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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