Posts Tagged ‘Brussels’

Graffiti Town – Part V

November 12th, 2010

This is the final (and long overdue) part in the five-part series on graffiti, wall art and tagging in Brussels, Belgium, and Barcelona, Spain. You can check out parts 1 through 4 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Barcelona is so graffiti-mad that you can even find cool post cards of the wall art all over town.

Seen from Park Guell looking out over Barcelona.

I’d love to know how they got all the way up the wall…

Voom-voom!

On a different note, some very different and amazing stuff lined up:

More coming soon!

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Sunset on a Train

October 22nd, 2010

I love train rides. Something inherently romantic about them. They immerse you in the landscape you pass through. And the gentle clack-clack of the rails and smooth ride make for so very relaxing an experience.

I snapped this earlier this year on a train ride back to Paris from Brussels. I was struck by the unusual colours – the soft shades of pink and purple and magenta.

For some awesome photos of a train ride through the Tea Mountains of Sri Lanka, click here.

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Graffiti Town – Part IV

October 5th, 2010

Seems Barcelona, Spain is about as graffiti-mad as any place could be. And here I’d thought that Brussels, Belgium would win the “Look-I’m-Plastered-With-Graffiti” prize (see earlier Graffiti Town series Part I, Part II and Part III).

So, here is the first of an additional two parts to the Graffiti Town series.

Voom-voom!

It’s poker time!

I’ll have a little Dali with my coffee, thank you.

…and then have some more Dali with my beer.

You can’t really go anywhere in Barcelona without tripping over a mermaid.

What I don’t get is why there’s blood dripping from the moon’s lips… Vampire Moon?

Ok, why is Woody Woodpecker checking out Jessica Rabbit’s tush? I mean, I know why. I guess the question is, why is she looking at him that way, and where’s Roger Rabbit?

On another note, that STILL is an awesome movie.

Faintly Aztec-ish, perhaps?

…or not.

‘Cause lions need haircuts (manecuts?) too…

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Greyhound at Play

September 10th, 2010

I’ve recently fallen in love with greyhounds.

Now, I’ve always had a thing for dogs. But greyhounds are special. They’re sleek and beautiful to watch in action. They’re gentle, quiet (read also lazy) and sensitive creatures with a heart for mischief.

I came across a number of greyhounds during my Camino, and I got see just how special this breed of dog is thanks to a member of my Camino family, King Jimmy.

So, a few days ago I was perusing my archives and came across these shots, made in a park in Brussels earlier this year.

Hail to the King.

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Silhouettes

September 8th, 2010

There’s something very particular about silhouettes. They can help convey so much mood, drama and mystery.

Here is a small selection of silhouettes taken in places as diverse as London, Brussels and Normandy, France.

Above is a the equestrian statue of Godfrey de Bouillon which stands in the Royal Square in Brussels. The statue was made by Eugène Simonis, and inaugurated on August 24, 1848.

Above is the British Machine Gun Corps Memorial (also knows as The Boy David), which can today be found in the central section of Hyde Park Corner in London.

I couldn’t help but wonder about the link between machine guns and the German Zweihander/Greatsword (Yes, I know. But hey, I’m into swords).

One of the 48 statues representing the Medieval guilds of 16th century Brussels and which can be found atop neo-gothic columns surrounding the Place du Petit Sablon. The Place du Petit Sablon was built in built in 1890, and is a beautiful tree-lined park in central Brussels.

A statue atop a fountain in Hyde Park.

A kite caught in a tree on a beautiful day in Normandy, France.

Pigeon on the rails. Seen in Hyde Park.

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Graffiti Town – Part III

August 28th, 2010

Carrying on from Part I and Part II, this is the third and last instalment of the series on graffiti, wall art and tagging on the streets of Brussels.

I was struck by the contrast between the different forms of self-expression – the random destructiveness and vandalism that seem to be the hallmarks of tagging, versus the artistry and/or fun of graffiti and wall art.

I found the social commentary, spray-painted on the wall of a gas station, particularly amusing.

We are there. Clearly.

The entirety of the wall was used for the image. Yep, that means that everything from the windows to the drain pipe to the texture of the wall was drawn and painted.

Overkill, perhaps?

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Walls

August 24th, 2010

It seems that chunks of the Berlin Wall have found their way around the world. Some have notably settled around the EU Parliament buildings in Brussels.

Below are two pictures of two such segments.

Yep, that’s JFK‘s likeness. The second picture also features a guest appearance by Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Mirrors

August 5th, 2010

I made this picture when wandering down Belliard Street in Brussels, Belgium.

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Graffiti Town – Part II

July 24th, 2010

Carrying on from Part I, this is the second instalment of what I now hope to turn into a three-part series on graffiti, tagging and wall art in Brussels.

These shots here were taken in the underground parking lot of the building one of my friends lives in. The building was named after an English icon and so the running theme seems to be all-English.

According to my friend, the reason all this graffiti was done is as follows: The building was originally a hospital. After the hospital was relocated, the building was left empty for a time. During that period, graffiti artists took advantage and ended up spray painting goodly portions of it. Later, when the building was restored and converted into apartments, the developers chose to commission the wall art a selection of which you see here.

Nothing says posh like fur, clearly.

This way to the basement.

Public school, anyone?

Keeping the peace.

I’m guessing the area, not the football club.

Oddly, rugby was featured, but not football.

Car wash!

And of course, Ascot. I guess you can’t have walls covered in references to everything posh and not cover Ascot.

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Galerie du Roi

July 14th, 2010

This was taken at the Galerie du Roi (Gallery of the King), one of the Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert in Brussels, Belgium.

I loved the way the light from the arched glass roof  high above shone down and transformed people into silhouettes, and the way their shadows stretched out before them.

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