Russell J.T. Dyer

Russell J.T. Dyer

Just some guy, hanging around Europe.

the activities and musings of an american writer and editor in milan, italy • Updated: Apr 07, 2016

Making the Sky Laugh

— Bologna

A Helleu Acquisition

Earlier this year I started acquiring art work for my home. A few months ago I bought an etching by Paul Cesar Helleu, a famous artist from Paris. It was made around the year 1900. I had it reframed recently and hung it in my bedroom this week. It’s marvelous. I got it at a very good price and I’m delighted to have it in my home.

posted: oct 30, 2014

First Performance at La Scala

After many years of living in Milan and wanting to see a performance at La Scala theater, I’ve final gone to one. I went with a a friend visiting from Sweden this week. They’re world famous for their operas, but they also produce ballets and symphony orchestera performances. Their tickets can be from one-hundred to two-hundred euros each. However, we managed to buy deep discounted tickets for only eleven euros a ticket to a ballet, Romeo and Juliet.

posted: oct 24, 2014

Finding Clarity

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.

posted: aug 12, 2014

Basic Cooking Classes

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.

posted: jun 10, 2014

Original Art

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.

posted: jun 9, 2014


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.

Good Photos

I enjoy photographing people. But I'm often disappointed by many photos I see on social networking sites. I wish people would take the time to make better photographs.


No Friends: Part I, Self

When you have no friends, it’s difficult to know how to get them. It’s frustrating: Everything you do seems to repel people instead.