A River Runs Through It • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89

Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89

Amy’s challenge of ‘A River Runs Through It’ made me think at first of that wonderfully melodramatic Springsteen song ‘The River’. For those who want to relive that wonderfully, cynically romantic mood again, I’ve included a link to my favorite performance of it. Ah, those childhood memories of innocently skinny dipping in the river Eem on a hot summer’s day have long since made space for associations of a river running through a city.

Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Lighthouse by the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Lighthouse by the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Bridge over the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Bridge over the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Water Taxis in the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Water Taxis in the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89

The promised link to that wonderful song then…

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Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

Rope • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

I had to think about Ann-Christine’s challenge of ‘chaos’ for a while. First instinct is to somehow symbolize the chaotic time of today. First order of the day then was to look up what the exact definition of chaos is. There were 4 alternative meanings mentioned in the Lexicon dictionary. Of which I found only the first ‘actionable’ so to speak: ‘Complete disorder and confusion.‘ The photo on top of this page I think symbolizes that. And so does the one below.

Chaotic junk • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Chaotic junk • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

These 2 photos have in common that they give us the impression that the chaos could, with some effort and inspired thinking, well be ‘restored’ to a phase of order. As, in my view, a lot of the chaos we’re facing in our lives can be restored, or changed if you will, into a phase that resembles the ‘normalcy’, order in which we can thrive as a person, as a couple and as a (global) society. ‘All it takes is everybody taking a little, and in turn giving a little more back’ my son wrote, with the naivety so characteristic of a 15 year old, as the concluding sentence in a high-school essay years ago.
Which, if you think about for a moment, is what all the greats like Gandhi had been saying all along (albeit with other words).

What lacks however is the will to do so. Just kicking in the proverbial open door.

Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

Chaos camouflaged as order

There is however another danger lurking in the chaos around us. When it presents itself as seemingly straightforward issues, cases etc., but if you try and find the source of things it gets to be mucky, chaotic and often impossible .

Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly 2 • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

These two photos are symbolic of that. The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 and the ensuing farce over who is ultimately responsible are a prime example of this.

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Treasure Hunt • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #85

Fisherman setting out to sea in Cuba at sunset • Lens-Artists #85

The #85 edition of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge by Tina urges us to go on a ‘Treasure Hunt’ in your photo library. For details, see the link.

Challenge items

Fisherman setting out to sea in Cuba at sunset • Lens-Artists #85
Fisherman setting out to sea in Cuba at sunset • Lens-Artists #85

While the setting sun is a bit of an after-thought, here’s a more obvious and cliché one. Notice the outline of the moon right above the sun.

Setting sun over the sea • Lens-Artists #85
Setting sun over the sea • Lens-Artists #85
Little bird haughtily turning its back
Little bird haughtily turning its back
My late friend Bulletje
My late friend Bulletje
A funny sign • Lens•Artists #85
A funny sign
Once I was a bicycle
Basilica of Our Lady • Lens-Artists
Basilica of Our Lady • Maastricht • The Netherlands
A double decker airplane
A double decker airplane
Water taxis • Lens-Artists #85
Water Taxis on a cold morning

Extra credit items

Portrait of a Flamengo guitarist in Cuba
Portrait of a Flamenco guitarist in Cuba
Portrait of a fruit salesman in Cuba
Portrait of a fruit salesman in Cuba
Unusual place to have dinner • Moroccan desert • Lens-Artists
Unusual place to have dinner • Moroccan desert
An animal you don't normally see
An animal you don’t normally see

So, this treasure hunt of the #85 Lens-Artists Photo Challenge seriously depleted my photo library.

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Narrow • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #84

narrow • octopus • Lens-Artists

In the #84 edition of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge the glove that Amy has thrown us is to find something ‘Narrow’. Streets in Southern Europe sprang to mind, but a quick browse through the entrees into this challenge revealed it’s been done.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as narrow. It does makes sense in Dutch though…

Narrow • eels intertwined • lens-artists
Narrow • Octopus • lens-artists

Narrow they are, at least in Dutch, as well as original. At least I never saw eels and an octopus on display in a museum before. I hope you saw them first on this #84 Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

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Miura in Red • Lens-Artists Challenge #81

Miura en face • Lens-Artists#81 landscape

Miura in Red • Lens-Artists Challenge #81. In this edition Patti invites us ‘to a photo scavenger hunt to find things that are red. I have this thing for Italian sports cars in red. British, German, even American sports cars don’t look so naturally good in red. It is as if they were designed in this color. So in this 81st edition of the Lens-Artists photo challenge it’s high time to feature the most beautiful sportscar ever made,the Lamborghini Miura. Now that this legendary – and at the time revolutionary – beauty is almost 55 years old!
It’s been a childhood dream of mine to ever own one. A dream that will stay a dream I’m afraid, since the Miura auctions for around US$ 2 million!

So i had to do a scavenger hunt on the net for photos. The one and only time I sat in a Miura is some 20 years ago when the owner broke all records in a drive around Lago di Ledro in Italy.

Miura en face • Lens-Artists#81
Miura in Red, en face • Lens-Artists#81

As said, by far the most beautiful sports car ever built, the Miura was designed by the studios of Nuccio Bertone. Designer Marcello Gandini is most credited with the car’s gorgeous shape.

Miura in Red en profile
Miura in Red, en profile

It took just four months to turn an experimental chassis into this beautiful road car that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1971. Note for the puritans: it was shown there in a hideous shade of green, Verde Metallizata. But in my mind there’s only one Miura. A Miura in red.

