Tag Archives: Vandalism

1453 – Laugh And Grin Blues

It’s that time again. Elections. This time regional elections in Vienna, and the old man on the torn poster is Vienna’s current mayor. The Social Democrats have lost pretty every election in the past two years. Can he stop that trend? We’ll see who laughs in the end on Sunday.

The Song of the Day is “Laugh And Grin Blues” by Kokomo Arnold. YouTube has it for you.

1153 – Hero Dead & Gone II

Just another fallen bicycle. It may be vandalism, the bike may just have been fallen, I don’t know.

Michael was here, we’ve spent the evening talking, and now it’s obscenely late.

The Song of the Day is again “Hero Dead & Gone” from the 1997 De-Phazz debut album “Detunized Gravity”. There’s another video, this time of a live version, on Google Video.

1152 – Hero Dead & Gone

Vandalism is a strange phenomenon. In a way I can understand how targeted vandalism, say against a hated minority, comes to pass. I have mentioned it a few times, I still read Goldhagen’s “Hitler’s Willing Executioners”, and I can understand how targeted vandalism can be a means of terror. Of course these are big guns, and I don’t want to discuss the book here and now, it’s only that I see a purpose in all that the Nazis did. It was evil, it was wrong, it was caused by deep-rooted hate, but it was on purpose. That does not make it any better, but there is a pattern and we can understand or at least analyze patterns.

I can see no purpose and no pattern in random vandalism. This is random. Someone saw this bicycle leaning there, and he jumped with all his weight on the front wheel.

This is not a victim of globalization expressing hate against the establishment. There is no political statement in it. It’s not like burning cars in France (and now in Berlin), this was just an old bike, I suppose about 30 years or more, and nobody was affected but someone who rides old bikes.

And if things like that happen, what does that tell about the world? Our time?

Did these things happen 30 years ago? Help me, I can’t remember. I’d be tempted to say no, but glorifying the past is so easy.

And if things like that happen, what are the things that may happen as well? What do we have to expect? Would one who vandalizes a bicycle use the same brutal violence against people? Or are these completely different things?

And who are these guys anyway? Why do they do that? And what is their gratification?

I don’t cry for stricter enforcement of laws or such things, I am really interested in the psychological, the motivational aspect. I want to understand, because only when we understand why things happen, can we decide if we need to change people or if we need to change the world that they live in.

The Song of the Day is “Hero Dead & Gone” from the 1997 De-Phazz debut album “Detunized Gravity”. I’ve only found a video on YouTube that’s … weird 🙂

612 – Private Goes Public

It’s a funny feeling, now that SoFoBoMo is over for me as well. I feel … relaxed. The pressure is gone. Sure, I will go back once more and produce the physical book, but there is no deadline to that.

Do I feel tired? Do I need a creative break? Not really. I probably need more sleep, yes, but otherwise I feel as creative as ever. I guess the reason is, that I have not spent much time shooting, actually not more than six hours. Most work went into post-processing, and that, although tedious, was fascinating and interesting. After all, I have never before tried to create such a big and consistent body of work, much less from one shooting. In a way it was a similar experience to that of making the exhibition in January.

Yesterday night, on the train from Carinthia, I have tried my next book, some “Best of 2006/2007”, just a compilation of the best images of the first 15 months of my blog, and although it was technically no problem, the result was rubbish. This is another lesson: I may have the means now to produce a book in very short time, but this is no substitute for a vision and for proper planning and design. Otherwise I may produce something in the form of a book, but it won’t be a good book 🙂

Now for today’s images. Actually I like both of them. The vandalized telephone receiver caught my eye because of the color and, even more so, because of the curve of the cable. I finally settled for the other image though. Austria is currently host to the European Soccer Championship, and today was the match Austria vs Germany. Thousands of people were on the streets, mostly on their way to one of the public viewing areas in the so-called fan zones, and what I saw in Westbahnstraße, was one of the funnier ideas. Some people had taken a TV set out onto the sidewalk, along with some furniture, and were viewing in public. Someone made a video, and they really seemed to enjoy themselves. Oh yes, Austria lost 0:1, but that was to be expected 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Private Goes Public“, the last song on the European version of the 1992 Suzanne Vega album “99.9 F°“.