantalizing design student married the bouncer and started a profitable liposuction clinic a few streets away.

That was SOHO!


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Panzer: Tiger I, late production
Crossing local bridges was often a problem for Tiger-equipped units since few constructions could handle the 52 ton weight of the vehicle. Note the non standard two-digit turret number
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Monday, October 24, 2011

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Posting an entire Lady Luck comic book story this week, (Lady Luck no. 87, February 1950)
An amusing look at the world of modern art as seen from the world of comic books.

Created by Klaus Nordling the story takes the often seen comic book world stance that modern art is bogus ineptness created by eccentric loons in liaison with money-hungry gallery owners and corrupt art critics.

Considering that many of the top-level comic book artists of the day ended up living comfortably (and hard working...) with wifes, kids and upper middle class incomes while many modern artistes struggled in squalid basement apartments or lofts on New York's Lower East side, this sort of criticism can sometimes come out a bit shallow in my opinion. Of course what the comic book artists didn't get was recognition as artists...those precious pages in the Art history book down at the local library. These speculations of ego battling apart, it's obvious that Nordling has really pinned some comical aspects of the 1950's modern art "scene"...


like this...the animal skin wearing "primitive painter" - a caricature of a very well known Modern Maestro?..

Today, of course, things have changed...comic books are no longer the profitable mass media they once were, but instead have themselves evolved into the highly artistic (and expensive...) graphic novels, complete with gallery exhibits and reviews by art critics.

Hmmm, I wonder what all those hard working creative people in the computer gaming industry has to day about that?...

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Panzer: Befehlstiger I, late production
A disabled commander's version of the Tiger I (note the extra "star" aerial next to the turret) while being examined by troopers in reed green denim work uniforms. Most likely placing these men with the Tiger unit's workshop company. Looks like the Tiger is missing a track, perhaps blown off by anti-tank mines or attacks by ground attack planes when you consider the holes in the ground surrounding it.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

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I've always been a big fan of "funny photos" and you can get your fill at this idiosyncratic site: spacereptilesareyourfriend
Note: Most of the photos here are BIG making the pages slow loaders..
Note2: Scarlett Johansson fans are in for a treat...check out page 2!


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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf L
Refueling some Panzer III's probably summer of 1943. Note the troopers wearing reed green denim work uniforms and the steel drum marked with a "+" which meant it contained water (for engine coolant) and not petrol.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

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Marvel at the beautiful (if eccentric...) futurism of: 25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they're from the Future

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Panzer: Tiger I, early production
You get a real impression of the massive weight and "presence" of a Tiger in this photo, most likely taken in the summer of 1943. Note the troopers wearing white denim work fatigues.
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Monday, October 03, 2011


















Longeth ye back to the days before "Decaf Copenhagen"?.. the time when the city was full of drafty, dank slum-apartments inhabited by ordinary people (instead of businesses) plus a handful of middle-aged alcoholics and/ or weirdo's?...(OK, maybe more than just a handful...)
Well, maybe nobody misses those days...but for a nostalgic fool like me (who actually lived in two cold water flats in the 1990's) it does look very romantic in photos. ..and you can get yourself an eye full at this website dedicated to the memories and private photos from one of the old streets in central Copenhagen: www.rosengade.dk (look under "Private billeder"

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf F2
Looks like the panzer is providing cover for a patrol, looking out for enemy activity to the left while mowing forward. Note the machine gunner immediately behind the Pz IV still with his MG 34 shouldered which in my opinion rules out the probability of the troops being under fire.
The divisional marking of the 12'th Panzer Division (Wehrmacht) is visible next to the balkenkreuz national marking.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

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It had to happen...

A fine row of beautiful tall Poplar's used to grow here, which I have photographed several times. There was also a long wooden fence, overgrown with Ivy. All of it besides an old rusty railroad track.

Until "they" had it removed...

And who are "they", Lennard...Aliens in flying saucers?...

No, "other voice" speaking inside my head..."They" are the people who are erasing everything that's old or organic around Copenhagen...and replacing it with a uniform type of bland, vulgar, expensive glossiness.

Whenever I see something around the greater Copenhagen area that I find interesting or aesthetically appealing, I just gently kiss it goodbye, because I've realised it's most likely gone when I come back a few months later.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 10
Technically not a "Panzer" since it was neither armed nor armoured, but this medium-sized half track served extensively as a transport and tow vehicle with panzer and motorized Divisions.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

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From Mr.Waterslide's photo stream

Yes. I'll admit it...I'm a nostalgic person.
And one of the great things about photography is that so far it's the only kind of time machine available to us. When you look at a photograph like the above, you're in the past. But only to look at its shadows, from a distance and through a tiny, time-frozen window...but those people were there, on that street, on that day.

