Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Heart Led Me South - Travels In East Africa From 1950 To 1960 Of Street Photographer Juergen Schlichting

My Heart Led Me South from Chocolat Negro on Vimeo.

This was created in dedication to Juergen Schlichting, a German street photographer and writer born in 1936. His extraordinary work covers the 1950s to 1980s. At the age of only 46 Juergen lost his 2 year long battle with lung cancer. The scientist and researcher entrusted his entire photographic work and his writings to his young niece who was like a daughter to him. At the time of his death she was a young girl. For the first time decades later his work is shown to the public.
His photographic work is comprised of tens of thousands of images on film and slides as well as 8mm film rolls. These images are valuable testimonials of a time gone by displayed with an incredible artistic quality and sensuality.
A deeply spiritual man with a strong connection to nature he documented all his travels demonstrating an eternal love of life and a genuine belief in the good of mankind.
He wrote 26 books of poems of which none has been published yet.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Once Upon A Time When There Were Gramophone Specialists Amongst Us

Now, once upon a time, a long time ago, there were Gramophone and Record Specialists living right amongst us. I am very, very sure that I have been one of them in one of my earlier lives. I am not sure, if I was operating from South Africa or from another country, if I was a girl or a boy, but records I did have a lot in that earlier life and a specialist I was as well. I can feel it because I have always loved music.

Here is the famous Ted Lewis And His Band, That Certain Party, Fox Trot, Recorded in the late 1920's (probably 1925) with incidental singing from Ted Lewis. 
From a record shop in Cradock, that very few people probably remember. When this record was made available to the public, people were enjoying the Golden Twenties in other places on the globe and were dancing to fox trot and quickstep tunes. You are listening to a sound that is 90 years old, was pressed on Shellac and has survived unharmed through nearly a century.

Green Right Through

Sunday, October 14, 2012


If you want to bed you and your lover in a nice, big and soft bed  - you have to make it first!
So goes the old saying!

Two Feathers At Once In Opposite Directions!

Depending on the softness and size desired, a considerble amount of work can be involved.

And, often while the one slaves in the sun....

the other one waits in the shade!

giving more or less good advice

Until the work is done

and when you have just finished and think everything is all fine...

more suggestions keep flowing in

And who the hell cares in anyway if you have just occupied somebody else's house!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Need You Quickstep

So, here is my record player and here is one of the greatest quicksteps of all time from my 78 rpm record collection. Victor Sylvester and his ballroom orchestra. Enjoy! 1940's
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