Monday, October 29, 2012

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I'm getting really fond of Retronaut and their amazing collections of photos, such as this one featuring New York back in the days when it was a world class center for art and creativity.
At the same time also a center for poverty and crime... meaning : cheap rent, meaning: people who didn't have a well paid full time job could afford to live there and still do their art.

Today we have gentrification and real estate speculators turning  NYC into yet another tourist trap living on the reputation of a bohemian past, just like Paris, the recent newcomer Berlin, and dare I say it: my own town of Copenhagen.
I suppose the generations to shape the art of the future will do it from low-rent metropolises of the Third World  as middle class kids with grants recycle art's past here in the west while prancing on the streets of "artistic neighborhoods" which have become little more than outdoor museums with live people added.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
Wintry conditions for these half tracks. The total absence of any markings besides the Wehrmacht license plates could suggest the photo was taken at a training facility in Germany, probably 1940-42.
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