Honoring Birthdays

“I was always looking for inner beauty and struggle.”

– Anton Corbijn

DSC05956Are we weird? We don’t celebrate birthdays in a big way like most people do. On Sheldon’s 18th birthday, I think I made him chocolate cheesecake. On Stian’s 18th birthday, we were renovating the house and we just got the door to his room re-installed. The best we could do was put a few balloons outside his door and wrote “we a-door you!” on the balloons. Thank goodness he has a great sense of humor. Between door staining and installations, I did manage to make him chocolate cake. I hope they are not scarred for life.IMG_7905Yesterday was Karina’s 18th birthday and the only thing she asked for was fruit. She did not want cake. That is weird. In fairness, she did order a slice of chocolate cake at the café – so maybe it isn’t that “weird” after all.

She’s not a morning person by nature so I decided to make brunch for her at home. I did buy silver candles and a blue linen tablecloth. I forgot the white roses and was on my way out when I ran into her in the hallway. Instead, I chose to stay to finish the cheese and fruit platter (in Anna Blume style), pancakes and eggs. She decided she would skip the croissants and sekt, and drank her first liter of water for the day. If it interests you, I had coffee. DSC05954In the afternoon, we headed to Amerika Haus next to the Zoologischer Garten train station to see an exhibit on Anton Corbijn, a Dutch photographer and film director. In honor of his 60th birthday, C/O is hosting Retrospective with exhibitions on Hollands Deep & 1-2-3-4. These include about 600 photographs from his collection. In true analog form, grainy black & white images of musicians, bands and actors span two floors. Miles Davis greets us at the entrance. Timeless photos of artists, like Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Sting, The Smashing Pumpkins, David Sylvian, Björk, and too many to name, follow. His relationship with the Rolling Stones, U2, Depeche Mode, Metallica and R.E.M are genuine and personal, intentionally imperfect. I did not realize he was the creative director for many of these bands. So much talent.

As fans, we often want to know more about our idols off stage so it is only natural that we want to view them in a different setting. Anton Corbijn celebrates their personalities and gives the viewer a chance to establish this through the history of his photographs. His relationships run deep and the intimacy he shares with them is apparent. Many of his photographs leaves us with a deliberate sense of wonder. So many narratives. Always fascinating. Always inspiring. IMG_7924

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DSC05957This exhibition is in Berlin until 31/01/2016. It is also the only city in Germany his photographs will be shown. Thank you for stepping into the dark room and sharing your light. Thank you for giving us a chance to step away from the camera phone and admire icons in a different dimension. Thank you for your gift to further complement artists and inspire others. Happy Birthday, Mr. Corbijn.
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Happy Birthday, Karina Pot Pie.

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