photography: May 2004 Archives
This picture, taken in December 2003 in Stockholm, was part of the Swedish Postal System's holiday campaign. The slogan Posta julen translates to "Send Christmas." The lettering on the Rastafarian hat the man is knitting says "Merry Christmas Grandma."
The red bulb on the envelope at the bottom, God Jul, is cognate with English "Good Yule." Interestingly, the envelope is marked as Inrikes, or within the country, implying that the man's grandmother lives in Sweden as well.
I've added two pictures to my gallery from Golden Gate Park in December of last year. In contrast to the pleasant butterflies that make up the bulk of the older collection, these two pictures are of a wall full of skulls and a crocodile.
The first shot, a macabre assemblage indeed, is from a museum that until recently had its collections in the Park. (It's currently building a new facility.) The California Academy of Sciences has amassed one of the world's largest collections of sea lion skulls. They're kind of vague about how and why they did so, but it's clear somebody's hoarding instinct went horribly wrong.
The fellow below is denizen of the Academy's neighbor, the Steinhart Aquarium.
After presenting my paper at the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study last month, I took an extra day in LA to visit with a friend. We drove downtown to the new Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall, and took the following pictures.
The Concert Hall is the latest in a series of building programs (Chandler Hall, etc) designed to butress Downtown's reputation as a cultural center. By far the best book I've read on LA is Mike Davis' City of Quartz.
This is kind of an odd idea for an entry. Tonight was the final evening of lectures in the Finland's Pasts and Presents series, for which I've been the photographer as well as the audio-digitizer. Here's a picture of each speaker we've had over the last two quarters -- all taken by me with the exception of Pirjo Lyytikäinen, who was photographed by Lola while I was in class.
Finnish studies is a relatively small field; this is probably the most comprehensive photo gallery of its leading lights in 2004.
Suomi-kuva 1802: Constructing the Finn and Finland in Giuseppe Acerbi’s Travels
University of Wisconsin, Madison
A Not-So-Distant Mirror: Finland between the World Wars (1918-1939)
Oklahoma State University
Kullervo's Curse: The Transgression Tradition in Finnish Literature
University of Helsinki