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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Exposition de photos 28 - 30 juin 2013

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Just three days, so don't hesitate. There will be some new (16/06/2013 !) photographs of reflections at La Défense in very high quality prints and selected older ones in new large format prints.

For example:

Create and perish

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Exposition de Photos à Collobrières

Thursday 2 May 2013

Studio de portrait à Collobrières - portes ouvertes les 4 et 5 mai 2013


Walk-in Portrait Studio

Portrait Studio Tag der offenen Tür

Salle des Mouffus, Boulevard Lazare Carnot au centre du village

Venez seul(e), en famille ou entre ami(e)s, pour vous faire photographier, sans engagement et sans obligation d'acheter les photos.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Exposition de photos cette semaine à Collobrières

Exposition avril 2013

Saturday 16 February 2013

Louvre Lens

Louvre Lens Galerie du Temps

Galerie du Temps

When I heard about the "Time Gallery", showing artworks from the same period and from different regions and cultures in successive "rows", I wanted to go as soon as possible on this time voyage of about 5000 years. In fact, you have to slalom when you want to see all the works of each period before going on to the next. It turned out a bit less fascinating than I had hoped for: The pieces representing different cultures at a point in time were less striking than I had expected them to be in a Louvre. But my ignorance may have misled me, and the exhibited pieces may well be "quintessential" of their period. And maybe no museum in the world could have assembled so many quintessential pieces over such a long period and from so many cultures.

If you walk a straight line through the ages from the statue of Gudea, King of Lagash (around 2130 BC), to that of Ferdinand-Philippe, duc d'Orléans, by Jean-Louis Jaley (1844), you cannot help feeling another deception: in roughly 4000 years, craftsmanship seems to have evolved but not artistic power. The statue of the Duke is very refined in its execution, but the person singularly lacks expressive intensity. (There is just some mild arrogance and pompousness.) 4000 years of artistic evolution for that? If you look at it from the opposite point of view, this is a very positive experience: Human beings have been very powerful artists at all ages.

Reading about the architecture of the Louvre Lens also made me want to go: The aluminium panels promised to provide some very special reflections. Since I am afraid that the thin aluminium film may quickly suffer from unintentional (or even badly intentioned) visitors, I wanted to be there early in the life of the building, before it bears too many scars.
The "hangars" are not very spectacular, but if you look at them as special versions of the industrial buildings the area used to be full of, the idea of the architects becomes more attractive. The outer aluminium skin lets them blend very discreetly with the landscape. On grey days (like the one we chose for our visit), you can hardly discern the contours of the buildings against the sky.
Unfortunately, I went without my "real" camera, so I can only offer impressions captured with my smartphone. Enough reason for another excursion...

Louvre Lens Reflection No.1 My favourite reflection: Looking at centuries along a time gallery, your view becomes blurred. I like the single visitor outside (and inside) the blurred reflection, trying to look at "the real image", and yet being part of the blurred image.

Louvre Lens - Praetorians Fragment du décor d'un arc de triomphe : garde rapprochée de l'empereur (prétoriens) (see here for the "real" image)

Louvre Lens Reflection No.3Tired visitors being exhorted to go on?

Louvre Lens Concrete GardenConcrete Garden

Saturday 2 February 2013

Nice Airport (Winter flight)

Nice Aéroport et Monatgnes

Airport Images


Images d'aéroport

On the way from Nice to Berlin in January. Only the snowy mountains show that we are in winter. Brilliant sunshine made a stark difference to the landing in wintery grey (and cold!) Berlin. (I spare you the images of dark-grey Berlin. For other images of Berlin, see here

Nice Aéroport "La Pause" / "Lunchbreak"

Nice Aéroport Town and country in the airport terminal.

Vol Nice-Berlin After take-off

Monday 24 December 2012

Bonne Année - Happy New Year - Ein gutes Neues Jahr

Bonne Année - Happy New Year

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Sunday 18 November 2012

Paris Photo ... and Toulon

Paris Photo VIP Lounge

Paris Photo at the Grand Palais

Paris Photo au Grand Palais

La Photographie en grand : Grands formats, grands prix, grand nombre de visiteurs - grand espace VIP

I am not going to comment on the photographs on show, the choice was just too overwhelming. (Have a look for yourselves here if you did not have the chance to attend.) Nor am I attempting to give you an impression of the atmosphere, since this is not a photojournalistic blog - and since I thought I had to give up my camera backpack at the cloakroom. (I saw quite a few people afterwards that had kept their's, but just looking at them after a few hours made my back hurt.) So I only had my new smartphone to take a few pictures, as a test so to speak.

