Russian Poetry Lesson

We do not always get along very well, but Alexander is my only real contact in Russia and I love the man. I worked with him on the first Russian Museum for Erotic Art, at the Novy Arbat, quite close to the Kremlin. I was amazed by the productivity of the Russian construction workers who built the largest museum of its kind in little over three months. I also fell in love with Moscow, the city I never wanted to visit before business took me there.

In my mind Moscow was painted in grays, but in reality I was amazed by the subtle use of color everywhere in the heart of old Moscow. This experience profoundly changed my way of working as a photographer. Suddenly, almost overnight I changed from black & white to color, although I never matched the subtlety of the Russian colors. My first visit was seven years ago and in 2016 I worked in Moscow for two full weeks and that was heaven.

Working with an interpreter at my side was not ideal and I decided to study Russian. I used to learn languages very fast but at age 61 I had to except that it was almost undoable for me to learn Russian. That really saddened me, especially since Alexander does not speak English and most of our fights start out with misunderstanding each other while using Google Translate during our long conversations on WhatsApp. So, look at this animation as therapy for me.

Bulldog Reading Dylan Thomas (remake)

Some time ago the original bulldog reading poetry that I posted in 2007 on YouTube reached over 30K views. Not really spectacular if you consider the fact that it took 10 years to get there. Still the clip is very dear to me, because it was my second animation.

Celebrating the clip’s 10th Anniversary I decided to do a remake based on the 207 original. The reason for that was that I wanted to have a version in a higher resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, today’s standard.

You know what happens to remakes. In most cases they cannot outshine in the original and that is exactly what happened to this particular clip.

In case you are interested in the original, I am posting it right here: