Two Stops Down

A journal on photography by Thomas Riggs

Coffee and Cigarettes

If I’ve been quiet with my posts lately, it’s because I’ve been trying to decide which of the 11 vignettes in Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded “Coffee and Cigarettes” (2003) I enjoy most.

I’ve come to love this film so much probably because of:

  1. its sheer awkward brilliance;
  2. the photographic feel of stringing together many conceptually (and visually!) linked shorts.

I tried finding a decent clip available online, but there’s not many. I do heartily recommend seeing it if you can, though.

Netflix, YouTube (trailer), Wikipedia

A new D&D adventure: The Downfall of Ammysk

Kyle and Ben with lots of funny-shaped dice

The first part of The Downfall of Ammysk (RSS), Ben’s homebrew Dungeons & Dragons adventure, is now up on HuffDuffer and will released a part a week, like previous games. I think it’s our best set of recordings yet, or at least our best effort at roleplaying.

I have it on some authority, namely Ben’s, that we won’t actually be finishing the story. (Plus, the last session’s recording cuts out early. Oops.) But who knows, maybe Daniel and the others will return in some other tale of adventure!

The players in the recordings, clockwise from their sitting positions around the mic, are me (Daniel), Ian (Belorin), Barend (Gregory), Hannah (Tomira), Kyle (Solitaire) and finally Ben behind the DM screen.

Universal Design Studio's amazing space for Wildlife Photographer of the Year


A few weeks ago, I went on a whim to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year show at the Natural History Museum here in London. What really surprised me (aside from the rather intimidating “10 Years and Under” category) was the amazing design of the space, something I found out was undertaken by Universal Design Studio:

Each individual photograph is displayed on a custom-designed light panel, allowing the viewer to fully appreciate every minute detail within each spectacular image. Theatre-style track lighting throughout the exhibition then cleverly highlights the existing architecture and places the exhibition within the context of one of the Museum’s beautiful original Waterhouse galleries.

Universal Design Studio PR

The effect is something like how I’d expect an art exhibition on the Enterprise to look like. Sadly they’re not totally photo-quality prints, but the effect is still great. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is on at the NHM until the 11th of March.