The Folsom Street Fair is one of San Francisco's signature events. It's an annual Leather and BDSM street fair, and draws a large crowd both from the subculture and from spectators.
So, at an event like this, packed with public S&M activities, public nudity and more than a few counts of serious public lewdness (I kept a “wanker counter” running during our visit), who am I to turn down the offer to wrap my lips around a hot, stiff, tasty hunk of meat?
Really, it was the least I could do to try and melt in.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Arima, just outside Kobe, is an entire city dedicated to the industry of bathing in their hot springs. It's one of the Three Classical Onsen sites, going back to the 7th century, and is famous for the two springs: 金泉 (kin-sen, golden spring) and 銀泉 (gin-sen, silver spring).
The silver spring has slightly radioactive water, and alas we chose not to expose ourselves to this. The golden spring has water very rich in iron salts. Rich enough, in fact, that the water is a deep orange, and opaque enough that you can only see a few centimeters deep in it. Rich enough, even, that the entire city is coloured a kind of reddish orange from deposits from the hot water — cooled down to a mere scalding 42º before you'd bathe in it.
This photo was taken just outside a shrine with a water container dedicated to the hot spring; a shrine where everything was caked with salt and brightly orange with iron, all over.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Using the “surreal” settings from the HDR engine in Photoshop CS5, and tweaking the settings, you can arrive at a completely different entity altogether. I rather like this result; and it's starkly different from yesterday's version!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Starting out with a triple of images, taken to produce an HDR image of the Yakata Shrine entrance (coming up soon!), we noticed that the +2ev picture had great potential.
Played around a little in Photoshop, and — voila!
Played around a little in Photoshop, and — voila!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My lunch yesterday was supposed to have an egg-yolk spread over the scallions and stirfried meat on top of the rice.
So instead of cracking the egg for me, I get an egg. And an egg separator. And two bowls. Get crackin'!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In Sannomiya, close to the train stations, this statue may be found. It's one of the more explicit homages to the female curves in the area - though gelded and tall curvaceous women with rather more European faces are found all around the area my hotel is in.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The main gates at the Shrine at Ikuta, the shrine that gave name to the city Kobe. I went there today with a few jetlagged mathematicians; and we were lucky enough to witness parts of a Shinto wedding ceremony while walking the grounds.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Proudly it stands, jutting up from the hyperelliptical round-about drawn originally by Piet Hein. The Crystal Vertical Accent in Glass and Steel lights up, accentuating it's own almost phalloidal shape in its gnarly, knobbly glory.
It makes you want to ... well, celebrate. Really.
Friday, September 10, 2010
As the night falls, and when the season for mating has arrived in the early fall, the taxi cabs go out cruising the streets until they find an appropriate mate, at which time an elaborate dance begins: both to ascertain the actual gender of the other cab, and to show off the own splendour and suitability for a mate.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This is taken on land at a wonderful café in Stockholm . Found after an exellent Annie Leibovitz exhibition ( last days of) A truly remarkable woman who found an equally remarkable partner in Susan Sontag...very naked and very glitzy pictures contrasting. Had a discussion about how we are viewed by others and ourselves. Liked the suggestion that we are like dice with diffrent faces/aspects for diffrent situations but it is always us , we who are the original dice with all the rest back there as hidden (hopefully ;) depth.
Upplagd av Gabi kl. 11:23 PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
At KTH, where I'm spending my summer, the last weeks of August are dedicated to Orientation Week (nØllning). In its modern guise, this consists of the elder students organizing a whole lot of parties, and various theatrical events – with much of the classical hazing elements replaced by a more clownish approach.
Having my office on KTH campus means, among other things, that I may well walk out straight into one of these theatrical events; this time with students in their coveralls (the modern formal replacement for white tie for student parties that may involve ending up drunk in a gutter) and whiteface draped over the stairs between the mathematics department. (sic!)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Outside the site for the KTH supercomputing centre PDC are three of these inflated shapes. The endlessly fascinating detail about these is that while they look, essentially, inflated, they are in fact made out of (hollow) steel.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Some of my favourite things in one picture: A nice flower ie orchid, books en masse, something which looks like the sunup of the world and something else which remains hidden :)
(Posting delayed due to network problems last night.)
Upplagd av Gabi kl. 3:10 PM