The Daily Skull – 2015 #3

Daily Skull 2015, #3, Text: "I spent some quality time with my wisest friends, discussing the works of Confucius".
The Daily Skull – 2015, #3
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Copenhagen in many shades of grey

In the process of a long, cumbersome and boring process of arranging, rearranging, organising and safely storing all photographs a few black and whites caught my eyes. All greying has been done in Adobe Lightroom CC 2014, which has some useful black & white presets.

Copenhagen, entry to the tropical conservatory. Botanical garden. © Eelco Bruinsma 2015
Copenhagen, entry to the tropical conservatory. Botanical garden. © Eelco Bruinsma 2015

The entry to the tropical conservatory (serre chaude) is a real beauty, as is the building itself. Wonderful cast iron spiral staircases lead up to a circular iron walkway. Climbing also means a significant rise in temperature and humidity, so glasses and lenses will steam up as one rises.

Copenhagen. Aloe Vera (?). Botanical garden. © Eelco Bruinsma 2015
Copenhagen. Aloe Vera (?). Botanical garden. © Eelco Bruinsma 2015

I imagine that this is an Aloe Vera, but I’m no botanist, so it could be anything. Fact is that the combination with classically shaped vase is wonderful.

Copenhagen, close harmony. Photo © Eelco Bruinsma 2015. Cruis ships in Copenhagen harbor.
Copenhagen, close harmony. Photo © Eelco Bruinsma 2015

Seeing these cruise ships in the distance gives a strange sense of symmetry, although there is none. And also a sense of rythm and tension.

Copenhagen, Holmen. Old buildings.
Copenhagen, Strandgade. Photo © Eelco Bruinsma 2013-2015

Well … this is a great area. Hopefully the new bridge won’t spoil it by allowing the area to be flooded with loutish tourists coming from Nyhavn.

Time for an early spring (=winter) cleaning

Ok, looking over my shoulder to the drawing table behind me, and concluded it was a mess. Always good to fix this moment in time in an image. But tomorrow everything will return to a state of pristine cleanliness and order.

drawing table mess
Drawing table mess
Head, all thumbs, Letraset Flexmarker and Chinese ink.
Head, all thumbs, Letraset Flexmarker and Chinese ink.

I have been experimenting with combinations of gouache, Flex Markers, and Indian, or Chinese ink a lot these days, so every drawer has been emptied onto the table.

Rohrer und Klingner’s ‘Antiktusche’, color ‘Bister’, is a great deep dark brown, without being too black.

Lost and found: toys, tears and the Thames

Of mudlarks and toys in the Thames … an interesting article, absolutely worth reading.

British Museum blog

Janina Parol, Assistant Treasure Registrar, and Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe, British Museum

If you walk by the north bank of the Thames when the tide is low you will spot mudlarks searching for finds, even when it is windy, raining and freezing. You might think they are crazy, but you will certainly be curious to know what they have found – if they are prepared to get that muddy and wet there must be a reason. Mudlarks can spend hours waiting to catch the right tide, but for the hundreds of hours that are spent out there in all conditions some of the last things we imagine them being interested in are toys.

Tony Pilson and Ian Smith on the Thames foreshore Tony Pilson and Ian Smith on the Thames foreshore

But interested they are. One in particular has discovered a huge number from the medieval and post-medieval periods. Tony Pilson, the highly-regarded founder member of the…

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Fuse boxes, Paris, early morning

Fuse boxes, Paris. Wall with fuse boxes and graffiti
Fuse boxes, Paris, early morning

The Daily Skull – 2015 #2

The Daily Skull, #2, 02-01-2015
The Daily Skull, #2, 02-01-2015

Ominous

Ominous - villa
Ominous

Folly – green waterfall

Folly with waterfall
Folly (Hortus Haren, NL)