Nostalgic • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #75

I miss me. Nostalgia

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #75 • Nostalgic

Tina opens this challenge with a quote from Margaret Fairless Barber: ‘To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.’

While its positivity is something I can inherently relate to, my Parkinson Disease infused nostalgic moods tend to lock me up into something like:

I miss me. Nostalgia
Nostalgia • Found this photo a while back in a Facebook group of Parkinson patients.

I’ve only started cautiously writing about my PD recently, yesterday as a matter of fact. See this link if you’re interested. I need to thank several people for this therapeutic form of writing. First and foremost my girlfriend Heleen Arends, who I owe my sanity to…and so much more, and finally Cee Neuner who gave me the final encouragement.

Somewhere in between those two is my parkinson psychologist Roy Kuiper, who, amongst many other valuable ‘things’, has the following piece of ‘direction’ on his whiteboard:

nostalgia • roy's whiteboard quote

This translates into something like;
• is my thought right?
• does my thought help?

This pulls me back every time one of my nostalgic moods tend to start bordering on self-pity…or worse.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74 • Abstract

Abstract bowl up close 2

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74 • Abstract

‘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.

Abstract bowl up close 2

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.’

elation• toko shinoda

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Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71

Creepy • goats heads 16:9

Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 In her post Leya gives a dictionary definition of this week’s theme ‘creepy’: ‘causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease’.

Creepy • goats heads

I have had more than my fair share of creepy foods to eat. No…fortunately spooning a brain out of a live monkeys head wasn’t one of those. But one of my worst experiences was having to eat sashimi out of an alive flatfish’s back. This was in Hokaido, Japan at a dinner hosted by a few high ranking Dentsu officials. Dentsu as in the largest single advertising company in the world (6000+ employees) and being a major shareholder in the ad agency in Tokyo I worked for at the time. The image of the fish gasping while people were literally devouring it, kept me awake for most of that night.

Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

But by far the creepiest food experience was at a dinner table of an extremely hospitable Morrocan family we had met earlier that day when touring the inland’s of that country. Towards the end of the meal being we were served some deep fried balls that were simply delicious. When I asked what it was the host told me it was a rather old family secret. But he was willing to show me what it was if I came with him early the next morning to the local souk.
When we arrived there around 7 am he took me well into the back of the market where he suddenly stopped and pointed to these goats heads. What I had simply devoured the evening before where deep fried goats eye-balls. Needless to say I had to fight to keep dinner and breakfast in as I looked at those glassed-over eyes. Never again…

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