Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but litter seems no longer confined to ‘rubbish such as paper, cans, and bottles left lying in an open or public place‘ as Woolly Muses defines it in this post. Below a couple of photos of an, only too familiar sight in Dutch streets nowadays…
It is only too easy to blame this growing global (?) trend on George W. Bush’ rallying cry ‘And I encourage you all to go shopping more‘ in an attempt to avoid the last major global crisis the 2008 recession really was. (If only he were alone in this; many of our so-called leaders have followed suite in order to spend our way out of a self created mess.)
This ratrace towards maximum prosperity and more, newer, better and latest consumption goods obviously creats a flood of discarded old durables (once they were) we have difficulty dealing with. So these old durables are fast becoming the new litter in our cities’ streets.
And I shit you not, all these photos were taken in the Hague, The Netherlands over the past year or so.
This photo was taken a couple of years ago in the streets of Cairo, Egypt. It’s an abandoned VW Beetle with a Dutch license plate. We even export our shit…
Meanwhile, if you’re really that bored, try and read this…
This building is part of the Calypso complex, designed by the English architect William Alsop. They finished erecting it only in 2013. The building symbolizes the flow from the newly build city center and the old Western part of the city.
Info in English on the Calypso? Just follow this link.
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Barcelona Doors is my entry for this week’s Thursday Doors, which is hosted by Norm Frampton.
We came across these neglected doors wandering through some of the back alleys of Barcelona. Some might call these more than a bit neglected. But just pause for a moment and try and see the sheer beauty of them.
Majestic Glow • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is as brutally simple as imaginative: ‘I think that the interesting part of this challenge will be your choice of direction with the theme of Glow…will you opt for the glow of an ember, a firefly, or the glowing praise that is heaped on a great performance? There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!’
Isn’t she just glowing majestically? I took this photo from a moving bus in the harbor of the City of Rotterdam. Hence the reflections at the bottom part. Incidentally, the ship named after the city was moored in its home harbor at the time we passed it. In order to make this lady glow like this I had to do some (extensive) post prod in Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I took the original photo with my iPhone XR.
For a peek at my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, called Peace, click here.
‘There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.’Pablo Picasso
So I gave that a try:
This photo is not of some abstract art. Rather it is a close up of a ceramic bowl on display in the Kunstmuseum in the Hague.
Piet Mondrian had the following to say about this subject of abstract:
‘Non-figurative art is created by establishing a dynamic rhythm of determinate mutual relations which excludes the formation of any particular form.‘
Taken like this, this photo of another bowl on permanent display in this museum is a piece of abstract art. Just as the photo above. But the reality I’ve removed – the bowl as a particular form – has created the first part of Mondrian’s viewpoint.
Here’s another example (whether you label this as art is beside the point, it is abstract):
This is a close up of a picture of the inside of a nuclear plant or something like that. It gets its abstract qualities by losing its meaning altogether. In this case by re-framing an already non-familiar object of sorts by just highlighting a subsection of it.
So far, I’ve used ‘objects of reality’ like already existing pieces of art or highly unfamiliar objects as a source to create something abstract. But that is not always necessary:
Whether you like this or not – rate it as art or rubbish (I do hope the latter) – it does ponder the question: what did ‘reality’ look like then? This was my original photo:
Do you always re-frame reality to create something abstract? Absolutely in my mind, but I’m open to other points-of-view. I am capable of re-framing reality into something abstract by taking something physical as my starting point. Hence I’m not an artist and am I not producing art, merely some abstract ‘nonsense’ such as this:
Then what makes for good abstract art?
Please do not get me wrong… I’m a fan of abstract art. Good abstract art. Abstract art that comes from a vision. As a good Dutch kid I was spoon fed with the work of Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, and the other of their De Stijl movement contemporaries. In the early 1980s I was a co-owner of a gallery specialized in Sōsaku Hanga (modern prints).
The paragraphs above are merely the summation of various conversations (as far as I can still recall these after 40 years) I had with the master of Japanese abstract art, Toko Shinoda. She said about her way of working:
‘Certain forms float up in my mind’s eye. Aromas, a blowing breeze, a rain-drenched gust of wind…the air in motion, my heart in motion. I try to capture these vague, evanescent images of the instant and put them into vivid form.’
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