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Orange Agent

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 26, 2013, 1:15 PM
I asked you what you wanted as my next photo series
and you overwhelmingly said:
The psychiatric asylum.

So here it is: Orange Agent, a set from Northern Italy.

I will post all 96 pictures over the next couple of days.
Thanks for your comments!

He Came Along by lordyo

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Sibling of Kali

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 25, 2012, 2:37 PM
One of my first industrial exploration series was one called Sisters of Kali, from a potassium mine just an hour or so north of where I live. Now, almost 8 years later, I'm returning to a similar site not very far from the original one. Most of the old potassium mines in Alsace, France, were an important part of the industrial culture. Now they're almost all gone, torn down, with one re-used as a museum, another one as a underground waste storage. I miss them, the magnificent sisters.

The series is about 100 pics long, taken on a couple of really cold winter days. I will post them 10 or so pics at a time. Maybe I'll come around to process the film material from this site as well... we'll see. Stay tuned, and enjoy.

The Dancing Mirror by lordyo Hell Talks by lordyo Post Hooks by lordyo

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Shake the Tree

Journal Entry: Sun May 30, 2010, 6:18 AM
Five Point Thirty by lordyo Five Point Thirty by lordyo Five Point Thirty by lordyo
Iduda Heart by lordyo Iduda Heart by lordyo Iduda Heart by lordyo
Durrani by lordyo Durrani by lordyo Durrani by lordyo

This concludes my abstract series from the Basel dockyards.
:halfliquid: :halfliquid: :halfliquid:

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Make Waves

Journal Entry: Fri May 28, 2010, 9:55 AM
The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo
The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo
The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo The Knife Decides by lordyo

But don't spill your drink.

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Explain the Diagonal

Journal Entry: Sun May 16, 2010, 8:32 AM
Sharks Not Dolphins by lordyo Counter Archery by lordyo Sharks Not Dolphins by lordyo
Counter Archery by lordyo Sharks Not Dolphins by lordyo Counter Archery by lordyo
Sharks Not Dolphins by lordyo Counter Archery by lordyo Sharks Not Dolphins by lordyo

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Embrace the Horizontal

Journal Entry: Sat May 15, 2010, 9:26 AM
Above Ground Level by lordyo Above Ground Level by lordyo Above Ground Level by lordyo
The March to Akchikarasu by lordyo The March to Akchikarasu by lordyo The March to Akchikarasu by lordyo
Daily Lonidamine by lordyo Daily Lonidamine by lordyo Daily Lonidamine by lordyo

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Do you sometimes come across stuff on the web that you really like and would love to support? I often do. Sure, I could press on the donate button and go through all the steps of transferring some PayPal money for that, but far too often I don't - too much hassle, and just like iPhone apps, I never know how much I'll have to pay at the end of the month.

This is why I signed up for the Flattr beta today. With Flattr, you agree to donate a flat amount each month (at least 2 €), and whenever you come across a Flattr button on a page you like, you press it. Your monthly amount will be distributed according to how many times you pressed Flattr buttons.

For example: You agree to flattr 10 € in May. During this month, you come across an indy band with some great samples, a funny YouTube series, a very educative blog post, and a free Creative Commons icon set. All of these have Flattr buttons, which you press (once, except for the YouTube video, which you pressed twice, as you really liked it). Since you flattred 5 times, each button press amounts to 2 € (= 10/5), which will be distributed accordingly.

Meanwhile, your own webcomic got flattred 15 times, which means you will get some money back at the end of the month; how much depends on how much those people were willing to donate, and on how many other buttons beside your webcomic's they pressed. It might be less than your 10 €, or it might be more.

The point is: Flattr gives you the opportunity to distribute a fixed amount each month through a simple "Like" button, and give others the chance to do the same with your content. It's flexible, you can be sure that you'll never pay more than you want to, you're (literally) paying tribute to the artists you like, and if your own content is good enough, you might even get something in return.

Check it out - it's a great system: flattr.com

Enjoy the Vertical

Journal Entry: Tue May 11, 2010, 9:47 AM
Spididee by lordyo Spididee by lordyo Spididee by lordyo
Wonderland by lordyo Wonderland by lordyo Wonderland by lordyo
Loophole in Experience by lordyo Loophole in Experience by lordyo Loophole in Experience by lordyo

Everywhere I look
things are falling down
nothing to hold on to
in obscurity we drown

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On a chilly Saturday morning in December, it was still dark, David and I jumped into a bus to shoot some rare sights at the dockyards in my hometown, Basel, in Switzerland. Uneasy in its sodium nakedness, the container crane and his minions greeted us like bugs on a table cloth.

