Tag - Reflets - réflexions
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Saturday 16 February 2013
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...
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.
Fragment du décor d'un arc de
triomphe : garde rapprochée de l'empereur (prétoriens) (see here for the "real" image)
Saturday 2 February 2013
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
Sunday 12 August 2012
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.
Tuesday 24 January 2012
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.
The 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.")
Thursday 17 November 2011
Reflets de Berlin
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
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.
On the way back to the government district, I pass by Neue
The afternoon light and the reflection make the geometry of Paul Löbe Haus
and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus soft but no longer fuzzy:
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”?).
Saturday 30 July 2011
Reflets - Réflexions
Continuing the series of exhibitions on this theme that has occupied my mind and my time for a number of years now, some of the recent images of Montparnasse (Paris) and New York will be exhibited for the first time. (See the posts below)
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Here we are back to the theme I meant to exploit mostly while in New York.
But of course, in outside photography you are depending on so many factors. In
the particular case of reflections, not only on the weather and the daylight,
but also on cleaned windows, traffic, people, etc. So in the end, I did not
catch too many good reflections.
Friday 16 July 2010
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.
Thursday 18 March 2010
Two Exhibitions in One - deux expositions en une :
* Reflets - Réflexions
2 - 26 mai 2010 Salle des Moufus
bvd Carnot, Collobrières
Prolongation d'une semaine - extended by one week
Note the changed venue - attention au changement de lieu
Tuesday 15 September 2009
London - money and art
Londres - argent et art
London - Geld und Kunst
Extending a business trip left me with some time to visit an old friend in
London and to walk around some of the areas that I knew well in the past. So I
walked until blisters and an oncoming cold stopped me, catching some images for
my reflection series. (And some more "touristy" ones, too)
The above photograph is from Paternoster Square, a huge commercial
development, including the new London Stock Exchange, right next to St. Paul's
Cathedral. One wonders whether, during the height of the financial crisis,
bankers and investors went in procession through what used to be Paternoster
Row, like the medieval clergy of St. Paul's, praying for better
Friday 4 September 2009
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: www.mep-fr.org)
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
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.
Sunday 30 August 2009
Le week-end du 29 - 30 août est celui de la rentrée : l'école reprend la
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.
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Wednesday 12 August 2009
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.
Monday 16 February 2009
Spring, evening lights in the water
Printemps, la lumière du soir dans l'eau
Frühling, Abendlicht im Wasser
We are still back at 25 January, the same day we discovered the mimosas in
full bloom. (See the posting before this one).
Ending the day with a coffee on the quay of the port of Hyères, I was able to chase a few more reflections in the water. The port of Hyères is rather "modern" and mostly devoid of charme. Nevertheless, the soft evening light and the palm-trees at the edge of the harbour basin made for a few nice images. At least I hope you agree they are nice.
Thursday 28 August 2008
Exposition / Exhibition : 6 - 19 septembre 2008, Atelier Agosta
“Reflets – Réflexions”
“Spiegelungen – Reflektionen”
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