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.