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I cannot believe that June is almost over. So much has changed in the past two months — graduating, moving, constant work and job hunting, finding new balance — and despite all the stress, life is pretty awesome.

There’s also some pretty awesome stuff in the world, so I think today is a good day to write up a favorites list!

— I love art nouveau and I’m a bit of nerd, so finding Alexandra Douglass‘ website was pretty cool. It’s some fun stuff! This Mucha inspired piece would be amazing in our game room.

Game Nouveau — Alexandra Douglass

— Turns out moving to a new place inspires an awful lot of DIY. The next project I want to tackle is this art-map from Apartment Therapy.

I’ll make one of Atlanta for me and one of Pittsburgh for The Boy. It’ll be cool.

— Speaking of DIY, I’m trying to decide if I want to do this to frame some of my photographs. Real frames are expensive!

— These are amazing. Anybody have ninety thousand dollars I can borrow so I can use these to journal? No? Me either.

Montblanc Skeleton Pens

— Favorite thing about our new neighborhood? The farmer’s markets! We have two awesome local farmer’s markets that set up each week with local people who bring vegetables from their gardens, bread from their kitchens, and crafts from their tables. It’s super awesome. If you’re in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend the Tucker Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and the Lilburn Farmer’s Market on Fridays.

Did you find any awesome stuff in June? Tell us about it! And if you want to see more stuff I think is cool, follow me on Pinterest! Stay tuned for Found Photo Friday and some photos I shot at last weeks’ farmer’s market.

Have a happy Wednesday!

-DH

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I didn’t think FPF was going to happen today. I hadn’t found anything particularly interesting to share and I’ve been enjoying a day off from work, and right this minute I ought to be getting ready to go to a wedding (congrats to Shelby and Josh!), but then The Boy had a super helpful moment.

The Boy: “Hey, look at this.”

Me: “Wow! This is really cool!”

The Boy: “Have you written your Found Photo Friday post yet?”

Me: “Nope.”

The Boy: “Well, there you go.”

Best helper.

What he showed me was a slideshow from The Telegraph with rare World War One images. What makes these images special is that they are some of the only color images from the war.

Hans Hildenbrand was one of nineteen German photographers who documented the war, but he was the only one to create images in color. He was assigned to a platoon and documented their day to day activities.

The photos are fascinating and a bit surreal. It’s difficult to keep in mind what time you are looking back into when looking at the images because so much of what we are used to seeing captured from the war is in black and white. The vivid colors are not all that make the images engaging, however: it is plain that Hildenbrand was a skilled photographer with an eye for interesting composition. I plan on looking at more of his work as soon as possible (he became a photographer for National Geographic after the war, apparently) and I will, of course, share what I find!

Take a look at the slideshow. There are seventeen images and some neat information about the work. And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Have a beautiful weekend!

-DH

I was not feeling well yesterday.

There was a lot of laying about, Being Human on Netflix, and cuddles with The Cat and The Boy. The Boy was kind enough to take care of me — making tea and fetching crackers and things — and by the evening I was starting to feel better, but I was starving. I wanted real food. Comforting, home cooked, wholesome, healthy, delicious food.

I took stock of the ingredients available and my raging tastebuds and decided that since I had been sickly all day that I needed soup.

So I made soup. In the middle of summer. In ninety degree weather. Because I’m ridiculous.

Despite some conflicting feelings, I have decided to share the recipe with you today. The conflict arises from the fact that this is an art blog with a focus in photography. What business do I have posting recipes regardless of how delicious the dish turned out to be?

I’ve been justifying posting recipes because part of the purpose of this blog (see header) is exploring reality. I also tell myself it is okay because I photograph the recipes that I post. Also because it is something I care about.

