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 (
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.
… 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.
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
The exhibition on the 6 th floor of the
Conclusion : highly recommended.
and a pollard-willow as a witness of the old landscape ( Melsele ).
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
… 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.
… 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.
… while looking around and trumpets the other : “Puut puut, where are you ?”
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.
on a grey and cold winter day in the Antwerp Zoo.
A promising title for an exposition (17/12/2005-26/2/2006, MuHKA = Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen = Museum of contemporary Art in
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 :
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