Sunday, January 1, 2023

From a strange planet - 57

We still follow the E39. We look at night phenomena on the webcams and at people on streetview. We select from the first persons we see. We try to find matching pairs. We try to guess the story.

Rv. 509 Sømmevågen - Streetview

Talk to the UFO.
I did not expect to be enlightened.
We will light some fireworks tonight.
This direction is blocked.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

From a strange planet - 54

 The mening of this picture will be revealed in the last sentence of this article.

E39 Forus 1 - Streetview

From a standard bridge to a screensaver landscape:
Notice the bird!
Exercise for the viewer: can you find these yourself on streetview?
And from a screensaver landscape to a grey block:

Rv. 509 Solasplitten 1 - Streetview

From a standard bridge to a beautiful waterscape:
And from a witch house in the woods to a cubist nightmare:

From the tunnel to the radio tower:
Slowly we walk towards the radio tower on the hill.
Ullandhaugtårnet. A powerful symbol!

Fv. 441 Madlaveien 1 - Streetview

From the tree to the art museum:
The camera points into a tree. Nice!
In winter you can see through the tree, of course.
Near the Stavanger art museum. A living hyper-realist sculpture.
Art in front of the museum coffee shop.
At this moment, the museum has an exhibit of the art of Ruth Asawa.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

From a strange planet - 52

Young Circle Park - a webcam in Hollywood

This is a dead webcam. From the comments I conclude it stopped working in 2017:

Rain Shadow 09/09/17 23:15 - Just to add to the Irma misery, there are now tornadoes being reported in some areas. MD 09/09/17 23:27 - What a position to be in - Irma to the south and tornadoes to the north.

The indeterminacy of the picture reminds me of Ed Ruscha, once again.
And imagine, somewhere on a server is a file, containing a five year old, forgotten picture from a dead webcam. The webcam is gone, but its memories remain visible.
These are the coordinates - Facility:Young Circle Park, City:Hollywood, State/Region:Florida, Country:United States, Coordinates:25.736300 / -80.404400, Local time:05:46
But entering the coordinates in Google points us to a wrong place:

Friday, December 16, 2022

From a strange planet - 53

 Irish webcam churches viewed as a focus of the landscape

 Since my discovery of the Irish church webcams I've been inspired to look at these churches from two viewpoints:

  • The first one is the traditional Catholic viewpoint of the the Real Presence of Christ, which I tend to feel most intensely in the empty church at night, when the only light in the church shines from the altar lamp. For me this is a deeply significant, almost mystical experience. And I feel it even through the medium of the webcam, in the night.
  • The second one is inspired by an experience during an Irish bus ride. When we drove past a church one of the older men on the bus made the sign of the Cross. This made me aware that the Real Presence was not only felt and acknowledged in the vicinity of the Tabernacle, but maybe from all places where the church was visible.
  • So, in the investigations below, I present the view of the church at night, and then I explore the visibility of the in the surrounding landscape. I try to find the furthest places that are influenced by the presence of the church as their focal point. I hope you enjoy this exploration as much as I do.

Knockbridge, Dundalk - Streetview

The church (Parochial House) by day and by night.
The church from close by.
From the back entrance.
From a nearby street.
From another nearby street.
Invisible on the horizon.

Immaculate Conception, Kilkerley - Streetview

The church by night and by day.
From near by.
From further away along the road.
From further away along another road.

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin - Streetview

The cathedral by night and by day.
From near by.
The only view from far away.