A bit like looking at the stars through a telescope, I suppose.

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Panzer: Kfz 13 "Adler"
One of the earliest additions to the newly formed Panzerwaffe was the Kfz 13 armoured scout car carrying an MG 34. Of note is the licence plate with the old Reichswehr prefix "RW"
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Monday, September 12, 2011

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Since my late teens, when I would travel by bus to go to school, I've enjoyed listening to music through various portable devices. Starting in the mid-eighties with a Walkman, then moving on in the nineties to the Discman, I now operate the iPod shuffle. Today I can travel to work by bicycle, so when I board a bus or train it's because I enjoy riding around listening to music and gazing out the window. When I reach my destination I get off, walk around. Sometimes take photos. Find a ride back.

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Panzer: Holzpanzer
"Wooden panzers" like these, made by mounting plywood and canvas structures on standard cars were used for training basic tactics in the early days of the Panzerwaffe
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Monday, September 05, 2011

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Intriguing work by Russian photographer Sergey Larenko : The Ghost's of World War II
Larenko is accurately combining photos taken today, placed underneath well-known WWII photos shot at the same locations, creating a disturbing vision of a brutal past vs. a more carefree present. An interview here and Larenkov's site


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Panzer: Sdkfz 250 & 251
Photo probably taken in the summer of 1945, in front of Berlin's Reichstag. These burned out, and scavenged, hulks was what remained of the Panzerwaffe units who had been handed the ungrateful task of defending the Reichshaupstadt.

Monday, August 29, 2011



For those with an interest in vernacular photography, a remarkable collection of 2500+ private photos of Estonian WW II servicemen (and women) can be viewed on this Facebook profile

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
A photo displaying the grim realities of war. Since a Panzer II, like the one seen in the background only held a crew of three, these five (or six?) fallen Panzermänner must have been casualties from several destroyed vehicles. Note the swastika flag (below the cross on the far right) and track links decorating the graves.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

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Photo taken a few seconds before the security people confiscated my camera...but what about all those people taking pictures with their cellphones? I asked them - can't do a thing about it!, they replied and led me to the wardrobe where I had to deposit my camera untill the show was over

Blaasted... seeing techno legend Aphex Twin play in Copenhagen. With six thousand people assembled in the new venue at TAP 1 (formerly, the Carlsberg Breweries) it became a celebration of the power of Rave-culture.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V, "Panther", Ausf D
Parked at what looks like the barracks of a training unit or maybe some factory grounds. Note the open pistol port on the top side of the turret, just below the early style "dustbin" cupola. The port enabled the Panther's crew to fire pistols or sub machine guns against attacking infantry. A round "plug" suspended from a chain covered it when not in use. The pistol port was omitted on later versions of the Panther since it was deemed unnecessary and weakened the armour plate.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

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“King Chrome” © Win­ston Smith, 2011

Connoisseurs of Punk Paraphernalia would be familiar with the collage-art of the artist hiding under the pseudonym of Winston Smith, perhaps best know for his contributions to the cover art of The Dead Kennedy's


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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/3, Ausf B
Fitted with varying types of long-range radios this vehicle was often used as the personal "mount" for high ranking Wehrmacht officers on the level of Divisional- or corps command. Technology like this enabled them to communicate directly with sub-unit commanders, including Luftwaffe and artillery units, and move with the shifting front lines on the modern mechanized battlefield. Note the lack of national markings and the self made tarpaulin fitted to the aerial to provide some protection from strong sunlight and harsh weather. I believe a capital "G" can be made out on the rear end of the car in front of the 251, most likely placing this vehicle with Panzergruppe 2 under the command of Heinz Guderian during the early stages of the invasion of Soviet-Russia, 1941.
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Monday, August 08, 2011