I found the entrance to the VIP lounge just as impressive as a lot of the prices.

Paris Photo VIP Lounge

The exit with the red carpet seemingly leading to the Petit Palais was quite impressive as well.

Paris Photo Red Carpet

Leaving after a few hours, I was only a shadow of myself.


Revived after a few hours on the train, I was able to capture this impression of the building of the Communauté d'Agglomération Toulon Provence Méditerranée, still with the phone, before being picked up for the final leg of the journey home.

Communauté d'agglomération Toulon


Thursday 18 October 2012

Studio de portrait pendant la fête de la Châtaigne à Collobrières - portes ouvertes le 28 octobre 2012


Walk-in Portrait Studio

Portrait Studio Tag der offenen Tür

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Thursday 23 August 2012

Studio de portrait - portes ouvertes les 25 et 26 août 2012 à Collobrières


Walk-in Portrait Studio

Portrait Studio Tag der offenen Tür

Salle des Mouffus, Boulevard Lazare Carnot au centre du village

Venez seul(e), en famille ou entre ami(e)s, pour vous faire photographier, sans engagement et sans obligation d'acheter les photos.
Avant la rentrée, voilà encore une occasion de faire photographier vos enfants.

Vous trouvez que vous n'êtes pas photogénique ? Réfléchissez à cette définition : "On est photogénique quand on est prêt de donner de soi."
Le champs de l'expression est vaste; à vous de jouer.

Cliquez sur le photos pour les agrandir.



Nana Dupisson




Sunday 12 August 2012

Glass Waves at the Opéra de Paris


Glass Waves


Ondes de verre

Architect Odile Decq, head of ODBC, has created a restaurant inside the Opéra Garnier in Paris - with the constraint of not touching pillars or ceilings, of remaining completely reversible, should the restaurant be closed at the end of its lease. (See here for the site of the restaurant "l'Opéra", and here for the Website of ODBC) Ondulationg glass walls weave around the pillars and provide very special reflecting surfaces.
The white mezzanine makes the reflections a bit awkward to catch; nevertheless, the results are unique and quite surprising: you seem to be seeing the Flatiron building transposed from New York to Paris. Also, the reflection drives a wedge though the vaulted ceiling, blending old and new, inside and outside - a degree of freedom reserved for the photographer whose substance of work is ephemeral.

Flatiron à Paris "Flatiron in Paris"

Flatiron à l'Opéra "Flatiron à l'Opéra Restaurant"

Paris Opéra "Double Feature"


Thursday 28 June 2012

Glasgow Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid

Glasgow Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid

Roofs and Waves

Dächer und Wellen

Des toits et des vagues

On a recent trip to Glasgow, I went - of course - to see Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum. As so often in Scotland, the sun played hide and seek with erveryone, making it difficult to catch the reflections in the dark glass panels of the riverside front of the museum.
The building being very close to the river, my 35mm lens proved not wide-angeled enough for the photos I would have liked to take, but here are at leat some impressions of the building and its sourroundings.
I assume the roof construction was inspired by the old storage or factory buildings with their zig-zag roof structures, and by the waves of the river and the nearby sea. Maybe the cityscape served as inspiration, too. Contracting these elements in what resembles a swift stroke of the pen, and actually constructing a roof according to this pen stroke is quite daring - and possibly a stroke of genious. Reading the text on Hadid's Website, my intuition on her inspiration seems to be right.
In the following images, you can see the old roof structures, reflected in a window on the side of the building that resembles an image hung on a museum wall. The second one gives an idea of bold line of the museum's roof .
(Click on the images to enlarge)

Glasgow Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid
Glasgow Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid

Having lived in Scotland for two years, I don't even dare to imagine the wind pressure and the challenges by the tons of rain being blown against the huge glass façade, but apparently it resists the elements. You get an idea of the size from the previous and the next picture:

Glasgow Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid
The sailing boat moored in front of the building is part of the museum.
Walking around the front to the right, there is another window that acts like an exhibit hung on the outside of the building.