A Blindness Against the Sky by lordyo

Underneath the hangar roofs, among nooks and crannies, a labyrinth of train tracks spread thinly, guiding yet confusing, watched over by knowing symbols.

Doorman 7 by lordyo

Slowly, daylight creeped in, and revealed a myriad of structures, some curious, some threatening, all of them alien.

Alex's Night Out by lordyo

In the gorges of containers we walked, multicolored steel valleys full of cargo. The crane moaned and hissed as we passed it by.

Inspection by lordyo

And on the horizon, the wilderness of industry, the drums and spheres of containment, steam against the sky.

Industrial Mother by lordyo
In Summer of 2007, we went on a longer trip through Northern Italy. One of the places we visited was an abandoned brickworks plant. The workshop was a large area outside a small town, situated atop a hill. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and the orange brick roofs were waiting patiently under the warm evening sun.

Front Porch by lordyo

Like skeletal structures, welcoming us to enter them, we found the large halls where once workers stacked bricks in neat rows to dry them. The long shadows pointed east, while resting on old transport machinery.

Departure at Noon by lordyo

Inside the factory, the deep, cool, and somewhat scary corridors of the ovens known as 'kiln'. We didn't enter them, trusting that the light wasn't strong enough to fight the sleeping ogres hidden inside.

The Hole by lordyo

Up the stairs, atop the kiln, a wide desert of brick dust, occasionally broken by humble columns, symmetric compartments and rows of valves, like toddlers in blue and yellow overalls. Fields of regular, rusty, hat-shaped ventilation shafts.

Mad Hatter by lordyo

Next to the brickworks, a beautiful old villa, overgrown by a jungle of precious garden plants. It must have been the residence of the owner and his family.

Bricklish by lordyo

Finally, on our way back to the car, a sturdy little plant, triumphant in her conquest over a man-made thing, looked up from her sunbath, and waved us good-bye.

Never Undone by lordyo
I have a huge respect for pixel artists; the simplicity, the love for the detail, and the whimsical results. Today, I've taken a couple of my newest abstract photographs and tried to morph them into pixel art pieces. All of them are hand-drawn, i.e. I haven't just rescaled the original, but created them from scratch (that's why the colors are sometimes a little off).

Damokles Architect by lordyo >> becomes >> Pixel Damokles Architect by lordyo
Midas Storm by lordyo >> becomes >> Pixel Midas Storm by lordyo
Shoulder Pad by lordyo >> becomes >> Pixel Shoulder Pad by lordyo
The Blunt Edge by lordyo >> becomes >> Pixel The Blunt Edge by lordyo
T:w:o Special Occasions by lordyo >> becomes >> Pixel Two Special Occasions by lordyo
Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo
Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo
Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo Someth. About This Very Moment by lordyo
Ruffled Feathers by lordyo Ruffled Feathers by lordyo Ruffled Feathers by lordyo
Ruffled Feathers by lordyo Johnny's Pasttime by lordyo Ruffled Feathers by lordyo
Ruffled Feathers by lordyo Ruffled Feathers by lordyo Ruffled Feathers by lordyo
Some people like black bars. Some don't. Some aren't sure.
Progress in the Jungle by lordyo I gave up smoking long ago by lordyo Hannibal Laughs by lordyo
Touching Anemone by lordyo Alpha and Omega by lordyo A Conundrum Nonetheless by lordyo
One of my favorite artists is :icondavespertine:. Dave's photography is abstract to various degrees, and he strictly refrains from explaining what his work is based on – it's there for enjoyment and interpretation, not understanding.

Having seen so much of Dave's work, I decided to dip my feet into abstract waters. I'd love to hear what you have to say about my first three pictures.

Industry of Someone by lordyo
Eight-Armed Biscuit by lordyo
Bright Axis by lordyo

Let me know what you think, this is new ground for me!
The last few weeks have been very successful: The Chernobyl Journal was featured on a couple of high profile sites, notably Design You Trust designyoutrust.com/2009/07/09/… , Neatorama www.neatorama.com/2009/07/16/4… , Cult Case www.cultcase.com/2009/07/chern… , and radio host Kim Komando’s Cool Site of the Day www.komando.com/coolsites/inde… . At one point the server broke down from an amazing 14 000 visitors on one day.

