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Location Stoke Newington, United Kingdom
Introduction This blog explores landscape through the arts: painting, installation, photography, literature, music, film... I've also on occasion covered the creation or alteration of landscapes by architects, artists and garden designers. For the first year I did several short entries each week; since then I have reduced the frequency and some posts are a bit longer. In naming this site 'Some Landscapes' initially I just saw it as a few modest notes and didn't know if I'd keep it up. Of course it will always only cover 'some' landscapes, even though I occasionally like to think of it as an expanding cultural gazetteer. There is a pretty long index (see above) listing the artists of all kinds that have been mentioned here. There are also maps and a chronology of posts. I started writing this blog using the name 'Plinius' (a little tribute to the younger and older Plinys) and am now rather attached to it as a 'nom de blog'. Comments are very welcome but are moderated to prevent spam. Plinus / Andrew Ray.
Interests Landscape, Landscape painting, Landscape art, Land Art, Landscape poetry, Soundscapes, Landscape Architecture, Garden design, Many things that have nothing to do with landscape
Favorite Movies Akira Kurosawa, Andrey Tarkovsky, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Chris Marker, David Lynch, Humphrey Jennings, Ingmar Bergman, Julio Medem, Kenji Mizoguchi, Len Lye, Patrick Keiller, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Richard Linklater, Robert Bresson, Sergei Paradjanov, Stan Brakhage, Stanley Kubrick, Walter Ruttmann, Werner Herzog, Woody Allen, Yasujiro Ozu
Favorite Music Bach, Can, Captain Beefheart, Charles Mingus, Chris Watson, Gesualdo da Venosa, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Guillaume de Machaut, Handel, Hildegard of Bingen, John Cage, John Dowland, LCD Soundsystem, Moondog, Olivier Messiaen, Orlando Gibbons, Pharoah Sanders, RZA, Slim Harpo, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Steve Reich, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Clean, The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Thelonius Monk, Toru Takemitsu
Favorite Books Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Fernando Pessoa, Franz Kafka, Gaston Bachelard, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Italo Calvino, J G Ballard, Jorge Luis Borges, Marcel Proust, Miguel de Cervantes, Murasaki Shikibu, Ovid, Primo Levi, Roland Barthes, Roni Horn, Sophia de Mello Breyner, Theocritus, Victor Segalen, Vladimir Nabokov, W G Sebald, Walter Benjamin, Wang Wei, Witold Gombrowicz