The Metelkova City Monsters

Metelkova monster

No, that’s not a band. They’re hanging sculptures in Ljubljana’s Metelkova City cultural center that resemble fairly closely what I look like after answering a few too many election season robocalls. They’re also the most Halloween-y critters I could come up at the moment. I got the impression that the one above is the head of the clan.

This extended family takes pride of place in the sprawling Metelkova complex, a former Yugoslav army barracks near the Slovenian capital’s center which for the past two decades has been home to several studios, galleries, live music venues and the Celica hostel. A self-proclaimed ‘autonomous cultural center’, Metelkova sits at the fringe of Ljubljana’s newish museum quarter next to The Museum of Contemporary Art which opened in 2011.

Despite lots of political jockeying over the years that sometimes left its future in doubt, Metelkova remains a vital and vibrant alternative and progressive gathering place, thanks largely to the community organizations and activists that fight to maintain its existence. And to this family of watchful monsters.

 

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Kiss from a hanging monster sculpture in Ljubljana's Metelkova City

Smooch.

And for the record, the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 291st straight, which was snapped on 30 September 2014.

Specs:
120mm
ISO 400
f/10
1/200sec

 

 

Mannequin Monday #22

16 mannequin heads, Zurich

This week Mannequin Monday returns to Zurich where 16 heads are always better than one.

I’m not returning to Zurich, but instead to Cleveland, Ohio after a week on North Carolina’s crystal coast on Bogue Banks.  It was off season on the island, which meant that most mannequins were behind shuttered doors and windows. Nice early evening colors made up for that absence.

If you’re new to this weekly series, an attempt to create the largest repository of blighted mannequins on the planet, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy and do spread the word.

By the way, this image also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 288th straight. When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can catch up with some of those here.

Crescent Moon, Bogue Banks

Cresecent moon at sunset from Bogue Banks Islands, North Carolina

There was a nice view of the crescent moon from Bogue Banks tonight, my last night on this Atlantic barrier island just off the North Carolina coast. An oceanside place to stay for a week has its benefits.

I was very fortunate in each night brought with it a full palate of beautiful colors. I’m already looking forward to putting together a longer post. Very soon. :)

I didn’t have time to set up my tripod here so was forced to shoot handheld. I first went really high with a 1000 ISO, then decided to give 500 a try; this is 62mm for 1/4sec at f5.6.

And for the record today’s Pic du Jour is the 287th straight, was snapped near Emerald Isle (Bogue Banks Island), North Carolina, on 26-Oct-2014.

Tam Coc Portrait

Portrait along the Ngô Đồng River

More precisely, a candid portrait, snapped from the hip as I was rowed under a bridge on the Ngô Đồng River, near the city of Nihn Binh in northern Vietnam. It’s a bit shaky, but the pleasant memory more than makes up for that.

This was taken at the very beginning of the rowing part of an trip to the Tam Cốc, or three caves, a popular day trip excursion from Hanoi. Together with this woman, this pair owned two of the most unforgettable smiles I had the pleasure of experiencing in Vietnam.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 286th straight, was snapped on 25-Oct-2010, exactly four years ago today.

San Blas Sunset

Carribean sunset over Panama's San Blas Islands

I’ve been enjoying very nice sunsets on North Carolina’s Bogue Banks island this entire week, which prompted a quick look back to other memorable sunsets. Like this one, facing west from Elephant Island in the Caribbean. And while we’re reminiscing, here’s another posted about a year ago.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 285(!!) straight, was snapped in the Caribbean San Blas Islands of Panama in June 2013.

Treat yourself or a friend to a print, a greeting card or a post card.

Street Vendor, Marrakech – Pic du Jour

Street vendor, Marrakech

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 283rd straight, features the most understated street vendor I came across in Marrakech last month. If you’ve been to Marrakech, you know that the quiet types are generally not among those peddling goods on the street.

Marrakech, Morocco, 18-Sep-2014.

And on this day from the Piran Café archive:

2013 – A notebook summary and nine minutes of audio highlights from ‘On the Path to Zero Waste‘, a roundtable discussion held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 21 October 2013. Guests included Zero Waste Europe Executive Director Joan Marc Simon.
2011 – Want to know how big your slavery footprint is? Use this tool. (Mine was 46. It’s probably shrunk a bit since.)
201045 Minutes in Sapa’s Central Market – A mini shopping tour in this Vietnamese highland town.
2008Elizabeth’s Stroll in Ljubljana. As in Queen Elizabeth. A quick photo summary.
2007What’s on Radio Titograd? A quick look back at a 1963 RIZ 634 UKV radio.

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Mannequin Monday #21

Mannequin near Plaze del Teatro, Quito

This week’s Mannequin Monday addition to what I hope will become the world’s largest international repository of blighted mannequins was snapped in the Ecuadorian capital Quito* where this bruiser has pride of place in front of a shop just across the street from the city’s Plaza del Teatro, home to the Sucre National Theatre. He’s got the look of an actor gone bad, doesn’t he?

If you just stumbled upon this newish weekly series that’s taking and breaking the internets by storm, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy and do spread the word.

By the way, this image also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 281st straight. When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can catch up with some of those here.

*Marginally related, Quito is also home to my personal favorite mannequin pic.