Dalahus

Fargen Around the World

March 20, 2005

fargen On my first trip to France, in the late winter of 2001, I had the supposedly clever idea of bringing along one of my little wooden Dala horses (they’re all named Fargen), and taking pictures of it at and about the various landmarks of Paris and vicinity. The result would be a cheeky travelogue from the point of view of a three-inch tall scrap of Swedish folk art.

Apparently this wasn’t a very novel concept. The film Amelie, released the same year, has an entire subplot of the plucky heroine sending a small garden gnome around the globe for photo ops. Expedia.com had an ad campaign featuring a traveling gnome (which of course instantly makes the idea pass�).

Perhaps the geekiest iteration of this is at iPodLounge, which has a section dedicated to iPods Around the World. When a trip to England included a stop at Stonehenge, I hatched a scheme to take a very specific picture, requiring precise timing, which I think worked out quite well (considering the stinging rain and wind firing down on me).

In any case, I’ve uploaded a small album of F�rgen posing in Paris, Chartres and Amsterdam. Hopefully his adventures will continue in the near future. Enjoy.

A Disclaimer…

March 3, 2005

“Family photos do keep smiling faces. Births, weddings, holidays, childrens birthday parties–People take pictures of the happy moment in their lives. Someone looking through a photo album could conclude we had lead a joyous, leisurely existence. Free of tragedy. No one ever takes a picture of something they want to forget.”
Sy Parrish (Robin Williams), One Hour Photo (2002)

New Gallery!

February 23, 2005

Dalahus has a new photo gallery. For those who care about such things, I moved from Menalto Gallery to Coppermine. I’ve been a Menalto user for a number of years, but the code is old and bloated and the UI a bit clunky. For Dalah�s I wanted to try something faster and a bit more “user-friendly”.

The new gallery looks more-or-less the same as the old one, but has a number of features I think you’ll like. The best part is the Last Additions at the bottom of the main page, which shows the last six photos added. So for those of you who are always wondering if there are new photos added, this is a quick way to check. I arranged the photos in the albums in reverse chronological order, so that the latest shots are on the first page (if this is confusing I can change it back to normal order).

You can also add photos to a My Favorites page, and download them all in one shot, making it handy for printing. The e-card function (the little mail envelope above the photo) allows you to email a postcard-style version of the photo to someone.

As always, the random photo to the left will take you directly to that photo in the gallery. You can also add your lovely comments below the photos (unfortunately, the comments from the old gallery didn’t make the transition).

I hope you like the new photo gallery. If you have any questions or complaints, please leave a comment or email.

Grey and Orange

February 16, 2005

Today marked the opening of Christo’s The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005, an installation he had first conceived of in 1979.

gates gates
It was a cold, sunless day in the City, but that was perhaps the intent. The banners fluttered madly in the wind, yet were oddly silent.

gates gates
Despite the large crowds, it was very quiet. They looked like orange teeth poking up in the landscape.

More images may be see in the gallery