Visiting 

@momentum

Last Saturday was the opening of @momentum, a creative project of fotogroep Cycloop together with two photographers of the Special Art Foundation. The attendees were numerous and enthusiastic. The response was positive and varied.   The Participants are:  Maggy Van Raemdonck, Herman Huys, Ovide Windey, Marie De Maesschalck, Lars Muylaert, Lode Stroobandt. Each artist has his/her own style. Ovide is  looking for the “Stone City” and makes stil lifes, Marie shows old and new work, mainly portraits, Maggy is photographing her own environment, Norbert is the poet of the group and for the first time he is presenting pictures in poetrystyle,…

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Analogue Stuff Visiting 

London Analogue Festival

This weekend I visited the london analogue festival. This festival takes place every year. This year my analog photograms where selected and exhibited at OXO Tower Warf. This building is an empty factory with spaces on 5 floors. On each floor there are 3 rooms, decorated as galleries. Afterwards I have visited one of the largest stores in London where you can buy analogue products:  Silverprint. And I did 😉 The next stop was Tate Modern, an old power plant. A fantastic panorama inside and outside.

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Visiting Workshops 

Enjoying a workshop

Last week I attended a workshop at the studio of Blauwhof  to learn the technique of photopolymer etching. A new world has opened up for me. As a base I used photos converted to a photosensitive material that is laminated on a copper plate. After development, I have an image that I inked and then printed on papier. A fascinating technique which I want to continue. In the final design, I used chinese ink on a transparent sheet to obtain a drawing: a beautiful and subtle drawing arise.  

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Visiting 

Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray

Last Thursday I went with some colleagues to Rotterdam to see this exhibition. This visit was primarily intended to enjoy the works of Man Ray but when I saw the works of Brancusi and Rosso it was a revelation to me. The three artists have the photography in common, not only as an endproduct but also as a working tool for there disciplines: how to improve the composition and the different ways how the light illuminate their objects. In three different places you could make your own work. In the studio of…

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Visiting 

Museum Guislain in Ghent

Until June 30 of next year, there is an exhibition about war and trauma in the museum Guislain in Ghent.Besides the many photos there are also paintings, drawings and sculptures to see. One of the most shocking work that there is to see is  the famous collagework of James Nachtwey “The Sacrifice”. This work that consists of 60 photographs taken at various places like Kosovo, Rwanda and other hellholes where there are warconflicts. I recommend this expo. The pictures of Tim Dirven and Stephan Van Fleteren are also in the expo.…

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Photo Fair Picture of the DAY Visiting 

Paris Photo 15/11 – 17/11

It is already the 3e time that they organize Paris Photo in the capital of France. Yearly there is a Photofair one year in Paris, the other year in Los Angeles.Together with a few student I went to see the 164 exhibitors of this photofair. Not only the building was amazing but to see so much pictures in one place……. This fair is bigger than the one of Fotofever Brussels. I hope  I can join next Paris Photo in Los Angeles and visit the rest of the States.

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Photo Fair Visiting 

FotoFever 2013 Tour&Taxis

This weekend I visited Photo Fever in Tour & Taxis Brussels.It is an international PhotoFair, already organized for the 5th time. Galleries from all over the world were present.The next edition will be in Paris, the WE of 15-17 november.There was a portrait of one of my favorite photographers Erwin Olaf made by Alex Timmermans.I had the opportunity to show my pictures.Luck was on my side, I had the last place to have a enlightening conversation with a  Polish gallery owner. To be continued.

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Picture of the DAY Visiting 

Unseen Photo Fair 2e Edition

Last weekend I visited Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam. The location was the former Westgasfabriek, from where, since the industrial revolution, the gas was stored and distributed to the homes in the city. On this fascinating site  this second edition of Unseen was organized.There were fifty different international galleries.Only one Belgian gallery was present: Stieglitz 19.Most of the photos were of young photographers.The entire site was occupied by the photofair.Bookmarket: various publishers, bookshop selling books, living room movie projection of one of the episodes of Kunstuur from the Dutch television Avro.In one…

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Visiting 

Kröller-Müller Museum

This week Tuesday I visited the Kröller-Müller Museum near Arnhem.This museum has a permanent collection of Impressionist, Expressionist and Cubistart from 1870 to the present. Besides the permanent exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries was the temporary exhibition review by Jan Fabre. He is one of my favorite artists. There were many of his works, old and new, which I had not seen. It is worth visiting this exhibition, a half day is needed to fully enjoy the deviousness of artworks. One of the fascinating works of Jan Fabre was seen in the great hall of the museum. In the Royal Palace in Brussels, he dressed a ceiling with thousands of beetles. He has taken a piece of this ceiling mounted thereon a wax figure of a black man, with lashes on his back, and other works in the same room linked with the Belgian-Congolese history. Symbols such as Cote d’Or, cut off hands, Leopold II, diamonds, the Belgian franc ……. As fan I bought the book Hortus Corpus: the body of a garden.

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Visiting 

Musée de la Photographie – Charleroi

Yesterday, with a number of students I visited the museum in charleroi. After a drive of more than 1 1/2 hour  we arrived. It was already several years since I had visited this museum. Besides the extensive permanent collection of old cameras, old photographs of masterpieces and contemporary pictures, now there are three exhibitions to see. LeonardFreed, an American photographer who took images in the society especially in a tightmanner. Lueck Simon took pictures of older women and placed them in a separated environment and recorded the women with amazing views. Fernand Demeunier: in the early ’40 he took portraits in a special way starting with a softfocuslens and processed through a specific experimental procedure. This gives an almost quaint atmosphere. Besides the  exhibitions there  is an extensive permanent collection. The most famous photographers have one or more works in the collection. My favorites are: Andres Serrano, who is known for his extreme and shocking images: corpses photographed in the morgue, his pispictures and extreme sexually explicit images. Duane Michals: he is the one who inspired me to become a photographer. He is known for his visual storytelling. During my studies I made several sequences with D. Michals as inspiration. One of the projects I want to…

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