Numbers on a Jaguar C-type • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Numbers on Jaguar side • Tuesday Photo Challenge lead picture

Numbers on a Jaguar C-type• Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Numbers. What you see in this photo is a rare, street legal Jaguar C-type racer en face. Complete with the license plate numbers.

Numbers on Jaguar front • Tuesday Photo Challenge full

This historic beauty had just come into the shop for its regular maintenance and a much needed tune-up after its latest adventure. The 90th anniversary edition of the famous (notorious might be a better word) Mille Miglia.

The Mille Miglia

This thousand mile race (as its name says in Italian) ran from 1927 to 1957. After it was resumed in 1977, the “Mille Miglia” has been reborn as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered to) the original race.

Mille-Miglia-Arrow

The route (Brescia–Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure/arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.

Numbers on a Jaguar C-type

This particular Jaguar had entered the Mile Miglia twice in recent years. As the stickers on the side say the 2011 edition, as well as the 2017 special 90th anniversary edition. Judging by its starting number of 468, the car was seen as a somewhat serious contender. From 1949, cars were assigned numbers according to their start time. For example, the 1955 Moss/Jenkinson car (which won the race that very year), #722, left Brescia at 07:22. While the first cars had started at 21:00 the previous day. In the early days of the race even winners needed 16 hours or more, so most competitors had to start before midnight and arrived after dusk – if at all. (Source: Wikipedia)

Numbers on Jaguar side • Tuesday Photo Challenge full

The cockpit

The cockpit-like interior shows that racing this C-type was anything but relaxing. Try to imagine racing it for more than 16 hours straight on Italian roads.

The C-type interior • Tuesday Photo Challenge

While the seat looks somewhat comfortable, I can assure you its not. It even lacks a headrest.

I took these photos in the shop of Kooij Cars in the Hague with a Nikon Coolpix D500. Minor colour editing in post with Apple Photos.

For my previous submission in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Insane51 Berlin Mural • Monday Mural

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Insane51 Berlin Mural • Monday Mural.

We found this mural at the foot of the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin.

Berlin Mural • Monday Mural

With the help of scooj (https://scooj.org/ and see his comment below) the artist is a Greek by the name Insane51. It is kind of a 3D mural, with a blue lens you get to see the woman, with a red lens her skeleton.

Sami then pointed this YouTube video out:

Insane51 Berlin Mural

That also led me to his video of how he makes his art:

How Insane51 works…

Discovered on December 3, 2018. Entry in Sami’s challenge February 17. For more of my entries, see for instance this.

All-in-all I find this ‘collaboration’ of an Insane51 fan for this Monday Mural post truly great!

Fandango's Friday Flashback • February 14

Andy Warhol's Lines

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • February 14. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Andy Warhol’s lines’ on #FFF is from October 14, that I wrote for Becky B.‘s Lines and Squares challenge.

Andy Warhol’s lines • Becky’s Lines & Squares #14

Andy Warhol’s lines

Andy Warhol's lines

Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 14, which is sparked by Victoria C. Slotto’s post Warhol-Pop Art in Words. A wonderful explanation and tribute to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He’s up there with Edward Hopper and Tamara de Lempicka. Of these three, he’s truly the one who democratized art. Mostly just by idolizing ‘household brands’.

The Whitney Museum of Modern Arts wrote the following on this piece:

Green Coca-Cola Bottles was created the year that Andy Warhol developed his pioneering silkscreen technique, which allowed him to produce his paintings through a mechanical process that paralleled his use of mass culture subjects. Here, the image of a single Coca-Cola bottle is repeated in regular rows, seven high by sixteen across, above the company’s logo. The repetitive imagery and standardized format evokes the look of mechanical reproduction, but the black outlines were probably stamped by hand from a single carved woodblock onto green areas printed in a grid pattern. This engenders subtle differences in the work’s pattern; each of the bottles differs in both the evenness of the green underpainting and in the clarity of its stamped profile. The bottles are also often slightly askew, disturbing the overall regularity of the grid and making them appear simultaneously handmade and individualized, streamlined and mass-produced. In his deadpan and ironic way, Warhol at once criticized and glorified the consumerist idols and surface values of America’s media-saturated postwar culture. “A Coke is a Coke,” he explained, “and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.

I hope you like this tribute on Fandango’s Flashback Friday.

Abandoned • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Abandoned bicycle

Abandoned • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is my entry for this week’s episode of this challenge. A.k.a. Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Unicycles. But I’d like to put this into a somewhat different context. That the recession is well past us is something we all know. Consumption is on the rise…still. Especially the consumption of durable consumption goods (see the table at the end of this post for instance). Here’s the thing though: I’ve often wondered whether this is a good sign. Since most ‘markets’, especially those for durable consumer goods, are saturated.

What can this mean?

Which means basically that for every purchase of something new, something old gets discarded. And it shows. Bicycles, motorcycles, HiFi’s, even cars are abandoned unceremoniously in the streets. Around the problem of illegally dumped bicycles in the Netherlands I’ve already written a short post. To show that abandoned old and tired consumer durables is however a real and global problem see for instance the below photos.

Abandoned stuff

Abandoned Honda • CB&W
Abandoned motorcycle, Cadaquès, Catalunia, Spain. Photographed February 6, 2020.
Abandoned vintage radio • CB&W
Abandoned Philips vintage radio. Photographed in The Hague, January 9, 2020.
Abandoned toilet • CB&W
Abandoned toilet, Cadaquès, Catalunia, Spain. Photographed February 4, 2020.
Discarded bicycle • CB&W
Discarded bicycle. Photographed in The Hague, January 7, 2020

I’ve got tons more of these pictures taken in the streets of Amsterdam, The Hague, Cairo. I’ll be posting these off and on.

What do I hope to accomplish with this post?

So…what do I hope to accomplish with this post to a select, presumably higher than averagely educated audience such as you? Well for starters, T H I N K if you really need that new piece of stuff before you acquire it. And I’m sure that you do, because don’t we all love new toys? So when you do buy that new shiny toy you/we so desperately need, T H I N K what you will do with your old one. Make sure it’s being recycled? Give it a new life by giving it away to a second hand shop? Whatever, as long as you do not abandon it without giving it any thought. We’re drowning in enough shit as it is…

Here’s the promised table:

Source: CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics). This table reflects just the consumption in the Netherlands.

Cadaquès Mural • Monday Mural

Sailor Mural • Monday Mural 16:9

Cadaquès Mural • Monday Mural. Walking around Cadaquès, Catalunia, Spain we discovered a walled way full of graffiti and murals. Here’s a selection. All of the artists are unknown…

Cadaquès Mural • Monday Mural
Jesus & Rat Mural • Monday Mural
Sailor Mural • Monday Mural
Orbitz Mural • Monday Mural

Discovered on February 10, 2020. Entry in Sami’s challenge February 10. For more of my entries, see for instance this

Cry for Action • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Action Lead • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Cry for Action • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Action. Ive taken a slight slant on the word ‘action’. I was walking around the city of Rotterdam at the end of January. What was unavoidably to notice was the cry for some action of shopkeepers in their (losing?) battle against online sales.

Action7 • Tuesday Photo Challenge
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Two things surprised me:
1. the variety of outlets. While my impression was that clothing stores were having to resort to these tactics, what I saw was electronics stores all the way to a jewelry store aggressively discounting their wares.
2. the use of the English language. But I guess it’s a bit more chic to use another language…

Took these photos with a Leica V-LUX 2. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected them in post!

For my previous submissions in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, Common, Moroccan Portal, Psychedelic Ride or the Queen of Lazy Mischief.