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Back in younger days, I worked as a cleaning attendant at the big state hospital in Copenhagen - Rigshospitalet. During the summer holidays, when there was less activity at the hospital, we were put to work in small teams cleaning up entire wards that had been closed down temporarily for this purpose. We had plenty of time to do the work, which meant we also had plenty of time to do nothing. In one of the wards we found a huge stack of large boards made from cardboard, used by the hospital staff for organizing their work schedule. The hospital was one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen, sixteen stories high, so we folded the boards into big paper airplanes and went out on the balcony to fly them. Unfortunately, there was draft and turbulence surrounding the building, so our paper planes could never fly more than a few feet off the building before they did a nosedive and spiraled to the ground, looking pathetic. One very hot and dull day I was alone in the ward. The others had probably gone down to the Cafeteria to buy cigarettes and ogle some nurses. Being bored, I made a paper airplane from one of the boards and let it go from the balcony. And to my surprise, it just kept going...and going - and going! Without any trouble, and in a straight line, it flew away from the hospital, across the large parking lot in front of the hospital, across the street and over the apartment blocks on the other side of the street, heading for central Copenhagen. I lost sight of it, but it was still flying. "Crazy!" I thought...it must have been the warm winds creating some up drift... or maybe it was just a freak incident. I was ecstatic, Lennard Grahn - master paper planeer! But then I thought: "nobody is going to believe me if I tell them..."

So I didn't.

(but now I've told you, dear reader - perhaps you believe me?..)



Panzer: Sdkfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen 8 rad
A specialist long-range radio car used extensively by the Panzerwaffe 1939-43. The excessive amount of stovage carried on the outside of the vehicle suggests the photo was taken during the early part of the invasion of Soviet-Russia when armoured units progressed quickly along the fronts, and moved far away from service and supply facilities. Of note is the on-board motorcycle, visible just above the trooper on the far right.


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Monday, August 01, 2011

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Back again, rainiest summer I ever did see...but in a strange way it's been a nice holiday because I actually enjoy rainy weather. It's so cosy.

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Panzer: Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf G
A nice clean looking Stug in overall dark yellow colour, possibly a new delivery to the unit or perhaps photographed at some barracks far behind the front. Judging from their lack of decorations and the shirt-and-tie attire, the four troopers have probably just finished their training and are heading for the first posting at the front. A crew member who mastered the accordion and could entertain during leisure with the popular tunes of the day (perhaps along with more "official" material like Der Panzerlied) was not uncommon in German WWII units. On close examination of the photo you can make out that the men wear collar and sleeve insignia placing them with the Waffen SS

Monday, July 04, 2011

Holiday time here at DAMIJWH, see you again in August and as a farewell gift I give you a little story I wrote some time ago.


The Greatest artist the world has ever known.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known was an old man living in a big city.

He had a tiny room with naked wooden walls up under the roof of an anonymous tenement block. Here he went each day after work and made little sculptures, carved out of wood. He had been doing this ever since he was a child. Each of the little wooden sculptures caught the timeless essence of life transformed into Art; Peace and war, love and death, mother and child, lovers at play, men fighting, animals in motion. Masterpieces you would say.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known never took a wife, never had children.
He occupied a menial job and worked all his life at the same place. His changing superiors treated him with slightly condescending respect as a person you can't bother to sack because he fills a position that's hard to replace, but otherwise left him to his duties.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known didn't care about all of that. He went to his little room with the naked wooden walls, put on a brown apron hanging on a nail behind the door and sat down and did his sculptures. A small window in the roof above his head - just big enough for him to see the stars. At exactly ten o'clock he stopped, put the apron back on the nail, walked down the back staircase and passed through a dark, asphalt-paved backyard filled with rusting bicycles and useless TV sets. He walked across a small park, enjoying the darkness, and the coolness of the evening air mixed with the scent of pine trees lining the park. He reached his own tenement block, walked to his one room apartment on the second floor and went to sleep, thinking about his late mother and a girl in a blue dress on a dusty road besides a river. All of it in another world, a very long time ago.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known never did an exhibition, never showed the sculptures to anyone. They were just a game he was enjoying, him and God.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known died one evening alone in his bed and his few belongings were disposed of and his one room apartment cleaned and rented to a nice biology student (at twice the rent as previously paid) The janitor of the building across the park cleared the little room with the wooden walls. He found some funny wooden dolls and gave them to his children to play with. When the children had partially destroyed the dolls, they got bored with them and gave them to the family dog. The dog chewed on the dolls until they were shapeless pieces of wood and then buried them in various places known only to the dog.

The Greatest artist the world has ever known had died a reasonably happy man and God soon found a new playmate.


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Panzer: Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf D
Parked at a factory or barracks in Germany this very early model Panther was probably undergoing trials during the winter 1942-43 when it was photographed.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

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A photo of a drawing I made back in ye year 1981.

