Posts Tagged ‘Finland’

A photographer who paints with light

January 28, 2017

North of the Arctic Circle in Finland, there is a period of about 50 days when the sun never rises above the horizon, known as the Polar Night.

Artist and photographer Hannu Huhtamo uses this period of darkness to paint with light.  He makes his strange and haunting works of art by making a long-exposure photograph of a moving bright light source against a dim background.

LINKS

Hannu Huhtamo Photography.  His website.

Light Painting Artist Hannu Huhtamo | Light Painting Photography.  An interview.

This Photographer Paints With Light in the Finnish Polar Night by Lisa Lanot for Konbini.

Polar Night and Midnight Sun articles on Wikipedia.

The passing scene – October 4, 2015

October 4, 2015

Roger Millikin: The Man Who Launched the GOP’s Civil War by Jonathan M. Katz for Politico (hat tip to naked capitalism)

Roger Millikin, a right-wing textile magnate, was a driving force in transforming the South from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican, and the Republican Party from the party of Lincoln into the party of Strom Thurmond, Jessie Helms and Trent Lott.

If not for him, or someone like him, Rick Perry might still be a Democrat and Elizabeth Warren might still be a Republican.

The Invisible Poverty of ‘Poor White Trash’ by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative.

I never use expressions such as “redneck” or “white trash.”  The word “redneck” originally to poor white farmers who worked in the hot sun in long-sleeved shirts.  It was a term used by educated people to express their contempt for manual labor and lack of schooling.  The term implies that poor white people are more racist than affluent white people, which in my experience has not been the case.

One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept.  (Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack).

Bubbles Always Burst: the Education of an Economist by Michael Hudson, author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy.

Debacle Inc.: How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our “Proliferated” World by Greg Grandin, author of Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman.

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The opposite of what America does

February 19, 2014

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We Americans have a lot of things to be proud of, but we hurt ourselves when our national pride prevents us from learning from the best practices of other nations.

Hat tip to Hullabaloo.

Two good lessons from Finland

December 2, 2013

We Americans could benefit from following the example of Finland’s schools and also its prisons.