vrijdag 18 juli 2014

La douce France and Rothko river

When my brother and I were young, our parents used to take us to France on holiday, since they were francophiles. This June my husband and I returned to France, beau pays de mon enfance ;-).

Since we love a fresh breeze, we spent quite some time in areas as the Camargue, the high Pyrenees, Arcachon and Bretagne. The result was a lovely holiday in which we experienced great views and an abundance of springflora and -fauna.
Highlights were the great plains and the flamingos of the Camargue, the fantastic views in the Pyrenees and last but not least the "Rothko" river (last picture), which was very inspiring to me!













maandag 9 juni 2014

Malaga!



For us –living in the South of Holland-,  the beautiful old town of Malaga is only a few hours flying and it brings you into a completely different world. Even in early spring the weather is lovely and people tend to live outside. Most tourists are so friendly as to go to the beaches of Torremolinos and the rest of the Costa del Sol.
So in Malaga you’ll find yourself among the locals grilling fish on the beach or taking a stroll in the old town and visiting one of the majestic catholic churches.  Catholicism and its rituals are very much alive in Malaga. Apart from the enthustiastic screaming parakeets, it’s a peaceful and friendly place, especially in the parks and in the spacious botanic garden. I hope to pass on some of this special atmosphere…   Enjoy!











donderdag 6 maart 2014

Valencia and gridpic



To the inspiring example of the great artist David Hockney and his Polaroid compositions and photographic collages, I’ve been experimenting with what I would call: watching in rhythms.
Whilst playing with objects and arranging parts of the compostion, different angles can be used. The result is often interesting and helps to have a closer look at the contents than what we would normally do.
Very handy that my smart son developed an app which is quite useful for this purpose: 
The Calatrava buildings and the old town of Valencia (and the Mercado), we recently visited, were beautiful stuff for my experiments. I think the result of the Swiss mountains is quite interesting too.
If you want to brighten up your room or office you could gmail me… Have fun!












 



zondag 9 februari 2014

Portugal in Winter



In our experience the Portuguese are extremely friendly people.  Apart from that, Portugal  has a temperature of some 10 ° C. higher than what we usually have in Holland. This means that, as from October, Portugal is usually quite a nice place to be, to put it mildly.
As you can see in my photos we experienced some showers as well as a lot of sunny spells. It’s this combination that colors the palm trees nice fresh green and even makes the hotel swimming pool worthwhile. Along the seaside there’s a lot of salt winning going on and the long legged seabirds enjoy –like us-  their fish dinner. No need to say that a fine port wine completes the good life over there.
The “letzte Bratwurst” at the far south-west end of the country, shows us that the Germans also have found their way to this paradise for sun, sea and nature lovers.  It’s not impossible that, one year in spring, we want to see more of this friendly corner of Europe.








dinsdag 12 november 2013

GLOW!




Every year in November, Eindhoven, the City of lights, turns into a happy place of installations based on (often artfully) artificial light. It’s fun to make the enormous walking tour (among lots of people who speak my native language “Brabants” ;-) and enjoy some twenty installations.
Shooting in the dark is an adventure in itself, but, as you may know by now, I love a challenge…    


I also made some YouTube impressions because of the sound and movement dimensions:  


       








maandag 14 oktober 2013

Paris and “la Géode”




In September we spent a long late summer weekend in Paris.
It was the Ron Mueck’s exhibition and the friendly weather that attracted us. And we were not at all disappointed. Apart from the great art, the impressive architecture, the gardens  and the beautiful variety of people, we were pleasantly surprised by the increase of cyclists in this extraordinary city and the play areas for children along the Seine.
As my photos may show,  I was most excited about  “la Géode”, it was there in all its beauty, simply because of the Magritte-like sky.  
Sometimes you just get lucky!

La Géode
Ron Mueck: Couple under an umbrella
Street art
Ste-Chapelle
Basilique du Sacré Coeur
Climbing along the Seine
La grande dame de fer, la Tour Eiffel
L’église St-Sulpice
Jardin Botanique
La Géode and the happy photographer