I was never myself a fan of the Rock group KISS but I had a friend from school who was (at that time, I was switching between listening to Danish fun-rockers Shu-Bi-Dua or post punk art rockers Sort Sol)
I made several KISS - themed drawings for this friend, he lent me record covers I could use for reference. When finished, the drawings were coloured with plastic modeling enamels because I didn't have any real drawing inks.
I remember creating some pretty freaked out "pseudo-surrealist" images, incorporating the spectacular face make-up worn by the members of KISS. Maybe those thinners used for the enamels did something for inspiration...I once supplied that same friend with a small bottle of the stuff because he wanted to have a try at "sniffing"...
Yes, the other kids at school dug my drawings skills. For the girls I would draw fancy lettering, writing the names of boys they liked. Long into the evening I would sit crouched over a desk in my room, writing "Claus" or "Jesper" or some other name with a 0.5 mm lead pencil working in an elaborately ornamented nineteenth-century style I had picked up from stamp collecting.
Later on I would be "commissioned" to design the image of a fox for an aspiring moped gang, and paint the design on their jackets. I got DKR 100 pr. jacket and this was the first money I had ever earned.

"The kid who could draw" can be a popular kid. But as I sat late at night drawing the names of local boys in elaborate nineteenth century lettering, for the girls who adored them, didn't it ever occur to me that there was one name I was never asked to draw?..

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf L panzerspähwagen "Luchs"
Last of the line of the Panzer II's. This light reconnaissance tank was designed for the mud and snow on the Eastern front where armoured scout cars and half tracks could easily get bogged down. Produced from late 1943 to early 1944 only 104 were made.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

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Big boy - big beer...

Not one of the photos I'm the most proud of presenting...this was my "Ninety plus kilograms - and what's it to you!?!!??!" -period when I quit smoking, cold turkey and spent most of my time in front of a computer screen.

I'm on Islands Brygge attending an electronic music event I can't remember the name of...it went on for a couple of years at the beginning of the 00s, was really cool and the Hipster crowd I liked to imagine I was part of back then showed up in great numbers. That was when playing a bit of chill out ambient music outdoors in Copenhagen would get you cancelled the following year by the city council "too many people complaining over the noise..." Today it seems like we're having non-stop street parties going on all the time - and nobody does anything!..

Hmm, I think I've still got that t-shirt lying around somewhere.


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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A Panzer officer poses in front of his "mount".
Note the wide "Ostketten" fitted which suggest the photo was taken in the East during spring when thawing snows turned the dirt roads into quagmires of mud.
Using Ostketten meant the panzer unit's workshop had to add extensions to the supports holding the Schürtzen armour plates (the "scaffolding" on the sides of the PzIV)
The officer, a seasoned veteran wearing the Iron Cross, first class, the Panzer Assault Badge and the Wound Badge in Silver (my interpretation of this blurry scan), presents a casual appearance wearing the reed green denim fatigue uniform often preferred by panzer crews in warm weather and the "old style" crusher cap which was popular with officers at the front since it didn't have the hard lining and visor of the full dress version making it more comfortable, especially if you were in a tank wearing a headset.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

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A newspaper clipping from the mid-1970s. Me (far right) and my dad (next to me, note camera on chest/belly...) We're attending the annual town fair called Ålefesten ("Eeelfest", the town was by a Danish fjord and eating fried eels was one of the fair's attractions) I remember the prize wheel in the background, me and a friend went there to place bets and hopefully win some of the giant toys on display. Of course we didn't win anything but decided to "hang out", leaning against the counter. The fat guy behind the counter disagreed, simultaneously he placed both his index fingers on each of our chests and pushed us away with firm professionalism. His stand was a place of business, not a nursery ward. Later on we encountered a girl our age travelling with the funfair. We tried to start up some conversation with her but she was unbelievably aggressive, calling us all kinds of ugly names until we walked away. I had met "The Circus People".