Glasgow Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid

Sunday 6 May 2012

There will be wine

Collobières Printemps 2012

Vine in spring

Reben im Frühling

Vignes en printemps

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Thursday 29 March 2012

Spring, second helping

Printemps à Collobrières

Spring at Collobrières

Printemps à Collobrières

Frühling in Collobrières

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Cutting Roads

Cutting a road through the Massif des Maures

Travaux incisifs


Cutting Roads

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Sunday 18 March 2012

Spring Cleaving


Fission Tree

Arbre fendant


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Saturday 4 February 2012

Provence in Winter

Mimosa enneigé

Schnee in der Provence

Neige en Provence

Snow in Provence

After hardly any winter to speak of, the mimosas had started blosoming in Collobrières about six weeks ahead of time. Let us hope they survive the sudden relapse into the season we had expected to be over. (Click on the images to enlarge)

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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Arcs - Tour Exaltis

Tour Total reflétée dans la tour Exaltis


Arcs of Light

Arcs de lumière

Tour Exaltis is a relatively late addition to La Défense (2006), designed by architects Bruno Willerval of Bridot-Willerval and Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Architectonica, and built by Bouygues. It houses the headquarters of Mazars.

Arcs of light extended to the pavementThe arcs of light are lighting strips in the interior of the big entrance hall. The architects have extended them onto the pavement outside the building, as you can see in this image (click to enlarge).

I have taken up that idea and “extended” the arcs of light into the surroundings, structuring the mirror images of la Défense, and blurring the distinction “inside – outside”.

The first image is closely cropped to the pedestrian level of La Défense, with Tour Total and Tour Areva framing the image left and right. The second shows the lower street level - with pedestrians, and the photographer in the lower left corner. (Contrary to Erich Kästner's proverbial saying that the photographer is never in the picture: "Merk's dir, du Schaf, weil's immer gilt: der Photograph ist nie auf'm Bild.")

La Défense reflétée dans la tour Exaltis
La Défense reflétée dans la tour Exaltis

Grande Arche et Société Générale reflétées dans la tour Exaltis Here we have two emblematic buildings of La Défense reflected in cascades in the concave structure of Tour Exaltis: La Grande Arche and one of the towers of Société Générale.

Breaking through (Tour EDF dans la tour Exaltis) "Breaking through"
The reflected image of Pei's EDF tower seems to be breaking through the façade of the Exaltis tower from the inside.

Saturday 17 December 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bonnne année 2012 "Pink Horizon"

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Thursday 17 November 2011

Berlin Revisited

Lila Dämmerung 2 (Potsdamer Platz)

Berliner Reflektionen

Reflets de Berlin

Berlin Reflections

Back to Berlin for a 4 day conference, with just the Nikon body and one lens (only one hand luggage! and the computer bag is the obligatory one on this trip), I try to redo some of the images taken 4 years ago with a little compact camera.
After the switch from summer time the previous night, I calculate that 4 pm would be a good time to be on location. Alas, I do not take into account Berlin's north-eastern geography, and light is fading from 3:30 pm onwards!
That results in a few nice (I hope) twilight images, but I have to return another time to get the images I am after. Construction work prevents me to get to the right spot, but I am rather pleased with some of the reflections.

Lila Dämmerung 1 (Potsdamer Platz) "Lila Dämmerung", Potsdamer Platz

Fuzzy Geometry (Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus) "Fuzzy Geometry", Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus

On the way back to the government district, I pass by Neue Nationalgalerie

Neue Nationalgalerie

and "Legoland" at Potsdamer Platz

The afternoon light and the reflection make the geometry of Paul Löbe Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus soft but no longer fuzzy:

Soft Geometry "Soft Geometry"

Wege der Demokratie "Wege der Demokratie": Stairs, balconies and a bridge linking members of parliament and their staff to each other.

And then, there is Gehry! I did not think one could simply walk past the guard at the entrance of DZ Bank at Pariser Platz, but the guard even holds the door open for you. I had heard about the explosion of "Gehry-forms" behind the stern facade imposed by the city rules around Pariser Platz. But I did not expect this. Magnificent! The meeting room inside the "whale" inside the glass-roofed inner court (“under water”?).

Wal im Bauch

Saturday 29 October 2011

Le Marais de Bourges

Le Marais de Bourges Un énorme verger dans un filet dense de canaux en plein milieu de la ville.
Parfois les immeubles de la ville s’invitent dans l'image par des reflets sur l'eau, parfois en se croit très loin de la ville.
Un écosystème surprenant.

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