Daily Archives:April 21st, 2007

Culinary improvisation

Elton John has the reputation of writing his songs in very short periods of time. Richard E Grant puts him to the test. Quite fun.


The original YouTube video has now been removed, but you can still see the clip here.


This is probably at least partly staged, but I don’t think it’s a complete set-up.

The Matchbox City

Here’s a photo of an architect’s model:


Well, actually, it’s not a model – it’s a real church. It’s part of an extraordinary series of photos by Keith Loutit showing views of his native Singapore; the architecture of which he describes as ‘almost too perfect’ in the newer housing estates.

He’s used extremely shallow depths of field and tilt-shift lenses, and the result, I think, is reminiscent of a macro lens, or even of the way the eye focuses at close range, hence the feeling that you’re looking at a model. It’s accentuated by the fact you’re viewing them from above; most of the photos are taken from the apartment tower blocks.


It’s worth having a look at the others. I heard about this on Jeff Curto’s Camera Position podcast.

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