Archive for October, 2010
The Desert Fine Art Nude
A Photographic Tour and Workshop in Namibia
“Combining awe-inspiring Namibian landscape with the grace of Namibian models, creating truly unique
photographic opportunities and allowing an intimate glimpse into Namibian culture”
March 01 – 14, 2011 (partial attendance possible)
Christian Goltz, kiss-of-light, Photographer, Namibia
Werner Pfeifer, Bush Culture Experience, Tour Guide, Namibia
Version October 27, 2010
Two years in the making, we are glad and proud to be able to offer the Desert Fine Art Nude photographic tour and workshop.
Namibia’s landscapes are known to many by now. They are known for their harsh beauty and vastness. Travelers and photographers tend to fall in love with Namibia, Africa’s last true wilderness. Yet there is so much more than its obvious attractions.
Some say that God created Namibia in anger. They cannot possibly mean its gentle and cheerful people. During this event we travel to some of the most scenic locations (Sossusvlei,
Brandberg and Kaokoland) and combine the beauty of the landscape with the beauty of female Namibian models, creating truly unique photographic opportunities and allowing an intimate glimpse into Namibian culture, modern and ancient. It is possible for you to join us at only one of the locations or, recommended, you travel with us – guide, photographic leader and models – for the whole duration (in Kaokoland, we will work with local Himba models). If you travel with us – all of us are Namibians – you will have ample opportunity to sample modern Namibian culture. The ancient part comes in, not only in Kaokoland, but also when we re-enact pre-historic rock art: the Brandberg is home to more than a thousand rock art sites, roughly 50.000 paintings have been documented so far. Some of the paintings are of mysterious figures, probably representing shamans and spiritual, transitional beings. By using our custom body painting techniques we will recreate this old African heritage for the first time in millenia, at original locations!
There will be no formal lectures on photography, emphasis is on image critique, learning by doing. Your questions, however, will not go unanswered, be they technical, artistic or cultural.
There will be no formal lectures on photography, emphasis is on image critique, learning by doing. Your questions, however, will not go unanswered, be they technical, artistic or cultural. For more please click here to see the full event description in pdf
1. Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.
2.Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
3. Law of Probability –The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act
4.Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
5. Law of the Alibi – If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tyre, the very next morning you will have a flat tyre.
6. Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
8. Law of Close Encounters –The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
9. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
11.. Law of the Theater and Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies, and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk
12. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
13.Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
14. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
15.Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
16.Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.
17.Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking – A closed mouth gathers no feet.
18Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
19. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.
Hugh Paxton’s Blog’s “Understatement of the Day Award” goes to a Bangkok Post staff writer.
“Human life in a flooded area is miserable, debilitating and even scary.”
That ‘even scary’ gets the Understatement Award!
I think I’d rather go with the adjective ‘fatal’. Or ‘catastrophic’. ‘Predictable’. Or even ‘preventable.’
People have been drowning in Asia in very large numbers recently.
And now the floods have come to Thailand. Over thirty dead, 1.2 million affected in the last week, costs of flood damage to date in the region of 10 billion baht.
Bangkok is currently bracing for its own sink or swim session. It’s predicted tomorrow. Flood barriers further north are being overwhelmed and the water’s streaming south. A high tidal surge is going to join the party. It’s called North South calamity cooperation.
“We did not expect so much rain,” explained the chief of the eighth regional Irrigation Office.
Well, I did. And so did anybody with half a brain taking an umbrella to town to shield their heads from “so much rain”.
Fa crying out loud! Burma, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Taiwan …
Is there a recurrent theme here?
Yes, I think there might be.
People motivated by greed have developed areas that are prone to floods. They’ve built all kinds of stuff – sports stadiums, golf courses, you name it, without bothering with trivia like environmental impact assessments and common sense. They have felled forests that would naturally , and if left intact, have acted as natural sponges absorbing heavy rainfall, slowly (and beneficially) releasing water over time instead of hurling it at high speed off bald mountains. Real estate interests have encroached on Bangkok canals, narrowing them in a series of land grabs that will force excess water into tighter channels, increasing speed of flow (and then overflow).
A couple of weeks ago I posted a brief story suggesting that Bangkok would be submerged by 2020. Not my idea, I hasten to add – the prediction was made by a bunch of scientific types. It seems their twenty twenty year scenario might have been a little optimistic.
I’ll let you know. Unless I’ve been swept away or I’m too busy filling sandbags.
BLOG ED NOTE: Hugh Paxton is known for his occasional taste for melodrama. A Bangkok flood warning was issued two weeks ago and nothing happened. So if you are an incoming tourist it may not be necessary to waste money on flotation devices or scuba gear. As for Mr Paxton’s sand bag filling remark – I find it an unlikely scenario. He doesn’t have any sand. And he doesn’t have any bags. Also he’s lost his shovel.