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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Music

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

Tallin, Estonia
concert at Niguliste church
The Tiffin Boys’ Choir has been one of the few state school choirs to have been continually at the forefront of the choral music scene in Britain. They have worked with all the London orchestras and perform regularly with the Royal Opera. Recent engagements have included Mahler 8 (Philharmonia/Salonen), Boris Godunov (Mariinsky/Gergiev), the UK premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, the soundtrack for The Hobbit at Abbey Road Studios, appearing on set in the film Philomena, and Titanic Live! with James Horner. The choir gives regular concerts in London and tours regularly, including in recent years Australia, China, Czech Republic, Tallinn and St Petersburg.
They have made recordings of most of the orchestral repertoire that includes boys’ choir. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Circle of life

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness

Berlin
Bundestag's Dome

Waiting

in response to Paula's Thursday's Special - WAITING

Brussels

Earth

in response to Daily Post - EARTH
This week, share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors

Hverir (Iceland)...
is a geothermal area at the foothill of volcanic mountain Namafjall 

with boiling sulphurous mud springs  
and steaming fumaroles

fumarole is an opening in a planet's crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam forms when super heated water vaporizes as its pressure drops when it emerges from the ground.

Which Way


Berlin
panorama view from Victory Column

Tug of war

in response to Wordless Wednesday

Berlin

Shoot me

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday -  STEPS AND STAIRS

Berlin
The Soviet War Memorial ( in Tiergarten) is one of several war memorials in Berlin, capital city of Germany, erected by the Soviet Union to commemorate its war dead, particularly the 80,000 soldiers of the Soviet Armed Forces who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May 1945.

Empty shelves

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Berlin
Book burning memorial at Bebelplatz

The subterranean bookshelves could accommodate about 20,000 books - and remind at the approximately 20,000 books, which the Nazis burnt on May 10th, 1933 on this place: works by journalists, writers, scientists and philosophers, seen as a threat to the Nazi ideology
You can only see into the chamber from above, through a glass panel you cannot go inside.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Goldelse

in response to Our World Tuesday

Berlin
The Victory Column

"Golden Lizzie," as it is known in Berlin slang, was build in commemoration of Prussia’s victory in the German-Danish war in 1864. In the course of a few years, two additional victorious wars were added: the German war of 1866 against Austria and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1.

The 8,3 metre high bronze sculpture weighing 35 tonnes, created by Friedrich Drake, represents victory goddess Victoria wearing a helmet and holding a laurel wreath in one hand and, in the other, a staff bearing an iron cross.

It appears in video spot Stay (Faraway, So Close!) of the rock band U2. Several scenes were shot from the air around the Victory Column (Siegessäule) and Bono is standing on the statue. Later we see all of the band on the statue.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On the lookout

in response to Wordless Wednesday

Brussels
young photographer at Skatepark Place de la Chapelle

Monday, April 10, 2017

Traces of the Past

In response to Paula's B&W Sunday - TRACES OF THE PAST

The painting is located on a building by the Porte de Flandre. It is a reproduction of detail from a work by 16th-century Italian painter Caravaggio. It depicts the patriarch Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac on God’s orders, only to be restrained by an angel.

"The painter did it without ladders. He could get the paint job with a roller brush with a retractable telescopic handle, "says an anonymous witness. "Starting from a small sketch on paper he put the work in color on the wall. In two and a half hours it was off. "

At the beginning of 2017 a few controversial murals appeared in Brussels. A dead body hanging upside down, struggling child with a knife to his neck, male & female genitalia high up on the walls of residential buildings. Some residents were shocked and many media outlets reported about complaints by some of the locals. The Bulletin magazine wrote that Brussels-City mayor Yvan Mayeur had said the painting could be seen as a call to violence, while Ans Persoons, Councillor in charge of culture and city planning said “I find it much too violent, and want to see it disappear as soon as possible.” The others, like the Flemish Minister for Culture and Brussels Sven Gatz expressed another view. He thinks that “art is free. Forbidden to forbid. Or are we going to ban Caravaggio as well?” (source We love Brussels)


Shoulder ride

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Brussels

Not for faint-hearted

in response to Monday Murals

A series of controversial murals appeared in Brussels.
According to different sources, the mural(s) were painted by unknown artists, although I don't see how a painting of such a dimension and position could have been realized without anyone noticing it.
Björn Van Poucke from Belgium Street Artists says for Bruzz: "Street artists often use scaffolding or a crane, but that was not the case here,". "I guess he just tied a rope at the top of the building, then lowerd systematically. It may sound dangerous, but in South America, almost all street artists work that way. It is obviously not easy to close the contours to draw such a great job while dangling from a rope in the air, but therein lies the talent of the street artist, "Van Poucke laughs.


The inspiration for this one seems to come from the Dutch painter Jan De Baen and his painting "The Corpses of  De Witt brothers" referring to a bloody lynching of the brothers De Witt, two historic Dutch political figures from 17th century whose bodies were horribly mutilated and their hearts were carved out to be exhibited as trophies.

The works arouse much debate: Is it art? Is it not too offensive?


Not everyone in the art world finds the fresco equally. Liesbeth De Belie, curator at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts finds that context is missing to describe this really as art: "I would be more understanding for if there was still something to interpretation. Now it seems to me so gratuitous, "says De Belie. "In the Netherlands, the painting has a huge cultural impact, the work is known and we know the meaning: it's about people being wrongly executed. But here we can not make the link with the historical background. "


Alice Van den Abeele of MIMA in Molenbeek, a museum that includes focusing on graffiti culture, disagreed. "We are obliged to talk about it. You may find it beautiful or not, you may believe that it is violent and inappropriate, but it is still art. "



Thursday, April 6, 2017

There is no foot too small...

...to leave an imprint on the world

in response to Nancy's A Photo a Week Challenge - FEET
Portrait photography isn’t just about faces. It’s about capturing the essence of your subject. Hands and feet create wonderful images that can tell a lot about a person.


Pick a Word

in response to Paula's Thursday's Special - PICK A WORD
Here comes another month with a new set of words to choose from:

Projecting
Arresting
Pastoral
Convex
Communal

Arresting
(coral reef, Australia)

Convex
(Brussels' Grand Place)

Pastoral

Communal...
... gardens in downtown Brussels (Les potagers urbains)

Projecting

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Red

After Spring we move into the active time of Summer.  This is the energy of Fire, the time of activity, warmth, movement, growth and relationship.  Nature itself is moving, the plants are growing, animals are getting ready to produce young and things are busy.


Texture and Colour

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE


Monday, April 3, 2017

No Parking Day

in response to Our World Tuesday

Brussels
The esplanade at the Triumphal arch is rarely seen without a bunch of parked cars.

Culture

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness - CULTURE

Melbourne, Australia

Partners in combating crime

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Brussels

City Daily Photo

in response to Theme Days - WET
In some parts of the globe, April is known as a rainy month.  Whether it is wet where you are or not, on April 1 show us something to illustrate City Daily Photo's monthly theme of "Wet."

Brussels