Monday, March 26, 2012

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After I've lost interest in most of what modern art is trying to have us believe, I've developed a growing interest in ancient art. It's probably just more nostalgia...but you can't help noticing the simple beauty of this art. That was before the highly advanced concepts of uglyness and "cool".

Diggeth for example this very interesting page which tries to visualize what the people depicted in prehistoric art might actually have looked like (page is in Czech, use a translator)

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Panzer: Sturmhaubitze 42
The StuH 42 was simply a Stug III mounting a 105 mm howitzer instead of the usual 75 mm weapon. Ideally, one in every five vehicles in a Stug battery had to be a Sturmhaubitze, for providing heavy fire-support when needed.
The relaxing crew is typical of German WWII troops as they presented themselves in dayli life on, or immediately behind, the front lines. Of note is the lack of collar tabs on the crew jackets (there is a befuddling variation on the theme of Stug unit collar tabs...), and the man in front eating a sandwich who is wearing a campaign shield on his upper sleeve.It could be the Crimea shield, awarded for participation in the Crimean campaign in 1942. Photo is most likely taken in spring/ summer 1944.
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Monday, March 19, 2012

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Goodbye SCALA...

Can't say I'm really going miss this partly unsuccessful attempt at creating a shopping mall in central Copenhagen, standing abandoned for several years.

Before Scala it was called Anva which was a favourite of my grandmother's (probably because it was operated by the Danish workers co-op: FDB) and I remember going there with her and my mom.

Another reminder of the changing times, and changing Copenhagen.

And what will they put up instead, here right opposite Tivoli, about a hundred meters from Town Hall Square, an area filled with tourists, hotels, bars, cafe's, cinema's?..

A ten-story building filled with offices for lawyers, naturellement...

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Panzer: Sturmmörserwagen "Sturmtiger"
Another US Signal Corps photo, this time of a knocked out Sturmtiger, Rodingen, Germany. March 1945.
The three Bazooka penetrations through the rear armour would have entered the engine compartment and put a stop to the monster. The right side track has also been damaged.
Abandoned Panzers were often used for target practise by allied troops for testing their own weapons.It is possible that the Sturmtiger was abandoned due to the broken track and the damage we see was done later. The hatch lying on the ground belonged to the top of the fighting compartment, opened when the Sturmtiger's 380 mm rocket shells were loaded into the vehicle with an on board crane, also just visible between the two exhaust pipes.
A surviving Sturmtiger is preserved at the Deutsches Panzermuseum in Germany

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Monday, March 12, 2012

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Photo courtesy of the fredlees

Well...still pretty sad here about the loss of Jean Giraud/ Moebius

Of course, he lived to be seventy-three and had accomplished more than any artist could possibly wish for, and even had new material coming out last year...

A true giant of comic book art, the Blueberry western saga alone could easily have secured him a position as one of the great masters of Comicdom.
Apparently, that was not enough for a creator of this magnitude... while still continuing the work with Blueberry, he spearheaded a revolution of the media itself with Arzach, The Airtight Garage and the Sci-Fi masterpiece: The Incal, not to mention countless other displays of his superior drawing and designing skills, and storytelling.

A rare combination of the true visionary and the superior craftsman. He will be sorely missed.

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Panzer: Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther
A burned out wreck being inspected by a British serviceman in Holland, late 1944.
A penetration hole through the last schürtzen armour plate clearly visible, most likely causing an fuel tank- or engine fire.
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Monday, March 05, 2012

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Catherine Deneuve
, back in ancient times when smoking a cigarette was somehow socially acceptable...

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Panzer: Panzerjäger V "Jagdpanther"
Abandoned in Germany, early spring 1945.
With a large penetration hole visible in the frontal armour, there's little doubt as to what put an end to this vehicle.
Note the second penetration in the left side track. Most likely this was the first shot, stopping the advancing Jagdpanther, with the Allied gunner finishing the panzer off with the number two shot straight through the armour plate.
The numbers and letters scribbled on the edge of the photo identifies it as the work of a US SIGNAL CORPS camera man.
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