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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Family Ties

in response to Nancy's A Photo a Week Challenge - BIRDS

In the gutter

in response to Paula's Thursday's Special - FORBIDDING
Whether you are going to post photos of unwelcoming spaces, frightening things, and dreadful scenes or look for a menacing sky or just edit your photos to give them a grim appearance it is up to your creativity and imagination.

sewer under Brussels

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monochrome Madness

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness 2 - 51 - CLOSE UP

Belgian National Day 21.07.2013.

Wind in my hair

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

a fine day for a bike ride along the Nete river in Flanders (Belgium)

Niels all alone

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Lier, Belgium
unlike in Brussels, Easter Sunday was calm in Lier

Monday, March 28, 2016


in response to Stacy's One Photo Focus - APRIL

in April we are editing Cee Neuner's photo:

here's what I have come up with:

I cheated a bit
after basic enhancement in Lightroom ( contrast, highlights/shadows, whites/blacks and clarity)
I took it to Color Efex Pro 4  and applied 2 filters: Solarisation & Skylight

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Finally Spring

Cardinal is hosting The Changing Seasons for the second year
The idea is to capture all the changes of one location throughout the year: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day

This year we can choose (or combine) Version 1 or Version 2:
 V1  Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery (only new shots)
V2 Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your   interpretation of the month
I will be presenting downtown Brussels in B&W in V1 

starting underground....

... deeper underground into the sewers of Brussels

 fresh air

Mont des Arts

 The Royal Library of Belgium

Grand Place

Place St. Géry

Place Sainte Catherine

Rue du Marché aux Herbes

Rue du Midi

B&W Sunday

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - LOW-KEY
This week you are asked to make a low-key photograph. You can shoot it as such or maybe obtain the chiaroscuro effect in post processing.  As a linguist I will also appreciate alternative interpretations of low-key that do not necessarily imply contrast spot lighting, so you can approach the subject as “discrete”, “secretive”, “understated”. 

SHADOW Shot Sunday

in response to SHADOW Shot Sunday

Friday, March 18, 2016

B&W Weekend

in response to The Weekend in B&W


share a photo of something that appears like dance to you — whether you choose to focus on objects, animals, or people (actually dancing, or not), try to capture the rhythm in their movement

gymnast practicing jumps

SKYwatch Friday

in response to SKYwatch Friday

gymnast practicing jumps

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"When you play...

... never mind who listens to you"
R. Schumann

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE (12)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Les « Noirauds », défilé généreux ou parade colonialiste

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Les NOIRAUDS (=Blacks)
the controversial parade of the charity organisation L'Œuvre Royale des Berceaux Princesse Paola – Conservatoire Africain

the members dress up in tail coats, top hats, white ruffled collars with their faces painted black representing an 'African notable' and take to the streets in Brussels’ old town to raise funds for disadvantaged children.

The Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, has drawn criticism over a decision to parade in central Brussels wearing black face paint and a white ruffled collar in 2015. He tweeted a photograph of himself at the parade on 14 March, and wrote a blog post extolling the “joy and good humour” of the 133-year-old tradition, saying it helps raise funds for disadvantaged children.

Not everyone was feeling so charitable. 

“Defending racism by saying it’s ‘tradition’ is ludicrous, yet that’s how some in Belgium are reacting to their blackfaced foreign minister,” tweeted Andrew Stroehlein, media director in Europe for Human Rights Watch. 

The Nigerian-born author Chika Unigwe, based in Belgium, criticized lingering colonialist attitudes.“In other civilized countries his political career wouldn’t survive this, but in Belgium he just continues, Nothing’s changed since the days of Leopold.” ( referring to Belgium’s King Leopold II, who plundered the Congo for more than two decades, running it as his own private factory to produce rubber until 1908, when he was forced to give up control. Millions of Congolese are believed to have died under his rule.) 

Sunny day

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Mechelen, Belgium
kanaal Leuven-Dijle

Monochrome Madness

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness

The National Archives