December 6, 2008


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  1. Lech,

    It's great to see the university again. It was a beautiful day when we went there, and it is the one place we went to of which I have no photos. It's ironic how much you focused on me taking pictures there, for as it turned out my camera was empty. (The only time that has ever happened in 30 years of using it.) So I am really happy to have a record of our visit there. Our guide is so articulate in English and such a fine representative for the movement. How very important this is all going to become in the next few years as the global industrial food system, which is so dependent on cheap fossil fuels, breaks down. Have you been following Jimmy's (James Howard Kunstler)blog the last few weeks?


  2. Orin, how is it that you are able to view these films? Does your kerosene powered computer connect to the internet? :-)

  3. More chapters about Slow Food on the way soon. Not having any film in the camera reminds me of once watching people taking pictures and wondering if it made any difference if anyone taking holiday pictures really needs film in their camera. Taking pictures looked like a choreographed dance. I was recently looking through slides taken in and around Utica in the fifties and sixties. What I enjoyed most in the pictures were the things behind the main subject matter; the cars driving by, the buildings in the background, the clothes people are wearing, even the reflections in the windows. The intended pictures themselves are not very interesting. Yes, I’ve been reading Jim’s blog. I’m looking forward to editing the material filmed with him.

  4. Rich,

    The little squirrels keep running and keeping my generator going. It's a local energy source.

  5. Lech,

    I can totally relate. I'm one of the few people in the world, who, when I'm at someone's house and they pull out the old family photo albums, is thrilled. As you said, rarely is the intended subject of the photo interesting. It's the clothes, the furniture, the cars in the background, the people on the streets, the old businesses in the background, etc...


    You enslave squirrels? That's hardly neighborly.

  6. Lech,
    I am working on a short film about the birth of goat on small farm in Puerto Rico. I plan to add that to my animal series which began with
    the pig that was bought butchered cooked and eaten in Cuba. My short about how children in Havana amuse themselves with dogs will make it a trilogy . Maybe I will even add "The Climate in Cuba "to it because as you know there are shots of dogs and cats dukng it out in that one.
    I love watching Camera War. As always you inspire me to continue
    making films and not worry who watches them. There is an audience for everything. You just have to let the world know what you are doing and the internet has provided such a fertile ground to do so.

  7. Hi there, I remember that day too. First time I met Lech and Odile, I was quite excited about that, you know, DOA, Dee Dee, Jhonny... And it was fun: it seems I really can speak in english, by the way...
    And the mood was perfect


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