But then I realized that I was being silly. Yes, those reasons are fine justification for including posts about cooking, but honestly, if I want to write a well rounded arts blog, what business do I have excluding recipes? Cooking is an art, without doubt. It is one of my favorite arts to practice. And when I cook I use the same level of creativity that I do with any other project I work on. I rarely use recipes, except as inspiration or for help with ratios, and so all of my cooking is as original as my images, my characters, or my prose. Since moving into my new home, I have been reunited with food and it feels just as wonderful as picking up a camera again after a long break.

That said, I have no intention of turning The First 10,000 into a food blog. I will probably post original recipes from time to time, but I will strive to keep the blog well rounded and informative about lots of art.

What are your opinions of cooking as art? I’d love your input. Comment below!

Now for the soup:

Spicy Feel Better Soup

I have decided to call this a chowder. It is not a cream based soup, but it is thickened with potatoes and has onions and corn. Also, the definitions of chowder I can find are vague enough that this soup fits just about perfectly!

I made up this recipe as I went along, so taste as you cook to tailor the balance of flavor to what you like. As it is, it made enough soup for two good sized meals for The Boy and me. I should probably mention, however, that The Boy ate three bowls of it in one sitting, so it probably makes more like six servings, depending on the size of your bowls and your appetite. It is also fairly spicy. It won’t burn your mouth off, but you can definitely feel the heat. A spoonful of sour cream on top would be lovely and balance some of the heat, if you’re concerned.

For vegetarian readers, this soup is vegan if you get rid of the chicken! Feel free to replace the chicken with tofu. Just saute small slices or chunks of extra firm tofu, well seasoned with salt and pepper, until very crispy and add the tofu to your bowl! Don’t put it in the soup pot or it wil get soggy. Unless you like that. Beans would also be a delicious protein replacement. Black beans would be good, but maybe consider a milder bean, like a garbanzo or great northern, to avoid overpowering the corn as it is already competing with a lot of spice. If you use beans, add one can, well rinsed and drained, or an equivalent amount of cooked dry beans at the point in the recipe where you would add the chicken.

Spicy Corn Chowder (original recipe)

Olive oil for sauteeing
1.5 c corn kernels
½ large onion, chopped
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tbsp Oregano
2 tsp cumin
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Chicken breasts, Bite sized pieces
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
3 medium potatoes, cubed
Salt
Pepper

— Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in your soup pot. Add onion and corn and sauté until onion is soft and corn is beginning to brown. Don’t undercook at this step! The char on the corn makes a huge difference in the flavor. Add cayenne pepper, oregano, and cumin.

— Season chicken well with salt and pepper after cutting. Add chicken (or beans) and garlic to the pot. Cook until garlic begins to soften and chicken is at least seared on the outside. If using beans, feel free to allow them to brown a bit before moving to the next step.

— Add vegetable broth and water. I used part water because the broth was a very dark color and I didn’t want the soup to be that dark. Feel free to just use broth though.

— Add potatoes. Cover and allow to come to a slow boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.

— Uncover, reduce heat to a simmer, and with your wooden spoon break up some of the potato chunks so that the potato helps thicken the broth. Taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed. You should expect to need to salt the soup to season the potatoes. Add more of the other spices if desired. At this point, if you want the soup to be creamy, stir in some cream or milk. About half a cup should do, and than let it simmer a few minutes more for the flavors to meld.

Serve as is, or with a spoonful of sour cream, a sprinkling of grated jack cheese, or a slice of crusty bread. Enjoy!

Let me know how you like the soup and if you decide to make any creative changes!

Have a happy Wednesday!

-DH

Today’s Found Photo Friday is one of my new favorites.

Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire. 1959.

This image is by English photographer Edwin Smith who primarily photographed gardens, landscapes, and architecture. I love the composition of this photo: he captures the architecture in an unexpected way and the detail is just stunning. There is not a single part of this image that lacks interest, and though much of that can be granted to the subject, the photo is a testament to Smith’s ability to “see”. Beautiful light, perfect exposure, stunning capture. This is an image that will not let me go.

Thanks for reading, and as always, share your thoughts below!

Have a beautiful weekend!

-DH