Miura in Red at an angle
Miura in Red at an angle

For the photo credits: Miura in Red, en face click here. The other 2 photos click here.

So far for Miura in Red for this Lens-Artists Challenge #81. You can find more entries in photo challenges here.

Leading Lines • Lens-Artists Challenge #80

Mehr Licht • Leading Lines • Lens-Artists#80

Leading Lines • Lens-Artists Challenge #80. In this week’s edition Tina’s line ‘It’s not so much what you put into your image as it is where you want the viewer’s eye to go and how you get them there’ almost leapt off the page.

Mehr Licht • Leading Lines • Lens-Artists#80
Mehr Licht

Paradoxically, the way (I think) the leading lines in this photo work is that they initially draw the eye to the left, into the direction of ‘Mehr’ (meaning more), the darker side of the photo. Only in the second instance the eye moves to the lighter side of the image. Towards the word “LICHT’, meaning light.

Cuban dusk • Water Water Everywhere
Clothes Line

In this photo with a leading lines story there’s no such paradox I think. The eye moves along the clothes line from the darker left side to the lighter right side. Only then it ‘tumbles downward’ into the lake and only then moves to the right.

Willemsbrug • Leading Lines • Lens-Artists#80
Willemsbrug Rotterdam

In this photo the leading lines speak for them self. The eye is drawn towards the center of the photo.

So far for my viewpoint on Leading Lines for Lens-Artists #80. You can find more entries in photo challenges here.

WARNING: Window on nudity • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #79

Window with a view 1 •Lens-Artists #79

Having lived on the border of the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam for years, this edition of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – a window with a view – took me immediately back to that period. Pounds upon pounds of female flesh – sitting or standing behind windows – gazed upon by either largely male or tourist crowds. When living there, there’s is absolutely no sexual lure whats however. Instead I learned much of these ladies’ first names, and from some even their background on my walks from where I had parked my car to home. Waving to them, chatting with them and even having coffee with them. But rest assured, that was as far as my interactions with these ladies went.

WARNING: Window on nudity

But rather than photograph them, which feels kind of cheap and easy, I found the below picture in my files. It reminded me of a stupid little ‘joke’ of one male duck saying to another when the bouncer of a strip club had refused them: ‘let’s go to China Town. They display the ladies nude there in the window of restaurants’. You’re not laughing…good…always thought this was a little too pathetic to become so popular is those days.

Window with a view 1 • Lens-Artists #79
Waiting to become a Peking Duck

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Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78

Skyline •Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78

This edition of Lens-Artists I found not to be the easiest. The challenge being ‘Now we are looking forward to seeing Your very special spot shots – maybe a room in your home, a garden, a mountain, a city, an exhibition, a lovely café…a place that is special to you!’

‘A place…’ Singular. While I have so many hunting grounds. But if I have to settle on one, it is the city of The Hague. Not just because I live here, which makes it easy, but for a variety of other reasons…

It is one of the few cities in the Netherlands with a skyline

Skyline •Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
Skyline •Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

It has a formidable Chinatown

Skyline •Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
Chinatown • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

It houses the Kunstmuseum in modern art. One of my favorite musea.

Skyline •Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
KunstMuseum • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

There are still loads of abandoned bicycles littering the streets

Abandoned • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
Abandoned • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists.jpg

…or they’re being dredged up from the countless canals

Dredged up • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
Dredged up • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

…or they are abandoned in one of the parks

Abandoned in the park • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists
Abandoned in the park • Special Spot Shots • Lens-Artists

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Favorite Photos of 2019 • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #77

Favorite Photos of 2019 • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #77

A round-up of my favorite photos of 2019 proved harder than I initially thought. I hate killing my babies. Hope you appreciate the survivors.

Looking at it as a gallery, one thing becomes clear: it’s a bit of a mixed bag. I don’t have settled on one specific style (yet). The way each of these photos turned out has for the largest part to do with a challenge in mind. Obviously.
The only other thing I’d like to mention is that all photos were taken with an iPhone. Either an iPhone 6 or an iPhone XR.

Favorite Photos of 2019 • 6 word story
One of my favorite 6 word stories
Favorite Photos of 2019 • Peace
Peace
Favorite Photos of 2019
Alternatively
Favorite Photos of 2019
Korean Doors
Favorite Photos of 2019
Signage Volkshotel
Favorite Photos of 2019
Red
Light
Mist
Atomic winter
No trespassing
G L O W
Favorite Photos 2019 12
Peacefully quiet

On Display • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #76

On Display • lens-artists 16:9

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #76 • On Display

‘On Display’ so to speak is part of Thierry Mugler fabulous haute couture creations in a must-see exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. For those of you where the mention of the name Thierry Mugler only rings a faint bell in the distance, here’s a brief attempt to refresh those grey cells into working order.

On Display • lens-artists Thierry Mugler Kunsthal
On Display: Thierry Mugler

To quote the site in the above link, Thierry Mugler is ‘undeniably artistic figure – visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer’. You can find more on this famous couturier here.

I’ll leave you with one more, albeit blurry, photo taken of a film on display in this wonderful exhibition:

on display thierry mugler woman on fire
On Display: Thierry Mugler • On fire

Thierry Mugler is on display until March 2020, so if you’re in the neighbourhood…

Especially since Museum Boijmans is closed due to reconstruction.