In Autumn

Autumn photography

  It’s only in autumn that I sometimes confuse birds in the sky with falling leaves. A leaf touches my hair, my cheek, another falls right in front of me. Though falling doesn’t seem like the right word, it’s more like dancing, floating elegantly. A joyful, unpredictable flight through the sky. Almost as if in […]

What can be said of my heart?

El salvador

One afternoon last week, feeling restless, leaning against my radiator, staring at the large blank sheet before me, my eyes somehow landed upon this El Greco reproduction and I thought: Why not? I took some leftover paint from my last project and started painting that face. The narrow shape of the head, the long nose, the big round eyes.

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rembrandt inspired photography

Later in the day I was leafing through a book about Rembrandt and it made me wonder why he painted the way he did. Those lights and shadows, the mysteriousness, the atmosphere. So I made a little study of it. I took a photo of myself and edited it the way Rembrandt painted.
The result was interesting. A boring, awkward self portrait had turned into an interesting, mysterious portrait of a woman who wasn’t me.

Hoe je anders kunt leren kijken

“Botticelli’s Venus and Mars used to be a unique image which it was only possible to see in the room where it was actually hanging. Now, it’s image or detail of it, can be seen in a million different places at the same time. As you look at it now on your screen, your wallpaper is round it. Your window is opposite it. Your carpet is below it. At the same moment, it is on many other screens, surrounded by different objects, different colors, different sounds. You are seeing it in the context of your own life. It is surrounded not by gilt frames, but by the familiarity of the room you are in, and the people around you.”

Hoe je een fijn gesprek kunt voeren met iemand die totaal anders denkt dan jij

Henk Binnendijk in gesprek met Herman Brood. Geen logische combinatie, maar het levert wel interessante gesprekken op, vooral als de gesprekken over God gaan. Beide kijken ze op een totaal andere manier naar het onderwerp. Henk vanuit zijn christelijke achtergrond, Herman op een haast tegengestelde wijze. Henk ziet God als iemand buiten hemzelf die hem […]

A short guide for the best life

desiderata

Kies kalm je weg temidden van het rumoer en de haast,
en herinner je hoeveel vrede er in de stilte kan zijn.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Mijd luidruchtige en agressieve mensen;
zij belasten de geest.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Something interesting happens every day

“I remember once she said: “what has happened to you this morning?” And I would reply: “well… nothing.,.” “Oh, come on, come on,” she would say, “what woke you up?” And I would reply: “it was the sun, the sun coming through our bedroom window.” “What sort of a sun?” She would say. “A kindly sun? An angry sun?””

Hoe het leven tegelijkertijd donker en licht kan zijn

casimir pulaski day - sugjan stevens

In dit leven voelt de ene dag zwaar en tragisch. De andere dag voelt licht en hoopvol. Maar als je erbij stil gaat staan kom je er toch achter dat deze twee uitersten meestal samen gaan. Dat je ze beiden ervaart op één dag, één uur, één seconde misschien wel.  Zoals dit liedje van Sufjan Stevens dat in tekst en melodie die vreemde samenhang van dit leven precies weergeeft.

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