I remember really liking that jacket I'm wearing.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
"Sons of the dessert" members of Rommel's Afrikakorps during a pause in the fighting. Of note are the extra racks welded to the side of the hull for carrying water, fuel and other supplies, and the improvised tarpaulin on the Sdkfz 250.
Many of the famous Jerrycan's are seen. Canisters reserved for carrying water instead of petrol were marked with a large white cross, one is visible on the side of the Sdkfz 251 in the background.
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Monday, June 06, 2011

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A couple of kids with their bicycles during those endless summers we had back when I was a child. It's me on the left and on the right is a girl named Jaana. My parents had a summer cottage in a town by a fjord (later exchanged for an all-year-round residence in the same town) and Jaana's family, who were from Finland, lived in the house opposite ours. In the background of the photo (probably taken by my dad who was an avid amateur photographer) you can make out a field of crops, and behind that...?
I remember standing on this road and looking at that horizon, wanting desperately to know what was behind that field of crops.
You couldn't just go (or bicycle) there, it was private property and a small stream ran at the foot of the hill, with no bridge for easy crossing. Many years later (I had long since moved away to start my own life in Copenhagen), a bridge over the stream was build by the town council and space cleared for a public footpath.
Now I could go there, see what was behind that field of crops. And it was quite exciting, a footpath going through crop fields with an old farmhouse on the right and a beautiful view of the fjord on the left.
Jaana emigrated to America when she grew up, her family relocated to Finland.
If you look closely at the photo, you can see how she has picked flowers, holding them in her tiny little hand.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
Designed as a light recon-vehicle for motorized units it was capable of carrying half a platoon of troops (four men, by German WWII standards) plus the driver and gunner/radio operator.
Judging form the overall dark grey colour scheme and the MG 42 mounted at the forward firing position, the photo was probably taken in summer of 1942.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

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...blogging...nobody blogs any more, Lennard - why do YOU still blog?...


well...like...you...know...why not?


And now:

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Panzer: SdKfz 186 Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger Ausf. B

A Panzermann poses proudly for a photo in front of the monster on a railway loading ramp. Note the factory's fahrgestell number (chassis production number) painted on the glacis and the narrow "transportation" tracks fitted for rail transport instead of the wide "combat" tracks used in the field. This Jagdtiger is one of the few (11) produced with the simpler and cheaper "Porsche" type suspension, identified by having the same type of roadwheels as used on the Panzerjaeger "Elefant".
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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Montmartre, Paris ca. 1900

If images like the above is to your taste maybe www.parisenimages.fr is worth a peek.

If you prefer the glossy, staged and photo shopped photographic crapola popular with today's brethren of cretinous brain dead philistines (along with designer sunglasses, city renewal, capitalism, and Justin Bieber) forget about these outstanding historic photos - they don't even have colour! you are not getting your moneys worth! black and white gives you cancer! - just like old buildings! stay away!

And after this: old metal

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf J
Abandoned at the end of WWII, this late model Panzer IV has obviously fallen victim to scrap metal hunters. The Ausf J can be identified by the omission of the observation ports on the left and right sides of the hull, where the driver and radio operator was positioned. This was done to simplify production and save materials.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

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Panzers only this week - with the Sdkfz 253 armoured artillery observation vehicle.

We see it here with a couple of Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf B's (or A's...) and a motorcycle dispatch rider. Probably a typical combination for the Stug III's early war role as mobile artillery support for the infantry.
The open flat landscape could suggest the photo was taken in Russia, but judging from the headlights on the 253 and Stug lacking the low-visibility covers usually required at the front lines, we could also be looking at a unit training in Germany.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

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Female recruits of the Soviet Red Army pose for a photograph with their commanding officer during WWII.

800.000 Soviet women joined the armed forces to fight in The Great Patriotic War as World War II was known to them.

Unlike the Axis and western allied armies, The Red army deployed women in front line units where they served as medical attendants, snipers, tank drivers or tank machine gunners. Many women also served unofficially as partisans.

I like the "ordinariness" of the women in the photo. They would probably have felt better nursing their children, bringing in the harvest or working as school teachers or tram conductors, or studying at the poly technical school. History decided they had to defend their homeland against foreign invaders, so here they are.

May 9 is traditionally celebrated as Victory Day

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V, Ausf G "Panther"
Soviet officers inspecting wrecked panzers at a vehicle dump in Germany, April 1945. The swastika on the Panther was most likely added by the Soviets after the vehicle was captured.
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Monday, May 02, 2011

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Looking for some relaxing tunes while recovering from that "experimental" sauna party on the all-senior cruise ship?... why not tryeth ye the music of Autobunny

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Panzer: PANZER commander
A nice amateur photo of maneuvers in summmer 1943, Colonel Adelbert SCHULZ (in center wearing his Knight's Cross with oakleaves) is handing out directions.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

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This upcoming Thursday I will be participating in BYOB - Bring Your Own Beamer, the worldwide event for using the video beamer as an instrument of art!

