31-03-06

Looking back in time

 

Not much is left over of the polders of Kallo. 

(polders = very fertile clay ground used as farmland, flat, won on a tide river or on the sea)

Most of it is taken for port infrastructure (Antwerp). 

In the remains of the Steenlandpolder, with an old farm on the background (such a farm that still has a Barn owl opening in the façade of the barn, reminder of the time that Barn owl and farmer were allies), an older lady stands on the bridge looking down on the canal as if she is looking back in time. 

She reminds me of my grandma and of my youth when there was no port on the left bank of the Schelde yet.

A prohibitory sign raises above the head of the lady : that is because this is a snap-shot, no time for composition.  Meanwhile it seems to be symbolic : no polders allowed anymore.

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30-03-06

Feeling blue

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29-03-06

And this is the result.

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If the weather would be your child …

 

… you would say : please, behave ! don’t act so foolish !  From 2°C it jumps to 18°C (36°F to 64°F) with a blowing hard wind.  Flowers of bulbous plants open up, some early birds lay their eggs.  The higher air areas are still cold and while the sun is shining so bright that it is almost blinding after all those dark months, everything up there starts to bump, the sky suddenly turns black, thunder and lightning join the band and the sky opens a machine gun attack of pure hail.  Petals are smashed, the early birds don’t know what to begin, humans are caught in it during their outside activities and say : yes, that really are Aprilse grillen (April showers, caprices or whims of April).  And after that “shower”, the sky turns blue again and the sun shines again and they both act as if nothing has happened.

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25-03-06

Naked men covered with chocolate

 

Till march 31 you can visit an exhibition in the Concert Building in Bruges of 5 photos that Spencer Tunick made in Bruges in 2005 (May 7), surprised that it could be cold and rainy in Belgium.  So on the pictures I saw in the newspapers, most of the 2000 participants were blue and gray from the cold and that gave the main impression of viewing images of the Holocaust.

The 5 photos were special (the one of the women leaning backwards in the boats while spreading their arms as a flower got the best evaluation by some of my friends) and of course making pictures of so many naked people as a landscape is original, but they left the feeling that something more attractive could have been done when you have 2000 naked people at your disposal. 

Later on Spencer Tunick came back to Bruges and made photos of 68 naked men covered with white chocolate.  Now that already sounds more appealing !  He did so outside in February  !!! That day (feb. 5 2006) the temp. was between 0 and 2 ° C ( =  between 32 and 35.6 ° F ). I guess he wanted frosted chocolate and not melting chocolate dripping off the bodies.

The exhibition on the 6 th floor of the Concert Building ( with a great view, looking out over the city of Bruges ) also shows a video of the making of, which gives you a great impression of this event. 

Conclusion : highly recommended.

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Spencer Tunick - Bruges

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Spencer Tunick - Bruges

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Spencer Tunick - Bruges

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Spencer Tunick - Bruges

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Spencer Tunick - Bruges

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19-03-06

Greenhouses landscape

 

and a pollard-willow as a witness of the old landscape ( Melsele ).

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15-03-06

The kid and the Coca-Cola automat : why I like this picture

 

I have no idea what you think about this photo, so tell me !!

It is a slanting picture ( In a hurry I put my mini tripod on the floor, no time to adjust, the others were already leaving the fish building of the Zoo of Antwerp, but the kid and I were wild about the penguin image ) and the kid (my niece) is posing.  The frog perspective is rather weird. It is a dark picture, but the red is gorgeous.  When I brighten the picture, the red isn’t THAT red anymore.  The penguin of the automat fits so well after visiting the penguins and the under water world.  There is a part of an aquarium shining at the right, so that tells me where it was.

For myself it is a  photo for keeping because of the memory of the moment.  But what does it say to someone else ?

About the posing : I once visited a photo exposition in the train station of Bruges.  All the photos were poster size and had one till three persons standing in the middle of the picture.  They all stood there posing stiff as a stick and exactly in the middle.  They stood before a place or building that had something to do with their profession.  The effect after viewing several photos was great.  And the idea of placing a person in the middle just as you normally would avoid, appeals me very much, but of course you must have time for such a project.

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14-03-06

Racing with a couple Great Crested Grebes : 1

 

… along the  Moervaart (small canal) in Moerbeke.  Two Great Crested Grebes,

let’s call them PC (Podiceps cristatus), were swimming there.  Trying to photograph them I noticed their speed and that is amazing !!

 

I also learned that nice reflecting water can become so busy with lines and colors, that the subject (in this case the PC’s) almost vanishes in it.  So large water surfaces are more interesting if you want to picture birds only.

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2. They dive …

 

… and swim under water at the speed of me walking real fast (almost running).  I wished I could have measured how many meters they stayed under and at what speed they were swimming.

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3. Unnoticed they pass a cat

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4. One pops up first

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5. Swims in a circle ...

 

…  while looking around and trumpets the other : “Puut puut, where are you ?”

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6. The other PC catches up fast “Here I am, honey !”

 

And then they dive again and that’s how they swam for at least a kilometer until they reached a natural border of the canal with reed instead of an artificial straight border with stones.

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11-03-06

If you are visitor 4000 ...

 
... please land for a moment and leave a note !

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10-03-06

Walking on the mud flats (Paardenschor, Doel)

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Walking on stilts

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08-03-06

Hi there ! - 2

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Hi there ! -1

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06-03-06

A giraffe is walking towards you

 

on a grey and cold winter day in the Antwerp Zoo.

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02-03-06

Intertidal Vancouver

 

A promising title for an exposition (17/12/2005-26/2/2006, MuHKA = Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen = Museum of contemporary Art in Antwerp), but a BIG disappointment.  The comments in the guestbook confirmed this.  A video with stripes in the image ( Stan Douglas ) just looks likes a very bad amateur video of the old days.  If you get such a beautiful grey soft room for projecting images, then this expo is a waist of money.

Rodney Graham turned pictures of trees upside down,  a note full of pseudo-psycho-analytic comments beside it : something about standing alone, being uprooted, … :  so that wasn’t fun anymore either.  Anyway : turning trees upside down so that they seem to hang at the ceiling is not as easy as I thought.  Look what happens :

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Upside down trees

 
This just looks like a reflection of a tree in the water and not like a hanging tree !! So, it must be a tree standing all alone, no background and no bushes beside it either, and the sky must be white.  So, that isn’t that simple after all J  If I meet that situation one day, I’ll make a photo of it.

On nov. 12 you see a picture of the supermarket that I rotated and there everything seems to be hanging.  So maybe it is the white sky that is crucial.

 

While an artist is turning pictures upside down and I am considering whether that is artistic, unscrupulous wood traders cut down the forests of the Pygmies in Congo in exchange for some soap and salt. 

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