Animals on Boats

March 30, 2011 Comments Off on Animals on Boats

Dog on board HMS 'Laforey', 1915-16

Seaman on 'Pommern' enticing the ship's cat up on of the shrouds, date unknown

Second mate, the Master, the First Mate and the ship's dog, on board the 'Grace Harwar', 1929

Poodle on board an unknown yacht, date unkown

Princess Victoria with Mac on board the 'Victoria and Albert III', 1909

Wallaby on board HMS 'Renown', 1920's

A quarterdeck scene on board HMS 'Trafalgar' at Malta, 1897

'Garth Castle' mascot Jacko at Boat Drill, about 1914

The mascot of HMS 'Renown', about 1941

The ship's cats, HMS 'Hawkins', 1919-21

Trotsky the bear being transferred to HMS 'Ajax' from the 'Emperor of India', 1921

Goat mascot of HMS 'Irresistible', date unknown

Scot at his bath attended by his faithful servant 'Lamps', date unknown

Black cat and spaniel, HMS 'Barham', about 1916

Mr P.M Anderson and Russ on the 'Scotia', about 1902

National Maritime Museum


Vintage National Geographic Scans

January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

(Caption missing, unfortunately)

Megasoma beetle

Prince of Bhutan and his bride, 1952

Screech owls

Egyptian students, 1954

Spoonbills in Florida, 1954

Annual Lobster Festival, Maine 1952

Inuit boy, Alaska 1959

Kazakh nomand woman brewing tea, 1954

King of Bunyaro on a throne of 60 leopard skins, 1960

Massai men

Sorcerer in New Guinea, 1955

Viking Festival, Shetland Islands 1954

A tumblr well worth following: Vintage National Geographic Scans (mainly from the 1950s to early 60s)

(Update:) West African Costumes

November 9, 2010 Comments Off on (Update:) West African Costumes

I couldn’t find out more about these pictures that were posted on Artsy Time.

UPDATE June 16, 2011:

Found the book in a store today, it’s magnificent. The photos were taken by art professor/photographer Phyllis Galembo, published in a book titled Maske by Chris Boot in 2010.


October 28, 2010 Comments Off on Greenland

If you know me in real life, you know about my fascination with Greenland. Stories like that of Tété-Michel Kpomassie, who as a child, found a book about “eskimos” in a missionary library in Toga, and set out in his teenage years to travel all the way to Greenland, never cease to amaze me. I just found out that there was an exhibition last fall at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, presenting artistic responses to Kpomassie’s book, curated by Jean Barberis and Michelle Levy. What a great idea! (I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first.)

It’s the size of the island, the incredible landscape, the people and animals, the northern lights, the winter darkness, and probably its remoteness that has appealed to me ever since I was a child (okay, maybe it also has to do with the fact that Peter Hoeg’s book Smilla […] was my favourite read as a 13-year-old, and I can still quote from that).

Not too long ago I read this article in Vice Magazine about the high suicide rate among Greenlandic teenagers and discovered a young Danish photojournalist with Greenlandic roots, Camilla Stephan, who published a great looking book about her family in Greenland. I haven’t had the chance to get a copy of the book, but the photos on the website look incredible.

Speaking of incredible pictures, a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic NY Times photojournalism blog Lens posted a set of pictures from Greenland, mainly domestic scenes, by photographer Andrea Gjestvang. Enjoy the set in full screen!

Tristan da Cunha

October 22, 2010 Comments Off on Tristan da Cunha

I have been obsessed with this island, dubbed the geographically remotest place on earth, for a long time. Its inhabitants established a form of modern communism, its symmetrical map with the volcanic peak in the exact middle is a visual gem, and has provided hours of Google Earth exploration. Tristan has a heart-shaped crater lake, a beach called Runaway Beach, is only accessible by boat, and used to be called “Islands of Refreshment”. Currently, 275 people live there. (Sources: 1 2 3 4)

In related news, Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands is now available in English, and highly recommended.

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