I plan to show my photographs as a digital sideshow, so check it out if you're in Copenhagen:

BYOB Copenhagen, April 28, 2011 17:00 - 22:00
Fabrikken for Kunst og Design
Sundholmsvej 46
2300 København S

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf A
Scaling in at 9500 Kg the panzer II was light enough to travel over wooden bridges. Judging from the lack of national markings on the Panzer and the commander wearing the Panzer beret, my guess is the photo was taken during pre-WWII manoeuvres.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

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A fine collection of American realist art from the time of the Great depression can be seen at weimarart.blogspot.com

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
A group of Panzer IV's moving through a bleak Russian landscape during winter.
Note the front Panzer IV fitted with Ostketten, special wide tracks developped for the mud and snow of the eastern front. Judging from the protective covers on the maingun and MG 34 machinegun the photo was taken in a rear area far away from partisan and Red Army activity.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

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Saw Inside Job, the Academy Award winning documentary about what really happened when world economy broke down in 2008, watch it and scream in terror over both the moral and financial bankruptcy of the most powerful money handlers of this world and their willing helpers: Academia and President Obama...

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Panzer: Tiger I
Abandoned and damaged in a Polish town, early 1945.
This is one of the so -called "hybrid" Tigers where an early production turret has been retro-fitted to a late production hull with all steel road wheels.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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I went to the big central library in Copenhagen City.
I was looking for a book about a photographer, I remembered what the cover of the book looked like but not the name of the photographer...

I had to give it up. So I went down to the Danish literature section, just to check...

Sure, same as always...his books weren't on the shelves. Always borrowed, really long waiting list. I can't make myself go and buy them, books are ridiculously expensive in this country, and he had to write a thirteen hundred page trilogy...

Can't get your books, Jakob Ejersbo, they're too busy being read.

Happy Birthday.

(newsflash: A close friend of Jakob's gave me a full set for free, how about that!)

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Monday, April 04, 2011


German artist Hans Bellmer came from the good ol' days when artists received a thorough academic training at an esteemed institution before they went out and attacked bourgouis society.

They say art has lost the ability to chock and provoke - at least when it comes to sexual imagery...but here on the Internet you can check out some of the "Stars of chock" from days gone by at Gallery Lucifer (text mostly in Japanese)

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Panzer: Tiger I, late production
Abandoned in the hills of Italy where sPzAbt 508 served as the only Tiger equipped unit. Note the open engine hatch and the two jerrycans on the ground.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

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What I like most about digital photography is the ease of doing it.
I've tried my hand at most artistic disciplines and they all require large amounts of work.

But work is not fun, and creativity should be fun.

What digital photography has given to me as a creative person is the lack of work...

All I really have to do is to go out into the world (or stay home), point the camera and press the button.

Good!

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/16 Flammpanzerwagen, Ausf C
One of the many specialist vehicles build around the Sdkfz 251 (23 in all by 1945), in this case mounting two flamethrowers, one on each side of the vehicle.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

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I always bring my camera when I leave my home.
Sometimes, I like to take a short stroll around the neighbourhood,
and don't bring the camera.
It's nice to be "free", to relax and not think about taking photos.
But, usually I bring the camera when I leave my home.
Seeing something you really want to photograph, and missing the chance to do it.
That can really eat at you.

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Panzer: Panzers
Groups of vehicles during manoeuvres in summer 1943, mainly Panzer III's and Wespe SP artillery. Note the platoon of Tigers in the background.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

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If you read Danish and like comicbooks, you are much like me.

I love you.

Find others like you (and me, the one who loves you and others like you) at Nummer9.dk

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Panzer: Tiger I (early production)
Oustanding photo of a Tiger on the Eastern front in summer 1943.
The style of the turret numbers suggests the Tiger belonged to S.pz.abt 503.
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Monday, March 07, 2011

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Checketh ye out the blog of Husk Mit Navn - the renowed Danish artist who started out doing grafitti and street art and now show in prestigious galleries when he is not designing übercool decor for trendy cafes and bars...and to top it off, his real name and identity is UNKNOWN to the public - he could be HKHK for all we know!


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Panzer: Sdkfz 250/1
Participating in the same maneuvres as the photo posted last week. Note that the crew are wearing the field grey "sturmartellerie" wrapper and not the black panzer version worn by the crew in the previous photo.
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