The view from inside Wonderland at the Bow Building; Calgary Alberta

From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta

From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta 

Playing tourist in my own home town I am finally finding time to see some of the wonderful art on the streets of Calgary Alberta. 

 

Elsa Tomjowiak at theTheatre Graslin, Nantes France

 

Elsa Tomjowiak at theTheatre Graslin, Nantes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

  Elsa Tomjowiak at theTheatre Graslin, Nantes France, copyright jmeyersforeman  

I have been experimenting with different templates and layouts in Photoshop, gathering new skills and figuring out ways to present photos in a series that collectively tell the story better than a single image, so today I will take you back to Nantes France.  Around the city we found several art installations as we wandered around the streets, visiting historic sites and tourist attractions.  The Elsa Tomjowiak’s art installation was at the Theatre Graslin.

Elsa Tomjowiak hung long strips of painted plastic in the very large front entrance to the opera house, the colour transforms the all white hallway with a rainbow of colour that dances and moves as the sunlight changes intensity and direction through the day.

I thought these images would work well in this template. The first image is  the view of the opera house as we first discovered it. Walking up to the front, the colour banners hanging down between the all white columns. As we approached the building curiosity drew us inside to find that the banners were also draped inside and we could witness how the colour had transformed the all white hallway.  After spending time in the now colourful front hallway we wandered out of the building to find a group of young people on the steps, using the opera house as a background and  singing to the people as they sat and enjoyed their lunch in the square.

Do you think that using these images to tightly together makes the collage to busy? I would appreciate any feedback you might have on using templates for storytelling.

Historic Center and Tudor Style Architecture of Rennes France

Tutor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman   

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman  

there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

 

 

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

Murals of Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain 

we spent the day walking around Madrid, and while there are so things to look and it was the murals painted on the storefront security doors that caught my attention. I guess being Easter weekend more of the stores were close, so more of the doors were visible to enjoy. I thought I would show you a few of my favourites.

Madrid murals

Madrid murals 

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

Henry Moore visits Seville

Henry Moore visits Seville

   Henry Moore visits Seville 

Henry Moore in Seville

Henry Moore in Seville 

It’s hard to know where to start in describing Seville Spain, but my mind returns to something my father once said….“ you should be thankful that you have been born into a country like Canada” and I am, as it has allowed me the freedom and income to travel to so may beautiful places around the world…yet if there is such a thing as reincarnation, please let me come back as a Spaniard in the city of Seville. The old town is a place of immense beauty so interwoven, that like a poem about a love between a man and a women, the new and the old mingle together such that harmony is the only word to describe it. History (Seville Cathedral), and the modern (exhibition of Henry Moore Sculptures), stand side by side, each accentuation and complementing the beauty of the other, not competing for the stares of the passers by…but leaving them with something to keep and remember as they live out that day.

Can you tell, we are enjoying our time here in Seville!

Bill and Janice

 

 

 

Monument to the Discoveries

Monument to the Discover. Belim

Monument to the Discover. Belim 

Belim Portugal is the historical district of Lisbon, and it was from here that many of the Portuguese explorers embarked on their discoveries.  The Monument, 52 meters high celebrates the achievements of these explorers, and is shaped like a ship. It shows more that 30 statues of people who played an important role in the discoveries. Leading the way is Henry the Navigator. Behind him are explorers, knights, writers, missionaries, and other figures from the era.

 

 

Rock Balancing, English Bay Vancouver BC; Environmental Portrait

Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.

Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.

Rock Balancing, or Stone Stacking, here the portrait features the art more than the artist.

This young man was busy at work, we were out for a stroll along Vancouver’s English Bay, that is the seawall in the background, and helps to eliminate  any distraction and isolate the subject. Stone Stacking or Rock Balancing is considered a performance art, and if you visit Flicker you can see lots of pictures of rocks that had been stacked in nature. Rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.

This young man was completely absorbed in the task, and I am guessing that for some the activity would be meditative, I was reluctant to disturb him to get a name and or more information about how long he has been stacking stones.  I guess I will have to go for another walk, this time to have a conversation.

Love Locks Pont de Arts, Paris France

Love Locks, Pont de Arts, Paris France

Love Locks, Pont de Arts, Paris France

Padlocks inscribed with lover’s names are locked to the bridge of Pont de Arts in Paris France, the key is then thrown into the river to symbolize their everlasting love. The padlocks began to show up on European bridge in the early 2000′s the source or inspiration varies depending on the city.  An increasing trend not only around Europe, but it is spreading around the world.  According to Wikipedia, the first padlock is said to have been locked to a bridge in Serbia before the World War ll over a betrayed love! Just a little ironic don’t you think?

There has been much controversy over the locks, for some it is an eye sore and considered a distraction from the heritage.  To others a romantic symbol of everlasting love in one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Pont de Arts Bridge in Paris France has this wire mess much like a chain link fence. From a distance the brass locks looking like shimmering brass leaves.  Up close we could see the locks that come in many shapes and sizes, some sold by the vendors just steps away, and inscribed with a permanent marker, while others are likely brought somewhere else and inscribed with an engraver.

We first encountered the locks in Florence Italy a couple of years ago, another wonderfully romantic city. Where have you seen them?

For more stories and images of this beautiful city:  Paris

Pilgrim’s Mass and the lighting of the Botafumeiro by the Tiroboleiros, Santiago Cathedral

Pilgrim's Mass and the lighting of the Botafumeiro_IMG_4840.tif

Pilgrim’s Mass and the lighting of the Botafumeiro_

We have been home from the Camino to Santiago Spain for quite some time, and it is taking quite a while to sift through all the photos from the trip. I like a lot of people busy with regular work and lifestyle tasks and distractions. Each day when I have a few minutes I work on my photos, and it is wonderful to re-live the memories.

The first things most pilgrims do, and we were no exception, is to visit the Cathedral.  We stopped by, but we were soaked to the bone as it had rained heavily that day.  We saved our visit to the inside for the following day, when we would be dressed in dry cloths, and have time to see, sit and enjoy all the sights. We arrived early enough to get a seat, by the time mass started the Cathedral was full, barely standing room available. They announce the number of pilgrims arriving in the previous 24 hours from each country.

The ceremony culminated in the swinging of the botafumeiro (smoke belcher) a massive silver incense burner.  It takes eight men, a team of clergy called tiraboleiros to get the incense burner swinging across the cathedral.  The botafumeiro, said to be the largest in the Catholic world and dates back to 1851, it is this part of the ceremony that the pilgrims have been waiting for, and it was so thrilling in a way that can’t be described. The energy in the Cathedral amazing. It was such a moving experience we actually attended Mass the next day to see it again.

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