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Giulietta Speciale. Leica M8, Summicron 50mm @f2

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Catching Up
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I’ve learned – or rather I am learning – to relax. Somewhere along the way during the last 4 years I got into a performance mentality and have felt a lot of pressure to produce. It’s not a mindset that’s good for me, and it’s not a mindset that produces art I am pleased with. And I think I am learning to stop listening to those voices.

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“Mazda’s new design chief, Ikuo Maeda, previously said that he is aiming for a more “Japanese Alfa Romeo” look and that means no smiley faces. The company today unveiled a new concept called Shinari, a four-door-coupe study that shows the future design direction for the Japanese brand. Mazda said that it will use the word ‘Kodo’ (Japanese for soul of motion) to describe the new design language, which was created through a collaboration between Mazda’s styling studios in Germany, the United States and Japan.”

Well the new look is pretty dramatic and exciting. Certainly it is much better than the bulging wheel wells of the RX-8 and the smiley face of the Mazda3. I’m not sure if I like the jowl extensions, which look like extra fat on a chin. The nose looks more Maserati-influenced than Alfa Romeo. And this is a big car. Lets hope they’re serious and that the claims of aiming for Audi and BMW for fit and finish are a real target. Go Mazda.

Alfa Romeo Giulia 1750 GTAm Named Favorite Alfa Ever
“LONDON — British Alfisti were asked to help celebrate the marque’s centennial by voting for their favorite Alfa Romeo of all time. Surely many lively debates were had, both among fellow fans and inside the voters’ own heads, on the way to naming the winner: the Giulia 1750 GTA, taking 21.6 percent of the votes cast on the Alfa Centenary Web site. ”

Well the Giulietta would get my vote, probably the SZ. But there certainly are a lot of choices, and I’m sure there was a lot of very animated discussion about this vote. Great list of cars anyhow.