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Little Sarah and her little SLR have decided to set up their own blog site. I am still in the process of constructing it, but there is plenty to look at so far; currently it features photos from past travels, our cringeworthy tropfest2012 entry, and our surprising ABC1233 Portrait Prize entry…

In the second half of this year we will be traveling throughout Eurasia, and I aim to put one good photo up everyday (or two days, or three… depends if I snap any!)

Hope you will like some of the results! See Sarah’s blog for more details! 🙂

architects draw perspectives; and not just pretty pictures.

Artistic, technical, adjustable, negotiable, material, sustainable, environmental, feasible, marital, financial, critical, political, emotional, physical, populist, suicidal… we abide, confide, calculate, push and shove, and try to make make.

Let’s draw some perspective…


sarah: One of my favourite photos, from the Peak in Hong Kong.

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sarah: Over the last few months I’ve been learning how to use my Nikon SLR. Some of the results…

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sarah: this house is a foolproof subject for the beginner with a fang-dangled SLR. Impossible to take a bad photo. Gorgeousness…

peep show

Complete list of search terms that have led to a visit to our blog… makes for some interesting reading:

“[t]he surrealists rose up from their writing desks to find out whether it was still possible to have experiences. They thereby opened themselves up to the problematic constellation that arrived with bourgeois society with the expressed intention to solve it, not through thinking but in reality. The constellation is the following: the bourgeois individual who presents himself as an autonomous, self-responsible subject experiences the society into which [they were] born as a world that inhibits everywhere his possibilities for actualisation and that simultaneously is the result of human activity and thus his own activity. Where the solace of a better world beyond slips away, only art remains to close the gap and to reconcile the subject with the world. The symbolic artwork uniquely joins form and matter, subject and object, to a completed image at the cost of separating the sphere of art from the cultural battles of [the individual] and the world. The surrealists are not satisfied with this solution.”

— Peter Bürger, “Inversions,” in Peter Bürger, The Thinking of the Master: Bataille Between Hegel and Surrealism, trans. Richard Block (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2002), p.107.

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It seems there are a lot of trajectories that are overlapping at the moment as I make my way through the world. Inception has made it worse. I have always liked the Pig City Farm project by MVRDV. I also find some of their thinking about urban farming quite amusing. Animals and architecture have always had an uneasy alliance.Possibly it goes back to the primal scene in first year, where we designed a doghouse in week one.

Anyway, after seeing Inception I started thinking about Sigfried Giedeon again, and his writing about space and time which I have had to look at recently. However it drew me to his more obscure work about mechanisation and agriculture and, in particular, some half remembered images of pigs, whose world shifts momentarily from vertical to horizontal. In some ways it resembles the scene in Inception where a dream world is created independently by an “architect” independent of the person who is experiencing the dream. It must feel something like this for the pig as the horizontal abruptly becomes vertical, through this ingenious apparatus.

Maybe, it is the same quarter revolution that is described in Orwell’s Animal Farm, where pigs take control under the banner of “all men are enemies, and all animals are comrades!!”. The seed of an idea, buried in a psyche…Minor shifts have major reverberations…the architecture of power… more inception references…pigs in space. A little tenuous. Time for another poll: