PAGES | 021219 The old and the new – Zaandam today

A building I spotted while cycling in Zaandam today.

PAGES | 021219 The old and the new- Zaandam today

The old building is the new one.

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PAGES | Not Naples

This is not New Orleans, nor Naples.

Spotted in Amsterdam Noord, the northern part of town, across the river.

On a grey day, so I put some yellow in.

It struck me, as very uncommon.

PAGES | Not Naples

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PAGES 301119 | Bedroom 10 Years Ago

PAGES 301119 | Bedroom 10 years ago

Tonight I celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our renovation project together with two of the neighbors and we did the slideshow.

The picture above is the space in the attic that is now my room.

Where I am writing this blog.

The potential was noted 😉

PAGES 301119 | Bedroom 2017

PAGES 301119 | Bedroom 2017

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Tombstone text Ramses Shaffy

Leef! (Live!) Tombstone text of Ramses Shaffy, Zorgvlied Cemetery Amsterdam

 

Tomorrow 10 years ago Dutch singer/poet/artist Ramses Shaffy died. Today my favorite radioshow Taalstraat (Language Street) is honoring Shaffy’s rich repertoire and valuable contribution to the Dutch language.

Sing

Fight

Cry

Pray

Laugh

Work

and Admire

are the lyrics of one of his most memorable songs. (Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder, in Dutch)

I once stumbled upon his grave at Zorgvlied Cemetery, and couldn’t resist taking the picture above. The epicurean’s tombstone text Leef! (Live!) is in fact dismissing the visitor, to go, walk on and live life (to the fullest).

Read my post on Shaffy ‘s tree here.

 

 

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ARCHIVE | Book Design For Leo Vroman’s Poetry Bundle

TITLE – Leo Vroman – toen ik nog leefde – When I Was Still Alive – Book design for a poetry bundle. 

 

This is work I did in art school, in 1990. The assignment was in fact a competition issued by a publishing house. It concerned a book design for Leo Vroman, the Dutch poet /scientist. The poetry hadn’t been published yet and this was to be the design for it’s appearance.

The idea is a train of thought.

The pages are wafer-thin and glued together into one long strip. The poems are layed-out in a chronological order from top to bottom, tilted 90 degrees, so it becomes one long strip of text. Two fat cardboard squares covered in drawings hold it together, no spine.

Vroman also did illustrations, drawings that could serve as illustrations.

I blended them in between the lines, in a lighter gray.

The bundle is called When I was still alive.

My mentor, Jan Boterman, was shocked when I told him I hadn’t entered it for the competition. But why?! he gasped. “It wasn’t finished,” I hesitated.

 

And this is a lesson I learned: An idea doesn’t have to be finished, full circle, to be judged. As it shows it’s potential before that.

 

Leo Vroman died in 2014.

 

 

COVER – Leo Vroman – toen ik nog leefde – When I Was Still Alive – Book design for a poetry bundle.

OPENING – Leo Vroman – toen ik nog leefde – When I Was Still Alive – Book design for a poetry bundle.

SPREAD – Leo Vroman – toen ik nog leefde – When I Was Still Alive – Book design for a poetry bundle.

FOLD OUT – Leo Vroman – toen ik nog leefde – When I Was Still Alive – Book design for a poetry bundle.

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PAGES | 271119 | TIME Movers

PAGES | 271119 | night

 

 

 

Photo of the back of a truck in New York City I took 20 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Kiwanaku’s Hero On A Loop

 

Michael Kiwanaku

 

Michael Kiwanaku returns

Music I have been listening to on a loop recently.

 

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SIGN | The Right Smell

PAGES | 161119 Magic Tree

While looking through my archive I stumbled upon the snapshots I took of magic trees – Arbre Magique –  the cardboard scent diffusers you buy to customize your carriage with the right smell, maybe something magical.

I love my car – Black Pine

Arbre Magique – Fruit cocktail

Arbre Magique – Jasmin & Narcissus

Arbre Magique – Pino

Arbre Magique – Cashmere Flower

Arbre Magique – Frutti Di Bosco

Arbre Magique – Violet & Gardena

Arbre Magique – Fresh Water

Arbre Magique – Tartare Cologne

 

It reminded me of the conversation I had with a fireman at 4 am last week.

I had called  the police – urgent but not 911 – after waking up in the middle of the night to the smell of fire, a wood burning fire, smoky. The open window had let in a suspicious smell and  after checking the house and the roof, I realized I would not sleep, so I called the police – yes it was that frightening. To hear if they maybe knew about a fire close by that I couldn’t see.

They forwarded my call to the fire station. A friendly fireman told me there was no activity in my area and that I should go back to sleep, close the window.

I did not sleep very well.

The next day I found out it was the wood burning stove next door the neighbors had left in the hands of a group of doctors, guests, over in Amsterdam for a congress. They had come home at 1 am, noisy. And after some debriefing they tried to light the stove. Didn’t go well.

Room full of smoke, windows in the front open, smoke climbing up to my window.

 

Smoke, a house on fire, is not the kind of smell for a magic tree.

 

Arbre Magique – Holy Smoke

Arbre Magique – Holy Smoke

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PAGES | Rotterdam | Cat Alley

PAGES | 13112019 Rotterdam | Cat Alley

Something I noticed in Rotterdam today, where I visited a location we booked for a photoshoot next week. Double checking.

The alley where I spotted this funky piece of graffiti is the alley that led me to the back entrance, which I checked for the truck.

Could be a symbol for eternal (the 8) bad luck (black cat) to be found in back streets (the location, the alley). A warning? I did not include this in the itinerary 😉

 

 

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DESKTOP | From My Desktop

 

PAGES | 11112019 shade

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