Russell J.T. Dyer

Just some guy, hanging around Milan.

the activities and musings of an american writer and editor in milan, italy • Updated: Aug 12, 2014 - 6:56PM • hits: 9412 for site today; 1 for page this week

Waiting

— Milan

Finding Clarity

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To learn how to use the Leica M9 camera for studio photography, while in London this week, I spent a day taking private lessons with a professional fashion photographer who uses the same camera for his work. He hired a model for the lessons. It was fun and extremely useful.

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posted: aug 12, 2014

Basic Cooking Classes

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For a few years I have been trying to improve my cooking skills. I’m fairly good at cooking now, but I have gaps in my understanding and skills. I don’t know how to cook many things I’d like to be able to cook. There are things I’m still uncertain about how to do. So I started taking classes at a cooking school in Milan.

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posted: jun 10, 2014

Original Art

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As a child, we had plenty of original art in our home. I like original, hand made art. It feels more genuine than prints. It feels more like a home. Since I’ve been on my own, I haven’t had any original art, though. I’ve discovered recently on-line art auctions. It’s fun and exciting. A couple of weeks ago I bid on my first picture and won. It arrived last week.

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posted: jun 9, 2014

Poppies!

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It’s the start of Spring in Italy and the poppies are flowering, filling yet unplowed fields and lining the road sides. They’re reminders of peace. They are symbols of freedom, as well as other such emotions and hope for a better life.

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posted: apr 8, 2014

Daily Photo Project

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To help me to become more familiar with my Leica M8.2 camera and improve my abilities as a street photographer, I've started a project in which I will take each day three dozen pictures and post each day one of them on this site. My plan is to use the same camera and lens combination so as to become so familiar with the equipment that I will be able to focus on improving my skills as a photographer.

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posted: jul 11, 2013

Musings

Below are recent musings of mine. Click on an entry heading to read its full text. Click on the musings tab at the top left to see all of them.


A Postcard from the Past

In digging recently through a box of old postcards, I discovered one from long ago that was sent to me when I was a young man. It was from Europe, from San Marino in particular. I remember the card and remember thinking when I received it how wonderful it would be to go to Europe.

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Deleting Skype Contacts

Over the past few weeks I have begun to delete friends most of the people from my Skype contact list. I have deleted friends, actual friends with whom I regularly communicate. I am down to eleven contacts in Skype now: eight colleagues, two friends, and my daughter.

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