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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

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

Friday 3 June 2011

Montparnasse - Catalogne

Place des 5 Martyrs du Lycée Buffon

Mont Parnasse - Quartier des muses ?

Mont Parnasse - das Musenviertel?

Mont Parnasse - The Muses Neighbourhood?

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Saturday 12 February 2011

Nice in December

Nice, plage en décembreTaking the children to the ariport in Nice after their Christmas visit, there was not much time for photography. Just enough to catch this view of the beach along the Promenade des Anglais, showing that it is not empty even at this time of the year, and a few more mirror images to enrich the series "Reflets - Réflexions".

Nice Airport - reflections:

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Friday 16 July 2010

Summer - white heat, and notes on excursions to be repeated

Collobrières If you wonder why there are hardly ever any "summer pictures" on this blog, take a look at the photograph and imagine the heat that goes with the haze in the hills.

Of course, I could have reported on a trip to the newly opened Centre Pompidou in Metz at the end of May, but it was cold and raining then (!), and the light was not right for the pictures I wanted to take. I will be back there soon, I hope.

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Saturday 6 February 2010


Wasserschloss I - UKV Gebäude Saarbrücken
UKV-Gebäude Saarbrücken (Click on the image to enlarge)

Going back to my native Saarland, my uncle and aunt took me to this "moated castle" in Saarbrücken, knowing about my interest in architecture and reflections.

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Friday 4 September 2009

Intérieur - Extérieur / Place de Vosges, Paris

L'Eclaireur 1

Interior - Exterior
Innen und Außen
Intérieur - extérieur

Travelling to Paris on 30 August provided the chance to catch the last day of the Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. (It is still under "current exhibitions", but it will no doubt be moved from there soon:

Putting on Ferdinando Scianna ("La Géométrie et la Passion") at the same time, did not do him much good: Even though there were some masterpieces in his show, too (less than a handful), he clearly does not reach the level of Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson's "géometrie" is more elegant and seems completely effortless.

Coming out of the MEP (with queues even longer than when I went in - Cartier-Bresson still draws large crowds!), I strolled around Place des Vosges. Looking at the Galleries and shops, I was able to take another shot at my favourite theme of the moment: Reflections and "inside-out / outside-in". The bright sunshine projected the Place des Vosges into the Galleries and show cases, where it blended with the exhibited works.

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Sunday 30 August 2009

La Rentrée

La rentrée 2009

Le week-end du 29 - 30 août est celui de la rentrée : l'école reprend la semaine prochaine.
Ce matin à la gare de Toulon, des familles, des groupes d'enfants de différentes colonies de vacances, des jeunes couples (formés pendant l'été ? les couples d'un été ?) étaient sur le quai de la gare pour "remonter" à Paris.

La rentrée 2009

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Wednesday 12 August 2009

Paris: Beaubourg - Centre Pompidou

Beaubourg Rue Rambuteau_1

Outside-in / inside-out
Aussen und innen
Extérieur - intérieur

As promised in the last posting, I come back to the topics of "inside-out / outside-in” and "museum and the city". These topics will probably keep my imagination busy for a while, and I will have to revisit places again and again, in order to refine my images and come closer to what I would like them to be.
Comments and proposals for improvements are very welcome.

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