Oliver Sacks

I’ve read most of Oliver Sacks’ books. I’m not a book critic so I won’t go into detail about why I like his writing but in short, he was humane, learned and interesting.

Yesterday I bought the last book he ever published, “Gratitude”. I got it on my Kindle. It was a great read, if short (It’s only 64 pages). In my opinion it’s one of his best.

I was disappointed to reach the end so soon, but the last lines of the book contained this insight, which was worth the cover price alone: “And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life – achieving a sense of peace within oneself.”

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Sequester / Awoiska Van Der Molen

I received a copy of Awoiska Van Der Molen’s “Sequester” in the post from Germany today. It’s a signed first edition. I don’t usually spend this much money on books but this one seemed special.

Sequester garnered a lot of critical acclaim when it was first published in 2014. The photographs are mostly quite or very dark, which I like. The subject matter is landscape – open country, hills and foliage. Print quality is excellent.

Ever the camera geek, I emailed Awoiska before I bought the book to ask which camera and film she uses. The answer is Mamiya RZ and Kodak / Ilford, though she wasn’t more specific than that. (She did say, though, “dear Stephen, knowing the camera and film I use won’t give you the recepy :)” )

Text interview with Awoiska here.
Nice Vimeo interview here.
Book flick-through video here.
http://www.awoiska.nl/

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