Among the loads of feedback I received, one request consistently came up: Wallpapers. You want wallpapers. So here you go: I’ve prepared 4 pictures in wallpaper format for your desktops. These will probably not the only ones – if you have any special requests, let me know.

Note that the wallpapers featured on DA are all sized 1950x1200. Other formats are available on my photo blog: timmsuess.com/2009/07/chernoby…

Chernobyl Wallpaper 1 by lordyo Chernobyl Wallpaper 2 by lordyo Chernobyl Wallpaper 3 by lordyo Chernobyl Wallpaper 4 by lordyo
After three months of intense publishing, the Chernobyl Journal is now finished. In order to make it easier to read and find, I have collected all material around the trip on a special page on my photoblog (timmsuess.com/chernobyl-journa…). There, you will also find separate pages for all 450+ pictures, videos and sounds alone.

Thank you!

My great thanks goes out to my fellow zone travellers, Beat, René and Laura, for pulling this project through – I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks to the Chernobyl InterInform team – especially Yuriy – for the amazing tour and the freedom we had to explore the zone. Thanks to Robert for borrowing me a Geiger counter to keep us safe. Thanks to the organizers of the Pecha-Kucha Basel Night for allowing me to show my pictures. Thanks to all of you who commented, shared, corrected mistakes, translated Russian, and spread the word. And a big, big thanks to my wife, my favorite art critic, who had to bear me geeking out on Cherno-stuff week after week and still supported me and kept me sane. You're all amazing – THANK YOU!

So, what's next?

For now, my plan is to enjoy the summer, and concentrate on some more sound recordings (I've got a new microphone, which I really want to try out) . There are at least two short movies from previous locations in the making (a brewery and a potassium mine). My backlog of pictures from the last three years is still huge, so expect more decay photographs. I also might take a dip into abstract photography, because I've become increasingly fascinated with it. (tip of the hat to :icondavespertine: )

As for my plans for the Chernobyl material, I am planning to organize an exhibition within a couple of months, and am playing with the idea of publishing part of the journal as a book. Stay tuned.

Star by lordyo
This is the last part of my travel photo journal to the Chernobyl zone of exclusion.

Ship Graveyard 9 by lordyo

After that short excursion, it was five o'clock – time to leave. We went back to the bus, where Tanya had fun harassing Yuriy and the driver with feedback noises from the walkie-talkies.

We picked up Laura and René (who had lost their way in Pripyat, but found back to the main street), and drove back to Chernobyl. The last location we visited before returning to the research station was the old shipyard north of Chernobyl. The rusty boats looked beautiful in the evening sunlight.

(continue reading: timmsuess.com/2009/07/chernoby… (19 pics, 1 video, 1 sound)
I was contacted by Carlos Latuff - latuff2.deviantart.com/ - a political cartoonist and photographer from Brazil. We talked about Chernobyl, and he decided to draw a special artwork based on one of my pictures from Pripyat. I feel really flattered!

Ghosts of Pripyat by Latuff2

Be sure to check out Latuff's other artwork, very powerful (and Creative Commons licensed)!
This is part twelve of my travel photo journal to the Chernobyl zone of exclusion.

Car at the Milita Station by lordyo

Beat and I re-grouped at the van and took a break. A quick phone call to Laura and René revealed that they were still exploring Pripyat roofs, so we asked Yuriy if he could take us to the old fire station in the southwest for half an hour. The station was nothing special – a large hall for the (absent) fire trucks and some adjacent common rooms (one of them full of soft drink bottles).

On the other side of the road however was a much more interesting site: Pripyat's old militia station, which was full of old vehicles: Cars, buses, trucks, dredgers, even a small tank. There were further vehicles on top of the militia building, and I still have no idea how they got up there. I was initially worried that the radiation around those vehicles would be very high, as metal absorbs radioactivity better, but it wasn't. This meant that they hadn't been used during the accident, and all of those vehicles had been moved to the old junkyard at the border of the zone.

(Check out the full photo set at timmsuess.com/2009/06/chernoby… )