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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

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"


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.

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 30 July 2011

Exposition 31 juillet - 13 août 2011 à Collobrières

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)

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Tuesday 24 May 2011

New York! (4) Reflections

Building Styles

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.

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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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Thursday 18 March 2010

Exhibition - Exposition - Ausstellung

Two Exhibitions in One - deux expositions en une :

* Reflets - Réflexions
* Portraits

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

Expo Reflets-Réflexions Avril 2010 Expo Portraits avril 2010

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Tuesday 15 September 2009

London - money and art

Paternoster Square, London

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 times...

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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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Monday 16 February 2009

Reflets - réflexions : Port d'Hyères

Port d'Hyères, soir

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.

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Thursday 28 August 2008

Exposition de photos à Collobrières / Atelier de portraits

Exposition / Exhibition : 6 - 19 septembre 2008, Atelier Agosta

Mat dansant

“Reflets – Réflexions”
“Spiegelungen – Reflektionen”

"Mat dansant"

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