It isn’t really warm enough to be sunbathing, and the beaches are quiet this time of year, but it is still a good place to spend the afternoon with a good book, soaking up a little sunshine, and watching the waves roll in and the clouds roll by!
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.
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;
there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.
We have been in Zaragoza Spain for a couple of days wandering the streets and checking out the sites.
It seems that in manyof the cities of Spain that we have visited we have found walls and shutters painted, sometimes to identify a business or area of the city. You will recall the images of Madrid and of the Camino. Zaragoza is no exception, the area of El Tubo, in the old part of town, is where we found the painted murals, and where, we also found more tapa bars per square block than any other city we have been in.
It does seem that the Spanish people are not inclined to dull or boring brick walls, and it is wonderful to see the creative expression in corners and narrow streets that might otherwise by boring brick walls!
Yesterday we spent part of the day at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, looking a some of the great European art, the stuff you learn about in first year art school. I think as photographers we can learn a lot from the old masters, but I continue to be equally excited about the wonderful art on the streets of Madrid.
This lovely mural is of a lady hanging her laundry, and the cloths line is the centre point of the sundial, you can see by the shadow that is just before 11 am when I took this photo. The streets of Madrid are proving to be one of the more interesting cities for wall murals and public art.
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.
Today we started our camino to Santiago de Compostela, following the ancient route called the Via la Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostela. We walked about 10k to Sanitponce, just outside Seville, this is not a traditional pilgrim destination on the camino, but we wanted to stop and explore the archeological site of Italica. The short distance also gives our legs and feet a chance to get use to the extra weight of the backpack. The sights from central Seville to Santiponce varied as much as any walk from the typical urban centre to the countryside,
we found the route to be well-marked with the yellow arrows.
We arrived at Santiponce mid afternoon, in time to visit Itallica, more about this historic site a little later.
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
The beautiful street art reminds me that, hopefully spring is just around the corner. While it could be almost another month before we see the trees blooming I am looking forward to the spring bulbs like crocus, tulips and daffodiffs.
Haiku, Flowers of spring